Monday, 30 April 2007

More Birthday Wishes...


Wedded bliss...

Last night we went to my girlfriends wedding at Aqua Dining in North Sydney. The atmosphere was superb overlooking North Sydney pool, the Harbour Bridge and Luna Park all at once. The couple looked so lovely and happy. The food at the restaurant was first class - so delicious! We really had an amazing night.


Lots of Love...


Saturday, 28 April 2007

Birthday Wishes....

H A P P Y . B I R T H D A Y . M U M M Y .&. A. D I A N A

H A P P Y . B I R T H D A Y . M U M M Y . & . A. D I A N A

H A P P Y . B I R T H D A Y . T A T I E . S A N D R A

H A P P Y . B I R T H D A Y . T A T I E . S A N D R A

Lots of love from me to you.

Thursday, 26 April 2007

Lest We Forget....

Yay... finally the sun is out after 4 days of continuous rain. We had an ANZAC Day holiday yesterday, which was a nice mid-week break. Anzac day is the day we celebrate the soldiers who have fought on Australia’s behalf to protect our own shores and others.

I am so grateful that we live in such a beautiful country full of peace and beauty, and that it has not suffered any great trauma as a country, at least since I have been alive anyway. Our battles have been for the most part fought on the behalf of others, and it troubles me deeply that war is necessary at all. I am the sort of person who believes that to carry a weapon is dangerous, but I can see that at times it is completely necessary to stand up for those that can’t stand up for themselves.

So the relevence of the pic of Rosemary is that a small sprig is worn on your lapel as a sign of rememberence.

That said, we had a lovely day with a BBQ Lunch at my husband's brothers new apartment in Alexandria. The weather has become surprisingly cold after Summer hanging on for so long. It is really only this week that we have started to feel the cold.

I haven't done any painting or drawing since my husband's sister got here on Tuesday. Oh well, start again next week. I have a few things that I have to do for my parents upcoming 40th Wedding Anniversary next month, so they will take priority over the next few weeks. I can't tell you what they are because Mum & Dad read my blog and they will find out all the nice surprises.

Now that the sun has come out, we have a lot of outdoor things planned for the next few days. Everyday, Luca and I go for a walk and we pass this Reserve and Unit block on our way. I just love the 1950's style. It is almost the last red brick block that is left to renovate along the ocean front in this area. I just love this picture, it reminds me of much simpler times.

So many things to do, so little time...
Must fly...


Monday, 23 April 2007

R I P Dennis XOXO

Our poor little goldfish Dennis died from natural causes (and a fungal infection) on Saturday. He got the almighty flush out to sea with his good friends Fluffy, Goldie, Whitey, Spike and a couple of others I can't remember from past years. We had a very sad little Luca who wanted nothing more than for Dennis to be back in his fish tank swimming around like crazy. A few tears were shed and we decided that we will go and get a replacement this week some time when Luca's Aunty Gabby comes to stay.

So it hasn't really stopped raining since last night and my plants are loving it. I thought I would take a few pics because the light was really nice this morning. I cropped them down and out came this lovely pic...

Pretty cool hey!

Anyhoo... on with the painting while Luca is sleeping. Oh yeah, this place is a mess after Hurricane Luca on the weekend, best do some tidying first.

Have a lovely day.


Sunday, 22 April 2007

I'm on a roll.......

Painting, painting, painting, it's all that I can do. Except that right at this moment it is raining buckets outside and I am snuggled up under my beautiful favourite quilt drinking a hot Milo, watching telly and tippety tapping on the keyboard of my laptop. "Kaachow", oops, yes, that was my attempt at lightning. I think watching the movie 'Cars' with Luca has rubbed off.

Let me see, since I have created this blog, I have pretty much painted every day since I started. Writing things down makes me feel like I have to just keep on going. My brain is going so fast, even while I am sleeping. I come up with new ideas every minute and don't have enough time in the day to get them all down. Blogging is such a good thing to do to keep me motivated, I just love it.

I have been working on the Chrysler Building painting, did about 5 kids paintings and a million sketches all since last weeks post. The Chrysler painting has a lot of intricate painting in it so it is taking quite a while, and makes my eyes go crazy, that is why I did a few kids ones in between. Hopefully it will be finished by the end of this week.

Off to sleep in a little while, but wanted to get a few words in.

Sweet dreams... zzzzz....


Tuesday, 17 April 2007

I *heart* NYC!

New ideas, yes, I have a million of them. I wouldn't want to give away too many secrets though.

While Luca is at Kindy, I have the day to get some painting done. I am currently working on some New York paintings that have been in the works for quite some time now. They are close ups of building facades. They are pretty abstract but have more detail in them than I usually do in a larger style painting. I have been really busy with commissions lately which is really good, everyone wants me to paint something different so it is giving me a great range to show.

I found this quote just after we moved back from New York. I can't remember for the life of me where it came from, but I love it:

"New York City, a place where, strangely, I feel at ease... in harmony.
So many cultures are mixed together in this city, so many strangers cohabit here, that no matter how much of a stranger you may be - and even precisely because you are a stranger - you become a new Yorker as well. You merge with the movement, a mixture that is always boiling beneath a surface that has already set. What I love about Manhattan is that behind it's well-ordered exteriors it is in reality a crazy city, full of skyscrapers that are excessive but never ridiculous; it is a city of total coherence and yet infinitely free, varied, luxurious.
And then there is the light that comes off the sea, the reflections that come and go on the long facades of glass and mirror. This proximity to the ocean blows away the pollution and gives the air of New York a kind of transparent luminosity, unique, a purity rare for a megalopolis of this scale.
Finally, I have had the opportunity to live and breathe New York City and have gained from it. Each time, I discover new beauty nestled in the heights, highly worked roofs and complex feats of architecture of which New Yorkers themselves are unaware. I have taken advantage of the city in the avowed ambition to reveal to others the face of New York, to distort the city until they can no longer recognise it, so that they in turn may rediscover it."

I will try to find who the quote was written by and add it in later. I think it pretty much sums up the NY paintings that I am doing at the moment. FYI - I *heart* NYC.

I am also just about to start a Palms series (when I need a rest from New York). I have done a few sketches and maybe I will sell a few here and there. They have a beachy feel, and I am going to use soft washed out colours, layer over layer, with some colours peeking through. If they work out really good, I will probably submit my best one to the Mosman Art Show and Warringah Art Exhibition in a few months time.

So, now I am off to paint some more...
Keep smiling...

Monday, 16 April 2007

Vintage inspired.....

We had a really great Easter, we spent time with my parents up the coast for two of the days, and had a sickening amount of chocolate on Sunday. While we were up there, we went through tons of boxes we have had stored since before we moved to New York in 1994 and back again in 2003. I forgot I had so many drawings/paintings, inspirational journals (and alot of crappy stuff as well). I found about 30 art books from exhibitions I had been to when I was younger. All this inspired me a great deal. It is like there is not enough time in the day to do all the things that spring into my mind.

After spending 3 days at my sisters house with Luca last week, and all her quilting and fabric colourfulness around (above is part of the quilt she made for me from all the fabrics I collected in Hawaii on our way back to Australia to live), I have been sketching down idea after idea for the thousand of paintings I want to do. But... when I have a 2 and a half year old running rampage through every room in the house, my only time for painting during the day is either when he is having a nap, or on the one day a week he goes to Kindy.

Anyway... I know, just get on with it.

Thursday, 5 April 2007

Life's good...

I love this! After a late night for me last night (I was trying to work out how to upload photos to here), Luca and I decided today would be a nice day for a walk along the beach. With my little guy in tow, we walked for miles - he ran most of the way. We found a small starfish and played with it for a while before I had to carry him all the way back home. Poor little guy was exhausted!

While he has just gone for a nap, I have sat down with a cup of tea in front of the computer with so many thing running through my brain. I been looking through some of our photos from last year and came across some lovely cupcakes that Luca and his sweet little friends all had at their 2yr old combined birthday party last September. They are just lovely and make me happy.

I have been looking at so many people's blog pages and have been completely consumed with learning about other REALLY creative people like me. I've never really given a second thought to being an artist, it is just what I love to do. I'm inspired by everything I see... my surroundings, my family, my friends, nature, and the richness of everyday life. I really try to show this in everything I create.

Ever since we had Luca in 2004, I have been painting a lot of art for children. I just paint what comes to my mind. I usually get some inspiration from things I have seen around me, and pretty much just let it flow.
I went to Sydney College of the Arts (Sydney Uni) and got my Bachelor of Visual Arts Degree in 1993. Just after that, my husband and I moved to New York for almost 10 years. New York is an awsome place to be inspired that's for sure. Now we are back in sunny Sydney and enjoying being back with our families and friends, and of course the gorgeous weather. What a day!

Monique x

If you get a chance, have a look at some of my artworks by clicking the flickr button to the right.

Wednesday, 4 April 2007

My First Day!

Welcome to you, and to me too. I am completely new to this web blogging thing - I'm stuck in the dark ages I guess... but now I know I have a place to share my love of Art and Design with anyone who wants to look inside my world. I have a home studio, small to say the least, but good enough at the moment. I share my time with my beautiful 2 year old and wonderful husband. They keep me inspired to work and to not take myself too seriously.

I am really looking forward to sharing all my thoughts, processes, happenings and creations with you. I would love to hear your thoughts on things as they evolve too.