16 September 2012

Drawing Challenge :: Web

Drawing Challenge :: WEB

Where do these challenges take us? The possibilities seem endless. Two sayings came to mind oh the tangled web we weave and come in to my parlour said the spider to the fly.

Here we have it a spider casts a web and hopes with all his might that a juicy fat fly lands on his sticky web.
One lands and then the spider has to wait and hope that the wiley fly moves closer closer into the web and is caught.
The spider tries to deceive the fly into thinking he is friendly "Welcome!" he says.
The fly is not so stupid as to trust the spider.
What becomes of the fly? only the spider knows we can only just suppose.

If you would like to see more tangled webs just pop over to Renildes blog and follow the links!

Have a great weekend!

H x

14 September 2012

Featured Artist :: The Great Mombassa

mentals III poster

Steam driven face with musical attendants


solar power jesus bottle

birds on a wire

hillside with road and car


Reg cottage with parked Valiant

'Reg' in his studio

Featured Artist :: Reg Mombassa (Chris O'Doherty)


Reg is inspired by the wind, semi-professional birthday clowns, heavy machinery and the behavior of domestic animals.

Artist and Musician born in Auckland New Zealand in 1951 and migrated to Australia with his parents and brother in 1969.

He is married with three children and lives in the inner west of Sydney.


Formed the band 'Mental as Anything' in 1976 with 4 other art students. The band would also have 3 group exhibitions held by the band - 1982, 1990 and 1998.

Has since formed his own band Dog Trumpet with his brother Peter O'Doherty which still perform and record.

Art & Design

Attended National Art School in Sydney graduated in 1977 Majored in painting.

He is well known for his Mambo T-shirt and poster designs which he has been doing since 1986. In 1994 Mambo Graphics published the Mambo Picture Book of Wisdom - which is a collection of Reg's pictures and quotes.

In 1995 Reg was commissioned by the Powerhouse Museum to produce a poster which won first prize in the Association of American Museums design competition.

In 1999 Reg was invited to Milan to give a workshop to graphic artists and to give a presentation at the Triennale di Milano.

His artwork is included in the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Powerhouse Museum Sydney as well as many important private collections worldwide.

Design & Philanthropy

He was responsible for the concept design for the inflatable kangaroo scene in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Reg has designed T-shirts, posters, postcards etc for organisations such as Greenpeace, the Rock Eisteddfod, Circus Oz, the Opera House Trust, Redfern Legal Aid, the Wilderness Society, Westmead Children's Hospital, The Powerhouse Museum amongst others.

My thoughts

ICONIC....represents the Australian/New Zealand vernacular perfectly.


Reg Mombassa website
National Gallery interview
Mambo website

COPYRIGHT: This post has been created as an informative post to create awareness of  Australian Artist Reg Mombassa (Chris O'Doherty). 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.

09 September 2012

Drawing Challenge :: SWIM

having fun in the water

wondering if there is time for one last swim before we go

swimming with my cousin wearing my brothers floaties

summer camping by the river Dad getting the raft ready

Drawing Challenge :: SWIM

Swimming has been a huge part of my life it has dominated the summer seasons from when I was small to now. I love to swim being Piscean is not just a coincidence I have a real affinity to fish and water. If I hear that someone is attacked by a shark I worry for the shark!

I love to float and sleep in water (it can be done) I love to swim laps for fitness (the only exercise that I dont get bored with) I like to float on top of water and sink to the bottom of it.

I love to snorkel and listen to the noise of people interacting with water at the pool or the almighty roar of waves crashing on beaches.

I was my happiest as a child when swimming.

During the school holidays Mum would take us kids to the pool we would stay all day having lunch and tea at the local swimming pool. We would meet up with our friends and practice diving and seeing who could swim the furthermost with one breath and how many somersaults we could turn in one go.
We would hate waiting 20 mins after eating lunch before we could go back in the water asking my Mum over and over what time it was.

We used to lay on the hot concrete in the sun to warm up after hours in the pool or sit with towels around us eating icy poles or redskin lollies. We were told often not to run on the concrete around the pool and adopted a strange sort of fast walking/hopping way of quickly getting back into line for the diving board. We would laugh and tease the boys who were made to sit on the timeout bench for dive bombing off the springboard.

Even during summer term the school buses would ferry us kids to the pool for swimming training. We would swim laps from 4-6pm each week night then have local meets on the weekend.

Australian culture revolves around water every off the beaten track backwater remote town had a swimming pool no wonder we grew a nation of swimmers I think it was inevitable. Its as popular now as it was when I was a kid.

Rachel is our lovely host this week and you can visit her lovely blog to find other 'swimmers' to follow.
Have a wonderful weekend my dear friends.

Helen  x

PS:  Im the one in the mad floral bathers I loved those bathers and wore them till they were paper thin with no elastic.
PPS: My record is across the olympic sized swimming pool and back again with one breath and 4 backwards somersaults continuously.


06 September 2012

Touching base...and other things

 Its been a hectic and a little unsettling time for me of late.
There has been:
Job uncertainty due to huge cuts in Government spending on Education.
My footy team not finishing well on the ladder.
Having to balance consultancy work with teaching.
Having way to many things that I want to do for myself that always seem to go on the backburner.

But despite all the uncertainty and frustrations there is still life to be enjoyed and some standout moments for me this week have been:

Paralympian 2012: Ahmed Kelly

Watching the ever amazing paralymics whose athletes ground me and help me see that life is to be had.
For each Paralymics I always have a favourite athlete and this time it is Ahmed Kelly he is an absolute inspiration for life itself.
His has been the most amazing journey through adversity. I feel humbled and a little in awestruck when I read his story. Im an absolute fan now. GO AHMED!!!!

Ahmed is on twitter if you would like to follow him!

Deciding whether I can blow the budget and attend Semipermanent 2012.

Digital Sketching I like that I can do it from the phone particularly when attending boring meetings (oops! did I say that).

I hope you are all having a wonderful week - we have sunshine woohoo! however that has been mixed with bouts of 140km winds nots so woohoo!

Im hoping to take some time to pop by yours over the weekend to say a hello and to see what you all have been up to so see you soon fellow Bloggies.

H x