Latest Discovery

Latest Discovery – Draw with Jazza

A few months back we finally moved from the used-to-be-massive-but-now-is-tiny-tube-tv era to smart-tv-oh-wow-you-can-do-that-internet-in-my-loungeroom era. Yes, yes, that sounds odd for a computer geek like me to be so behind the times, but hey, there was that having-kids thing in the last decade that kinda slowed things down. And upgrading had nothing to do with not […]

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Ice Crystal II

Exploring paper mosaics

I had a great day today. I held a paper mosaics workshop at Goodwood Library. Eleven eager artists attended and had a good time. I gave a quick rundown on tools and materials and let them have at it 😀 It was great fun to see the different interpretations and experimenting going on and I […]

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The calm

The Calm

Our lives are nuts. While many of the mundane tasks of existence have been relieved by technology, we’ve filled the gaps with more stuff, so instead of spending hours washing our clothes in the local river, we’re dashing off to work to a gazillion deadlines, places to be, people to see and appointments to keep. […]

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Determined

Persistance is not futile

None of us were born with a pencil and Leonardo da Vinci’s art education – not even Leonardo himself. Yet, many of us, including me, oggle at the masters’ artworks and grumble about how we can never be that good. Do we ever see the blood, sweat and tears behind those masterpieces? Do we know what each of those great artists had to overcome to get where their careers finally took them? In many cases, the only factors separating success and failure is the determination to learn from failure and pick everything up and try again.

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Dreams of balloons

Let go

One of the hardest things for me to do when creating is to let go. I’m naturally a control freak, nitpicker, worry wart, overthinker, pedantic pain in the butt. I focus on detail, and despite my skill level being far from being able to create the photographic perfection some artists can manage, it doesn’t stop […]

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The Inspiration Directory

There were two reasons for creating this website. The main one was obviously a place for Gumnut Inspired to live – a place for my art, my blog, my shop, my corner of the web. However, there was a second reason that might not be so obvious, mainly because I forget to advertise it.

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Finished

Finished. It is the holy grail for all artists. I have a saying pinned on my pinboard above my desk (well, I did until we gutted my studio, but let’s play as if it is still there):   ‘To start is fun, but to finish is ecstasy.’   And I really believe that. I’ve always […]

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The Pinnacles

The value of a compliment

In 2006, my Hubby and I spent two weeks in Western Australia. It was a fantastic holiday, WA is a wonderful place for the nature lover. It is gorgeous. About halfway through the holiday we had a long stretch of a drive between Albany and Toodyay. It was a road trip where we hadn’t planned […]

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