Monday, May 26, 2008

Creating a new design

Following on from Jesse's step-by-step instructions of how to do a block print and how to upholster a cushion, I thought I would show you how I go about creating a new design. First, the idea! Living in a place that is home to prolific areas of "Fynbos"( Western Cape wild
flowers) one cannot but notice the proteas.

Next, the rough idea in colour. Trying to work out how to get colour into the backgroud and have the flowers in the negative.

A bit more detail and the concept of background 'waves' of colour.

Painting in colour, with even MORE detail!

Final artwork before touching up in photoshop.

The final product, recoloured, printed and in my shop!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

yummy chocolate cake

This is the delicious, decadent chocolate cake my son, (the aspiring chef) made as a practise for my moms 74 th birthday party. It tasted as good as it looks! I placed it on the 'master chef' tea towel, which was inspired by a painting done by the same child, about 11 years ago.

Thursday, May 22, 2008


Autumn is definately here! I picked up all these reminders of the end of summer and put them on a wooden platter to soak up the last rays of summer sunshine. Pods from a garden on the slopes of Table Mountain, vine leaves from a friends garden in the valley, near my home, and chillies from my garden.

Monday, May 12, 2008

hermanus harbour

This is very exciting as it is my first post on my new blog site! I thought I would start by showing you some pics of the town I live in.Although these are not taken from my front garden (I wish!) the stunning views are there everyday for everyone to enjoy! I hope you enjoy them to!