Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Robot Prints

I am loving tin toys at the moment, mostly robots. I am even loving pictures for the wall of the play room (which still isn't finished). I have been a long time lurker of Tiel's blog Tsk Tsk, and finally bought these lovely robot prints of Norm, Nigel & Neville from her shop, they arrived yesterday. I love them! The colours are amazing and they go perfectly. The boys thought they were great, Luca (being an almost 5 year old) wanted to cut them out and stick them to his wall and couldn't understand why I wouldn't let him.

Now I am off to find frames for them. Thank you Tiel!

A little makeover...

My friend Steph, who is my Remi and Jack Business Partner, also in my Mother's Group and an all round lovely person is a School Teacher by day. With Remi and Jack's upcoming Markets, we plan on using a few pieces of recycled kids school furniture for our display tables. Some of the old school tables and chairs which were getting thrown out have made their way back to Steph's home and on to my garage for storage. I have been driving in and out of my garage for the last 4 weeks looking at this ugly table every time. I have been wanting to give it a little spruce up, a makeover, nothing special, just covering it in fun plastic tablecloth fabric and using a staple gun to secure it underneath.

This is what it looks like now. So easy to do, 10 minutes and I was done!

I love that it is now looking better than ever! Pirate treasure map plastic fabric (from Spotlight) looks great as a tabletop. It is now water and splatter proof and will look great as a display table for some of our merchandise.


I love to recycle! It makes me feel good!

Monday, 27 July 2009

70 soon...

My Dear Dad will be 70 years old this coming Saturday. It is always a dilemma finding a present for him, I never know what he might like. This year I plan on doing a painting for him over the next few days, hopefully finishing before the weekend.

What does my Dad like?

He loves his family, a nice meal and mostly he loves to ride his bike. He and Mum ride for miles every time they go out on an adventure. They go for weekends away with other bike riding friends and all ride for miles before finishing at a local pub for a nice cold one. I admire them both for being fit and healthy and still going strong. I think there are many more roads for them to find, and, I think they will keep riding forever.
So, I plan on doing a painting of a bike for him, kind of like the pictures that I have done on the computer above. Hopefully he likes it, and hopefully I get it finished for him - on time!

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Warm

The view from the top of Long Reef
After hearing from friends in New York how hot the weather has been it gave me the feeling that I want Winter to be over. I love getting rugged up in all my winter woolies but being able to spend more time outdoors with the kiddies is more important, and a lot more fun. I can't really say we have had a very cold or wet winter at all, but I feel like we had been inside too much last few months. Having a little-ish one again, and not wanting him to get sick has a lot to do with it. So as the weather warms up we have been spending a bit more time out and about.

Our favourite walk is doing the loop around Long Reef, which we have done for the last 3 weeks. There is even a new path so the kids can ride their bikes the whole way. We even stop to watch the Pelican's enjoy a meal of fish guts from the local fishermen.
Above: Watching the pelican's waiting for the leftover fish guts

Above: Some local Pelicans at Fisherman's Beach

Exploring around the cliffs




Friday, 17 July 2009

Warringah Art Exhibition 2009

The company of my big Sister, a jazz band, champagne and hors d'oeuvres to die for, more than make up for being squashed in like sardines to see the beautiful artworks on show at this years Warringah Art Exhibition Opening last night. I was amazed at the high standard this year and the Youth category was sensational. The new category "Waste to Art" really gave a humorous look into the things we discard willy nilly in our everyday lives - it has got my mind racing, what do I have in my recycling that I can re-purpose as art. I managed to get a few photos of the Show after the official proceedings had ended when a lot of people had left.
Me with my painting "Strength and Courage"
Below are a few photos throughout the exhibition that caught my eye.
Above Left: "Oh Imogen!!!" by Christine OHagan

Above: "Eye Candy 1" by Leesa Knights

Above: "Three Dogs' by Adam Craven

Above: "Street Play" by Roanize Kruger
Highly Commended in the Youth Category

Above: "Never the Bride" by Fibre Alchemists

Above: The General category winner "In Transit" by Elli Mundell
From far away "In Transit" looked like a photograph, unfortunately my photo doesn't do it justice at all. I was squished up against it trying to get a good shot.

It was a really lovely night and being able to spend it with my sister who I don't get to see enough made me want to do this more often. Hopefully it is sooner than I think - if I can get my act together.

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Selected!

Artfocus Gallery and Studio
1 Powells Road, Brookvale NSW
Friday July 17 to Sunday July 26, 10am to 4pm daily

I am pretty happy that I was selected again for this year's exhibition. It makes me want to paint everyday when I get selected. I am looking forward to seeing the other artworks, there is always a huge variety by all ages at this exhibition. My sister is coming with me to the Opening Night as I am only allowed 1 guest, so my lovely hubby has to stay home with the kids (mine AND my sisters). Poor pet! I will hopefully get some good pics of the exhibition to post here after the Opening. Happy painting to me.....

Friday, 10 July 2009

F i n i s h e d A t L a s t!


Painting for a Show is always very stressful, even if it is a group show and I only have to get one painting finished. This particular painting has been going on for ages now. You know when you just can't get it right, you change something ever so slightly and it throws the whole thing off. Well I have been having a dilemma with this painting for the past 6 months, yep... 6 M O N T H S! ! ! I have gone away and done other paintings in between, but every time I come back to this one, I mess something up - to put it nicely.

Back in December a friend asked me to do a commissioned work, which I was happy to take on board. The subject matter was a particular Surf Boat Crew rowing in the ocean at a surf carnival. They have been ever so patient with me as they are giving it to a close family friend as a (now belated) birthday gift.

Well, good news is.... I have finally F I N I S H E D!

I have decided to enter it in the Warringah Art Exhibition which is held around this time every year. Two years ago I got 2nd Prize in the WAE, and last year I didn't have anything finished to enter as I had just had a baby a month before the Show.

So that is where I have been, painting my butt off. It is a good feeling to be done - just in time too, submissions are tomorrow. Yikes! Wish me luck...

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Right now!

A fun Meme:

Yourself: Creative
Your partner: Computer Obsessed
Your hair: Needs Highlights
Your Mother: Loving
Your Father: Cuddly
Your Favorite Item: Paint
Your dream last night: Distant Friends
Your Favorite Drink: Water
Your Dream Car: New
Your Dream Home: Uncluttered
The Room You Are In: Kitchen
Your fear: Dying
Where you Want to be in Ten Years? Proud
Who you hung out with last night: Hubby
What You're Not: Thin
Muffins: Choc Chip
One of Your Wish List Items: Handbag
The Last Thing You Did: Breastfed Baby
What You Are Wearing: Trackies
Your favorite weather: Cool
Your Favorite Book: Art books
Last thing you ate: Thai Chicken Burger
Your Life: Chaotic
Your mood: Happy
Your Best Friend: Fun
What are you thinking about right now: Vacation
Your car: Green
What are you doing at the moment: Blogging
Your summer: Full
Relationship status: Married
What is on your tv: homeMADE
What is the weather like: Cold
When is the last time you laughed: Today

Sunday, 5 July 2009

What's on your walls?

I have an ever changing array of artworks always waiting patiently for their turn to be hung. I change them around every now and then, I like to bring some up from my studio so they can see the light of day. If I want a big change, I like to paint something new, there is always some inspiration in a corner of my mind somewhere.

I love white walls, like a gallery, so that is what we have. When Winter comes there is quite a cold feeling in here and I have to stop myself from painting the walls some warm, rich, strong colour, because when summer comes back, I love my white walls.
Above from left: : "Breakers" by me and family photos.

Above: Etchings by Tracy Mandelberg

Above: Lithograph by Salvador Dali

Above: Aboriginal Dot Paintings and Painting by me

Above from Left: Etching by Pete Hogan and Lithograph by Salvador Dali

Above: "Bondi Diptych" by me and further back, "Sydney Waters" by Lisa Perhat
Hanging at the moment I have mostly large scale paintings, a few Dali lithographs that I bought at auction in NY. Some etchings that I bought from a street market by a local artist in Sydney, a lithograph by Aussie artist Reg Mombasa (Chris O'Donaghue), 2 large aboriginal paintings and other eclectic pieces created by artistic friends and a couple of eBay wins. I love them all. There are also a few pieces of my own making that I can't bear to part with.

So what's on your walls, I would love to see.