Monday, December 1, 2014

rob ryan style decorations for christmas

so, i thought after 5 not so fabulous christmases that this year, being our last year in the home we've had for 15 years would be a special one ... setting up the tree and the house full of carols ... we have begun celebrations

these little beauties of decorations appeared out of nowhere in a shopping centre called "etched" decorations ... they remind me of the paper artist, rob ryan's work ... snatched em up and up they went on the tree ... looking fabulous!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

a special one for you all ... and for my little dearest joel who will always be my special little man
Twas the Night Before Christmas
And all through the house
The creatures were stirring
Yes, even the mouse
We tried melatonin
And gave a hot bath
But the holiday jitters
They always distract
The children were finally
All nestled in bed
When nightmares of terror
Ran through my OWN head
Did I get the right gift
The right color
And style
Would there be a tantrum
Or even, maybe, a smile?
Our relatives come
But they don’t understand
The pleasure he gets
Just from flapping his hands.
“He needs discipline,” they say
“Just a well-needed smack,
You must learn to parent…”
And on goes the attack
We smile and nod
Because we know deep inside
The argument is moot
Let them all take a side
We know what it’s like
To live with the spectrum
The struggles and triumphs
Achievements, regressions…
But what they don’t know
And what they don’t see
Is the joy that we feel
Over simplicity
He said “hello”
He ate something green!
He told his first lie!
He did not cause a scene!
He peed on the potty
Who cares if he’s ten,
He stopped saying the same thing
Again and again!
Others don’t realize
Just how we can cope
How we bravely hang on
At the end of our rope
But what they don’t see
Is the joy we can’t hide
When our children with autism
Make the tiniest stride
We may look at others
Without the problems we face
With jealousy, hatred
Or even distaste,
But what they don’t know
Nor sometimes do we
Is that children with autism
Bring simplicity.
We don’t get excited
Over expensive things
We jump for joy
With the progress work brings
Children with autism
Try hard every day
That they make us proud
More than words can say.
They work even harder
Than you or I
To achieve something small
To reach a star in the sky
So to those who don’t get it
Or can’t get a clue
Take a walk in my shoes
And I’ll assure you
That even 10 minutes
Into the walk
You’ll look at me
With respect, even shock.
You will realize
What it is I go through
And the next time you judge
I can assure you
That you won’t say a thing
You’ll be quiet and learn,
Like the years that I did
When the tables were turned……

Monday, November 24, 2014


Larger works I'm working on at the moment, expression, line and art therapy in black and white charcoal

Thursday, November 20, 2014

tonight i got to sketching again after so long, drowning my world into five, ten and fifteen minute sketches ... there's something beautiful about being to go to another world without even leaving the studio ... tonight, it was merely taking the pastels and allowing everything to just 'work out' on the paper ... feeling beautiful and graceful with my signature 'edge' i enjoyed every part of the session ... priceless and grateful for God giving me this gift that i know i must keep working on ... a 10/10 night ... :)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

ideas for an upcoming exhibition of mine and speaking about the newest chapter of my life ... it's all about healing and moving forward in a positive motion ...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Whittlesea Council Exhibition

I have two of my works showing at the Whittlesea Council Offices at present ... go check them out please ...

Sunday, October 5, 2014

my new etsy shop

Look out for my new Etsy Shop ... MisZedd nearly open ... filled with art products to buy and support Autism at the same time

Thursday, September 18, 2014


it's time for me to dabble with the medium i fear the most - watercolour - no definite control over the running of the paint ... too much water oh wow ... this is going to be a challenge ... i'll start with my love of nature ... and some inspirations and then just go for it ...

Saturday, August 23, 2014

"moon" triptych

my moon triptych, resembling a quiet night ... watching ... waiting ...

Monday, August 11, 2014

A Place Of Growth Exhibtion

New artwork, titled "Whittle Branches" to go into an exhibition in October in my homeland ...

Friday, July 18, 2014

Once a little boy was playing outdoors and found a fascinating caterpillar. He carefully picked it up and took it home to show his mother. He asked his mother if he could keep it, and she said he could if he would take good care of it.

The little boy got a large jar from his mother and put plants to eat, and a stick to climb on, in the jar. Every day he watched the caterpillar and brought it new plants to eat.

One day the caterpillar climbed up the stick and started acting strangely. The boy worriedly called his mother who came and understood that the caterpillar was creating a cocoon. The mother explained to the boy how the caterpillar was going to go through a metamorphosis and become a butterfly.

The little boy was thrilled to hear about the changes his caterpillar would go through. He watched every day, waiting for the butterfly to emerge. One day it happened, a small hole appeared in the cocoon and the butterfly started to struggle to come out.

At first the boy was excited, but soon he became concerned. The butterfly was struggling so hard to get out! It looked like it couldn’t break free! It looked desperate! It looked like it was making no progress!

The boy was so concerned he decided to help. He ran to get scissors, and then walked back (because he had learned not to run with scissors…). He snipped the cocoon to make the hole bigger and the butterfly quickly emerged!

As the butterfly came out the boy was surprised. It had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. He continued to watch the butterfly expecting that, at any moment, the wings would dry out, enlarge and expand to support the swollen body. He knew that in time the body would shrink and the butterfly’s wings would expand.

But neither happened! 

The butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings.

It never was able to fly…

As the boy tried to figure out what had gone wrong his mother took him to talk to a scientist from a local college. He learned that the butterfly was SUPPOSED to struggle. In fact, the butterfly’s struggle to push its way through the tiny opening of the cocoon pushes the fluid out of its body and into its wings. Without the struggle, the butterfly would never, ever fly. The boy’s good intentions hurt the butterfly.

As you go through school, and life, keep in mind that struggling is an important part of any growth experience. In fact, it is the struggle that causes you to develop your ability to fly.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

tiny artist books

so it's a sunday afternoon, quite fresh - well, it's winter so i'm framing and sorting some artworks through and come across some etchings and collagraphs i did last year and it seems such a waste to throw them away, so i do some fancy folds and photograph them and i think ... i love art ... and developing easy ideas to work with disabilities ... my second passion :)

happy sunday everyone :)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

artworks selling at my first solo exhibition

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this one was taken on a cold morning in a park in northcote, victoria, australia ... it was quiet, secluded and scary i must say ... there was a certain eeriness in the air and i was almost afraid to be photographing by myself ... when i developed the photograph i noticed a strange looking figure around the top left in a circular shape ... to this day it looks evil ... not sure what was going on on that day

Saturday, June 28, 2014


some of my "mother earth" series of cards to be sold in my future etsy shop and at the exhibition this week ... stay tuned ...

Friday, June 27, 2014

my etsy shop miszedd

I am in the process of setting up my new Etsy Shop called miszedd ... not sure if you can follow it before I open shop ... it will be a couple of months before it's ready to go ...

the mother owl ...

she flies through the storm, through the valley and rain to get to her babies before night draws near ...

whittle rain ...

 my new piece "whittle rain" entered into the whittlesea art show for october ...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

nearing the exhibition ...

getting the final little details and framing reading for the shop exhibition.  after the opening i will announce where it is ...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Sunday, June 15, 2014


Made these flowers at Arts Project Australia today ... Arts Project Australia is an art program for adults with a disability.