Posted in Art, My Art Work, Ordinarylife


I went back to my art classes last night – what fun.  I really enjoyed it and can’t believe I waited a year to go back.

It was as if I had not been away though. Everyone still sits in the same place – the wine tastes the same and the place still smells like paint (odd that)…. and I am still working on the same picture.  Yes, that is right, one year later and I am still on the picture I was working on before Baby OL was born.

It was really nice getting into it again.  The picture is actually a pencil drawing that I am doing from one of Firefly’s photos of the “Wrecked Walkway” (click to see the photo).  Yes, I did ask him if I could copy it and he very kindly said yes.  As soon as I am finished it, I will post a picture.  It is quite near to being done –but then it was quite near to being done a year ago too.

Posted in Art, Nursery Decor, Ordinarylife, Paintings, Port Elizabeth

If you have nothing nice to say….

rather say nothing at all – or did you mom not teach you that????

You know there are just some people that you like right away and then there are the others…. The ones that you know, you will NEVER like. 

I encountered one on Sunday!  And she was standing in my house.  

Her boyfriend had come to help Mr OL out with some rewiring (we are having a kitchen done – yes I agree, fantastic timing being 9 months pregnant and all).  Anyway, they walk in while I am busy painting the last of my frogs – and feeling rather proud of them.  She asks if she can see what I am doing so I said by all means. She walks over, looks at them and asks if she can make a suggestion. – WTF!!! Me, in my dumbfounded state say yes. She says I should do something with the background, not just have it white.  This is the first time I have met this girl, and this is the first thing that she has to say to me… After I recovered from my shock I said, no I left it white on purpose and decide to show her the nursery so she can see the contrast.  Dumb move on my part!  She said she quite liked it, but then asked about the tree I painted and did I come up with it, and she supposes it does lift the room otherwise the brown would be rather flat.  Why the hell did she think I painted it???? 

She looked at some of my other paintings around the house, only to criticize them as well. She asked if I use oil or acrylic paint and when I said I use mostly oils, she says have I ever thought of mixing my paints with boiled linseed oil because my colours are dull.  Excuse me????  I told her I paint for fun, and no I have not thought about it and no I won’t be doing that in the future either.   I am quite proud of my paintings.  The she looks at a set of 3 that I did and asked if I was trying to copy Andy Warhol, but completed the sentence with, Oh, you probably don’t know who Andy Warhol is.  The little $##$%!@#$$!!!!!  I said, I know exactly who he is and these painting are nothing like his style, I have done a few in his style before, but I sold them, as I have done with a number of my pieces.  I was getting slightly irritated at this stage. 

She then had the nerve to comment on my garden, asked if I had thought of covering the patio and made a few other…. suggestions.  I think by this stage I was in too much shock to say anything back to her. And  if I had thought of something to say it might not have been very pleasant.  But my mom raised me better than that.  If you have nothing nice to say rather say nothing at all – her mom should have taught her that. 

The second she left I turned to Mr OL and said – “I intensely dislike that girl!”

Posted in Art, Nursery Decor, Ordinarylife, Paintings

Art classes!! Woo hoo.

My art classes start again today and I am very excited.  I think I am being rather optimistic taking in a painting I want to finish as I doubt we will actually pick up a paint brush.  The last class we had was in August so there will be lots of catching up to do and wine to be drunk – unfortunately I will have to give that part a skip.  But it will be fun to catch up with the girls.  Our classes are always more social than anything else. 

I probably will only be able to make the next 3 or 4 before this baby comes so maybe it is best that I do actually try and do some paintings.  I have 3 paintings for the nursery that I would like to finish before the baby actually gets here.  Maybe I’ll start them next week…..

Posted in Art, Ordinarylife

A girls night

My art classes that I usually go to weekly have been cancelled for the remainder of the year.  Boo Hoo.  I really enjoy them. 

So last night we decided that seeing as we don’t seem to paint much when we were there anyway we may as well just meet up at somebody’s house and eat, drink and chat. 

I invited everyone round to my house and it was quite fun.  But also quite interesting; at first it was a bit stilted.  It was as though without the art we had nothing really to talk about. Which is odd seeing as it is not art we talk about anyway.  But after a few minutes things settled down and we all chatted like we normally do. 

We began discussing how long we had been going to the art classes.  Out of the girls that were there I had been going for the 2nd longest – having started in 2000.  One of the other girls started about 3 years before that.  She was a friend of mine and the reason I joined.  The others varied from about 6 or 7 years to 3 years.  So, we have seen each other every week for the past how many years and this was the first time we have met up socially. 

Hopefully it is something we will keep up, no matter what happens to our art classes.

Posted in Chocolate, Nursery Decor, Ordinarylife, Pregnancy

Weekend Project

Look what I got up to this weekend.



Stage 1
Stage 1


And finally!
And finally!



I found a picture of a similar tree on the internet and decided to try and paint it on our wall.  I thought it came out pretty well.

I drew it free hand, then did the lighter shade in 2 coats and then the dark brown around that (and around the rest of the room). 

I love the colour, and with the white in the rest of the room I think it will look great.  We are not going to be buying the furniture for another 2 months or so, so it will be a while before I see the final product, but I am happy so far.

Posted in Art, Morning Sickness, Ordinarylife, Pregnancy

The funny and the not so funny

Sorry not been posting much lately. 

I have been feeling rather crappy and ended up taking yesterday off work.  Pregnancy induced migraines – what fun!!!  So I managed to avoid morning sickness and end up throwing up from a migraine?  Apparently it is normal and has to do with the hormones.  I can’t believe that some of you have voluntarily done this more than once.  Yes, I know, I will forget all about it as soon as I hold the little one…At the moment that feels very far away. 

But in more fun news we managed to get to the National Arts Festival held in Grahamstown.  It was fantastic – well not the whole festival but the shows we went to were very good.  Mr OL and two other men he works with arranged the whole trip; the shows, accommodation etc.  All us wives needed to do was go with. They did a very great job. 

We caught 4 shows, which were Banana Republic (quite good), DeKaf with Sivuyile Ngesi (brilliant), Laugh with David Newton (also brilliant) and Koch Up with Conrad Koch a ventriloquist (most laughed at but it was because he kept picking on people from our group). 

We also walked around the stalls and I must say I was a bit disappointed.  I am not sure what I was expecting but there was not much that was not there 6 years ago (last time I went).  Who buys didgeridoo’s out side of Australia, who wears tie died tights and tops besides the other stall holders?  There were a few things new I suppose but oddly enough the only things that Mr OL and I bought were both food related.  Me a LARGE jar of olives and Mr OL a bottle of hot sauce. 

We stayed in the Victoria Primary School hostels, which were very nice.  We were 6 people and manged to get a 7 bed dorm so were not sharing with people that we did not know.  It was very clean and beside old springs and mattresses on the beds very comfortable. 

The shows however were the highlights.  If you get the opportunity to watch any of them I would seriously recommend them – especially David Newton and Sivuyile Ngesi (David Newton produces and co-writes his show too).  I have seen David Newton before and although I enjoyed his previous show – Politically Incorrect – this one I found much better.  It was not as crude but just funny. 

We got back on Sunday morning and I had a slight headache which by Sunday Afternoon was a full blown migraine.  Not a fun way to end a funny and fantastic weekend.

Posted in Art, Ordinarylife

Inspiration required…

I have art class again tonight (most Wednesday’s), except lately I have NOT been paining much.  I have been so slack and just totally lacking in motivation.  Each week I go there with such great intentions but as soon as I get there and get a paint brush in my hand (and glass of wine in the other) I just sit and stare at my canvas. 

Tonight it WILL be different – tonight I am not even going to bother about the paint brush, I am heading straight for the wine…..

Posted in Art, Cycling, Family, Ironman, My Art Work, Ordinarylife, Paintings, Port Elizabeth, Running, Training, Triathlon

One painting bought and another sold! And a whole lot of stuff in between


I had the most fantastic weekend!

 Saturday was a busy day for me. In the morning I ran a 10 km race and who would have known, training actually does work!  Well kind of – I still did not beat my mom (damn that 63 year old can run) but I did beat my previous best time, so am pretty happy!  My time 56:53, which is about 5 minutes off my normal 10km time (yes, I told you I was slow).  My previous best was 58:46 and that was in 2005.

 Later in the day I met up with some friends that I have not seen in ages and it was great.  One cup of coffee ended up taking about 2 ½ hours to drink!  I am sure the waitress must have been cursing us.  It was so nice to catch up, and I really need to make more of a concerted effort to keep in touch with them. 

 That evening we had our Art School’s end of year (beginning of year) party.  Each year the classes have a little competition against each other.  We are given a theme and each class needs to submit a project or whatever, interpreting the theme.  This year we needed to “Do” a painting.  We were able to interpret this anyway we like, but were not just to recreate the painting, we needed be creative.  Some classes acted it out, some pretended to be “in” the paining and some pretended to be the artist painting the painting.  Some classes worked on their project for months.  We did not!  Some classes rehearsed together for hours, we did not!  Some classes put real effort in, we did not.  WE WON!  Some classes are not speaking to each other; most of them are not speaking to us.

A Jackson Pollock painting
A painting by Jackson Pollock


We arrived with a large blank canvas and 30 little water guns filled with paint.  We got everybody at the party to “shoot” the canvas.  Our painting was a “Jackson Pollock” and it was fantastic!  We had so much fun, and it seemed everybody else did too.  Well, until they realized they had just helped us win – again.  When the judges came by everybody was totally involved spraying our canvas.  Once the judges had watched for a bit, one of them said to us “You know what you need to do if you want to win”.  We knew exactly what we need to do, and all shouted “Justine”.  Out came Justine – in a bikini and rolled across the wet paint.  The judge just stood there open mouthed.  He had not expected us to actually have somebody to roll in it.  The resulting picture was actually really interesting, and as always they are put up for action with the money going Animal Welfare.  I have put in a bid on it, I hope it get it. 


 There was also an exhibition of works done at the school throughout the year.  We could each submit a couple of our paintings.  I kind of left it to the last minute so rushed there just before the party started and asked if it was too late to submit a painting.  My teacher said it was fine, she would find a space.  I am very thankful that she did – IT SOLD!!!!  Yippee.  I am so excited and at least now I can justify putting in a bid on the other painting.

Painting I sold!
Painting I sold!




 In other exciting news – well not exciting to anybody but me, I did another 120km cycle.  Once again we did the Ironman loop twice.  This time there was an Easterly blowing, so I expected our time to be a bit slower.  They were not, so I am pretty happy.  Now at least I have done it in both an East and a West!  So – 8 weeks to go and it is looking good so far!!!

Posted in Art, Charcoal Drawings, Ordinarylife, Women


Yesterday I went and gave Joyce the picture I drew of her.  I thought she would be quite happy, but never expected the reaction I got.  She was ecstatic and I got the hugest hug.  It was great and I am really glad I gave it too her.


She then told me that her husband had died of cancer on the 29 December so it was nice to have something nice happen to her.  By that stage both of us were crying.