Lilla Rogers' Bootcamp, May

The reason I so enjoyed this months assignment was due the unique challenge of bringing two disparate themes together into a cohesive collection. The brief was to create a 'mash-up' of haveli, suzani or otami references with crustaceans. These designs were then to be placed onto plates. I was particularly drawn to the suzani's of Uzbekistan, for their gorgeous floral medallions, and used them as my main inspiration. I used a sweet pink palette to offset the scary crustaceans against vintage shaped plates.

More wall art on wood

I love the natural earthiness and texture of wood, and that is what I wanted to show through in my final submission for the wall art assignment I completed in February for Lilla Rogers' boot camp course. I painted everything by hand which seemed to compliment the woody background, the imperfections, the dry brush, the rawness...it all came together to reveal this friendly wombat strumming his song.    

I love the natural earthiness and texture of wood, and that is what I wanted to show through in my final submission for the wall art assignment I completed in February for Lilla Rogers' boot camp course. I painted everything by hand which seemed to compliment the woody background, the imperfections, the dry brush, the rawness...it all came together to reveal this friendly wombat strumming his song.

 

 

'Lovely Ink' ...12 artists collaborate

I have been lucky to be part of an amazing art collaborative conceived by Nicole Piar of Ghost Kitten fame. Each month she features an artist along with an artwork with an inspirational quote for you to enjoy. This month I am featured and I chose the inspirational quote 'The Earth Laughs in Flowers' by Emerson..so poetic, I love it. You can read the full interview here on Nicole's gorgeous blog.

I have been lucky to be part of an amazing art collaborative conceived by Nicole Piar of Ghost Kitten fame. Each month she features an artist along with an artwork with an inspirational quote for you to enjoy. This month I am featured and I chose the inspirational quote 'The Earth Laughs in Flowers' by Emerson..so poetic, I love it. You can read the full interview here on Nicole's gorgeous blog.

Ballad of the Bush...An Australian Story

Lately, we have been escaping on the weekends into National Parks around the fringes of Sydney. We are trying to train our youngest to become a good little bush walker so that we can spend the day exploring. I madly photograph plants and trees and anything that catches my eye and of course, dream of how it can be applied into my art...such as the design above..https://www.etsy.com/listing/214895693/purse-with-chirpy-birds?ref=shop_home_active_7..

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Check out the fantastic grass trees..

Modern twist on a vintage theme..

I was exploring vintage floral wallpaper and fabrics and decided to paint some lovely old roses and leaves. I continued on with the paint and created a  few colourful medallions, it felt more like doodling than anything else..making them up as I went along. When it came to piecing the design together, I become totally absorbed in layering the work to create a sense of depth and interest. After toying with different background colours I landed on this fresh pea green hue and fell in love. Once my fabric came back from the printers I was so excited to piece it all together into this clutch...to me it looks vintage with a modern edge. If you like, you can click the picture to be transported to my Etsy shop.

I was exploring vintage floral wallpaper and fabrics and decided to paint some lovely old roses and leaves. I continued on with the paint and created a  few colourful medallions, it felt more like doodling than anything else..making them up as I went along. When it came to piecing the design together, I become totally absorbed in layering the work to create a sense of depth and interest. After toying with different background colours I landed on this fresh pea green hue and fell in love. Once my fabric came back from the printers I was so excited to piece it all together into this clutch...to me it looks vintage with a modern edge. If you like, you can click the picture to be transported to my Etsy shop.

Etsy shop revisited...

We took a drive out to my parents home, the house I grew up in, and where they are still happily getting about. They have a beautiful garden that in Spring, explodes into a fragrant and colourful kaleidoscope of flowers. I like to photograph the flowers and on this occasion, decided to paint a few of my favourites and create a design. Once I had played around with the painting I thought I'd have the artwork printed onto fabric so that I could sew a bag for my Etsy shop...something I have not done in a little while...I gave my Singer sewing machine some oil and fired her up... she did not miss a beat. I have added some other new bags apart from the one you see which are equally colourful and fun

We took a drive out to my parents home, the house I grew up in, and where they are still happily getting about. They have a beautiful garden that in Spring, explodes into a fragrant and colourful kaleidoscope of flowers. I like to photograph the flowers and on this occasion, decided to paint a few of my favourites and create a design. Once I had played around with the painting I thought I'd have the artwork printed onto fabric so that I could sew a bag for my Etsy shop...something I have not done in a little while...I gave my Singer sewing machine some oil and fired her up... she did not miss a beat. I have added some other new bags apart from the one you see which are equally colourful and fun

A simple thought..

I have a new piece of art to share with you...Be Happy and Smile... I created this 'Little Terrarium' and entered it into the 2014 Global Talent Search, a competition run by Lilla Rogers, a top art agent in the US. I wanted my terrarium to have a scene featuring fairies and elves enjoying themselves amongst the plants..I must confess, I loved creating these little characters who seemed to take on their own little persona's and who had me smiling right back at them. They are my new little friends! I hope they make you smile too. The winner is awarded with two years representation with Lilla Rogers! Good luck to all who entered.

I have a new piece of art to share with you...Be Happy and Smile... I created this 'Little Terrarium' and entered it into the 2014 Global Talent Search, a competition run by Lilla Rogers, a top art agent in the US. I wanted my terrarium to have a scene featuring fairies and elves enjoying themselves amongst the plants..I must confess, I loved creating these little characters who seemed to take on their own little persona's and who had me smiling right back at them. They are my new little friends! I hope they make you smile too. The winner is awarded with two years representation with Lilla Rogers! Good luck to all who entered.

crafty cuts

I have discovered a great quilting shop here in Sydney and purchased a few vibrant prints to make a quilt. I like triangles, so I will attempt to design a quilt based on this basic shape!!

I have discovered a great quilting shop here in Sydney and purchased a few vibrant prints to make a quilt. I like triangles, so I will attempt to design a quilt based on this basic shape!!

So now I have started to sew and I thought I'd add borders to each triangle using contrasting fabric...maybe I should have made the borders thicker? Too late now, skinny borders it is!

So now I have started to sew and I thought I'd add borders to each triangle using contrasting fabric...maybe I should have made the borders thicker? Too late now, skinny borders it is!