I’m taking a little break…

Anna Cull Back soon 2014

…from posting. I’ve been blogging (planning, writing, drawing and/or painting something every week) since March 2012. I’ve chalked up 325 posts and have uploaded more than a thousand images. Yes, it really does seem time for a lie down and a little nap. Don’t worry… I’ll still visit : )

My Etsy shop will stay open and I’ll be back in September (or ‘spring’ as we like to think of it here in New Zealand). TTFN

Shoot it, Sketch it: Encore

Snowflakes, July 2014 — ink, watercolour and gouache study, 130 x 180 mm

Snowflakes, July 2014 — ink, watercolour and gouache study, 130 x 180 mm

Snowflakes (detail)

Snowflakes (detail)

The snowflakes are back. This is my second study of a photograph I took in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens last spring. It’s looser and more dramatic than the original sketch (below). I really went to town adding watercolour pencil over the top of an ink and watercolour sketch. Using the pencils wet (by dipping them in water) and then drawing on the wet sketch not only produced some wonderfully intense colours, it also added a rather nice texture. It’s a technique that definitely warrants further investigation… My thanks again to everyone who voted in the poll and asked me to draw this one again.

Original photograph and sketch #1

Original photograph and sketch #1

All around us

Sparkle and Shine, detail — acrylic on canvas, 2013

Sparkle and Shine, detail — acrylic on canvas, 2013

“I found art walking along the water at sunrise, on the street… [and at the] Art Museum. I found it in conversation with peers, in sessions learning something new and in being in a different place if but for a short time to break the monotony and familiarity we build into our daily lives to keep us “safe.”  It’s all around us ready to open our mind but more importantly our heart. To feel, to be jolted, to be thankful, to see light.” Kathie Pugaczewski blogging at Cast Light.

Wearable art and a confession

Hello. My name is Anna and I am addicted to creating Etsy treasuries.

Since my first treasury* six weeks ago (Warm me up), I’ve put together more than a dozen of them. Why is it so addictive? I get to design mini galleries based on any theme I choose, I’m getting to know other sellers on Etsy, I’m finding lots of inspiration AND I get to go shopping. Naturally, my treasuries feature a lot of art and photography, but they are full of other stuff too ― things that catch my eye that I think are beautiful, interesting, well designed or just a lot of fun.

The one below is from a few days ago. Check out those Versace boots!

I’ve included links to a few of my other treasuries underneath the ‘Wearable art’ gallery, just in case you’re interested : )

‘Wearable art’ by annacull

50% SALE Haute couture gold …


Rare vintage/antique eyeglas…


Art Deco Snake Bracelet . An…


Vintage Rare 1990s GIANNI VE…


The Art of Vogue Covers 1909…


Vintage 50s Clutch Hand Bead…


ART DECO Print of Three High…


Antique Art Nouveau Period 1…


Vintage 1950s Hat Black Desi…


Art nouveau earrings with dr…


Vintage Art Deco Beaded Bag/…


Paris Metro Sign, Paris Phot…


Vogue magazine cover 1926 Le…




Antique Victorian 14k Gold M…


Floral Enamel Earrings – Art…


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A few more Etsy treasuries:

Wide Sargasso Sea ― one for book lovers: Jane Eyre fused with the Caribbean, inspired by Jean Rhys’ novel Wide Sargasso Sea
Circles and squares ― unusual arty gifts, vintage games and lots of bright colours
I see red ― a red coat, red shoes, red jewellery, a red chair… you get the idea
Queen Bee ― lots of honey bee and golden gift ideas, inspired by Lorde’s song Royals

*galleries of items for sale on Etsy

Shoot it, Sketch it: Country gate

Country gate – acrylic on canvas, 405 x 405 mm, 2014

Country gate – acrylic on canvas, 405 x 405 mm, 2014

Country gate, North Canterbury, 2014

Country gate, North Canterbury, 2014

Today’s Shoot it, Sketch it was inspired by the photograph in last Friday’s post. The moment I saw this magnificent tree, I knew I was going to paint it. I like the image for many reasons. I like the way the gate is part of the landscape and not part of it. I like the wild branches and the wavy clouds. And I love that shock of orange in the background.

It’s now for sale in my Etsy shop : )