29 July 2012

Drawing Challenge :: X stitch

crossstitch I

crossstitch II

x stitch

Drawing Challenge :: Cross Stitch

Better late than never.........or so they say and mine is definitely late!
Ive been a little busy over the Semester break catching up on consultancy work and putting together the curriculum for next semester. I also have to prepare a presentation for my work Professional Development Day which I havent started eek! and there are 2 jobs I really really want to apply for but I need to do an overhaul on my CV and portfolio.
Then there is blog I love blog if I could spend my days here I would Im sure most of you know what I mean ;)

Cross stitch I, II :: pages from my journal from a couple of years ago Im a sucker for patterns!

X stitch :: Typeface - Rosewood my favourite.

This weeks challenge is hosted by our talented Miss Nadine who provides us with some of my favourite drawing challenge topics. If you would like to see her gorgeous x stitch and the other wonderful responses to this challenge just pop over to Nadines blog and follow the links.....Have fun!

15 July 2012

Drawing Challenge :: finger painting

finger painting

painted fingers 1

painted fingers 2

paint straight from the tube

blowing in the breeze


iphone painting

Drawing Challenge :: Finger Painting

A revisit to childhood involved a painting apron, brown paper, paints, and fingers!
Then drying paintings hanging from the clothes line blowing in the wind.
I thoroughly enjoyed this even though the skull that appeared before my eyes was a little unsettling but as Im not really a superstitious type found it fascinating just how much it resembled a skull it even has teeth!

I do finger sketching quite frequently on my iphone using a sketch app. I think that this can also be seen as finger painting what do you think?

This was a fun exercise and we can thank our lovely host Carole for the fun! if you would like to see her challenge response and others pop over to her blog and follow the links!

Have a great weekend!



11 July 2012

Featured Artist :: John Brack

Collins St, 5p.m. 1955

The Bar 1955

Two Typists 1954

mannequins 1953

Subdivion 1954

Suburban Life 1

Suburban Life 2

from Ballroom Series 60s

‘For me I think that there must always be some sort of comment, but it must never be the sort of comment that could be put into words.’ John Bracks

"What I paint most is what interests me most, that is, people; the Human Condition, in particular the effect on appearance of environment and behaviour … A large part of the motive … is the desire to understand, and if possible, to illuminate …"  John Bracks


More than any other artist of his generation, John Brack was a painter of modern Australian life. Unlike his contemporaries, Brack painted neither myth nor history and when he focused on the landscape, it was the sprawl of suburbia that caught his attention rather than the ubiquitous Australian bush.

His was an art of ideas that aimed to speak directly to the viewer. It was grounded in the everyday but communicated through a distinctive and highly personal language incorporating complex visual analogy, irony, humour, a sophisticated use of metaphor, and always underpinned by a deep knowledge of the history of art.

This interest in the human condition is self-evident in Brack’s art of the 1950s and 60s which depicts the people and places that surrounded him; images of his wife and children, art-world friends, people, alone and in crowds, observed in the suburbs and the city, at work and at play.

From the study of individuals and their behaviour at the local level, which had characterised Brack’s work of the 1950s and 60s, the later paintings described the complexities of human nature and relationships and their role in the universal and seemingly inescapable experiences of political struggle, religious difference and war. These paintings are powerful moral tales in pictorial form.


Im not sure when but when I was young I visited the Art Gallery in Melbourne and fell in love with a painting. I remember it being different from the other works it was a streetscape holding a sea of faces. There was nothing pretty about the imagery, the faces of tobacco stained complexions and haughty expressions a dramatic contrast to the richly coloured landscapes that surrounded it.

The painting was Collins St, 5p.m. 1955 by the Artist John Brack.

Thirty years later I am living the painting. I live in Melbourne. Winter in Melbourne is just as Brack depicted cold grey and there is a certain afternoon light unique to Melbourne that occurs when the sunshines behind the thick grey clouds causing a tobacco coloured hue to colour the sky and all that exists underneath it.

John Brack was a realist of the human condition that surrounded him when post war  humans became the machine of industry, toiling fodder driving prosperity. How glad am I that Brack documented these intriguing snapshots of ordinary life during the 50s and 60s in modern Melbourne Australia.

This painting and other works of John Brack describe Melbournes character with imagery. Its intriguing with dark notes that keeps a certain electric energy running through its streets and the veins of the people who choose to live here.

Helen Bordeaux


Copyright: This post has been created as an informative post to create awareness of  Australian Artist John Brack. It is intended for educative and general interest purposes only. Out of respect to the Artist and Galleries PLEASE DO NOT lift the images or the words from this post. No permission is given to do so. If you want to research the Artist further then I ask that you follow the links provided.

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08 July 2012

Drawing Challenge :: Tree + House


Drawing Challenge ;; Tree + House

I made a house with external foliage.... reflection and shadow from trees that papered the walls of my house.
My house made from cardboard that once was a tree and shades of green added with molecular lines tracing tree rings and shapes of the crown. The crowning glory of trees that wrap the walls and return it to its origins of wood and leaves that it once was.

I loved this challenge as you probably can tell. The lovely Rachel was our host if you would like to see more repsonses to this challenge pop over to Rachels blog and folllow the links!

Have a great day!

Helen xx


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Artwork and images are all rights reserved to the Artist Helen Bordeaux 2012. If you wish to use any of the content in this post images or text please email me for permission and conditions. Thankyou!

04 July 2012

out and about and a nice little find

A little diversion from my usual midweek post. Some pics of me out and about, on a family outing with my little chikadees and an opshop find.
A little sketching I did this afternoon and some much needed afternoon sun which created some playful shadows I couldnt resist snapping.
Speaking of snapping I have a new picture blog miss snap happy it is a photography blog little photo essays and no words (can you believe it??)

Im up late watching the tour de france....Ill pay for it tomorrow but I love travelling through the country via the tour de france. I cant resist!

Have a good week friends and I ll see you on the weekend for the challenge.

Helen x


Werribee Mansion

Ford copper Burra small dish

miss snap happy (my new blog)

A reminder our lovely Rachel is our host for this weeks drawing challenge.