Hi everyone, I just completed my second International Artist Magazine article for the month, and thought Id check in and say hello before shifting gears again in the scramble. Hitting the send button feels good in so many ways… its a huge amount of work to put an article together like that, let alone two at once, but its also such a privilege and thrill to be a part of such an opportunity again. Such a buzz!

The first features my Flamingos painting in acrylics, the second, my Gang Gangs as a WIP. Now I just sit back and wait to see it go to press… well, either that or it all comes back to me to fill in the gaps I missed! We shall soon see. Im not one for leaving gaps so Im feeling good about it… Im not sure when the magazine will be out but I know they were set for the March 4th and April 4th deadline and Ill let you know when its available 😁

With that behind me, I am all set to get back to making more painting lessons for you guys, and that makes me happy. Our community is new but growing, and Im really proud of all the beautiful work Ive been seeing emerge from your hands and lessons here. Again, a very warm welcome to my new community members joining us this month.

As you know from this mornings post, were back to botanicals this months lesson with a fantastic fruit focus. Colour, fun, technique, learning… its all coming up for you on the 8th. Ive been asked for botanicals quite a bit these past weeks, and Im definitely listening. I promise, in time, there will be lessons on ALL THINGS NATURE 😁😁😁 I have more ideas and enthusiasm than months left in me, so no fear on that front!

Today I will start on the next adventure, returning to a beautiful bird subject Ive been pawing over (amongst so many!) as I really want to build up a better selection of gorgeous bird lessons to enjoy. Im refining the direction as we speak. Ive been talking to a few new photographers this month too, who have allowed me to illustrate and teach from their beautiful images, so for that I am grateful and excited for us all!

For workshops, I have Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast in my sites next as you know with a new 5 day event locked in on the Gold Coast in week 1 October. Of course, there is the week long Tassie retreat to finish the years workshops off in style, so keep these opportunities in mind.

Birds In Art is coming up in a weeks time or so too… and I am wondering what to put in for this event, if anything 🤔 Its such an incredible exhibition and one of the very few I love to be a part of but its slim pickings for available work as usual. Thinking thinking thinking… In my mind I see miracles and time, but its never the case, is it! Perhaps Ill just keep busy doing lessons with you 😊

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter, all rested to get your Persimmon on with us in a few days time. Theres not much other news here, I just wanted to check in and say hi. If you have ideas or challenges youd like me to keep in mind for lessons, let me know in the comments. I value your feedback and like to be student led for teaching wherever possible.

Thanks everyone!