"Hallow's Eve" (new painting!)

20 June 2011

"Hallow's Eve" is a mixed media (graphite, water soluable crayons, and watercolour) painting, inspired by a sacred tome, written by my mother.

The figure in the painting ended up resembling me, on accident. I was using a photo of myself, which I took to help with the sketching stage of the piece; although I had intended to change the features, they came through as very me-like, in the end. Since the figure is supposed to represent Morgana Le Fey, an incarnation of the Lady of the Heavens, I wanted her to have a Celt/Welsh appearance, and I think I've managed that rather well, so mission accomplished!

Overall, I'm really pleased with how it turned out... don't you just love all the little sparkling souls/stars ?



(By the way, in case you were wondering : the "blue stuff" is masking fluid, which was removed in the last phases of painting.)

WhimWa is back!

19 June 2011


The Whimsical Watercolours Workshop is back! This time as a self-study edition.

Learn how to use watercolour paints to create whimsical and illustrative works of art, beginning with basic techniques, all the way to making mixed media paintings!

6 hours and 20 minutes of videos + pdf lessons

All videos and pdf materials can be downloaded, for you to keep. Watch and re-watch them anytime.


This is a self-study course. Watch, learn, and paint at your own pace.


( Personal critiques and live interaction with the instructor are not offered in this edition of
the Whimsical Watercolours Workshop.)


Four awesome weeks of

Learning, Painting, and Fun!

You must be a member of Willowing & Artist Friends to participate in this workshop.

It's a free online community which focuses on mixed media

whimsical, illustrative, journaling, and healing arts.


The Whimsical Watercolours Workshop Costs : 30£ (approx. $47 US dollars)

You can purchase this workshop with PayPal or with a major credit / debit card.



For more information and to join
this workshop, please CLICK HERE


Beene's 100 Days of Musix

14 June 2011

A friend on Facebook set fourth the challenge... after a few months of chicken feathers, I've finally decided to dive in.

Day 1 - your favorite song (this is the hardest one....)

I have 2 favourite songs:

"The Emperor's New Clothes" by Sinead O'Connor
I've loved this song from the first time I heard it. Something in it rocks me to the bones. Almost 20 years later, it hits home harder than ever.

"There's millions of people, who offer adivce, and say how I should be. But they're twisted and they will never be any influence on me... You know how it is, and how a pregnancy can change you. I've seen plenty of clothes that I like, but I won't go anywhere nice for a while. All I want to do is just sit here, and write it all down, and rest for a while... Whatever it may bring, I will live by my own policies, I will sleep with a clear conscience, I will sleep in peace..."





and "Yes, Anastasia" by Tori Amos
The music moves into me, we shapeshift together, curves, hard edges, skipping through timelines like stones on a great sonic ocean...
"We'll see how brave you are" has been a mantra for me through the years. It's been a rock for me through some of the fiercest storms.