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Portrait No. 2 ‘Barely Visible’

This is the second one that didn’t quite make the cut, but IS going to be on exhibition at ‘Your Space’ Thuringowa Library from 22nd. March to 2nd May, so not an entire loss.

There is a bit of a story to this but because I was under a bit of stress during the time I was painting it, I can’t remember what came first the idea for the painting or the poem. I now have an even greater respect for dot-painting indigenous artists. Drawing up the grid of small squares nearly sent me dotty.

Did you see what I did there? Sorry, not sorry.

Barely Visible

Matriarch of the Matrix

In this technological era, I’m a glitch, buffering, barely visible

disappearing into the framework

My thoughts are splintering, pixellating

between what is real and what is merely perceived

What can I believe? Does it really matter?

After all…

‘Reality is what we want it to be’

‘The world is, what we make it’

‘We can be whatever/whomever we want to be’.

If I keep focus on the world I’ve always known

will I lose touch with those living in this new world?

If I can’t keep pace, will I disappear without trace?

Underneath, I’m falling apart.

It becomes harder to find what is true. Who am I?

Who are you?

Will I become one small dot, a little focus of energy

indiscernible from the trillions and trillions who light up life?

Isn’t that what I already am?

Life is a circle — a spiral, replicating DNA

Everything that ever was or will be

already is, exists here and now.

‘time is not linear’

it flies by. Where is it going?

Why then does this body slow, change, age, die

As I slip into that calm blue, understanding evades me

A butterfly lands on my hand

it’s gentle touch tows me back to our beginning.

Now…the world is buffering, coming into focus

I breathe deep of air filled with the heady scent

of life.

I hear nature sing, the rustle of wind, children’s laughter.

I see sunrise, a bird on wing, flowers in bloom.

This is the world I want to inhabit the one reality for me

Shards of a life nearing its end

pixellated snippets of old and new knowledge

make of this life, this world, whatever I put into it

I am the Matriarch of the Matrix.

(c) Rosa Christian.

Ciao for now,

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Rejection hurts

You’d think I’d be used to it by now, but no–I’m still gutted. And worse, I still keep putting m self out there.

Who would dare reject me you ask? Well, it’s not me really it’s my artwork, but it feels like it’s me and all the hard work thought and concentration I put in to it. It smarts and shakes my rocky self-esteem.

Do you feel like that, about your work?

I know, logically speaking, that it’s not me myself being rejected…but each picture is at least a little part of me. To make it twice as hard to swallow, this year I entered two entirely different, but kind of related paintings into the contest and both were rejected.

Luckily, I like them both. What are they? Well, they are both self-portraits. How’s that for self-absorption? What hubris; what vanity! Not really, I just didn’t have anyone else on hand to sit for me.

Yes, yes. I’m going to put them up for you to see…I’m procrastinating because now I’m nervous to show anyone let alone you.

Sigh! Here goes Number 1. Unreal Me Acrylic and pen on stretched canvas. 120 cm X 90 cm.

Unreal Me

Yes, I’m naked…No, I’m not a nudist. That’s just the way I feel when I take the dog for a walk on the local beach…happy and free. This is going on my bedroom wall, because it makes me smile.

BTW Judging Panel, you may not like this but it has already generated a commission for me, so there.

I have to go do other stuff just now, so will put up the other one later, maybe tomorrow.

Ciao for now,

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It’s a slow business…

Slowly, slowly I come back to life. You’ll be pleased to hear, at least I am, that I have started writing again. Not a lot but a little.

There are some things in life that drag you down and hold you under. It’s no good struggling and fighting against the rip, all that does is exhaust you; better to relax and let the waters of life gently take you to a place of safety. It will happen and when at last the blessed sunshine and peace of existence waken you, it is doubly enjoyable.

Enough! Shakes self.

I have however managed to finish a painting (oils on stretched canvas 90 X 50 ish) and I am well pleased with it. What do you think. Oh, thank you to Chris Chapman for letting me use his beautiful photo for inspiration.

We have lift-off!

Have a good day. sometimes even getting out of bed is an achievement.

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Apologies…

I hope your New Year has started well.

Unfortunately, my 2021 did not end so well as there was a death in the family, which is why I have been absent all this long time

Now, however, it is time to get on with my writing. There is news on several fronts

. I will write of those at length soon. First I have to sort out things on my desk and in my brain. Too many projects! I know I shouldn’t spread myself so thin, but I can’t help myself…in truth, I don’t want to help myself. I enjoy the challenges of all the different genre I write in. You wouldn’t want me to get stale would you?

I have decided to start yet another blog as Rosie O’Grady for my Children’s writing. I have a seried sll set to go, but am not terribly happy with how it looks as an ebook. Do I need to put it out as an ebook? Hmmmm…a question for the KidsLit Group I belong to.

Percy Rose will be in touch soon about Book 3, and the Prequel, of the Beaufort’s Landing Series. Also, the release of Ruth In Pieces.

I have managed to do a couple of paintings, which I think I will enter into The Percivals, so I won’t show you yet, until it’s decided if they are going to be accepted.

Recommended reading : Vale — Dale Furse

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Hard at Work

Hi there, I have made it with in a month. Not too bad considering how busy life is at the moment. I have told you Light in Dark my latest collection of poems is available from Amazon Australia. When I ordered authors copies they arrived in good time, but there was a small problem with the cover. There was quite a few emails back and forth. I was reimbursed for the return of the copies, and ordered new copies which arrived forthwith and were correct. So, now you can safely order your paperback copies from there.

I’ve also re-edited Australia…my Heart and Purple Pages and they will be arriving any time now. Thank goodness, because I will have a table with my books for sale at our local Art Exhibition by invitation of the A@RT members. I should say here that I am one of the organisers of this group, but I had no idea they were going to offer me this opportunity. I am very grateful for it.

This will be our 3rd Annual Art Exhibition and we fully expect it to be just as successful as the past two. (Covid restrictions allowing). It is always a great night engendering warm community feeling. I am charge of designing advertising and catalogues. If you are in Townsville area come up and join us. Opening night is Friday 15th October and because the hall is used all week, we are only open for the weekend 16th and 17th October.

On top of all of that I am working on a project, which I will soon uncover but I’m a bit excited about it. Watch this space!

Just before I sign off…some art news, apart from the above.


Some of you will already be aware of this so you can stop reading now. First I have sold a small piece, Blue Wren in Bouganvillea, from West End Tea House and Gallery Townsville. Second, I have a painting, Cocky Miranda, on display in Tyto Gallery’s Birdlife Comp/Exhibition, which is open all this month. Some of the work is truly stunning. You should go and check it out.

Well, I think that is about all for this month. I’ll let you know how our Exhibition goes. Ciao for now,

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Busy…and some art

Hi, this is a scheduled one again just so I have time to recover from my trip and my friends party…

I have been busy and have sent off for some print proofs. One of my new poetry collection, Light in Dark; a new edition for Australia…my Heart and Purple Pages. both of the latter are poetry collections as well. I had to do a new edition of Australia as I couldn’t upload the old one because…formatting with illlustrations. Purple Pages is a small collection of poems on life, love and in all its despair, torment, joy and sensuousness. All are already available as Ebooks, HERE.

I’m pretty much over doing this for the moment… so here are a couple of my latest paintings.

I’ll say ciao for now,

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Okay, okay…

Yes, I know its been a month but…

This fabulous art work is from my artist friend Lynn Scott-Cumming. She works from home and at Umbrella studios in Townsville, where she recently held an exhibitionMoom Phase: chasing trancendence’, of her moon prints, of which this is one.

I’ve been busy, but unfortunately not writing anything new. I have however edited and done the cover for my new poetry collection and it is live as an ebook as we speak. I have ordered the proof and admit I’m a bit excited about this one. Is it terribly ‘up myself’ to say I quite like these poems? I meditate through the muse about this crazy world we live in and our place in it. Light and dark in equal measure. Even though some of them are pretty tough to read, to make up for that others are full of love of nature and some are mildly amusing.

I’ve also been working on a print version of my errrr…naughty poems. This small collection of poetry written sometime ago is already available as an ebook. Though not biographical the poems do echo some of my younger angst. Some of them are a bit tough as well, but that, however, is made up for by ‘oh la la’…lol. Send or read them to your lover…

Why oh why will this image not allow me to link on it? It only has a link to media file. The other one worked fine…sigh!

As always, let me know what you think. Ciao for now, Rosa.

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Writing for Children

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m a bit obsessed with my new children’s series ATM. I’m writing under the alias Rosie O’Grady…just to keep them distinct from my other writing.

I am going to have a page for Rosie on this site Per Rose Oddly, or do you think I should have an entirely new blog for her as well as Percy? What do you do?

My first book, Uh Oh! Nana Rose, is one of a set of five in The Uh Oh Series – for 5 – 9 y.o.

Guess what it’s about…

It is certainly different than writing for adults, quite a challenge. I probably should not spread myself so thin, but once an idea takes hold I follow it until I complete it or get bored and move onto the next shiny thing. Sigh!

My beta readers seem to like it, as do their children and grand children. “You have a winner!”… “I read your story to my grandchildren. They absolutely loved it…They want to know more…”

I’ve already designed the covers. and most of the five are done so will be publishing soon…ish.I am not a good illustrator so decided to do the illustrations as though I’m a kid, you know – stick figures.


Like this…

I think it’s a good idea and some other children’s writers do as well, but I’ve also had some negative feedback. However, I’m a stubborn ass, and will stick to my guns… for now.

If you are interested in trying your hand at writing for children, may I suggest you look up Matt B. Lewis, and do his courses here and here. He has been writing and illustrating for years. You’re sure to love his work as much as I do.

Do you write in other genre? Which ones?

Ciao for now…

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Working at Art

So, this week – did you notice I said week? That’s because I have decided to make this a weekly chat. No, seriously. I know I’ve said that before but I’m really going to make an effort this time!

Anyhow as I said,..this week I’ve decide to show you some of the effort I’ve been making to get better at oil painting. I purchased some lessons from the U.S. by E. John Robinson, who sadly has passed. The utube recordings are copies of videos I think because the colours are not very distinct. Luckily E. John talks about colour as he demonstrates. I am enjoying the process, though it does feel a bit weird to be painting American trees and scenes because I’m from Australia. I wish E. John was alive as I would love to have met him.

The two below are from his landscape series :-

The one below is a Canadian Scene from a photo sent by one of the ‘lations over there. I am currently searching my archives for Australian inspiration.

Not too bad, if I do say so myself. Let me know what you think…

Ciao for now,

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P.S. I have found a painting to do and have made a start…beautiful, isn’t it?

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Sooorrryyy…

Yes, I have been slack. My excuse is that I’ve been nursing my alter-ego along trying to get print copies of their book done and ordered. For details see Percy’s latest blog. We have had some trouble, and still have in some quarters, but our first shipment should arrive in a few weeks…fingers and toes crossed.

Now, I can settle down and get on with publishing my next book of poetry. Tentative Title is Light and Dark. My trouble with titling my poetry is that I write about all sorts of things and have no theme except the life around me and my inner life. What do you think of the title?

It is the wet season here and Dog and I got the ‘lack of Vitamin D blues’, but now the sun is shining, and back to heavenly weather we head. My yard has dried out enough so I have mowed at least but there is much weed pulling needed.

In the meantime, I’m still painting…I am taking video lessons with the late E. John Robinson. Love his work and attitude and relaxed style. Some of the lessons I’ve got are rescued from tape so the colours he is mixing are a little difficult to see…luckily I have ears. Here is one I did following the video — Mountain Lake. Not too bad, considering it’s not Australian scenery, and I certainly have no snow-covered mountains where I live in North Queensland. Not excellent, still…

I followed this up with a painting from a photo of Lac Louise (I believe) taken by one of my Canadian nieces, which she kindly said I could use. Of course, I changed the clouds, a lot, and brought in brighter sunlight from the upper right and made some other minor adjustments. Overall, I’m quite pleased with the finished product. More practice needed though.

Oh, and we put on another ‘Bubbles and Brushes’ night, and despite the fact that it was absolutely pelting down 2/3 of the people signed up turned up, and a fine time was had by all.

Well that is all I have until next time, when I might have some exciting news…

Ciao for now, Rosa.