Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Three Muses: Stairs

Dreams Stairway!

Am away for a month, see your wonderful works when I return... Glenys

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Take a Word: Beach

The Beach at Dawn...my favourite time!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Three Muses: Quirky

By adding wings, I can go where ever I please on my bike!

The image of the bike was taken on the latest trip to Bali...it was a fabulous contraption!!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Take a Word: Fantasy

Capturing the Moon.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Three Muses: Postcard Paris

Francs go in all different directions...on all manner of things!
Wish you were here!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Take a Word: Insects

Have been to Flores, Indonesia... if you would like to see my travels click on the link on the side panel.
Great to be back making art again!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Three Muses: Blue

Starry, starry night.
Paint your palette blue and grey,
Look out on a summer's day,
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul.

Shadows on the hills,
Sketch the trees and the daffodils,

Catch the breeze and the winter chills,
In colors on the snowy linen land.
Don McLean.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Three Muses: Eggs

Eggs might fly!!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Take a Word: Oriental

Deciphering the Oriental Elfin Code....
Hmmm!!! Is it a recipe for a potion to create a fairy or a frog??

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Three Muses: Mona revised

Leonardo and his Muse....

Take a Word: Chocolate

Manna from Heaven..... the elixir of my life!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Three Muses: Keys

Key to the Universe!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Take a Word: Lace

Could not resist sharing this with you... a morning when the whole beach was full of lace...just beautiful.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Take a Word:Umbrella

Keeping us all under the one Umbrella!
Had to 'borrow' this image from my 100 theme challenge series... hope you don't mind!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Collage Obsession: Lazy Days

Serenity within the mist, fog and enchantment of the garden.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Three Muses: Land of Odd

Now why... I ask you... would the powers that be, in this town, want to put Mickey on their clock?? Is it because they cannot tell the time withgout looking at the hands?
Rather odd!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Take a Word:Architecture


Needed to share this with all my Artistic Friends!

Letters To An Artist~

In 1903, the poet Rainer Maria Rilke responded by letter to a young man seeking his advice. Rilke eventually wrote ten letters now collectively known and much published as "Letters to a Young Poet." They are heartfelt advice from a successful (but still struggling) artist to another who was deeply mired in self-doubt. The classic language of these letters soars in beauty as well as lofty good sense. His idealism is applicable today to all who might pursue any sort of creative activity. Here, are some of Rilke's ideas:

Your work needs to be independent of others' work.

You must not compare yourself to others.

No one can help you.

You have to help yourself.

Criticism leads to misunderstandings and defeatism.

Work from necessity and your compulsion to do it.

Work on what you know and what you are sure you love.

Don't observe yourself too closely, just let it happen.

Don't let yourself be controlled by too much irony.

Live in and love the activity of your work.

Be free of thoughts of sin, guilt and misgiving.

Be touched by the beautiful anxiety of life.

Be patient with the unresolved in your heart.

Try to be in love with the questions themselves.

Love your solitude and try to sing with its pain.

Be gentle to all of those who stay behind.

Your inner self is worth your entire concentration.

Allow your art to make extraordinary demands on you.

Bear your sadness with greater trust than your joy.

Do not persecute yourself with how things are going.

It's good to be solitary, because solitude is difficult.

It's good to love, because love is difficult.

You are not a prisoner of anything or anyone.

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) was born in Czechoslovakia and died in Switzerland. Dogged by fragile health and the constant search for inexpensive and healthful accommodation, he anxiously moved from one climate to another. Considered the greatest modern poet in the German language, Rilke counselled the young poet, known only as Mr. Kappus, over a five-year period. No evidence exists that they ever met.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Three Muses: Fish

Living in a gold fish bowl.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Take a Word: Green

Don't rubbish my green environment!!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Collage Obsession: Many!

COLLAGE OBSESSION challenge: Many.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Collage Obsession: Pets

BIG Trouble.
I knew you would get me in trouble for painting the grafitti on the wall!

Take a Word: Birdlife

Back from Extinction.
My deepest concern is that there seems to be a huge list of birds and animals on the verge of distinction or have gone.
What will be left for our future generation to admire and be intrigued by?
The work done by naturalists all over the world, needs to be applauded and supported.
Bring them all back from the edge of extinction.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Three Muses: Ancestors

The relations(ancestors) did not want to come out tonight!
Thought that they might reveal too much about the
 'skeletons in the closet'!!

Collage Obsession: Music

Angel Music

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Take a Word: Exotic

Exotic Kitsane!
In my other art life... this is what I do!! I create and make wearable art, not the type of wearables that you would wear to the supermarket...more performance art.
Kitsane was acquired by the "World of Wearable Art" in Nelson, New Zealand. This museum has 12 of my costumes that they display periodically!!
If you would like to see more of my 'exotic art' click here...

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Three Muses: Time

Doing time.....
Could not help but think about the women who are 'doing time' in many different ways!
Hope it is not too morbid a subject... but something that needs to be thought about.
I am a very lucky woman!!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Take a Word: Door

Door to a new and exciting place.... walk this way!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Three Muses: Hot Hot Hot

Some DO like it hot!!

Not me!! Like my fellow country woman, Marie.... we have had it hot here, as well!
Bring on our 'balmy' winter!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Collage Obsession #38: Spring

Basking in Spring's Glow

Take a Word: Romance

Love, Love me do.....

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Three Muses: Quotation

Glenys Mann 2006

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Take a Word: Blackbird

(click image to enlage to see the detail)

Thought I would give you a 'snippet' of part of Australia's dark past!
Blackbirding refers to the recruitment of people through trickery and kidnappings to work on the sugar cane plantations of Australia and Fiji.
Those ‘blackbirded’ were recruited from the indigenous populations of nearby Pacific islands or northern Queensland. In the early days of the pearling industry in Broome, local Aboriginal people were blackbirded from the surrounding areas, including aboriginal people from desert areas.
Over a period of 40 years, from the mid-19th century to the early 20th century, native non-European labourers for the sugar cane fields of Queensland, were “recruited” from Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and the Loyalty Islands of New Caledonia as well as Niue. The “recruitment” process almost always included an element of coercive recruitment (not unlike the press-gangs once employed by the Royal Navy in England) and indentured servitude. Some 62,000 South Sea Islanders were taken to Australia.

Collage Obsession: Transform


Welcome to my first challenge for the Collage Obsession team.
I offer you the word 'Transform'... this image is my interpretation. As tattoos can ‘transform’ a person’s image.. as a chameleon is transformed into camouflage… the challenge? ‘Transform’ anything into something else. The Challenge is open to all kinds of art: digital, ATC’s, cards, journals, etc. There are no rules, let your imagination take you places. Create and have fun.
Thanks for taking part. Glenys.

Face scanned from a magazine.
Flowers scanned from a book.
Filters, exposure, brushes and many blending modes from Photoshop… make up this image.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Three Muses: Black and White

Pinning Our Hopes.....

Black and White was the theme for the Three Muses...I could not go past the changes within the world and 'pin my hopes' onto a closer relationship with in the different cultures.
Image from a United Colours of  Benetton ad.

The Bar has been Raised

I posted this comment on Take a Word the other day...thought you would like to read what I said...

I have just scrolled through all of the challenges that have been posted so far, left a message on most... but I would like to comment on the standard of the work...if I may!!
I have been with the 3 Muses and Take a Word for about 12 months now and I an truly astonished in the calibre of the challenges. The bar seems to have been lifted, with the very high standard that is in the collages that I am seeing now. I would, as an artist and a fan of these pages, like to congratulate all of the artists that contribute to these challenges and say 'extremely' well done on what you are producing at the moment. It is a credit to you all and it is a pleasure to scroll through all of this fabulous inspirational art work....what more can I say..


Monday, January 31, 2011

Collage Obsession: Family

Family Evening in.

This is my response to Eila's challenge on Collage Obsession.
A family from a humble background, but still has the HUGE digital TV screen to watch... a sign of our times, sad to say!
Thanks to Eila and the image, just slip over to Collage Obsessions and see what is new!
You are very welcome to join in.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Take a Word:Vintage

CLASS OF 1952!
Is this date now considered 'Vintage"? The class photo certainly looks that way.... yes, I am in there somewhere! The 'pretty' one!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Collage Obsession: Tarot/Wheel of Fortune

I know nothing about Tarot Cards and their meanings...I do hope that I have not offended any of the Tarot enthusiasts out there... I apologise if I have.

Three Muses: Fashion

I would like to introduce you to the amazing 'fashion' of Japenese 'fashionistas'. This is what the site says about the "HARAKUKU' style.
Click here to see more!
Just simply amazing!
Harajuku clothing style involves mixing and (mis) matching different fashions and styles. Harajuku fashion changes and evolves constantly, sometimes mixing traditional Japanese clothing such as kimonos and geta sandals with other styles. Everything from punk, goth to designer clothes can be mixed and mismatched with colorful accessories to create a unique and individual style.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Take a Word: Botanical

From big things little things grow!!
It is the botanical names that interest me!! Big long names! Many unpronounceable to the 'layman', such as
X Cupressocyparis leylandii : Leyland Cypress
Xanthorroea australis : Australian Grass Tree
Taraxacum ceratophorum : Dandelion...
so I thought that I would plant the names and see how they grow!!
They are doing well.... new shoots everywhere!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Three Muses: Artist of choice.

Secret Artists.
Click to see finer detail.
I have always been very fascinated with the street art of the world...not 'tagging'... but 'proper' spray can art that has been very much maligned for many years.
The tide has turned and there are now many 'outdoor' galleries in lane ways, on buses, on abandoned anything...but in Melbourne, Australia they have taken it a step further and have opened galleries in lane ways that change about every couple of months. Some of these works are now being 'collected' by the National Gallery of Victoria as part of their art collection. How do they do this? By simply buying a piece on the wall and covering it with a sheet of perspex to keep it from being covered with other art.
It blows my mind... the talent of these "Secret Artists"!!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Take a Word: Butterfly.

Should such a magical thing happen to you,
make a wish and the dreams will come true.

It rhymes!!!

Collage Obsession: Mario

Mario the family man??

Friday, January 14, 2011

Cabaret Reflection

Not that I have much time.... but of recent weeks I have given myself a 'holiday' from my normal 'job' ( do I have a normal job? never sure about that!!) to play with Photoshop, catch up with my blogs and learning a whole lot of new techniques, so that I can be up to speed when I do the challenges for Collage Obsession, Take a Word and Three Muses
Cabaret Reflection is just one of the 'trial' pieces... different, eh?

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A Rainbow at the end of Turmoil.

We live in a country of extremes.... bush fires on one side of the country and devasting, deadly floods on the other.

I am pasting a poem that my 15 year old grandaughter wrote, that really captures how we all feel and how we will come through all that Mother Nature wants to throw at us.


By the time we sensed it, it was too late
We had no warning
It just came and took away


It was strong
we tried so hard to get away
but we couldn’t

It was tall
It towered the trees
It destroyed

It was destructing
nothing was left

It took away
our pride

our Happiness

our life

but only for a while

Still, Im waiting for my
to tell me everything's going to be alright

because I know it won’t be
at least not for a while.

Serena Gonsalves Ó

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

A Contributor with Collage Obsession.

You will see this face on the Collage Obsession blog site! Why? I have had the honour of being selected by Itkupilli to be a team member and a contributor for this blog.
Along with Eila, from Finland, Rick and Tiffany from California and Itkupilli... we will present to you challenges that are exciting and encourage you to extend your artistic imagination.
I will be setting a challenge for you once a month and I look forward to being a part of this fabulous team!

Bring it on!!