Hello…. welcome to my website and blog – or as as I like to think of it: a Big Leap into Open Galaxies! A sort of online journal, and place to share my art and words with you.
I draw and paint in various traditional art media, and sometimes on the iPad, and also write and illustrate poems.
I live in a lovely country town in Australia. I’m happily married, a mum of four boys – young men now: someone who loves Jesus; love to: draw, paint, write, read…walk our dogs – two Jack Russells – look after the garden; and like a quiet life. Not always easy to have during those busy family years – but I wouldn’t have changed any of it.
Some of my formal qualifications.
- Visual Art Diploma with majors in Drawing/Painting; to which I included a major in English Literature.
- Graduate Diploma in Education: Secondary (High school ) teaching: Art and English.
While raising children, in-between cooking, cleaning, and the washing machine; much of what I wrote and drew, (now a large filing cabinet full) – was scurried down in a hurry, and is still in various draft stages. Some I’ve finished. And now my family are young adults, I hope to God-willing, bring more of it to completion.
My kitchen is an everchanging gallery of notes and pictures. Everyday-things, are often my subject matter – even tissues and kitchen sinks, star in my watercolours and haiku. With increasing flights into flowers, foliage, and landscapes for my art. As well: my faith in God; how ordinary things are often extraordinary; how special life is; these themes spill into my art and writing.
I also love to draw faces, which I share about in this aptly titled post 🙂 “About Drawing Faces.”
I flavour my poems, both haiku and my longer poems with: alliteration, personification, assonance…fancy sounding terms for good fun with words. These language devices often appear in whatever I write – for me, a sort of natural occurrence – wisely used they can add music and colour to sentences.
Drawing and painting on the iPad, is an exciting addition to my work in traditional media: watercolours, gouache, ink pen, acrylic, pencil…. I use art apps with such natural looking media, that my iPad art often looks much the same as my work on paper or canvas.
I prefer to paint and draw with my finger on the screen, rather than use a stylus, and I think it makes it all the more enjoyable.
I’m thankful to a friend who helped initiate my leap into the online world. She freely offered some information and advice, and pointed me in the direction of WordPress – where I proceeded to build this website.
I built this site on my iPad – hardly ever use a computer, for anything. Thankful to WordPress, for their excellent: tools, resources and support.
The iPad has become a handy, compact studio for many of my creative projects. I keep a keyboard attached to my iPad. It makes typing a lot easier, and it prevents the iPad’s keyboard popping up when I’m arranging my art and words.
Thankful to God for my life – for everything.
John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also love one another. (WEB)
*All images and text © 2014 – 2019 Janette Leeds. All rights reserved.