Photography, Taking Stock

Taking Stock…December 2017

As the year draws to a close, my focus is often on the year that was and the year to come. I love to do this in December so I start the new year organised & focused.
It’s been a long time since I last did a ‘Taking Stock’ post so here it is for December 2017…

Making: my next art journal page
Cooking: dinner for tomorrow night
Drinking: tea, so many cups of tea
Reading: ‘Mrs Lincoln’s Rival’ by Jennifer Chiaverini
Wanting: Summer to be over already
Looking: through the lens of my new camera

Playing: with new art supplies, as always!
Deciding: which uni subject to tackle next semester
Enjoying: Monday mornings at the dog park with Josh & my babies

Waiting: for this evening when I see my photography buddies
Liking: lots of posts on Instagram
Wondering: what my word for 2018 will be
Loving: my family
Pondering: holiday plans for 2018
Considering: how much work I got done over a weekend with Tonja Sell at Jane’s

Watching: NCIS LA
Marvelling: at the idea that my son is going back to France to sing for his country on Anzac Day 2018
Needing: nothing at all
Smelling: warm Summer air
Following: the FMS photo a day challenges

Noticing: the odd way my whippets are lazing around in the heat

Knowing:  the satisfaction that comes from successfully completing two uni photographic subjects this year
Thinking: about the month that was. Lots of fantastic
Feeling: excited for a quiet week with lots of arting
Admiring: the sheer tenacity for survival and excellence of Li Cunxin, Mao’s Last Dancer

Sorting: my art room
Buying: Christmas presents
Getting: my study organised and ready for a weekend of art making
Bookmarking: encaustic tutorials
Disliking: the heat, is Summer over already?
Opening: our first Christmas card for 2017 – thank you Kaylene!
Feeling: tired from the gym this morning
Snacking: dieting!
Hearing: dinner bubble on the stove

As always, a huge thanks to Pip Lincoln for this ace list!






Studio Reveal–with The Altered Page

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I have long been a follower of Seth Apter and his blog The Altered Page and was lucky to take a class with Seth when he visited Australia recently. Over the past few weeks Seth has been inviting his readers to take part in a celebration of the studio table – uncensored, unedited, uncut if you will.  No prettying up for the camera, tidying beforehand or pushing that pile of UFO’s to the side!

I’d like to take you on a tour of my art room, it used to be our nursery when the boys were babies and years ago we extended our house to give hubby & I a lovely new bedroom.  Each of our boys got double bedrooms and I got this room as a study/art room. Forward on a few years and it is still a nice space to work in, courtesy of air-con I can use it all year round. But I’ve run out of room – of course I have my eye on one of those lovely big double bedrooms but have to wait until one of our sons moves out!

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Eagle eyes will spy two Ikea Raskog trolleys – one holds my Darkroom Door stamps and the other a variety of paint.  I don’t think you can ever have enough paint? More boxes of paint/inks/sprays take up a bit of floor space.

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On either side of my desk I have everything that I need – adhesives, inkpads, more stamps, Spellbinders dies, embossing folders, pens, pencils and all the stuff that goes into my projects.

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The back of the room has two sets of Ikea drawers holding more stuff! Each drawer is mostly sorted but from the piles on the floor you can see they are overflowing. Think I need to destash a bit.

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Of course I can’t share pics of my room without a shot of my constant companion, Zed. He is my art dog and loves hanging out with me. I have to be very careful what is left on the floor – he is rather partial to chewing things and loves to create beautiful paper art using carefully torn pieces of painty paper towel (actually he sneaks in to kill them dead and leaves the evidence all over the floor!)

Make sure you go and check out Seth’s post listing the links for everyone taking part, you will find it here.