Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wake Up

Watching the sunrise this morning while on my morning walk the colours in the sky were amazing I think that's where I got the inspiration for this quick drawing this morning. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Sweet Poison...the facts







Photo Credit Gary Gray


This article really explains the addictive nature of sugar and how it literally changes your brain chemistry!

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Quite often words and music inspire the illustrations I do. It might be just a throwaway line or a single word, in this case 'Candy'. Candy is more of an American phrase, we in Australia call sweets, particularly hard candy, lollies.

As a diabetic these are a definite no no for me but it always amazes and concerns me how much hidden sugar is contained in 'regular' food. More so how much is directed at children especially now we are more aware of the toxic inflammatory effects of sugar on our bodies and the addictive nature of its response on our brains.

The epidemic of diet related poor health and weight issues, of which I'm a victim, is tragic and so unnecessary. But if you even take a passing glance at the food labels it's pretty clear why!

Since becoming a Paleo eater I can't testify to the difference living clean living makes to mind body and spirit. I have been able to loose weight, my blood sugar levels have normalised to the point I no longer need medication and my brain clarity and moods have improved beyond anything I could have believed. It's that old thing, you don't know how bad it was until you feel so much better!

Monday, March 2, 2015

The other side of the rainbow

Photo credit Sparkle of Lilac

I don’t know why, but sometimes achieving a dream really sucks. Sometimes what you were trying to achieve turns out not to really be what you wanted at all. 

Over the past few years I have had a few goals like getting my Degree and following a career in Graphic Design, all of which I have achieved. Great, awesome, all done. But it’s been a tad disappointing to tell the truth. So am I just whingeing and ungrateful? Maybe…

My job has kind of stalled, there is no real advancement possible and opportunities where I live are limited. A lot of what I do at work is creatively restrictive and tends to revolve around adverts, annual reports and document design, cue large yawn. I have seriously nearly face planted my desk on a number of occasions as brain fog descends and sleep envelops while choosing the perfect location for a door mat!

My job gives me just enough to make it impossible to let it go without financial worry but the downside is creative soul atrophy. Sometimes I think working in a totally different field would at least leave my creative head space alone.

What to do? I have a few ideas.

One, I'm planning a trip to Kathmandu.

I am going to totally step out of every single comfort zone I have and challenge myself to do something radical and different. It’s not related to creating anything just widening my horizons and blasting away at complacency.

Secondly, I’m creating new material for my portfolio, and blog. Things I'm interested in and that I enjoy.
Thirdly, I’m going to get an agent.

I think this one is about really starting to take what I do seriously. It’s not a hobby, it’s not an option. What I do is as necessary to me as eating, and eating is something I do quite regularly, not every so often!


Is this all just dream chasing yet again? Maybe, but then maybe that’s what it’s all about, the chase!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Angela Angels Message

Hi everybody,
I have been getting a few enquiries regarding how to purchase 'Stop! I Don't Like That! The book was has just been launched this last weekend and I am just waiting to hear back about where it can be purchased and for how much. I will post a link here as soon as I know. From what I have heard it has been very well received and is already going international.

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In the mean time I am posting a link to a FREE downloadable PDF colouring book called Angela Angels Message, Kerene Whelan wrote this as a short story for children and I have put together some accompanying colouring pages for printing at home. Enjoy!

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Angela Angels Message Download

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

My First Book!

It has been so long since I have posted here, life has been extremely busy to say the least. However, I have some exciting news…the children’s book that I have illustrated is now in print, WHOOT!

It’s title is ‘Stop! I Don’t Like That!’ written by Kerene Wheelan. It is an education resource book to teach kids that it is okay to say stop if someone is doing something they don’t like, and to seek out adult help to feel safe again.

Whether it’s grandma with her sloppy kisses or your big brother yelling at you it’s okay to say you don’t like what someone is doing or how someone is behaving.

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This has been a very exciting step for me and I have already begun another project working on a colouring book as a resource to accompany another story. It’s so wonderful to be working on my own projects and doing what I love.

I have also been working with a great bunch of ladies as they establish a very successful Pop Up Shop enterprise. I have developed their logo and have created posters for advertising their events.

 

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