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My Paintings

I have been painting since I first contracted Arthritis and I have developed a real passion for working with ink and watercolour. I also use pencil and charcoal to a lesser extent. I find art gives me an outlet for my creativity. Because my body does not work the same way it did when I started painting I have had to be flexible with my style and application. This has given me more scope to explore different media, texture and ways of application. I think this has been a benefit to my style as it took me out of my comfort zone and encouraged me to be more adventurous. My art has developed because of my disability and while there may be some frustrations with application processes, I have learnt to look at life and my work from many different angles and consider possibilities.

My paintings use simple framing and the most common frames are black or silver.  This simple framing allows the painting to be central and does not detract from the actual artwork image.

Wheelchair Art

Recently my sister Tamara and I developed a new style of acrylic and canvas using my electric wheelchair to paint and create the design. As with a lot of my art the style is abstract. It is exciting to see something evolve from nothing. Tamara helps with the paint mixing and application onto the canvases and the design and finished painting evolve from me and my wheelchair melding with the paint and the canvas.

These paintings have been created using my electric wheelchair and throwing acrylic paint.  The wheelchair tyre tread and movement of the chair through the paint creates the design and final outcome.

Ocean Reflection

This painting uses a mixture of green and acrylic paint that has been thrown onto a canvas board and mixed using my electric wheelchair.  This has created a free form of movement and defined wheelchair tread across the painting.

Size: 47cm x 38cm

Framed:  Narrow teak wood with gold border

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Country Drive

A mix of purple, green and yellow acrylic paint was used in this painting.  Again the paint was thrown onto the canvas board and then my electric wheelchair was used to run through and mix the paint to create the final design.  The layers are quite different to the previous paintings that also use very similar colour, but the texture and direction of movement result in a painting that is quite distinct and different to the others.

Size: 47cm x 38cm

Framed: Brown Wood Narrow

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Golden Skies

A mix of purple, green and yellow acrylic paint was used in this painting.  Again the paint was thrown onto the canvas board and then my electric wheelchair was used to run through and mix the paint to create the final design.  Movement and texture were created by using the tread of the wheelchair tyre in different directions and across a number of layers.

Size: 47cm x 38cm

Framed:  Wide wood

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Decision Time

A mix of purple, green and yellow acrylic paint was used in this painting.  Again the paint was thrown onto the canvas board and then my electric wheelchair was used to run through and mix the paint to create the final design.  This picture reflects action and movement and narrow band of colour in tyre imprint are spread across the entire canvas.  The eye is drawn in a number of directions and decisions need to be made as to which part of the painting is concentrated on at a time.  There is a sense of indecision and choice of pathways emerge from this art piece.

Size: 47cm x 38cm

Framed:  Narrow wood and gold

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Discovery at Paradise Island

Discovery at Paradise Island has been chosen as a selected text for the NSW Board of Studies School Syllabus for English K-10

ORDER NOW - We have Sharon's new children's storybook as well as many other different resources available to buy for your school or organisation or just for yourselves.

Do you have dyslexia? Would you like to try this version of Discovery at Paradise Island - printed in the new OpenDyslexic font.

ISBN 978-0-9581610-6-0

Children's storybook written by Sharon Boyce.
Discovery at Paradise Island is great for school years 3-7 (Ages 6-12 approx.) especially. It is an early chapter reader and it links directly to the SOSE and English syllabus. it explores culture and identity and the topic of disability in the family. The book is designed to explore disability on a deeper level as well as involve the reader in solving a mystery. It has links to specific tasks at the end of each chapter that encourage the reader to reflect on the story and content. It explores literacy and numeracy and code breaking as part of the storytelling process. Sharon won the Disability Action Week Award for Individuals (2003) for her work writing this book.

OpenDyslexic Font -

This book has been reprinted using this open dyslexic font. This is an open source font that has been created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia. It works well for the majority of readers. It can be downloaded and used by anybody for any purpose. The typeface includes regular, bold, italic, and bold italic styles.  It is being updated continually and improved based on input from people who use the font. It has been designed to make the text heavier on the bottom of each letter in order to try to anchor it onto the page so there is less movement of the letters for the reader.

There are no quick fixes for dyslexia, however there are some solutions that may make it easier for a person to read certain types of font on certain types of paper. I wanted to see whether it made it easier for this book to be read if it was printed in the open dyslexic font and on a cream based, environmentally friendly, low gloss paper.

Information about the open dyslexic font can be found on the website - http://opendyslexic.org.

It is definitely not the only answer for dyslexia, but again based on individual preference, it may be helpful for many people.  Often people with dyslexia will describe letters that float or move around a page with no real anchor.  This font adds gravity and weight to the letters and words as it is thicker at the bottom than at the top.  Studies have found that text printed in this font often stays more still on the page and works better for them.  It is important though that you ask students if it works for them.  This is just another one of the solutions in the dyslexia puzzle.  Have a look at the website and download this font from this website http://opendyslexic.org.

There are a number of different books that have been printed in OpenDyslexic font.  I decided to try doing a print run of my book with this font as it will work for all students; those without dyslexia as well as students who have dyslexia.  If it only helps in some small way that is all right.

I became very interested in Dyslexia and the understanding of hidden disabilities in the work I do in schools and professional development with my consultancy Discovering Disability and Diversity.

We sometimes need to find a combination of solutions and strategies to help students with dyslexia to be able to access literature. It may even make it a lot better for those students that have dyslexia. I want to at least create a number of different options of this text in a variety of formats to support students with reading difficulties! This book has also been produced in an mp3 audio format and a daisy format for people with vision problems.

I would love it if you would like to buy this book and see whether it works with your students who are either diagnosed with dyslexia or have problems with reading and processing information.  For me it has been a little bit of a learning curve and something that really has to be trialed with the individual who has dyslexia.  Each individual is different and a solution that works for one person will not necessarily work for all.  I do however think it is exciting to create a book that uses the open dyslexic font that is very popular according to many studies around the world and is very popular with people who have dyslexia. I explored this more in my new book, Discovering Dyslexia - Uncovering Some of the Mysteries. If it only helps in some small way at least, I will be happy.

Feel free to email me responses about the book and the font and the production at :-  boyces@usq.edu.au This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

...as well - she has produced a second edition of 'Discovery at Paradise Island' as an ebook and DAISY and mp3 version of her children's storybook 'Discovery at Paradise Island' especially designed for blind and vision impaired readers as well as students with dyslexia and reading problems - also printed in OpenDyslexic Font. These have been launched in Disability Action Week and are now available.

This book has also been designed to appeal to adult readers who may have problems with literacy as well as ESL or migrant learners.There are focus questions at the end of each chapter and at the end of the book there are many parent and teacher activities and extra questions that explore the book and issues of physical disability and its impact on the family. These can be used as conversation starters or to generate deeper level thinking about the story and the issues raised within it. Teachers can develop the themes from this book and explore the impact of disability awareness on their own class. The book also includes code breaking and numeracy so these can be developed further as rich tasks in the classroom or even at home.

The book links into the SOSE syllabus especially the Culture and Identity strand, as well as critical literacy and numeracy. It also is a much needed resource in the area of disability awareness. The engagement questions at the end of each chapter encourage children to think about the issues they are reading about and to apply them to their own lives. At the conclusion of the book it has a section containing teacher and parent directed activities. These can be used to develop a unit of work or activities based around the book and the themes contained within it.

Buy "Discovery at Paradise Island - 2nd Edition" - book only

$19.95

Discovery at Paradise Island - Double CD Audio Book 

$24.95

Paperback Book plus Double CD Audio Book Special price 

$40

DAISY Format File - Vision Impaired - POA

 

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There is also a PDF file of the book if you would prefer that format. I will send it to your email address and you then open it in ibooks for your ipad or your Kindle. It is also only $9.99 and very clear and easy to read on all the tablet platforms. Please just order through paypal or else contact me at my email address

boyces@usq.edu.au

and I will email you through a copy straight away.