Sunday, 12 April 2015

Hotels & magazines



No I am not presently in a hotel reading a magazine, much as it sounds like a very fine idea.  Instead, I am very proud to be able to show you an event that my work is presently part of, above.  'Etsy at The Cullen' is an entire penthouse hotel suite temporarily decked out in artwork and products from Australian Etsy sellers.  A fantastic idea, beautifully realised.  Above: my Flame and Bed Strange Fellows, by the bed.  Of course.  For details on the concept and other items, please click here.  

Above: Fete magazine, Issue No. 10: a feature on Lucy Feagins' Open House 2014, including an entire wall of my painted bats and other items, on the right.

Above: Inside Out magazine, April 2015.  My Girl Wearing Beret portrait print appeared courtesy of the wonderful people at Modern Times.

......I'm really happy to be able to show you not one -- but two! -- magazines in which my work has been featured this month.  Fete and Inside Out, above.  There is something about magazines -- to me it still seems like an incredible honour to have been included in one, even though their power has been diminished in the face of online media.  Maybe it's a sign that I'm old, and it's an old dream that comes true every time my work is in print.  Or maybe it's the fact that I can put these magazines away and look at them in twenty years' time and still feel proud.
(Quite a different feeling to looking at an old blog article.  The internet and email as artefacts: something I have been pondering lately, and I'm sure I'm not the only one.)

Monday, 6 April 2015

Around the place this week

 Above: Hello!  Showing you more of what I am not meant to be showing you just yet.....
A lion guards the alarm.  Behind him there are two postcards: one from Tasmania, the other an artwork by German artist Angela Dalinger.  The large artwork is an acrylic illustration on wood that I did for Frankie magazine last year.

Above: Now that my big project is almost over, I have had time to clean up the studio and start thinking about one of the next ones....!


Above: My two favourite summery things (Obus hat, Indian bag from my aunt) didn't get to see that light of day this year.  No wonder I take vitamin D tablets......
Above: I like this accidental juxtaposition.

Above: yet MORE of what I am most certainly NOT meant to be showing you!  I have had so much fun working on this project, and am very happy with how most of my work turned out.....so I can't help myself, really.....


Saturday, 21 March 2015

Around the place in the last month!

Good morning......This is where I am sitting right now.  I apologise for my blog absence, it is mostly because I have been working on a big project that I am not really able to share with you yet.

I have been trying to decide whether to put the (rather heavy plywood) painting of my lounge room in my lounge room.  I had it propped up against the wall for a few days.  And then a storm hit, and I thought it best to take it down.

Black and white Pete.

The inside of a worm.  (Colours not correct.)

Bird and flowers.  Inspired by a vintage fabric design.



 I have been working on illustrations for a children's book!!!  I have been enjoying the experience very, very much.  These tiny details are all I can show you for now, unfortunately.  I am looking forward to being able to show you the whole thing.
Gardening Australia magazine illustration, April.  (The glove was later changed to charcoal grey in Photoshop.)

Monday, 23 February 2015

Home textiles & a home made textile

Above: there is a rather big pile of cushions in the front room at the moment, along with the Svenskt Tenn fabric that my mum so generously brought back for me from Stockholm, some Indonesian batik, and Angela Dalinger cushion with a naked man on it and a doona/ duvet cover made from my sewing and op shop left overs.  Below: a rag rug that I started so long ago that I don't even remember how to hook fabric anymore.  (Or where my hook is.)  I do remember that it was fun and easy, although obviously not fun and easy enough to bother finishing..... HMMMM.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

New things in the shop; and a gift for a friend

The last of the painted table tennis bats!  Thanks again Miss Pen!!!!!!!  Awake Really is the New Sleep II.  This one is in my Etsy shop.

Above and below.  Making their shop debut too: a Love Conquers cushion (in a MUCH smaller size than the ones at Craft Victoria, please note!) and a one-of-a-kind patchwork number, 50 x 50 cm.


This one is definitely NOT in the shop.  I don't know about you, but when I went to university, every second person seemed to be wearing a "Don't ask me about my thesis" t-shirt.  I thought that my friend Drew might enjoy my take on this phenomenon because (a) he happens to have completed a PhD thesis  without resorting to such attire (b) he has a Bristol Stool Chart in his toilet.  Oh, and (c) he has a sense of humour generous enough to find this sort of thing amusing.

Monday, 9 February 2015

New cushions and an illustration for Gardening Australia magazine

Above: a new illustration cushion in the shop, and a BRAND NEW Love Conquers cushion below, a smaller version of the ones that I made for Craft Victoria last Christmas.


Above: illustration for Gardening Australia magazine, March.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Around the place this week....


 I'm working on a really lovely project at the moment, but I can't show you ANY of it -- and won't for AGES!  So I have just been taking photos of things around me, like stuff in my kitchen, above.
The thing that I am working on that I can't talk about necessitated a trip to Heide this week.  One of the many highlights was an exhibition of work by the mysterious H. Dearing, above. Professor H.A. Tipper, first man to ride a five inch bicycle.... 1925.  Oil on cardboard.

 I am officially an art collector!  In love with this work by Emma Lipscombe.
Born Devotional Sandy, 2012.  SOLD, as of yesterday! Thank you D, if you are out there, reading this post.  Sandy is snugly wrapped, and on her way to your place....   :-)

Thursday, 22 January 2015

New work/ around the place this week


SO pleased to be able to show you this little portrait, above, which was commissioned by a wonderful husband to his darling lady on the occasion of her 40th birthday.  They recently bought a house in Footscray, and are very happy there, despite kind of living on a flight path.  Have a look here for last year's birthday present commission, which I was also very privileged to be involved with.

I have a longstanding fear of canvas (I paint on wood normally, using acrylic) so I decided to buy one and paint on it largely to try and get over that fear.  Here he is above -- pretty boy -- a gift for a friend.  He is actually feeling quite relaxed about being on canvas, after all.  It seems to require more paint but overall it doesn't feel that different.  Maybe if I had made a dreadful mistake it would have been a problem: the sanding back option that one has with wood is one that I really like.

Above: Mouse looking particularly evil the other morning.....

Above: last Sunday I tackled a mending job that I had been avoiding for about a year.  My trusty patchwork quilt has holes no more.  (And can someone please tell me why it was largely the RED fabrics that had not just faded beyond recognition but looked like they had been chomped on?  Are there special moths that like to chew red dye??  I may never know the answer to this question....)

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Two commissioned portraits


I'm so pleased to be able to show you these portraits, which were commissioned by a young lady in Sydney called Amber.  The subjects are her grandmothers Audrey and Valerie, who are both still alive in their  90s.  Blessed with a fantastic eye for colour and detail, Amber played a big part in making these paintings as lovely as they are.  Her grandmothers are very lucky.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Around the place, this year so far

My sketch for Kitty (2013) and a print out of Sylvia Sleigh's Annunciation: Paul Rosario (1975) bid you hello, above.  Moving just a few years later, below, my brother Nick and I say hello to you from a framed Polaroid.  Nick is wearing a purchased shirt, while I am dressed entirely by our mother, including the knitted belt.  I still enjoy a bit of double denim, or denim combined with red, white and blue.

Above: this dear koala has moved to a new home in New Zealand!  I know that he will be very happy there.

 Above: don't store your cotton reels in a shoe box.


 Above: this month's illustration for Gardening Australia magazine.  
 Above: a beautiful gift from my beautiful friend Anna.  WAAAAHHHH!!!!  I miss your presents, I mean, um, presence....!!
Above: DRUMROLL, PLEASE!  I am going to be teaching a knitting class at the Melbourne CAE this March. It will be an all day class for people with basic knitting skills who are ready to go further and try a bit of experimentation with colour and words.  It's going to be fun!!!  More details here.
Above: there's a new volcano cushion in the shop.  US customers please note: due to the fluctuating fortunes of the Australian dollar, items from Australian Etsy shops (like mine!) are cheaper now than they have been for a long time....