Retrieved from Ashes

30 December, 2010

Adding new texture

Learning new techniques from Jacqueline Sullivan. Her DVD ACRYLICS: Textures, Layers and Metallics is full of easy to follow instructions. Although I intended to make this painting a bit brighter I ended up with the same colours and shades that are typical for me. The next attempt is definitively going to be mixed with lighter and summery colours.

"Emotional Swirl"

Canvas 40 x 50 cm

28 December, 2010

For a Friend

'You say I want to be happy'
Canvas 30.5" x 8"

22 December, 2010

In memoriam

For a colleague who left us too early

15 December, 2010


I have been painting a lot since my last post. The texture is what fascinates me at the moment. I have been exploring Golden mediums and pastes on different surfaces (ordering big quantities since Aussie $$$ is so good).
I'm conscious that all of my work so far are simple techniques but I'm learning more and more from Julie and Chris over at the Texture Town Would you like to join me on the journey just click at the badge here on my blog and you will be taken to the "Land of Lost Luggage".

Along the West Coast Highway
Canvas 16"x20"

Canvas 12"x12"

Remember the School Days?
Canvas 12"x16"

There are still many canvases either drying or waiting for the final-touch-idea to arise.

16 November, 2010

Gel Journaling

Journal Cover: 'LONGING'

Canvas panel 10" x 12"

08 November, 2010

Rusty Finds

Exploring new colours and texture.

04 November, 2010

Worn out spine

The "Texture Town" classes are more fun than I anticipated. New canvas panel (10"x12")is finished: 'Worn out spine' .

And the closer look of the texture and colours (but really this camera can't justify true colours and shades = conclusion: NEED NEW CAMERA!!!!!!!!):

02 November, 2010

A bit of collage

Canvas panel 10"x12":

"I Didn't Want To Do It"

31 October, 2010

Playing with texture

It's been a while since I had a brush in my hands and while I'm waiting for paints and mediums to arrive from USA I've been trying to get the feel for layers and texture again.

Few exercises on 4x4 canvases:

'Numbers and letters', 12x12 canvas (a gift a for a 10 years old boy):

'Beneath the texture', 10"x12" canvas board:

30 October, 2010

24 October, 2010

Online classes

It has been a while since my last post but the thing is that beside hectic at work I have been creating. I have completed another altered book, started altering few thins, made some book covers which are awaiting to be bound, have enrolled into jewelery class...

Well I decided not to post it in chronological order. I will start with my latest project.

Last week I got an e-mail from a friend of mine, Martina Hart to join her on the journey through "Texture Town" by Julie Prichard and Chris Cozen . The class started 2 weeks ago and some catching up was required. Lucky I already had mediums and paints required for the class but this didn't stop me ordering more.

The first lesson was Implied texture and I made Journal covers:

The second lesson was Choose your colour (you may have only one guess about my first choice):

The second and third colour choice are waiting for canvases to dry...

14 August, 2010

Drops of a sporting career retrieved from ashes

John Buchan:
As we age, the mystery of Time more and more dominates the mind. We live less in the present, which no longer has the solidity that it had in youth; less in the future, for the future every day narrows its span. The abiding things lie in the past...

After more than 4 months I finally finished Mum's book (just in time as she is leaving in 5 days). Initially I wanted to tell the story about this book but now... It is still very painful to dig into past and I don't want to go there anymore. Years have passed and we all have moved forward with our lives. This book is a tribute to my mother, her sporting career and life she had once. Many photos, press articles, diplomas and medals were lost in war time but we are grateful that we survived.
The post is very long and there are still many details I wanted to share but all of them will be available on the Slide Show very soon.

Front cover

Page by pageIvo Andric:

Steps are such a usual, everyday sound which sometimes can awake different memories…

Birth record
Family Ilic

Details from the press



Drops of a sporting career


Beck cover: