Cows

Upon the dawning of a  bright and crisp winter’s Saturday morning this morning , my family and I had a pleasant venture out to the countryside , escaping the “big smoke ” of Brisbane , to imbibe the beauty of the Australian bush and most importantly , to watch our youngest play soccer and subsequently stuff ourselves with pastries at the local country bakery .

And for some reason , I have come back from this journey , not only 3 kgs heavier , but with a burning need to draw a cow .

So here is my portrayal of :

” A cow ”

No doubt some of you , my uber intelligent blog readers , will see similarities in my little sketch , to the works of the great 17th Century Dutch pastoral painter , Paulus Potter , who sadly and remarkably , died of the milk borne disease , tuberculosis. Perhaps he should have taken to painting chickens .

Enjoy my masterpiece

Love to all from beautiful Brisbane Australia

Sandy

xxoo

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And here is for the next picture going straight into my portfolio….IMG_1268 The follow up picture to this one  I shall post tomorrow .

And why is this feverish update occurring you say ??

BECAUSE  , I am going to my first ever ever EVER, Children and young adults (CYA) author and illustrators conference next Friday and Saturday  , here in sunny Brisbane Australia  and will be having interviews with 4 different children’s book publishers wherein my portfolio will be perused mercilessly and honestly by said editors .

EEEEEEEEEEK !!

Shall need to grow a thicker skin , just in case , by Friday .

Cheers from Brisvegas Queensland , Australia

Sandy

The feverish updating of an illustration portfolio

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I’m so excited !!!! I’m like a kid at Christmas time who still believes in Santa!!

This artwork is going in my portfolio for the Children and Young Adults author and illustrators conference . I’ve been burning the midnight candle/iPad working industriously and feverishly to get my portfolio ready for this BIG event .

More info to come later…

But watch this space as I share my portfolio entries with you all .

Miss Condobolin, 1978

Dawn Phyllis  McGinnis was born and bred in Condobolin, the delightful western New South Wales country town , alongside the family flock of Merino cross Poll Dorset sheep , to Scottish migrant father – Percy ( who prefers for obvious reasons to be called ” Jock”) and 4th generation sheep and pig farming mother , Peggy ( who prefers not to be called by her birth name -Bertha)  McGinnis .

The  Miss Condobolin winner of 1978 , has  now evolved ,  like a butterfly from its chrysalis ,  into a rare and unique Australian treasure .

After several sittings , which necessitated copious servings of tea with scones , lamingtons and Arnotts Tina Wafer biscuits , I managed to capture her portraiture.

Dawn Phyllis McGinnis – this is your time to shine …

Sandy

 

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If you know a knitting or crochet addict

IMG_0902It has come to my attention that there is a real and hidden addiction epidemic affecting many women , and possibly men , in our modern 21st century society . You may well have a friend , family member , or partner , who is deeply affected by this addiction , which in turn has adverse affects on you – which is sad .

It is called ” Knitting and Crochet Addiction” , or  ‘KCA’

In fact , just yesterday , I met an individual with the said addiction . – let’s call her ” Inga” . ‘ “Inga”Ng of Centenary Suburbs Brisbane Australia, has taken the first step in dealing with her problem Or ” disease” (one doesnt want to be judgemental about such things) , as ‘Inga” has ADMITTED TO HER ADDICTION. ‘ Inga” still has a ways to go with her rehabilitation however , as she disguises her addiction as actually being a way of “caring for the needy” in the world by starting a group for other addicts who join together in their den every Friday afternoon at 1pm , knitting and crocheting blankets and other warm goods for homeless people , families in domestic violence situations and other such noble causes. They are even running a DROP IN AND KNIT DAY FOR THE NEEDY  on Saturday the 15th July , at Westside Church  of Christ . It is unfortunate that a Christian group is providing the venue for this , but it is what it is .

ANYWAY …..

I digress…

What I’m trying to say is. please ,  please , PLEASE dear blog readers. , share this blog post and  this cartoon with the world , so you can spread the word about this silent epidemic of KCA .

Here in Australia , it is particularly timely to share this post and cartoon  , with the occurrence of Mothers Day tomorrow , the 14th May . You may just save a family from destruction

Thankyou

My love is sent   through to you , via this , the amazing worldwide web.

Sandy Flett