Sunday, March 24, 2013
Sunday, May 27, 2012
An era had ended - This is my very last post here on my Blogger blog.
Friday, May 18, 2012
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Finally the day has come! My Pop-Up Exhibition at Nook is my first markety shin-dig since 2010 and I couldn’t be more excited! I love connecting with my customers and it’s something I’ve really missed since being pregnant and having a baby. The face-to-face contact with real-life human is something that technology can never replace!
So I’m at my computer with bub this morning, unable to see the sun as yet (he wakes up before the sparrows - quite literally), but I’m assured the forecast is for a beautiful, 26°C sunshiney day. The car is packed and I’m ready to rumble … What more could you ask for to celebrate an outdoor show? YAY!
Here’s a little sneak peek of what I’ll be exhibiting today if you’re in the lovely bohemian inner Brissie suburb of West End, between 10 and 2pm today …
Original artworks on paper, mini artworks, pretty handmade notebooks …
Designer art fabrics, fabric wrapped canvasses …
Brand new sticker sets, artsy greeting cards (blank inside) …
Lots of mixed media originals and of course, a plethora of fine art prints …
And lots more!
Hope you can make it, the facebook event info is here
Hooray! C xx
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Being a parent and always trying make diligent, conscious choices about what's right for my child can be really hard work ... When honestly? Sometimes I just want to let loose and be wild again!
The artist in me loves to frolic, play and explore but that’s not always possible anymore with my new responsibilities. I needed to find a way to ground my travelling heart, to come back home to myself and embrace the new role I find myself in. So, I decided to paint about it and here’s what happened.
‘Untamed Heart’. Acrylic, oil pastel and scratch etching on heavyweight card. 16 cm x 14 cms. May 2012
‘Untamed Heart’ explores the acceptance of both sides of me - The nurturing Mum/Wife/Friend and the Wild Woman inside me who likes to come out and play sometimes too and can’t be neglected.
The energy I put into this work really shaped the techniques, materials and even colours I chose. I needed to ‘break the rule's’ and step outside my comfort zone with this one. They say you should never paint acrylic over oil but i don’t give a shit – in fact, that forbidden sense made me all the more determined to explore it.
In reality acrylic over oil creates a lovely and effortless textured resistance which could be easily scratched away to reveal the oil colour underneath and dent into the soft cardboard base I used for this painting. This artwork will probably be the last new piece I create before my outdoor Pop-Up Exhibition this weekend. If you’re in Brissie the Mothers Day eve, I’d love to see your lovely face and have a chat in the sunshine.
Love C x
I’m really excited about getting out of the house, I’ve been couped up in here the last couple of weeks with a string of icky virus/fluey symptoms, so now I’m on the mend, look out world!
Friday, May 4, 2012
Oh noooo! I've got the nasty flu …
So I've had to postpone Mothers Day Pop-Up Exhibition @ Nook until next Saturday - The day before Mother's Day!
If you're anything like me and leave your pressie shopping until the last minute, I hope to see you there. *Sniff sniff*
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Artsy stuff I’ll have at my upcoming Pop-up exhibition this weekend …
Original fabric canvasses
Fine art cards
Fine art prints
Framed original artworks
Mini original artworks
Handmade fabric necklaces
Artsy mini sticker sets
And one set left of fine art card decks
Handmade fabric earrings and hair combs
Handmade fabric rings (super comfy!)
Hand painted ceramics
Original mixed medias on board
Fabric infused originals
Original paintings on paper
Original drawings on paper
Lots of original originals!
And sale items, scrap packs and more! Phew!
Hope to see you there – Event details here on my facebook page
Love C xx
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Over the last couple of years since I’ve been creating my own art prints, I’ve accumulated quite the stash of seconds. They’ve been slowly added to, just waiting for that perfect idea to use them up somehow.
So, with my Pop-Up Exhibition coming up in the next couple of weeks, I thought what better time to package all of them up to make scrap packs?! It’s also a great opportunity to find homes for my end-of-run prints, test prints and other artsy printed paraphernalia.
Most of them have only the tiniest of blemishes – Maybe just a strip of stray ink in the border or maybe an odd-sized print. These’ll all be available for around the $10 mark at the Pop-Up. If you’re in Brissie on the 5th May, I’d love to see you there.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Oh boy am I excited! About a month ago a new obsession began creeping in … Painting onto objects. My first trial was painting onto a puppy-shaped moneybox in loving memory of my old dog, which got me thinking: How cool it would be to paint onto ceramics?! I’ll tell you how cool ~ Very cool!
Well, thanks to the amazingly generous Cathy McMurray’s art blog, I serendipitously found a product that does just that: Pebeo porcelain paints! Hoorah! My hubby bought me a whole set of the fine-tip pen Pebeos (double hoorah!) and here’s what I came up with: A pretty cup and saucer set!
I found it a nice challenge to work with an entirely new medium – Painting the tea cup allowed me to play with a few different design elements as I worked around it. The flower on this side of the cup seems to say – Wake Up! Have a cuppa tea, the sun’s up!
I don’t know what the plate says to me … Maybe – Come and eat tasties off pretty things!
The pens are quite easy to use and they allow fine detail and coloured sections to come together really nicely, even over uneven surfaces like the scalloped tea cup.
I’d like to say the wobbly brown lines were on purpose! Ha ha! All adds to the character, I suppose!
Once the paint has dried for 24 hours, I just need to pop it in the oven for 35 minutes and then it’s dishwasher safe and ready to go. Next week I’m planning on going to some of my fave op-shops to raid the ceramics section … Maybe some old floral vintage goodness would look awesome embellished?! Oh gosh I’m getting all excited just thinking about it!
Hope you’re having a great weekend x
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve picked up a paintbrush. I’ve been consciously taking some much needed time-out to rest and recoup, and as a result, I feel like I’ve allowed some space to enter my life. Ahhhh … it’s lovely … and definitely a learnt skill for me.
So last night I felt some extra buzzy creative energy happening that I wanted to ‘ground’ through art-making. Here’s what I came up with, a self-portrait which I’ve named ‘Rose Heart’
‘Rose Heart’. Watercolour, copic markers, metallic pens and acrylic paint on pine board. 10 x 10 cms x 1 cm deep. (2012)
Rose Heart is a feminine, heartfelt portrait of a woman, doing her best to balance her life, loves and interests. Her heart is a rose, which represents beauty, openness and unfolding, whilst still holding the capacity to be vulnerable to the occasional thorn in life. She's coming to a point in life where she can finally embrace it all – the good and the bad – and know it’s all part of the richness and journey of life.
I don't usually do faces because I’ve never felt I’m much good at them. But I’m happy with the feel of this one; the focus isn’t just on her face, it’s about what’s happening within and around her.
This is another artwork towards my upcoming one day ‘Pop-up’ exhibition at Nook, the week before Mothers Day. If you’re unable to make it along to the exhibition, you can check out ‘Rose Heart’ in my shop here.