If you’re following me on any other social media, you will know that there have been some big changes take place for me in recent months! At the end of last year, my man and I packed up our house in Australia and we’ve made a big move over to a remote Indonesian island called ‘Sumbawa’. I kid you not – I am currently sitting in the jungle typing. There is a hibiscus growing outside my window, there are kids running around outside yelling out words I can’t understand and there are monkeys swinging in the trees across the road.
This domain is due to expire in a couple of weeks, and I’ve made the decision not to renew it. A little bit sad, but I feel that it’s the right time to close this chapter. I was about to take the website offline yesterday, when I remembered that I do have quite a few email subscribers and I thought maybe there are some out there who don’t follow me on any other social media platforms. If this is you, than this jungle adventure will all be news to you!
So while I plan to let this domain expire, I will be keeping my Facebook page – Deanna Maree Artist, and that will still be where I share any creative moments I find myself having in the future. I have also started a new blog, where I’ve been sharing some of the experiences and the challenges that we face living on a remote jungle island! It’s called 10 Kilograms, and you’re most welcome to follow along on our new adventure. I’ve also set up a 10 Kilograms Facebook page, which I believe you can view even if you don’t have a Facebook account.
I’ve had some technical difficulties with this website in the last few days, and at the moment I’m unable to upload any photos which is unfortunate, because I was hoping to lure you over to the new blog with a beautiful pink tropical sunset!
It’s not happening for me, so you’ll just have to click over and check it all out for yourself!
I’m having trouble getting my head around the fact that it’s November already! We’re already three days in, and it’s just occurred to me that I need to change my calenders over. I’ve created another desktop calendar for you to download and use this month! Just click on the image a couple of times to make it larger and then save it to your desktop!
Usually if I make something edible, I don’t muck around photographing it – I like to tuck right in! Often I’ll get halfway through a meal, and then it will occur to me that I should have taken some photos before I picked up the knife/fork/spoon! So it may come as news to you that I do in fact like to hang out in the kitchen. I’m always in there experimenting with ways to make meals more nourishing, and working out ways to substitute the bad stuff for the good stuff! I’m big on eating well, and having a nutritious/nourishing diet based on fresh, organic whole foods. You are what you eat right?
Lately I’ve been experimenting a lot with raw food, and feeling pretty good for it! A few days ago I found myself browsing a blog called This Rawsome Vegan Life. There are so many beautiful recipes here, I didn’t really know where to start! It was the carrot cake with cashew frosting that ended up on my plate! It’s completely raw, and so easy to make! I restrained myself until I’d taken a few photos this time, but then I had to sample a piece – it’s pretty good!
Tuesday it was sewing, Wednesday it was a little photography.. I’ve really been living on the edge lately, who knows what I’ll be up to next! Today I spent the morning making magnets, and around lunch time I was sitting here finishing them off when I started to hear some fairly loud drops on the roof. I went outside to investigate further and there was no rain, just some random hail stones falling from the sky! It got heavier, still no rain – just hail, it was the weirdest thing!
Then the wind picked up, it was fairly icy and it has turned today into a cold, grey, drizzly day. I’m still wearing the summer dress I put on early this morning, only now it’s so fashionably accessorized with a warm fleecy jumper and a pair of stripey socks. And then it came to me – today’s random, spontaneous urge >> I had to make some candles. Of course.
I’ve had a stash of old, burnt beeswax candles in a box for a while – another one of those things I’ve been wanting to get around to. So this afternoon I melted them all down over the stove, put new wicks in some tea light holders and re-poured some new candles. I’m thinking I might go an test them out, a hot candlelit bath sounds perfect!
On a long branch in the morning sun
Seven little singers combine as one,
They welcome the day with their cheerful song
And invite everyone else to come sing along!
Today is such a perfect spring day here! I was feeling a bit restless this morning, really wanting to get outside and away from the dirty, noisy construction zone we're currently living in the middle of. I've been a bit off task the last couple of days, yesterday I even got my sewing machine out. It was impulsive, and in no way did sewing help me make any progress on my paintings, or get any magnets made – but I really appreciated the little break from the usual. For months now, every day has been about all I have to do, (painting for my exhibition, custom orders, making magnets..) and it's become a bit of a drag to be quite honest, so I've decided that I'm going to start doing more of what I want to do. That's the whole point of being my own boss isn't it?! Yesterday I wanted to sew a bird , today I wanted to go and breathe some fresh spring air. So I did. And I loved every minute of it.
There's a beautiful reserve just 5 minutes from our house, I took my camera with me and took a few photos. When I got home, I thought it would be nice to share something with you – especially if you don't have the freedom/flexibility to go wandering through flower gardens on a whim! I had a bit of a play around, and I've managed to create a desktop calendar from one of my photos for you to download and use this month! Just click on the image a couple of times to make it larger and then save it to your desktop!
This is the biggest canvas I've painted on in recent years, it is almost taller than me! As you know, most of the birds I paint are only loosely based on reality – many of them are birds I've dreamed into life! I've been asked many times 'why don't you paint some Australian birds?'! It's always been in the back of my mind, but I like to use my imagination and paint things that you would never be able to see, or photograph in real life. So I decided to paint some Australian birds, but put my own touch of 'that's not real' on it by sitting a whole rainbow of birds on a singular branch. Do you remember all the colours of the rainbow?
A rainbow of feathers gathered high in a tree,
to sing about a country – whose land is girt by sea
They flocked up there together, birds of every kind,
singing the anthem of Australia – the greatest place you’ll find!
A Red-capped Robin, a Rose-crowned Fruit Dove, an Eastern Yellow Robin, a female King Parrot, a Kingfisher, a Splendid Fairy-wren and a Gouldian Finch all join to sing 'Advance Australia Flair'.
With just a week left of my exhibition, I thought I'd start to formally introduce some of my paintings! This one was a pleasure to paint, yellow is such a happy colour! I don't think it's possible to look at this painting and not feel even a little surge of happiness! I hung each of the paintings with a somewhat cringeworthy verse of poetry underneath it, I'm not sure what inspired me to do it but I have to admit it was kind of fun putting words to each painting!
Springtime is here, oh happy day
the August winds blew the cold away!
Outside your window sits a cockatoo,
with a musical greeting just for you