Tuesday, September 09, 2014


I love this quote. Found it on Tumblr (via Pintrest)
Sums up how I would love to work, but in reality because of 
life/work/family commitments I'm (reluctantly) a 9-5 girl. But 
I honestly do my best work and have the best ideas
in the middle of the night.

On a different note entirely, but still relating to art, I have put my
name down for an upcoming local Art Exhibition. My first time
exhibiting here, so I have no idea what to expect. I knew I wanted to paint
large, and I knew I wanted to paint another strong girl, this time
with a feather head dress.

So below are a few photos of my work in progress and finished

 40 x 60 inches

first layer of the background down.
This took 4 hours to glue down.. just to 
give you an idea of the size/time.

Initial drawing of Isadora

Some layers added to the background

A few more layers of paint and some more
detail on my gal.

Close up of the texture of the background

A close up of her face

The finished product! 
Ready for the exhibition
phew did it in time!!
As always
thanks for
popping by xx

Sunday, August 17, 2014

I can't draw realistically, but nor do I want too....

If you are a regular follower of my art, you know that my work looks nothing like the 'real' thing. I think my style is more primitive and my girls look almost alien like (with their long necks and really big bug like eyes), perfect example of this below.....


but I'm ok with that. I admire the amount of work and skill and hours and hours of dedication it takes to do a 'realistic' drawing.There are some amazing artists out there - check out some here. I mean wow right!

But over the last few months, I have grown to accept that that's truly not my style and not personally something that I would want to hang on my wall. And that's ok right? I'm truly finding my own voice and not feeling ashamed of that voice. I want my work to feel authentic and when somebody looks at one of my pieces, they know it's mine.

So I have an art exhibition coming up and have started working on another really large piece.

101cm x 152cm or 40" x 60"

Took me 4 hours to glue all of those pieces of music paper on and I loved every minute of it! To me it's very therapeutic and relaxing.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I struggle to put what I'm feeling into words sometimes....

I have long admired people who are so easily able to put what they are thinking
and feeling into words. Me personally, I struggle to do that. My creative way
of expressing myself is with art. And I thank my Giddy Aunt every day,
that I have that creative ability and outlet.

So in response to the great loss of Robin Williams yesterday, I 
will use his words, with my art to express how much I admired 
this great man for so much more than just his ability to make me laugh.

He had a huge heart.... such a huge, huge loss.
RIP Robin Williams

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Cristina - A little bit from start to finish

We are still in transit housing and have not moved into our new home as yet, however I am managing (thankfully) to still get a bit of painting time in. It's good to test myself and to only use the small amount
of materials I've bought along with me (the rest are packed away in storage), hence why in my last two paintings, the background has looked very similar. But I still like to make sure they are not TOO similar and try and add my little bits and pieces to them to make them more individual.

A little progressive photo above

a little more detail above

and she's finished!
16 inches x 36 inches

From another angle

Close Up of her face and some of the
lovely texture

And just had to use this beautiful
quote by Brene Brown  on
the background

and lastly, I used this cool program to collage all of my paintings together that I have done for this
year from Jan - June. It's actually great, because then I can see I am not doing the same thing over
and over and over again. No artist wants to get stale LOL.

As always thank you for stopping by

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Art gives Energy to our Dreams

Ok so for a very long while if anyone ever said to me "why don't you just do art full time as a living" I have poo poo'd it and run myself down by saying "I often think it's only my friends and family buying my art, because they feel sorry for me". In fact I used this very sentence yesterday when out to lunch with two lovely ladies.

I am not sure what is holding me back. Is it because I don't think I'm good enough? Is it because I don't have a degree in Fine Arts (thinking that that must qualify me to make art full time)? Is it because I'm afraid to fail? Or is it because I don't want to sound like I have a massive ego?

I'd check all of those boxes above and more...

So I've decided I need to change my way of thinking. I need to change my wording to something more positive like - "I have a dream and one day I will fulfill that dream. However it is going to take lots of energy and lots of work and each day is a step towards becoming a full time artist". See it already makes me feel better just typing those words.

I have also made a commitment to myself, to do something every day, towards reaching that goal. Even if it's something small, it is still something significant to me.

So enough of the personal info, and on to some recent artwork.

Titled - Frida and Friends
She is 20 x 24 inches
and so thankful for her
gorgeous friends

close up of  her friends

and of course I couldn't resist a little 

As always thanks for taking
the time to read my blog

ps please check out this awesome Netherlands artist  Patricia Derks who's portraiture work I have just discovered. O M G her use of colour in her paintings is something I aspire towards.