New Years  Resolutions Jan18

New Years Resolution...

I don’t believe in New Years Resolutions for my personal life. But art requires goal setting and I might as well do it in January. Short term: Update my artist statement  Finish updating my artwork page Get back into routine with studio time every week Improve my mental health Long...

2016 round up: a year of change Dec25

2016 round up: a yea...

Successes. I’ve changed my artwork style and settled into one medium this year. I’m currently working on redoing the artwork page. The eleven works on canvas I completed this year are already there. Avril E. Jean pointed out the abstract style that I’m best at when I posted...

Why depression ruins productivity Dec11

Why depression ruins...

This is the first layer of paint in first painting since my last blog post. No, I’m not painting a la Mark Rothko. I don’t grok (grok: to understand on a visceral and spiritual level) Rothko’s work. My productivity has dipped. At the beginning of the year until June I was...

Feeling unfeminine at the end of winter Nov14

Feeling unfeminine a...

I feel unfeminine at the end of every winter. I don’t know when it started. I do know it started after my depression possibly even post end of university in 2008. I wear layers in winter because if I get cold my back muscles will seize up. This year I wore a dress as one one of my...

Exhibit in Ballarat with Inclusive Arts Network Nov07

Exhibit in Ballarat ...

I’ve had two pieces accepted into IAN Art Exhibition. It will be 25 November – 4 December 2016 as part of SNAP disability festival. It is being held at the Ballarat Mining Exchange 12 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat. (Abuse) survivor (c) Anita Morris 2016 Dreamers imagine (c)...

Experiment with a limited palette of red and black Oct10

Experiment with a li...

Experiment This week I decided to experiment with a limited palette of black and red. It’s Matisse acrylic paint on A4 Archers water colour paper of 185 gsm. I love colours and I have been making the most of that in my artwork. Sometimes it’s to deliberate purpose like in...

Find your own path Oct04

Find your own path

There is no one true path, I talked about this in my last post. There is however your own path. Or as my partner puts it “be yourself as hard as you can”. Sometimes it is confusing because you can’t see the path ahead. I’ve used brown for the path, grey for mist...

Latest WIP on multiple paths Sep26

Latest WIP on multip...

  This is my latest WIP. I finally put paint to canvas again this last weekend. It’s another of my 100 x 75 cm canvases. It’s roughly 1/3 done. The basic philosophy behind it is that there is no one true path through life. Religion, politics, and work there is no one true...

Tattoo sketch of a p...

A tattoo sketch is the only thing I have created in the last week. The virus that knocked me over two fridays ago is still with me and I’m sleeping more than ever. The sketch is based on the idea of a playing card. The background is cherry blossom, the foreground is the peacock with a...

I wish I could dance: an exercise in nostalgia Aug21

I wish I could dance...

Dancing in the dust The painting “Dancing in the dust” is painted on recycled canvas, 40 x 81 cm.  It is a celebration of spontaneous movement and the dynamic nature of dance. This is the painting I painted over with two tubes of Matisse Australian Sienna. There are many...

A face in abstract artwork Aug15

A face in abstract a...

Recognising patterns in the abstract People see faces in all sorts of things. Jesus in a corn chip, a face on Mars. It is the brain trying to find a recognisable pattern in chaos. Today I started painting on one theme in landscape and ended up with a face in portrait. The painting is roughly...

Medication an artwor...

This piece is called “Medication”. The central motif is a capsule made of collage of paper, card, and foil from my various medications. There is a yellow halo around the capsule and the rays of yellows and orange illustrate the positive influence medication has had on my life for...

Dreamers Imagine Jul18

Dreamers Imagine

“Dreamers Imagine” was inspired by the song “Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha. When I was eight, Auntie Jody sent me a large jewellery box made of dark wood. It played the tune of “Impossible Dream”.  When I was 15 or so I saw Man of La Mancha...

I am a childhood abuse survivor Jul10

I am a childhood abu...

I am a survivor. My estranged mother abused me.  Mostly emotional abuse, often verbal abuse and rarely physical abuse. Like many survivors I have depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, a binge eating disorder (a form of compulsive behaviour). Not surprisingly as a survivor I find it...

My regular nightmares Jul03

My regular nightmare...

I have been having nightmares since 2005, after my parents locked me in my own house. Mother is a frequent visitor in my nightmares, with classmates from high school also being common recognisable characters. Dad and my brother sometimes turn up with mum. But my sister-in-law has never been...

Remember the dead of the Pulse, Orlando shooting Jun26

Remember the dead of...

I was wake at in the early hours of the morning of June 13 (local time) when I heard about the shooting at the Pulse Gay Nightclub. My e-mail was the first my Auntie living in small town, MA heard about it.  It hit me hard. I’m bisexual or if you recognise the term pansexual. I’ve...

How I came out as bisexual Jun18

How I came out as bi...

The shooting in Pulse Gay Night Club, Orlando has the LGBTI community grieving and re-evaluating how visible we are. As anger kicks in as part of the grieving process, members of the community  are choosing to be more visible as a “fuck you homophobes”. I bought a rainbow necklace...

A new direction for ...

In my first year with my partner, he asked me if I liked Indian Curry, I said no. When he asked if I had tried it, I said no. He got me to try a very mild Chicken and Almond curry. I have since gone on to eat a variety of curries. Last week I posted something that I hadn’t originally...

Depression causing a rough patch Jun05

Depression causing a...

Another reason I make art about depression is that sometimes mine becomes debilitating. It’s been six weeks since I’ve been ok – for my normal averages. My psychiatrist encouraged me to start the process for reconciliation with mum. I’ve been sleeping more but not...

Three of reasons why inspiration is of little help to professional artists May28

Three of reasons why...

For my purposes professional artists are any artist who are trying to sell their work. Other artists will disagree. The picture above has been kicking around my head for about two weeks. It’s a basic weave pattern that I could paint, use ribbons to construct or use reverse applique. But...