Blog, blogging, Inspiration, post

Downloading new software to take the focus off my head!

So, to avoid creating something I decided to look at what’s happening in the tweeting world. I found a tweet by the CreativeBloq team and proceeded to download the software because I couldn’t decided whether to go out and look for a new washing machine or do something more productive like finish painting the carport – more things to take the focus off being more creative! What is it with this? That I feel I must be continuously creative?

This software looks amazing! Perhaps a steep learning curve even for a seasonsed teacher who uses Adobe on a daily basis. Something to keep the juices flowing and anything to keep me from truly being the master of any one topic, subject or field!


Blog, Design, Inspiration, TAFE, Teaching

Captured in the storm

After a successful brainstorming session with my diploma in web development students, one of my students passed on a moment capturing our ‘storming’. Today, I had another session with my certificate IV web development students and it occurred to me that the days of ‘storming’, ideas generating and graphic design development are some of my best! Thank you to all my dedicated and hard working students for making my day[s].

Luise Grice brainstorming


Mens Shed Extension

Today I started filming the extension of the Nowra Mens shed. I was invited to film the project to show the dedication and hard work that retiree veterans will be putting into extending the shed.

The extension will provide veterans of the community with more workshop space and lunch and rest facilities. Regulars of the shed Graham, Bill, Kevin and Frank will all be involved in seeing the extension to fruition .. but a lot of hard work is yet to come. The following are some preliminary shots:

Footings dug Prep for concrete pour Prep for concrete pour

The shed lays on the Jim da Silva Farm Nowra and is a joint venture of the St Vincent de Paul Society and the NSW Department of Housing.


Blog, Inspiration

Mending a ‘love-hate’ relationship

As a TAFE teacher, this time of the year poses a threat to a love-hate relationship I have with technology. The ‘can’t-live-without-it’ regime of keyboard thrashing, internet hashing and hash tagging. It’s a hard one to shift but after a month an a half of school holidays and a self-imposed ban on Mac, iPad and iPhone .. some good has come.

After several home maintanence jobs, finishing a novel abandoned months ago, and sitting with my ideas .. the creative juices have begun to flow freely again and the commonly known love-hate relationship with all things technology has dissapted.  Instead of psycho-mania causing reading of bits and pieces of design books, sporadic web articles and snippets of tweets, creativity and ideas have surfaced!

For example an idea for a children’s book was ‘regurgitated’. It is [currently] called A frog and a dog. Below is the work in progress so far and an initial draft of the proposed front cover:

IMG_1892 frog dog

It is a story about an unhappy dog who meets a guru-type frog who helps the dog to become happy again. A bit of a familiar story but one that never goes astray [pun intended]. A story board has been written for the book and the next steps will be to nut out the details of each page within the book.


Given that I often start projects but rarely finished them [unless someone with greater authority over sees them and is there to give me a gentle rearend nudge], it is hoped that publishing the progress of the book on the web will bring about a renewed urgency for project completion. Therefore, any comments for inspiration to attain this are more than welcome. I hope you enjoy the progress of A frog and a dog.

The images shown above have been created and drawn by Luise Grice and are the property of Luise Grice.

Blog, Design, Digital Art, Inspiration

Class of 2014

It’s the end of another academic year and I really wanted to do something to finish the year with more than just a ‘good bye and good luck’. Each and every student who finishes this year’s design class will have created some interesting and thoughtful designs. I wanted to celebrate all their hard work without making it hard for them to leave the room [due to potential cranial expansion].

So, I created a short ‘trailer-like’ video showcasing their earlier works and the their later graphic designs that ended up inside their finished web sites.

Design, Digital Art, Inspiration


I am a teacher and designer of visual and media arts.

My site showcases some of my illustration and hand-drawn designs. Most of my imagery has been created by hand using a strong sense of imagination, whilst incorporating ideas from print media, television and everyday objects.

I usually develop my creations using various sketching techniques and ocassionally converting them into digital art using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Check out my site and feel free to get in touch.

I hope you enjoy ..