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Tuscan Floor mat

November 10th, 2011 | Category: Carol's paintings, Family

Tuscan Floor Mat

Tuscan Floor Mat

I have now reached an age in my life where I am starting to get rid of all that unnecessary stuff that one accumulates over the years. However I find it so hard to get rid of some things. I have tried to give them away to my children, they don’t want them. I think I have mad them minimalists, simply because they have lived with it all these years and they are afraid that they will end up like me.

Not that many years ago, when folk art was at it’s peak here in Australia, I was often asked by express publications to design projects for their Folk Art & decorative painting magazine.

At one stage, Lynn Foster a well known Folk artist and I was asked if we would together, take a group of folk artists on a Tuscany tour. This entailed both of us producing a project that was easy to handle whilst we were all on tour as it did mean  that whatever we painted had to be carried around. I thought that a floor mat would be easy to carry,  one could just role it up and put it into a suitcase. The project I designed was a floor mat of a medieval village called Pitigliano, a sleepy little town that seems almost to grow directly from the rugged volcanic outcrops. It was just perfect and I had such fun researching and designing it.

However it was just not to be for me to go to Italy, we didn’t get the numbers that we were planning on in order to make it viable, only one of us could go and as Lynn had already taken a group of painters away she was the chosen one.

I of course still have the floor mat and I still love it, and  I have taught it to a group of my very favourite students.

My sister is redecorating her dinning room with a Tuscan feel, so instead of being a floor mat (which I might add I never used as such). it has been beautifully framed and is now hanging on her wall and she loves it.


Can you find the fairies in this this painting?

October 29th, 2011 | Category: Carol's paintings, Watercolours

watercolour1, originally uploaded by Swandives.


Hollyhock workshop at Ellenvale

December 02nd, 2009 | Category: Carol's paintings, On the road, Workshops

Watercolour workshop: Hollyhocks

October 23rd, 2009 | Category: Carol's paintings, Watercolours, Workshops

Hollyhock, originally uploaded by Swandives.


Poppies pattern packet

March 05th, 2009 | Category: Carol's paintings, Pattern packets, Watercolours

Poppies watercolourI promised a new pattern packet and here it is.

Poppies watercolour tracing


Christmas art projects

September 16th, 2008 | Category: Carol's paintings, Family

It looks as though I might have to put my travel teaching aside for a while and behave like a good wife and mother as Linden is still not well enough to be left alone. I thought I might get in to the Christmas spirit and start to finish some of the projects I have started to paint and never finished - in fact I pulled out a Christmas box this morning that I started 10 years ago! I add something to it each year; you never know I might even finish it this time. It is amazing, though, how my style of painting has changed over the years. I just love Christmas and all the glitter that goes with it. Because of my travelling, I have been able to accumulate some wonderful Christmas objects to paint from the various studios I have taught at all over Australia. So now is the time to finish them. Why don’t you join me? Finish those unfinished objects. Send me some photos when you do, I would love to see them (and if you’re OK with it, we can post them here too).

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Getting ready for my trip to Queensland

July 31st, 2008 | Category: Carol's paintings, Family, On the road

As I will be leaving Sydney for my Queensland painting tour on the 19th. of August, I thought I had better let you know how it is all going. In one word: terrible. I am so behind with everything - my poor husband, Linden, has been very ill and is in hospital, but thank God he is now on the way to recovery. Consequentally, I am behind.

It’s not all bad, though.¬† I am back on track and today I have already achieved quite a lot. It is amazing what you can fit into your life when you have to. My daughter has created a picture gallery of some of my paintings and¬†I hope everyone will have a look and comment on them. Unless I get feedback on my blog I am not sure if you are enjoying it! I thought I would take pictures on my trek to Queensland as I go and post them¬†here - that way you can travel¬† with me. What do you think?

I must get back to work. Nice talking to you. Regards, Cas

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Arid Lands Australia: Queensland exhibition

July 07th, 2008 | Category: Carol's paintings, On the road, Workshops

I have been asked to exhibit my camel paintings in Hughenden, Queensland at the Arid Lands Australia Festival¬† on August 22nd, 23rd, and the 24th, 2008. Because of this I am going to be running a series of workshops in Queensland. At this moment I am unsure of the dates but they will be the end of August and in to September. I will let everyone know as soon as they’re finalised.

I will go from Hughenden to Innisfail where I will teach “THE DOLPHINS” and “THE GOLDFISH”. From there I will go to the Atherton Tablelands, then back to Innisfail again to teach “THE DAYS AWAKENING” and “THE CHOOK YARD”.

Then I’m off to Townsville¬†although I am not sure how long I will be there yet. Brisbane will be my next destination, where I am lucky enough to have my dear friends Margaret and Charles. Margaret also is a wonderful painter so I am looking forward to seeing what she has done through the year.¬†Margaret and I are like little girls when we get together with our show and tell - one thing is for sure we can always have a good laugh together, think about how many of your friends you can do that with.

I am so looking forward to the trip, as I will be seeing parts of Queensland I have never seen before, I will also get to see the camels I have been painting and visit the friends that I have been lucky enough to make through painting.


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Free pattern packet

May 26th, 2008 | Category: Carol's paintings, Pattern packets, Watercolours


It has taken a while, but here is the promised free pattern packet of the gum blossoms watercolour. This is a beginner pattern so it’s a good starting point. There are two parts to the pattern packet:

  • The tracing. Download the file here. It’s currently A4 size, so you will need to enlarge it to A3 and print it out onto tracing paper. If your printer doesn’t do sizes larger than A4, take it to a print and copy centre such as Kinkos - they should be able to enlarge it and print it onto tracing paper.
  • A step-by-step instruction guide.

Both are PDF documents so you will need a reader such as Adobe Reader in order to view them.
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Pictures of my camel paintings

May 19th, 2008 | Category: Carol's paintings

Click on any of the thumbnail pictures above to see the paintings. I hope you like them.

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