Creating – Throw It to Me! Throw It to Me!

I live in the Maleny area of the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland in Queensland, Australia. The picturesque hillsides and rain forests make this countryside ideal for weddings and celebrations. I have been exploring the relationships that we have with flowers, especially the familiar tradition of bridal bouquets, and their being forwarded on after the wedding.

In this painting I wanted to capture the anticipation one might experience as the bouquet flies through the air.The majority of these roses and flowers have grown in our country garden, and all resources are my own photographs. Acrylic Paint, Ready to hang100.3cm (W) x 100.3cm (H) x 3cm (D) More Info:…/throw-it-to-me-throw-it-to-me

The first thing I realized after deciding on the design for this painting was that I really don’t know one rose from the other. My husband is the gardener, I just paint and photograph the flowers. Roses have such individual characteristics. After sketching several on to the canvas I discovered I was getting quite lost ๐Ÿ™‚ I quickly numbered the photographs and sketched up a legend to keep me on track.

There are ten small Montville Roses (The Duchess of Brabant) to represent our hinterland. These were painted fresh from our new garden. The Cherry Blossom was from a photo taken in the Dandenongs, and it represents the Cherry Tree at One Tree Hill in Maleny. All, but one, of the roses were grown by my husband over the years. Roses symbolize love. Daisies and maiden hair fern symbolize innocence and purity.

Moi, signing off, snapped by my gardener ๐Ÿ™‚

A Bluethumb Staff Pick

How exciting!! ๐Ÿ˜Š

My artwork Throw It to Me! Throw It to Me! has been selected by Bluethumb Online Art Gallery as a Staff Pick last Friday (7th May) โ€“ thank you Bluethumb Team ๐Ÿ’

All the details are here:

Creating Tussie Mussies

Thank you BLUETHUMB Art Gallery for selecting my Cyanotype as part of the small curationย titled Unbe-leaf-able Art curated by Megan George, and published last week.

I’m so excited to have my work with these amazing artworks featuring leaves. Click Here to view the collection.
Especially thrilled to have it as one of the four feature images for the Facebook promotion. There are over 11,000 artists on Bluethumb so feeling pretty chuffed ๐Ÿ™‚
Please scroll down for detail images of how I created this artwork.

Untethered Tussie Mussie – Cyanotype Photograph, Framed, 46cm (W) x 46cm (H) x 0.2cm (D)
More Info and detail images available at my Bluethumb Portfolio

I have been fascinated with the Victorian Tussie Mussies for a few decades ๐Ÿ™‚ The fragrances created by combining flowers and herbs into a posy are just beautiful. Sometimes I even add rosemary or mint to a collection of garden flowers for the kitchen table or bench for their scent. Also, parsley is a lovely touch for greenery in a kitchen vase.ย  Several years ago I filmed myself, with camera on trusty tripod, creating a Tussie Mussie for the HD DVD The Vegetable Patch (Carers Resources).

In February 2018 I was an exhibiting member with the Arts Connect Inc Untethered Exhibition at The Butter Factory Arts Centre, Cooroy, Queensland. It was a natural, instant thought for me to create an ‘untethered’ Tussie Mussie. This video provides step-by-step images and instructions for making a Tussie Mussie cyanotype. Or watch on YouTube.

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Have a lovely day, Judi