Monday, 13 October 2014

Pattern Camp with Jessica Swift

I'm in the middle of Pattern Camp with Jessica Swift and have learnt more in the last few hours on Illustrator than I could ever wrap my head around before now (I've been trying to learn AI off and on for years). Such a FAB teacher, thanks Jessica!!! Now back to it, too many ideas running around inside my head. I'll post some of my designs soon...

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Master L the Artist

Lots of similarities this one and I. He loves to draw every second he can. He is really good at it too.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

New Work

Underpainting started today. Lots to do this week, but unfortunately none of it has to do with painting. Hopefully back to this one early next week.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Long Weekend!

We spent our long weekend Monday in North Sydney at the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, as well as the Balls Head Reserve along the harbour foreshore. The walk around the industrial area made for some great photos, but my Canon battery ran out just as we got there. All of these are my Instagram pics taken today.

The wharf.

An old ship, not sure if it's still running.

A snake made using discarded street signs - public art.

The entrance to the coal loader tunnels. That Sydney sandstone is so beautiful.

My boys at the other end of the tunnels.

Spectacular Sydney!

The Sydney Harbour Bridge with the iconic Harry Seidler building - Blues Point Tower (built 1962) at McMahons Point in front.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Website Updated

Ive just finished updating my website so it's a little easier to find your way around. Yep, that's how I spent my Saturday evening! Please go and have a look, let me know what you think.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Work in Progress

Painting in the person today, not time to sit and type, lots to do. The kids are out with their Uncle in the city today. This has been my most productive school holidays EVER!!

Saturday, 27 September 2014


It was a little bit windy, but it was a glorious day. R had his little friends party down at the beach. 

I snapped a couple of inspiration pics looking out the window of the party (pretty nice huh?), then I went home, grabbed my sketchbook and had a little play. Here's what happened...

Friday, 26 September 2014

More Colour Blocking

We're home again now, I love a quick trip to see my parents.

Progress on this one looks like it is going slow, but I have to paint several layers of the same colour over each other to make it opaque. I added the white waves and shadow on the ground today, played around with the umbrella a little bit (I'm still not happy with it) and, I played with my kids. A really great Friday! Here's to the weekend, hope yours is fun!

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Blocking In

I got a few extra colours blocked in on this painting this morning before I left for Mum and Dad's. I'm up here for the night to see them both, and pick up my kiddies. Both boys have been drawing so much up here, they have a huge stack of drawings to take home and are so proud of them. They have had a wonderful time, with limited technology, which has been so good for their video game obsessed little brains.

Funnily enough, my Dad has been sitting down with them drawing, for hours sometimes. I think I must get my artistic gene from him, he is always drawing the funniest caricatures. Check out his drawing below, copied from the kids story book Little Critter.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

New Work

I'm a little bit obsessed with this little thing called Instagram. I can't help myself, but I keep looking at other artists progress, process and everything in between and become completely overwhelmed with what I want to achieve. It does my head in some days. So much that I have to take a step back, refocus and completely SIMPLIFY everything! I tend to overthink my paintings sometimes, trying to cram too much onto the canvas or the next 10 paintings I want to do. So the new one I started today, instead of drawing onto the canvas, I decided to sketch my outline with some fluid paint and see where it took me. I'm liking where this is going, what do you think?

I managed a few hours blocking in this evening, gosh it's a good feeling when the paint goes on quickly and I know which direction I am going in. I have simplified my style, and this has happened, I'm a very happy girl!

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Tuesday's Progress

Re-working some of the ocean today, I painted out some of the people on the shoreline that I didn't like.

So I hate to say it, and it's only Day 2, but I actually miss my boys a little bit. The house is so quiet, and for a little minute I found myself wondering what I was missing out on seeing them do with my Mum and Dad. How much fun are they having? Well, they haven't wanted to call us even once, so I'm guessing they are having a blast!!!

I am also having a blast! Although, it has made me think of all the misused hours before I had kids. What did I do with all that time I had? Yes, I wish I had it back of course, but it has lead me to where I am today, so I can't complain. Back to painting now, hubs will be home late tonight, so I think I have an hour or so  painting/planning left in me yet! 

Lots of umbrella's also added to my beach scape today.