Dramatis persona*

helenhead Helen Chick

I've always wanted a bumper sticker that said "I'm a female, LDS/Mormon, Scout leading, geocaching, piano-playing, bicycling, mathematics educator with a PhD in maths ... and I VOTE"!

I think this makes me a minority group of cardinality 1!

* Since there's only one of me and "personae" is plural (I think), I've gone with dramatis persona.
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Creative Prompt #4 – Burn it all

This week’s Lee Sargent “creative prompt” is “Burn It All”. I struggled to come up with a good idea for this, and I didn’t have the time to experiment with some of the artistic thoughts that passed through my mind which I knew would be challenging to implement. Instead, I ended up cheating a bit: this is […]

Creative Prompt #3 – Found under the trapdoor

The third of Lee Sargent’s weekly “creative prompts” was “Found Under the Trapdoor”. This time I decided I wanted to try get Illustrator to actually do artwork rather than graphic design. In the past I’ve used it to produce technical graphics for work, since it is a vector-based design tool, but I’ve never had the time to […]

Creative Prompt #2 – The secret life of the Mona Lisa

This week’s Lee Sargent “creative prompt” is “The secret life of the Mona Lisa”. As Lee wrote in his weekly prompt email: “You know what the painting looks like; just go away and write a short play about what she does when she’s not posing for paintings!” Well, I didn’t go for a short play (and […]

Creative Prompt #1 – There’s something odd in the barn

So, Lee Sargent (pop-culture artist (as also shown here) and occasional setter of challenges) is sending out a “creative prompt” each week, with a view to inspiring people to be creative in whatever way they feel inspired. There are lots of reasons why it is foolish for me to contemplate signing up for such a prompt, so I […]

Elephant MkIII

I did another Christmas elephant this year for my elephant-loving friend (the previous ones are shown here). This one was a little simpler than the others: a stylised outline, with some shaping for the ear, tusk and eye. It has a pin on the back to turn it into a brooch. I really love the grain […]

Happy Christmas 2018

A friend of mine told me that she thinks of the Christmas season as a kind of thanksgiving time, and this resonated with me. I like having a chance to reflect on the year that was, and, in particular, to ponder the fantastic friendships that are my privilege to share. Thank you to all my wonderful […]

Scout leaders exploring their artistic sides

Today I found myself at Carnacoo, a campsite north of Launceston, for Scoutfest which is a leaders’ training/renewal/fun weekend. It was good to meet different Scout leaders from around the state, and exchange ideas. We divided ourselves up into patrols on the Saturday and selected our own goals for the day. Our group decided to head […]

Creative acts of kindness

People have been wonderfully supportive to me lately, in lots of different ways. I just wanted to share a few special acts of kindness (but in highlighting these particular things I don’t want to neglect or fail to acknowledge and express my gratitude for all sorts of other kindnesses that I haven’t documented here, from hugs […]

Crafty Christmas elephants and penguins

A very dear friend of mine is fond of elephants and last year I thought I would do a wood carving for her for Christmas. I had a small flat slab of Huon pine — a lovely softwood which is easy to carve — and, having done a couple of bas relief plaques to celebrate some […]

Happy Christmas 2017

For this year’s Christmas card design I wanted to try to produce a “stained glass window effect”. I have done this on at least two occasions in the past, if you take a squizz at the full collection of previous years’ cards, starting here. This time I used Procreate on the iPad again, taking advantage of the layers to make up […]