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.

Saturday, July 05, 2014


After a 20 hour drive (towing a very heavy trailer), our move from the North West of WA to the South West of WA,  has finally happened and we are slowly getting settled into life down south.

Since the move,  I have only managed to sneak in a little painting time and I have to admit, that with all of the temptations down this way (good food/beach life/wineries and restaurants all within an easy drive) it has been difficult to focus on picking up a paint brush. However with my ever expanding waist line as the biggest motivator, it was time to get back on track.

Teliah - 12 x 24 inches

Close Up

Close Up of the Dress

and finally I couldn't resist using
one of Frida's quotes

There will be another move at the end of this month, when we finally get to move into our new home. 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

I'll Be There

So we are moving house in 2 weeks and I've managed to sneak in one
 little last painting before the dry spell begins...
"I'll Be There"
18 x 14 inches
and a close up of the detail
in her hair
and a side view

and of course I couldn't resist using her to
make a poster ;-)