Our quick little camping trip was a success despite a few minor hiccups. We arrived at about 5:30pm so it was already getting dark. Setting up camp took a whole 10 minuets, once the trailer was parked all we had to do was string up a tarp to stop us getting wet while getting in and out and that was it. That was the easy part. Starting a fire to cook dinner was more of a challenge. Firstly everything was damp because it had been raining all day. Secondly the chainsaw wouldn’t start. Doh. So we quickly ran around collecting as much smaller sticks and logs as we could find before it got too dark and started attempting to get wet wood to burn. Lets just say lots of petrol was involved LOL. We finally got something burning enough to cook our dinner. Some lovely men who were camping nearby heard us struggling to get the chainsaw started and generously came over to donate some of their dry kindling for us to use. I would have been helpful a little earlier but it was still a fantastic gesture and it meant we had dry wood to cook our breaky with in the morning which would have saved us a lot of time.
Anyway, the camper was super comfy and really warm. It worked perfectly (even Trigger loved snuggling up in there…he wasn’t a fan of the wet muddy ground. The poor pampered little thing). And it took a whole ten minuets to pack it all up again in the morning. Perfect.
Triggies had a ball running around after birds. He wasn’t keen on the dirty ground at first and had to wear his little puppy jacket because it was pretty darn cold. but he had a great time. We spent the next day doing a bit of 4WDing to find somewhere that Trent could do a bit of target practice with his new rifle. We nearly plummeted off the side of a gully and almost got stuck half way up a mountain but that all just adds to the excitement. We had lunch at Lake Eildon and despite the less than perfect weather, had a lovely time away. Now that we know that the trailer is safe and secure (and watertight) we can venture off a bit further and for longer next time we have some time off to ourselves. Hurrah.
I’m giving away a bit of a painting related freebie today for other artists. While practicing painting i find it really hard to find decent reference photos for subject matter. Magazines are good but often the photos are very small or too busy and the internet doesn’t really help either. It’s hard to find exactly what you want, which for me when it comes to still life, is a good clean simple set up. So i decided today to pick myself up some flowers and arrange them in various ways to make up a bit of a stockpile of resource photos for myself. Lots of different combinations and colours. I now have a whole heap of photos to use when i am stuck for ideas and i’ve posted a few of them up on flickr for other artists to download and use if they like. They are not huge files, but they are big enough to print at A4 to use as a subject for those wanting to practice and can’t be bothered creating their own set up.
Trust me, you can spend hours scouring google images trying to find something that is just right only to then find that you can’t use it because of copyright. So these are being given away with no copyright attached. They may not be what you’re looking for either, but if they are and you happen to use them, all i ask is that they are used to paint or draw from only and not manipulated as digital images and re-posted onto the web. And please credit and link me if you use the photos and post your artwork somewhere on the web, just so others can have access to this free resource as well. Also if you happen to use them i’d LOVE to see your artwork so please come back and let me know by leaving a link to your blog or artwork.
This little girl is a secret, she will make up part of a gift I’m making. I couldn’t resist showing here off here a little bit first. She is just too cute and was having too much fun climbing my flowers that I had to take some photos.
Sometimes I don’t really like my finished paintings. For whatever reason they just don’t work out how I plan them to. Often they are not worth salvaging. But sometimes it’s fun to go back to an old painting and rework them a bit. It doesn’t always help and can end up more frustrating than ever. But sometimes you end up with something completely different. Not necessarily better or worse.
I know technically we still have another month of winter to get through but I am so hanging out for spring and the warmer weather. We have had a few lovely days here and there lately which is really just nature teasing us because then it gets cold and wet again.
Trent and I are heading up to Big River this Saturday for a quick one night get away. We are testing out the new camper trailer that he has customized to make sure it’s suitable before we head off anywhere too adventurous. The weather is looking a little average but it will be lovely spending some alone time together (with Trigger as well) and sitting around a campfire.
I plan on spending the time eating, knitting, felting and relaxing. Let’s hope the rain holds off so we don’t get too soggy.