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~ things that inspire me

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Mosaic Skull - Vintage Garden - The Elegant Skull

... And here is skull number 2 ... 'Vintage Garden'  ...

... slightly enhanced with filters ... for some more wow factor ♥

I'm happy to say it will also be included in an exhibition in Townsville at the Drill Hall Studio.  The exhibition - named "La Calavera Cantina"  ... {The Elegant Skull}  will be showcasing many real, highly embellished skulls which were completed by various artists in a workshop held in Ravenswood (north Queensland) by Sandy Nielsen in 2015.

now SOLD

The exhibition of skulls will be accompanied by a  series of photographs showing the devastation on the land caused by drought.

I was thrilled that Sue Tilley (owner of The Drill Hall Studio) invited me to show my skulls, and with limited time, mine are both done on purchased, resin skulls...

I had to smile when Sue commented ... "Interesting that a graziers wife ... in the middle of a raging drought ... is buying a skull" ...  hmmm  yes, totally ironic...  {Timespan to get a real skull ready for decoration is about 3 years, so I was a bit time poor}

Out of the devastation of drought, I find myself (as well as the  other artists) creating something beautiful  ... well, we think so anyway!



My first skull 'Claudia' .. is sold ♥

detail 'Claudia'

Claudia was named after my first poddy calf (calf who's mother has died).  Claudia was hand raised by me and ironically we lost her in 2009 in the floods we had out here ...  

Note:  We live in a land of extremes in Australia ... droughts, floods, cyclones ... we know that as farmers and that's what we deal with - but doesn't make life any easier when these natural disasters occur. To simplify things, (excluding other factors like including political hurdles, freight charges, and various other factors we deal with),  graziers manage by de-stocking and selling when the weather doesn't always do what we'd like...

The support farmers and graziers are getting from the public awareness campaigns in the media and with exhibitions such as this one is truly wonderful ... we'd love to see more people feeling a connect with the Australian bush again.

~ Respect the Farmers ~

 ... My Vintage Garden Skull has also now been sold ♥  and I hear the exhibition was a great success...  thank you Sue.

to see the article by the ABC more of the spectacular skulls in the La Calavera Catrina Exhibition click here 
Sue Tilley (gallery owner) and Sandra Nielsen at the opening of La Calavera Catrina
'Le Jardin' by Sandy Nielsen. Hand dyed and embroidered textiles on a genuine skull. Just exquisite - part of our new exhibition 'La Calavera Catrina' - still available

contact details here 

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Valentines Day Post

So instead of talking about roses and chocolates today, I'm sharing other things I LOVE that I found on Etsy and Zibbet ...   for the record, I do hope you're being treated with hugs and love and hopefully a chocolate or two ... ♥

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~  Happy Valentines Day ~

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