Wednesday, October 26, 2016
So, I had this crazy idea that I should enter an art prize – and when the GreenWay Art Prize popped up in my Facebook feed, it didn't look too scary or highbrow – so I went for it. I figured I may as well cut my teeth on a local, approachable prize. Anyway, my little watercolour didn't make it in, which didn't come as a surprise (can't expect to be a finalist on the first art prize I enter). However, while I did a little research for my artwork, I dragged my kids and camera along to various GreenWay locations and wandered. Hence the above snap was entered into the GreenWay Community Photography Prize and it (to my complete shock), has been chosen as a finalist! How cool is that!
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
She does however, own this unexpected battered piece of porcelain, depicting five forlorn cats drinking tea. It is one of the only curios in their house. From what I remember (and family correct me if I'm wrong), it belonged to her mum or maybe even her grandmother. When my cousin Alice and Aunt Jane requested an artwork, it was decided that this knick-knack would have to be the subject matter. So now the mopey little kittens have been reproduced in their wonky glory to live on as an artwork. I hope you enjoy it Alice + Jane.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Monday, October 17, 2016
A crest for Milla's baby sister Iris. An iris flower obviously, but also some violets, boronia, hardenbergia and scaevola – a mix of natives and non-natives. Plus the brushbox flower (which took some practice, patience and strategising to get right, such a tricky flower) – as baby Iris was born under the brushbox bush in the frontyard!
Again, a huge thanks to Suzy for commissioning these pieces for her daughters' bedroom. I loved painting them – it was a wonderful learning process and Suzy was the most patient, gentlest, friendliest client one could ever hope for.
If anyone would like something similar (or totally different), then please don't hesitate to get in contact.
Friday, October 14, 2016
Also pictured in Ottilie's bedroom, a bookshelf made by my dad (when we were children) and painted by my mum. And this felt ball.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Earlier this year she contacted me, asking if I could do a custom watercolour piece, a crest or herald of sorts, for her daughter's wall. This is the result. It was so lovely that someone I'd never met in the real world, would take a chance on me. The large white star-like flowers, Milla biflora was included as Milla's namesake flower. I also added in the Australian native hot pink tea tree and violets, in the hope that they'll be recognisable to Milla. Maybe they will end up holding special significance in her life. Thanks Suzy. I hope this artwork gives you and Milla much joy.
Monday, October 10, 2016
Saturday, October 8, 2016
How did they roll around again so quickly? Seriously? One thing I have discovered, is that I love school holidays and the opportunity to spend heaps of time exploring with my kids.
Francesco Clemente's Encampment at Carriageworks
My niece Ottilie's birthday – we wandered down the Goods Line, before seeing the overwhelming Wiggles exhibit at the Powerhouse and finished it up with Yum Cha in Chinatown
THEN We ducked up the coast to the magical Patonga for a couple of days–
Plenty of painting happened
Exploring rocks and bushland
On the creek and in the creek
And saying goodbye to Aunty Tesse, who joined us for one night and left by ferry.