Admiration and Appreciation


It has to be said that if it wasn’t for my husband Peter’s wonderful photography I would not have anything to sketch.

So before I take my leave to the city of Canberra, hopefuly a weekend jam-packed with family fun. Like a visit to Questacon, to check out a Spider Exhibition (Eeek! kids choice! Due to a live huntsman colony on show) Of course then to my favourite, a Bird Aviary. Also to the Old Bus Depot Markets for a shopping spree, yay we love shopping.

So before I leave I wanted to share my better half’s photo’s.

I imagine we will have plenty more after we visit the Canberra bird aviary.

Peter and I take our camera’s at every opportunity, but somehow he captures the better photo. Neither of us have much of an idea on the technical side of things, well he may know a bit more than me. I’m a point and shoot kinda gal (keep it simple) and Pete well as you can see he has a flare for capturing much more than most amateur photographers. Keep and eye out for the four legged gull (I kid you not!)

We enjoy a healthy competition to see who can get the best capture of the day. He beats me every time. And so I usually end up using his photo’s for my art.

How could I not.

Enjoy the many beautiful images from the birds, farm life and of course the cows.

My dream when we retire is to go on a birdy-bucket-list tour. First around Australia and see all the birds that are not in our state. Then a bird tour in the United States one day to see the hummingbird. Yes I will die happy if I get to see one in the wild.

Birds have become a big part of our life, and I hope to join a local bird watching group when I get some time. Enjoy the slideshow of some of Pete’s stunning bird captures.

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This post is to say thanks to my Husband for forever surprising and inspiring me, as you can see from the photos and my art below. They are perfection and I hardly do them justice.





Sometimes I think I should not try, yet something stirs the creative soul when I look upon them and I have to create.

I will leave you with one of my favourite cat portraits of Apple the cat. I could imagine this one on a giant canvas, one day I will get around to it.

Thanks for stopping by I would like to know where your inspiration comes from when you create?


About Minuscule Moments

Everybody has a DREAM. Today is the first day of the rest of my writing life. Its a lonely world out there when you are learning the craft. This year, as the same as last year, I want to finish my first children's picture book. I have learn't many wonderful lessons on this journey. You are never too old to learn.
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92 Responses to Admiration and Appreciation

  1. Oh Kath, you definitely do them justice!
    I just had to cancel a hotel booking for Canberra this weekend! Such a shame (although I probably wouldn’t have seen the spider exhibition ha ha)
    I love birds too (lots on my instagram), and I have to tell you – I saw a hummingbird on my trip to Boston!!

    • Hi Annie, I have bird spotting envy with you now, I never was interested in birds as much when I was young and travelled the world. Probably had one fly right by me. My obsession started once I began sketching birds. The Spider Exhibition was amazing I go weak at the knees at the sight of one on my wall. But I learnt a thing or two whilst there. The huntsman colony behind glass still made my skin crawl but it was fascinating to see. I won’t be helping cut wood after you see how many cram under a layer of loose bark.

  2. Your husband’s photographs are stunning, Kath. Thanks so much for sharing them!

  3. Really amazing photographs. And the way you create your own bird portraits from them is also incredible. Have a great trip!

  4. Letizia says:

    I love how your creativity plays off of your husband’s; the drawings and the photos. I look forward to seeing some beautiful spider portraits after your trip, haha!

    • Letizia I did not take any photos but the giant tarantulas were burrowed deep in their burrows and they kept the live exhibits very dark so the spiders did not get stressed. I do have an idea for a Daddy Long Legs spider who loves sampling different tea. Sounds nuts but thats how a good picture book evolves I guess. I had one spiral down and almost land in my tea cup one morning and he looked so cool, the idea just sprang to life! Now I need to go shopping for some really ornate tea cups to sketch. Thanks for stopping by.

      • Letizia says:

        I love the idea of a Daddy Long Leg sampling different tea, hehe! What a sweet idea. I wonder if he will ever find the perfect cup?

        • Maybe he discovers coffee Letizia Ha! Its fun to think about I have a thing for tea pots I adore the chinese style with beautiful designs. So I will start collecting interesting cups and pots to sketch. It may not be a picture book for kids, maybe it will be for grown ups?? Who knows but the idea has stuck with me.

        • Letizia says:

          I love tea pots as well. I only have two though. One is a traditional English one and the other is a Chinese one brought over by a friend. I love your story and look forward to hearing more about his adventures!

  5. Your husband’s photos and your art are both wonderful.

  6. kathydoremus says:

    Sounds like you guys make a great combo. 🙂 His photographs truly are stunning, but your artwork is equally so.

  7. Staci Troilo says:

    What a talented couple!

  8. There is no way to pick which is better, Kath. His are so realistic; yours include the emotion that makes a picture pop. I’m glad you didn’t have a poll!

  9. Simply beautiful! Love all the sketches and photos. 🙂

  10. Extraordinary photography. With so many artists living together in such a picturesque setting it’s no wonder you all feed off each other’s creativity. Spiders, such fascinating creatures, but their most fascinating feature is their ability to ignite my arachnophobia. Have fun!

    • Indeed Christina I have the same phobia, but after visiting exhibition I learnt many interesting things. Like not one person has died from a spider bite in Australia in some time, since the anti-venom was created. I actually enjoyed the show better than I thought I would.

  11. Sara says:

    So much talent living in your house! The work done by both you and your husband is stunning.

  12. Tana Bevan says:

    Isn’t absolutely wonderful to be supported in your endeavors by the one you love?! The Love and admiration you have for your husband’s photographs shine through in your artistic rendrings. Enjoy your family get-away.

  13. Sue Slaght says:

    What a lovely tribute to your husband. Clearly you make a great team and support each others strengths rather than be intimidated by them. The photos are superb and far beyond amateur level. I think your sketches are astounding and how wonderful it is his images that inspire you. May your dreams come true and may the hummingbird flutter about you in future travels.

  14. Dalo 2013 says:

    These are truly remarkable photos Kath ~ a beautiful reminder of what is out there in life to be admired, and I love the tribute you give your husband Peter in providing you subjects to sketch. The opening photo is my favorite ~ a high-key feel. They say cooperation of two brings results never possible by one, and that is a gift. Wish you a great weekend.

    • Thanks Randall that is one of my all time favourites. I’m thinking I could do it justice in colour pencil, it inspires me so. But some photo’s are perfection and I just would not be able to capture what he captures. Like your photography it is complete and simply stunning.

  15. diannegray says:

    These pictures and portraits are beautiful Kath. You’re both such talented people. Enjoy Canberra! (I love Questacon) xxx

  16. You definitely do them justice Kath! Beautiful work from you both. So very talented and being creative feeds your soul. Thanks for sharing 🌸💚

  17. Roy McCarthy says:

    Cats and birds don’t mix Kath :-O And there’s me thinking that the birds stood still for you. Some great pics there all right and do I recognise a Jersey cow among them?

    • Hey Roy, sadly no they don’t, but I love them both just the same. The Jersey’s seem to come up better in photo’s I think than the Friesian’s dark features. They have such pretty eyes. Thanks for stopping by.

  18. Beautiful photos Kath, but you certainly do do them justice. The photos are vibrant and full of light, but your paintings have an ethereal quality which adds some extra magic.

  19. Kath, both you and Pete are brimming with talent. I am in awe! But what’s with the four legged gull? Is there another behind him we can’t see? 😀

  20. Wonderful post .. Team work! Fabulous photos by the way .. Love your sketches

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