Monday, 27 October 2008

Madame de Pompadour by François Boucher

Kia ora

This time I have used an image from the public domain, one by François Boucher, 1703-1770. You may read about Boucher here.

I have chosen a beautiful portrait of his patron, Madame de Pompadour, the richness of the colours appeal to me greatly.

Hope you like it.

You may download a zip file with three sizes here.

Thank you.

Thursday, 23 October 2008

31 October 2008

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31 October is Samhain, All Hallow's Eve or Halloween. Not something celebrated widely in Aotearoa/New Zealand, the sight of a few children wearing ghostly gear and wandering the city for treats can be seen in some areas.

Our small group of talented women have created some cards for you to send to your friends. Visit our graphics site to download a few cards, here, to your own computer to send with emails to your friends.

Enjoy the cards.

Saturday, 11 October 2008

A Daisy a Day

Kia ora

Another flower from my garden. This time the wonderful herb, Feverfew, which I love. Feverfew leaves are a tasty additive to vegemite sandwiches, especially for anyone suffering with migraines. It is so easy to grow it is also seen as a weed, I sometimes find it taking over my garden and I have to throw this pretty daisy in the compost. Each plant has a multitude of daisies growing amongst the lush green leaves.

I have used a couple of Paint Shop Pro art scripts, coloured chalk and watercolour, on the image of the feverfew and blended them and used misted flowers, from the same image, to create the two larger flowers.

I hope you like it.

You will find a zip file with three different sizes here.

Thank you.

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

The beautiful Papango

Kia ora

It has been a while. I've been doing other things lately and not able to be online that much. Things are changing and I'm now back.

I just found a desktop I'd done earlier and had forgotten about. I took this photograph of the small Black Teal, also known as Papango, who is seen in the Avon river and the lakes, at Hagley Park, in Christchurch.

Hagley Park is one of the best things about Christchurch, in my opinion. Close to the city, it is a beautiful large park where I love to go and smell the roses from time to time. I also love sitting watching the ducks and the various birds that abound in the trees and waterways in Hagley Park. A wonderful place to relax, whether picnicing [sp?] with friends or family, watching the model boats on Victoria Lake, playing tennis, golf, rugby or cricket, eating an icecream by the children's play area, taking a row along the Avon, or just wandering through on the way to work, Hagley Park is an ideal spot so close to the CBD. With the Canterbury Museum adjacent and the Arts Centre with markets and lovely cafés just across the road from the park, it is the perfect weekend hang out for all ages.

I often head down to the park just to enjoy the colour of the floral displays in all seasons although it is the varied birdlife that always seems to draw me in.

This desktop is available in a zip with three sizes here.

Thank you for downloading my desktop.


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