Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Just Popping In...

I'm just popping in for a little minute. I have been painting non-stop lately, trying to get a few big artworks done. These photos were taken last week at the beginning stages of this particular painting, I'll post some updated ones in a few days. I'm calling it "Coast" at the moment. It's 54 x 44 inches, a pretty big one.

I'm a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to my own painting. I tend to paint flat colours, like when you separate colours for a screen print. I think my brain works a bit 2 dimensional. When I look at something I want to paint, my brain breaks it up into small areas of colour. When I draw it onto the canvas, it resembles a paint by numbers canvas without the paint and the little numbers. It seems to work for the effect I want to get, I guess this is my style. These next couple of photos are previous paintings that I have done that were chosen for group exhibitions. See how they're similar to paint by numbers?

Right now though, it's back to painting, oh how I love to paint!

Friday, 7 February 2014

Flashback Friday

While going through all my old drawings, paintings and prints, I chose this one to show today. It's a charcoal and watercolour crayon, on watercolour paper. Its a pretty big one, around 30in x 44in. 

I remember doing this one in drawing class at Uni in about 1992-ish. I spent ages on it, using the rubbing tool, water and an eraser to create different effects. We had a different exercise/task to do every week in class. This one was obviously perspective and tone, from large to small and back again, and from dark to light.

One week we could only use our left hand (or right hand if you were left-handed) for the entire class. Another was to draw our favourite song. Week after week it kept you thinking outside the box, that's why drawing class was one of my favourite classes at Uni.

The edges are a bit crushed, but I think I might flatten them out somehow and get it float framed under glass, I have the perfect wall for it!

"Circles", by Monique Tyacke
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Artist Series - Jonas Gerard :: Rejoycing Rhythm III

I absolutely love how Jonas Gerard throws himself into his painting, so much fun. Listening to my favourite music while painting, is always a must!

I also love what the handwritten sign on his studio wall says, PAINT AS IF YOUR LIFE DEPENDED ON IT!! Sounds good to me!

Check out this video of him in action...

Monday, 3 February 2014

My (Art) Instagram - January

I hope you had a great weekend! We just relaxed after the boys first few days back at school last week. A technology free weekend, a bit of shopping, lunch at a cafe, haircuts, and a few walks down to the beach for a swim was all we needed to recuperate. This week will be a challenge for the kids though, a full week at school, I'm sure there will be tears by the end of it. I'll have loads of time this week to start making those canvases and start painting. Look out for some pics on my Instagram feed!

I'm a big fan of Instagram, a bit obsessed really. I upload photos almost daily to my IG account, from everyday stuff, like my kids first day at school, to a day at the beach, or something funny I might see. I love it, it's a great way to connect with friends as well as like minded people. I post quite a lot of photos of my drawings and paintings on IG, these are from this last month, January 2014.

The first four I drew while up at my Sister's home in the countryside. I only took with me a few Posca Paint Pens, gold and silver Sharpies and my trusty black Micron Pens, as well as my sketchbook. I pretty much just let it flow, as I sat outside with the flies swarming around me, watching the kids play in the pool. And because my sister has a love affair with quilting, she wanted to see these on fabric right away!! Maybe soon Sis...

I had some studio time on Friday and I did the same thing again, this time with acrylic paint and some printmaking paper I found in my stash. The two styles are quite different, but both still have geometric shapes, which seems to be consistent in everything I do. I'm not sure what I will do with these two below, I may just pop them in my Etsy Store, we'll see...

I follow a lot of other Artists on Instagram too, I had to start culling some because I wasn't seeing the feeds of all the ones I like the most.
My favourites include:
(click their name to see their IG pics)

Erin Flannery


You can find me on Instagram here...

Let me know what your Instagram address is in the comments, so I can follow you too.

Friday, 31 January 2014

Flashback Friday

Ok, I'm not sure if I should say how long ago I did these mixed media works, but it was for my HSC in high school. 

It was the time of the breaking down of the Berlin Wall and I had somehow gotten my hands onto a TimeLIFE magazine. I looked through the pages for some inspiration, and article after article was about some form of protest elsewhere in the world. I remember feeling quite sad about seeing so much anger, and then seeing jubilation in the faces of others, especially after the Wall came down. I had never travelled outside of where I lived at that age, so it was all really new to me. The photography in that one magazine made a huge impact on my young mind.

So I chose to do 6 mixed media works for the Higher School Certificate and here they are. A series based on Protest. 

Thursday, 30 January 2014

A Child Free Studio

After a long school holidays, the time has come to start the year. I'll have a child free studio after I take the little one off to his first day at big school this morning - there will be tears, I'm sure!

I have loads of inspiration, from trips to the forest, the zoo, the valley and the sea, I really have no excuse not to come up with some great paintings this year. I still plan to do a lot of pattern designs, but large scale paintings will be my priority. I've bought my roll of Belgian Linen and stretcher bars, and I plan on making them up early next week.

I worked on a lot of smaller drawings, patterns and paintings last year so I could start selling on Etsy and Society 6. I love designing repeat patterns for iPhone cases etc. and now clocks, they make me happy.

As Valentine's Day is on the horizon, my latest design is a Heart design.
Art Prints available here.
The repeat pattern is below. What do you think?
iPhone Cases etc available here.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Artist Series - Paper Artist, Gunjan Aylawadi

I first came across the beautiful paper art of Gunjan Aylawadi on Instagram. I was blown away that the artworks were made from rolled paper. I had to have a closer look so I visited her website. Seriously, these works are so gorgeous, I just had to share...
"Lost & Found"

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

The Thriving Artist Summit

A few months ago I signed up for The Thriving Artist Summit (It's FREE!!) I never realised how much information I would receive. After listening to the Experts , I have focus, a direction for my art branding, and my art making process. It is wonderful way to help any Art Business grow, especially when all we want to really do is make Art!

I took pages and pages of handwritten notes for each interview so I could go back to them at a later time. It took quite a while to listen to all the Speakers, and I've still got a couple of interviews to go, but it has been so enlightening and worth every minute (in between family, painting, and housework). Each speaker has a free gift that comes along with their talk as well - there is a WEALTH of information! 

Topics covered include:

Making Your Creative Biz a Real Success
Build Your Brand for Your Ideal Buyers
Price for Real Profit and Growth
Increase Your Sales with Marketing, PR, and Social Media
Diversify into Licensing, Wholesale, and Direct-to-Consumer
Get Into Galleries, Shows, and Raise Project Funds
Develop Your Creative Practice

There are around 28 speakers all together, Lawyers, Leadership Coaches, Artists, Artist Coaches, Gallerists, Art Consultants and Licensing Agents, Branding Experts, Social Media Experts etc. Seriously, it's the best information I have received as an artist in the last 10 years!

The Summit has been extended until January 31st, 2014, after that, you won't be able to listen to the interviews anymore. 

A couple of my favourite interviews were by the Artist Coaches - Cory Huff, Maria Brophy and Laura C George. They all have newsletters that I have signed up for, to keep me motivated. 

I have a few more of the interviews left to listen to, so I'm sure I'll have a few more fave's by the end. Do yourself a favour, sign up and have a little listen, there are loads to choose from. A lot of the information could be used by non-artists too!

Thanks Bonnie for a great Summit!

Happy listening.....

Friday, 3 January 2014

Reflecting on 2013

2013 was a really great year for my Art making, I managed to spend a lot of hours drawing in my sketchbooks. I have a constant stream of ideas, and getting them down right away is always a challenge. With my little one starting big school at the end of January, my days will hopefully be filled with painting, drawing, printing (and the occasional housework).

I've tried to create beautiful patterns in the last few months, a few of which you can see below. My website is up and running, it's an online portfolio that I hope to add hundreds more photos to this year. My Society6 shop is doing well, and my Original Art is selling over in my Etsy Shop too. 

I am also hoping to work on a larger scale again this year. My studio has been cleaned up, so there is now plenty of room to bring those big canvases in. So please, check back often, I'm going to have loads to blog about this year!

Sunday, 29 December 2013

52/52 - The 52 Project - We've made it!!!!!

52, a portrait a week of my children...
Luca loves Christmas Pudding! He even managed to spill it down his front on Christmas Day.
That didn't stop him from asking for more though!

All Remi asked for from Santa was his own Elf, he loves him! His eyes sparkled so much when he opened his Santa Sack.
Such a simple request, as always, from this little boy.

Thank you Friends, for spending the year with us and watching my boys grow. Your comments have been wonderful, and I have really loved looking at your photographs as well.

I don't know about you, but I am hoping to do this all again in 2014. My photography needs a lot of work, so I want to continue on our journey together.

Here's wishing you all a wonderful 2014, may it be filled with fun, laughter and lots of love!!!

Link up over at Che and Fidel here.

Sunday, 22 December 2013


52, a portrait a week of my children...

Oh this gorgeous boy was feeling so poorly at our family BBQ, high temps and nausea whilst sitting by the lake. All he wanted to do was play with his cousins whom we've hardly seen this year. He'll have to wait now, until January , when we visit their home in the Hunter Valley - we can't wait!!

A big step for this little guy this week. He finished up Pre-School, or as we call it, Kindy.
He has been going to the same Centre for the last 4 years,
he's already missing it, but really looking forward to Kindergarten in January.

Link up over at Che and Fidel here.

Sunday, 15 December 2013


52, a portrait a week of my children...

We just put up the Christmas Tree and Luca is so very excited that Santa will be coming soon. If you don't believe, you don't receive, right?

Remi's favourite thing to do while I am hanging out the laundry is to sit atop the clothes line and chat. I'm going to miss it next year when he is at School.

Link up over at Che and Fidel here.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Ten on Ten - December!!!

I started off bright and early this morning. I had some Etsy orders ready to be sent out today. 

The kids woke up about an hour after me. First thing they look for every morning is Zart!
I wonder where he will be tomorrow...

A special treat, I made some pancake batter last night ready to cook for breakfast this morning.
The kids are so bored with the usual toast and cereal. Mmm, Nutella!

I missed a few hours of taking photos in the middle of the day, as I was out in the heat running errands.
At about 2:30pm I made some pizza dough, ready to rise for a few hours, for this evening's dinner.

Remi had some LEGO time.

I added a few more decorations to the tree.
Luca made this one at Cubs last week, you would never guess that it's made from safety pins.
It's so pretty!

Luca came home from school and decided he had to count his pocket money.
I am trying to get him to save it up, but he keeps finding new things to buy.
Today he wanted the Plants vs Zombies video game- Mac edition.
Funny thing is, he has it on the iPad already - I don't get it!
I didn't let him buy it, am I a meany?

Late afternoon... such a beautiful part of the world we live in!

I went to hang out some laundry around 5pm and this is who I found in the
backyard waiting for me, he is sitting on top of the washing line - so funny.
Oh, and he is giving himself bunny ears - hahahahaaa, he makes me laugh!

Playing Minecraft

Thanks for looking guys!

I had a pretty normal day, nothing out of the ordinary, unlike yesterday, but that's a whole other story!!!

See last year's 10 on10 HERE.

If you want to join in the final 10 on 10 for 2013, head on over to Rebekah's blog to add your link.

Thanks for hosting again this year Rebekah, it was lots of fun!!!

See you all next year!