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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.


Still alive

October 15th, 2008 | Category: Family, Watercolours, Workshops

The problem with owning a blog is keeping it updated in order for it to remain interesting. I am not sure that I have a lot to tell you as I haven’t been painting at all lately -¬† it has been the school holidays and at the moment I am lucky enough to have my eight year old grand-daughter staying with us. What a joy she is to have around! I just love being a Nanna and I try to make the most of it while she still wants me around to do things with her.

There is much to be done over the holidays when you are eight and it’s so much better if you have a friend stay over. Thank goodness the weather was perfect for going to the beach, the water was a bit cold to stay swimming for too long but when you are young there is so much to discover in the rock pools. We came home with a bucket full of shells, star fish, hermit crabs, bits of glass washed smooth all that good stuff.

I have also become the cupcake queen, decorated by the girls with bright green and hot pink icing. We spent¬†four days with my mum, who is ninety now and we like to spend as much time with her as we can whilst we still have her around. We¬†went to the theatre to see a production of Just Macbeth, written for children by Andy Griffith. It was a lot of fun and on the way home in the car I asked Zoe to tell me the story of Macbeth. She said, “I am not sure if I understood it all,” but when she told me the story in her words, she was spot on. Would I have¬†understood Shakespeare at that age? I don’t think so.

All in all the school holidays were fun. School started Monday so it is back to normal again. So I am trying to get back in to painting, even though I have been painting for so many years I still find it hard to get back in to the swing of it after a break.

I am lucky enough to be sponsored by Chroma, and they have asked me to design some Christmas cards using their iridescent colours, which I thought it would be a breeze. Not so! They have to be very simple so that anyone including non-painters can do them. I am inclined to fuss too much - I add a bit here and a bit there, so I have to discipline myself. But I am on the way and things are starting to take shape.

This weekend I am going to be the student for a change. I belong to The Sutherland Arts Society and every year they have a Paint-a-thon. I treat myself to painting with other well-known artists. I learn so much - I have always encouraged my own students to paint with as many teachers as they can, as everyone has something to offer. I am so looking forward to it, I have three days of painting watercolours with Ross Paterson. I will take photos for my blog if I am allowed.

Also, I will be teaching the Pink and grey galahs down the south coast at Batemans Bay on the 25th of October.

Well I should get back to painting Christmas cards. Talk soon!

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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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Things are starting to get back to normal

September 01st, 2008 | Category: Family

Linden is still not well but he is certainly a lot better. I haven’t picked up a brush in so long and I am starting to have withdrawals. I¬†still don’t have time to paint but I feel I have to do something so I have been sorting out my paints, washing brushes, and filing pattern packs -¬†things that should have been done months ago.

I still have all my paintings that I had packed ready to go on the trip piled up in my lounge room, however. What am I going to do with them? I just don’t know where I am going to put them. The older I get, the more stuff I seem to accumulate. I would like to be able to start again -¬†I would like those people that you see on TV to come in and throw things away for me because I don’t seem to be able to do that. Maybe I should have a garage sale. When I am painting, none of the mess worries me.

Oh well. Now that I have got that off my chest I will get back to trying to be a housekeeper and a nurse. YUK.

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Queensland trip cancelled

August 07th, 2008 | Category: Family, On the road

I am so sad at the moment. I have had to cancel my exhibition in Hughenden and my upcoming workshops in Queensland, as my husband Linden is still in hospital. He is still very unwell. I hate to let everyone down like this. I was looking forward to being with the camels I was even hoping that I could ride one. I have already been in touch with each studio to let them know. Everyone has been so kind and has asked me to reschedule when Linden is well again.

I am very disappointed as I look forward to seeing all my friends again. I consider myself such a lucky person as I have been able to make so many good friends doing what I love, “teaching people what I know about painting.” I will let everyone know when it is up and running again.


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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Daisies make me smile

October 16th, 2007 | Category: Family, On the road, Watercolours, Workshops

On October the 23rd I’ll be leaving at 4am on my little jaunt to Victoria. However my daughter Georgina and son-in-law Micheal will be on their way back from fishing in the beautiful Tumbarumba area so hopefully we can meet up for coffee around 11am.

I am going down to Brewster, which is between Ballarat and Beauford on the way to Adelaide. It’s 20 minutes out of Ballarat and I’m going for some R&R with my friends Ted and Colin. I will be painting a new painting for beginners whilst I’m there, called Daisies Make Me Smile.¬† That’s on Saturday. On Sunday, I’m doing the Hunter Valley Shed with students who have painted with me before. I’m having a well-earned rest on Monday, but on Tuesday I’ll be painting Pink and Grey Galahs in Geelong with Leony Hoekstra at Friendly Folk.

And then, in Woodbe Crafty, on Friday November 2nd, I’ll be doing Daisies Make Me Smile again. Then I’m back home, stopping in with Jenny Mursett at Rosewood. We are doing the third of a series of Tuscan painting called the Fruit Shop. Then it’s back home again on November 5.

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