A Christmas Workshop

Last weekend I held a workshop. It was for the SFDAV end of year Christmas Luncheon which was held in our lovely community hall. We spent the day laughing, sharing, creating, eating and meeting new likeminded people. And what a great turn up we had. We had two workshops running in the morning. Heleen held […]

How to Paint a Nutcracker

With Christmas just a month away I would like to share a  post with you. It’s  one I posted about a year ago which is getting a lot of action lately; it’s becoming one of my most popular posts. I’ve been enthused by nutcrackers since I was a child. You know the ones … the […]

Handmade Gifts

There is something really unique about a handmade gift. It’s a special experience for both, the receiver and the gift giver. An out of the ordinary, one of its kind, special present which shows thoughtfulness, love and care combined. Handmade’s current issue Vol 36 no.6 is all about gift giving ideas, full of inspirational gifts […]

Pickets for Charity

During mid October members of SFDAV bonded once more through amazing efforts raising funds for charity.  BlazeAid was the chosen charity for our painted picket competition, voted by peoples choice at “From Picture to Page Show” Here are some photos of our members’ entries. Didn’t they do a wonderful job? BlazeAid is a volunteer-based organisation that […]

What Makes a Good Background?

A good background should complement your artwork rather than compete with the main elements in a painting. It should show relevance, composure and uniformity to the picture. Its role is to complete and tie your whole artwork together. Remember, the background is there to enhance, and not to overpower the “star of the show”. If […]

LOOK! It’s Me…

That’s exactly what I said when I received my copy of this month’s Handmade magazine. But, in all honesty Being featured in Handmade’s Inspirations section was really not a surprise… You see, I knew it was coming… but I had no idea how it was going to be presented… then, seeing it in print for […]