Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween 2011!


We're taking Miss 3 trick or treating tonight for the first time. Hope it's a success!

In other exciting news, I've got an interview up on blog "Number 19" - check it out here!



Sunday, October 30, 2011

Good Things Come in Threes

Friday night some friends invited us to an art opening at the White Canvas Gallery, and even though I felt like crap (had a headcold) I was determined to take advantage of free baby sitting (thanks Mum and Dad!) and have a good night...and a good night it was! It was a group exhibition by 3 Sunshine Coast artists called "Explicitly Graphic". There were 4 lucky door prizes, and out of about say...100 tickets...I won an art print! But...even more amazingly...Wade ALSO won an art print!...and then our friend Tony also won an art print!!! We couldn't believe our luck. I'm sure the other people there thought it was rigged (I swear it wasn't!). It was quite amazing. The print I won was by the lovely Evangeline Cachinero. While I had heard of her "Art For My Rent" project I had never seen her art in person before, but I must say the way she works with mixed media is beautiful. 

Wade, Tone and Me. Yes - you read right - Wade's print says "Spank Me" - lol!

My print - "La EspaƱola" by Evangeline Cachinero

The rest of the weekend has gone so fast, I've been working on some commissioned paintings and trying to sleep off this headcold. This morning though, we went to the local markets and I managed to find a few cool things: 

My favourite story "The Magic Faraway Tree" as well as some other Enid Blyton stories with some really beautiful illustrations - I'll share more of those later.

A cute owl for $2!

Some cute handmade hair clips for Miss 3.

 I hope you all had a good weekend! :)


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Blackboard + "Halloween Dream"

 I wanted to share a little project we started on the weekend - a blackboard for my studio/office! I've been wanting one for a while and when I saw one at Tracey Fletcher King's house it I thought "That's it - I'm doing it!". I think it will be great for to-do lists, inspirational quotes, and anything else I need to jot down quickly... little whiteboard!

1st coat of chalkboard paint. It took 3 coats.

 So after 3 LONG days of waiting for it to set properly...I finally got to write on it this morning! Yay! :D 

The finished blackboard! 

The reason there's towels around is because I didn't realise just how much dust it would create! We still need to add a piece of wood molding underneath to hold to the chalk and catch the dust.

We also painted the end of our kitchen cabinet as a little chalkboard for Miss 3. She absolutely loves it!

Yesterday I finished a new painting called "Halloween Dream". It didn't start out as a Halloween themed painting, I was just painting a white haired girl...but somehow it turned out that way! It must be all the Halloween decorations in the shops influencing me. I can't help it, I love Halloween - I can't wait for Australia to embrace it more and more!

"Halloween Dream"

The original painting is 25cm x 20cm x 1.5cm and is $75 on eBay here.

Hope everyone is having a nice week!


Friday, October 21, 2011

Two new original paintings!

Friday night is here again. I've had Miss 3 home with me all week, because she had fevers last weekend and then proceeded to break out in a (light) rash on her belly and back. At first I thought maybe Chicken Pox, but on later inspection my Mum thinks it's German Measles. In any case, she seems to feel fine, I'm just worried about her being exposed to anyone.

This afternoon I finished two new paintings that I've been working on over the past few days. The first one is "Peachy Butterfly Fairy", a small-ish painting (9" x 5") - which is up for auction on eBay ending next Friday night. It features a brown eyed fairy, with peachy coloured wings on a patterned red background:

"Peachy Butterfly Fairy"

The 2nd painting is one that I'm loving at the moment. It features an angel with dark pink eyes, having a little birthday celebration for her birdy friend (if you look closely you'll see the bird is wearing a party hat!). Of course there's a few lemons, flowers and an octopus thrown in for good measure...

"Birdy has a Birthday"

 The original is up on eBay for $169 (or $159 for Facebook Fans). There are also 2 print sizes available:


I'm trying to find some good podcasts to listen to while I paint. Today I listened to a couple on CraftyPod, which were pretty interesting. I managed to set Miss 3 up with some paints and a book, and I got a good chunk of time in painting and listening..

If anyone knows of any good podcasts relating to art, working from home, or mummyhood - or preferably ones that combine all three - I'd love to know!


Monday, October 17, 2011

The baby is 3 & September's Monthly Painters Challenge

It's hard to believe, but my baby girl is 3! We spent the weekend celebrating her birthday, finishing with going to Sea World yesterday. We had a great time, but I'm keeping her home from Kindy today because she's not feeling well, and she seems to have a temperature. It was a big weekend and we're all feeling pretty tired.

On Saturday (the 15th) our Monthly Painters Challenge artworks were revealed for the month of September. The theme was "Dislike". It was a hard one because we all tend to paint things that make us feel good, or things that we like, so it took some thinking. Anyway - I ended up taking the obvious road and painting something that I dislike eating, and that's tomatoes! While I don't mind having them cooked in a soup, tomato sauce or on pasta or a pizza....I can't stand raw tomatoes in salads or sandwiches! I thought it might be something that I would grow out of, but I never have. I just can't stand the taste of them - even though I think they look nice. So here's my MPC piece for Sept:

"You say tomato? I say no thanks"

It's 5"x5" on a stretched canvas (the size of my mini fairy paintings) - so I've decided to offer it at the same set price of $30. You can buy the original HERE on eBay.

Today I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed - I've got a commissioned painting to finish before tomorrow. Deadlines for other paintings looming. An unwell baby. A house still decorated in "My Little Pony" style party decorations, and I'm quite tired from the weekend and being up every 4 hrs through the night giving Miss 3 panadol. After they start sleeping through the night, you forget how hard it is to be up at all hours!

Anyway - I guess I'll just take it one thing at at time today.

One thing I am excited about is I get to choose next month's painters challenge (secret) topic!

Hope you all had a good weekend.


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

1 yr!

Hubby and I celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary on Sunday! To celebrate we got away to the Gold Coast for the night (child free!). We had a nice dinner at Andiamo, had a look at the Casino (didn't win or lose a thing!), and around midnight when the night clubs were just starting to heat up - we went back to our hotel and watched a cheesy Jen Aniston movie and ate chocolate. haha. It's bliss to be able to have some uniterrupted time doing NOTHING! When was the last time you decided to do nothing?...

 We also saw 360 girls walk along the beach at Surfers Paradise and break a Guiness World Record for the World's largest bikini parade!

Today I've been running around picking up packaging supplies all around the place. Corrugated cardboard, bubblewrap, mailing tubes, packing tape etc, as well as boring stuff like going to the post office and grocery shopping. Oh, and why did I decide to take Miss 2 (nearly 3) with me? Can someone remind me?? Everything takes 5 times as long.

So now I'm back to working on those 1920 style commissioned paintings I've been painting over the last week. They're 3 big ones (60cm x 75cm) - and I'm nearly finished the 2nd one. I don't think I realised how much time they were going to take. Hours and hours have been poured into them so far. But...I'm really enjoying painting something a little different. I'll post pictures as soon as they're finished! :)