Saturday, 12 April 2014

Our Hawaiian Adventure (Part 1 - The Big Island)

We've just had the BEST family adventure to Hawaii. We spent 2 weeks, on 2 islands, exploring them inside and out. We started in Kona on the Big Island, after connecting through Honolulu. I forgot how wonderful the scenery was on the Kona Coast, there was black lava everywhere. We stayed one night at the Sheraton, which was lovely and quiet, with giant pools and a slide for the kids to enjoy.
Looking down from our hotel room.
Keahou Bay, next to The Sheraton
From the Sheraton, we drove south for almost 3 hours to Volcanoes National Park. we stayed at Volcano Lodge, which is a must if you want to stay overnight in the Park. We walked through Lava tubes, on the crater floor of an active volcano, and hiked for 3 hours across massive solid lava flows. Unfortunately, there was no hot lava flowing into the ocean when we visited, so we only saw the lava from a distance in the crater.
Thurston Lava Tube, in Volcanoes National Park

Crater floor.

The view of the active volcano, from Volcano House.

Driving down the island through the National Park, you can see where the lava has scarred the land.

Walking on a rock solid lava flow that crossed the road back in 2006.

The Sea Arch at the end of the road.
After one night in Volcanoes National Park, we drove around the top of the island to Waikoloa to the Hilton, a massive resort on the Waikoloa Coast, where we stayed for 5 nights.
The view from our room at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.

Hilton Waikoloa Village Lagoon - there are loads of sea turtles in there!

Beautiful frangipani

My big boy swimming along side a sea turtle.

Breathtaking creatures!!!
We drove to a few different snorkelling spots on the Kona Coast to have a look at the different sea life.
Ocean swimming and snorkelling with some wild sea turtles.

Lava sand.

Navigating the rocky lava as they enter the ocean for a snorkel.

Part 2 - Oahu, coming soon....

Friday, 28 February 2014

Flashback Friday

1990 - High School, 7 colour screen print on handmade paper. 

1990 - High School, Collagraph on paper.

1990 - High School, Monoprint and 2 colour lino print on Japanese rice paper.

1990 - High School, Etching, ink drawing, pencil, thread and collage on paper.

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!