My First Award


One Lovely Blog Award

Thank you so much Gman for this “lovely” nomination. I have been watching your site ever since I started my blog in August 2012. You blow my mind! For those of you who have not yet visited the Gman, you can find him at, Although The Gman is only 12, he is incredibly talented; he draws, photographs, writes poetry, and is even writing a book. I just know he’s going to be famous one day.

I am following quite an eclectic group of blogs myself…hence the Gman. Some areas that I am very interested in are photography, art, humor, mental health, family. The amount of talent present in this world is infinite and I am enjoying mysneek previews into this amazing  and every changing gallery.

Some of the blogs I follow religiously deal with mental health issues and may not be appropriate to nominate in this case…so please do not feel unloved. I do avidly follow many others that as soon as a new post comes into my mail box, I just have to have a peek. I’m also amazed at how humble these people are about their talents. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do myself.

Thanks again GMan!

Seven Random Things About Myself:

  1. I started singing lessons a year ago.
  2. I am a single Mum with four children (all boys)
  3. I’m 44.
  4. I was a Jillaroo for four years (female version of Jackaroo/Cowboy)
  5. I studied Horse Breaking and Artifical Insemination.
  6. I can use a chainsaw and slaughter and butcher a sheep. (necessary Jillaroo skills)
  7. I love to dance (mostly Salsa).

My Nominees:


Include the blog award logo in your post.

Thank the person who nominated you.

Nominate 15 other people, and let them know you have done so.


Grecian Horse


I painted this a while ago and now it hangs on my wall at home. I have drawn a series of animals in this vein which I will get to painting one day. Hope you like this one.

p.s. Sorry about the crappy photo. Will get a better one soon !

Rocking Horse


Here are some pictures of a rocking horse I painted for my niece a few years ago. One side is “Black Beauty” and the other is “Circus Horse”. I found the horse itself on somebodies trash pile and painted over the ugly stencil that was already there.

The Artist – Galloping Hooves on a Lonely Road

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Let’s Run Away Together’
(Photo Credit: Masha Vereshchenko)

I was stunned when I found this amazing painting to illustrate my very first post. I wrote and asked the artist if she would mind explaining her motivation behind it and she kindly replied. Her comment brought me to tears. I felt it was painted for me as it perfectly expressed the place I went to in these terrible moments as a child. The artist has more incredible paintings if you would care to look and I so wanted to give her the credit she deserves.

Masha’s Reply

Wow, it’s so amazing you picked my painting to express your beautifully written words. Funny thing, I painted this when my step Father was suffering from cancer, I came home to help for about 3 months and the helplessness that everybody felt wore me down, it was an incredibly difficult thing to endure. I started picturing myself as a baby galloping away from the problem, even though that’s not the right thing to do, but it made me feel better for a second. That’s what this piece is about, danger chasing you behind while you try to gallop away, it’s all part of my dangerous animals series.

I am very sorry that you’ve gone through such an effed up thing, but I’m also amazed at how your interpretation is similar to mine in my painting, even though the circumstances are way different 🙂


I have just read your comment and it has made me cry. I am thrilled to hear from you. I really wanted to understand your painting and I appreciate you taking the time to reply so much. That must have been such a hard time for you but your painting is even more special to me now. I will add links to your beautiful art from my sight. Much love, Jen

Here are some links to Masha’s artwork as well as a terrific article about her and her art. Thank you again Masha.



On the edge of sleep, I see a picture, 

Then add another, to make it richer.

In the early hours of this morning I lay in bed thinking about this type of poetry. I’m going to call it “Phoetry”. In that moment before sleep, try to grasp and stay hold the image that comes into your mind. Whatever comes first. Then add another to it. What would come next? Don’t try to make sense of it; just try to remember for the next day. I found I could only retain two as I would then forget the details of the first one. You might be able to do more.

I’ve always wished I could photograph my dreams, or scenes from my dreams. Perhaps this is the closest thing to it. When you search for your photos (I went into flikr, try not to get distracted from your initial “vision”.

I’d love to see your “Phoetry”. Good, bad, sad, beautiful or indifferent…just go with it.

Fibonacci Fish


After painting my initial “Schooling Fish” from an actual photo, I was fascinated to learn more about this phenomenon and to also see other similar photos. In my research, I discovered “the Fibonacci Numbers”. Wow did that blow my mind! This simple pattern of numbers was discovered by a man born in the 1100’s called Leonardo of Pisa (aka Fibonacci) and the numbers explain a great many biological phenomena including the spiral of a nautilus shell, the unfurling of a fern frond, the arrangement of a pine cone, the seeds in a sunflower and even the ratios of the bones of the human body and structure of our face. The sequence is as follows…can you work out the pattern?

0,\;1,\;1,\;2,\;3,\;5,\;8,\;13,\;21,\;34,\;55,\;89,\;144,\; \ldots\;infinity

Leonardo Da Vinci had a very good grasp (major understatement here) of this concept and the Fibonacci ratios (derived from the above series) were used religiously in his art. Even though we may spend most or all of our lives completely unaware of this mathematical magic, we  likely instinctively recognise and simply see the underlying ratios as beauty or as “pleasing to the eye”. Interestingly, it has been found that a large proportion of models possess faces that conform to the Fibonacci Ratios.

Anyway, I don’t want to go on about this too much, I just wanted to mention Fibonacci because I felt, well, cheated that it wasn’t taught   at school both in Maths and Art.  I was good at Math but I’m sure I would have enjoyed it even more if I had understood the strong numerical connections to nature, art and even architecture.

In discovering this gem of knowledge in my quest for more swirling fish, I decided to paint schooling fish in a Fibonacci Spiral. So here it is, my Fibonacci Fish.


Finally, if your knowledge buds are tempted and you would like to find more about Fibonacci than my little nutshell explanation, there is plenty of information on the internet. However, if you don’t want to get bogged down in algorithms,  I found a great blog that goes into far more detail than me but not so much that you need a degree in Mathematics. Have a look, you’ll see some great examples. You wont regret it!

By the way, once I discovered Fibonacci, I was distracted from my schooling fish knowledge search…I’ll get back to it soon!

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