Mad as a March Hare…You are invited!

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Alice (in Wonderland): “Who’s to say what is “proper”? What if it was agreed that “proper” was wearing a codfish on your head? Would you wear it?”

Anyway…this is not why I write to you today….

“Then you should say what you mean, the March Hare went on. ‘I do”, Alice hastily replied’ ‘at least I mean what I say – that’s the same thing, you know’. ‘Not the same thing a bit!” said the Hatter. ‘Why, you might just as well say that ‘I see what I eat’ is the same thing as ‘I eat what I see!”. -Lewis Carroll.

I would like to invite you to TWO group exhibitions this month!

Is it “proper” to participate in two exhibitions in the same province, in the same month?

I don’t know if it is ‘proper’ or not, all I know is that I’m feeling blessed.

Alice (in Wonderland): From the moment I fell down that rabbit hole I’ve been told where I must go and who I must be. I’ve been shrunk, stretched, scratched, and stuffed into a teapot. I’ve been accused of being Alice and of not being Alice but this is my dream.

Anyway if you are in the Gauteng area (Pretoria and Johannesburg) on the 7th until the 10th of March 2018… then



Lord Ascot: Charles, you have lost your senses? This picture is impossible.

Charles: Precisely. Gentlemen, the only way to achieve the impossible, is to believe it’s possible.

On that note, I wish you and yours a happy weekend.

I am brainstorming on ways to get myself from the coast to Gauteng for these events, and hope to see you there. fingers crossed. xxx

Alice in motherland…

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“This year is the 150th anniversary of the first telling of Alice in Wonderland. To celebrate this anniversary, Long Street Art Lovers 1932 and Gordon Froud (who has one of the biggest collections of Alice books and objects in South Africa) present an opportunity for artists to revisit their childhood. Remember your favourite chapter or characters from Alice in Wonderland or Alice’s adventures through the looking glass and let your imagination do the rest……” (from the call for participation)

and here is what i did….

Alice in motherland, embroidery on rubber/inner tube and found frame

Alice in motherland, embroidery on rubber/inner tube and found frame

my inspiration came from page 70 in my copy of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

“So she set the little creature down, and felt quite relieved to see it trot away quietly into the wood.  ‘If it had grown up,’ she said to herself, ‘it would have made a dreadfully ugly child’ but it makes rather a handsome pig, I think.’  And she began thinking over other children she knew, who might do very well as pigs, and was just saying to herself, ‘If one only knew the right way to change them-‘”

Happy birthday to Alice and thank you for entertaining kids and pigs alike…..

This exhibition opens on the 3rd of October and run until the 16th of October if you are in the Pretoria area, or visit Long Street Art Lovers 1932’s facebook page for more info.




snail mail and children’s art

Art portfolio- my work

I love snail mail. (I think I might have said that before)

Talking about letters….the other day on the way to the park i found this page (don’t know if its from a letter or a journal)

It says:

“Women and Home

October 1958

Anne Sherwood.

Small things

Lonelyness(sic) dearest had its pleasures.

An old strange book a birds bright wing.

A task complete – such simple treasures.

Now to our common hoard I bring.

The scent of rain, the leaves soft falling

In autumn nights; plain country fare,

A child’s swift question, or its calling

To some discovery to share.

My loves were such as need not fret you

Each incomplete, a jigsaw part;

These things I loved before I met you

Are yours now – given with my heart.

I love finding things like this- i felt like an explorer finding a relic.

I also love children’s art.

And like any proud mama I especially love my own son’s drawings, although the only thing he likes drawing is tractors:

But I don’t mind…

The other day my dear friend Karen combined the two!  I received a lovely letter as well as this ‘painting’ which her daughter Kaylee did:

They do have rabbits, so I presume it’s a portrait of one of them?

On the side she quoted from one of my favorite books as well- Alice in Wonderland:

 “There is a place like no place on Earth.

A land full of wonder, mystery and danger!

Some say to survive it you need to be as mad as a hatter.  Which luckily I am”

unfinished sketchbook drawing