Some final photos of my mural down at Bondi. 'Dive in' will be there for 6 months or so. thanks Danielle Smith for the photos.
Painting the wall at Bondi was so much fun....and touch wood, my swimming girls are still up there. Here are a few close up shots of the finished wall and my little helpers on the last day. I am hoping to get some better shots of the whole wall this week so will post again if I get them. I loved chatting to all the people who stopped to talk, everyone was so positive and there were some pretty crazy photo requests. Thanks to all my lovely friends who came and took action shots and also to my biggest little one, who helped me in the final stretch and my Friend Peter, who came in his paint shirt helped me finish before the storm hit.
For those who follow me on FB and instagram, you already know the start of this story.
I live in Beautiful Bondi and we have an amazing wall down by the beach which is a constantly changing gallery of artwork. I was lucky enough to be chosen back in November to add an artwork to the wall. Unfortunately this artwork was destroyed the night I painted it (long negative story, not to be dwelled upon) On a positive note, I have been allocated a new spot on the wall and will start again this week. Scrolling through my phone tonight I found these shots. It was a gorgeous day to be out in the sun painting, check out the view! I have attached a few photos of the work in progress, watch this space next week to see the final artwork.
To say I was excited to be stocked in this shop would be an understatement. Peregian beach on the Sunshine Coast is the home to MidModOz which is a fabulous mid century furniture store. Below photo is 'sunrise' one of my large geometric abstracts, framed in gorgeous Tasmanian oak - I thinks she looks pretty special in the window. Also stocked are some large swimmer prints, a selection of A3 prints and cards. Check it out here https://www.instagram.com/midmodoz/?hl=en
Looking for a Christmas gift. I will be at Paddington markets this Saturday with plenty of A3 and special (market day only) A4 prints, along with cards and large framed art. All with a beachy, mid century vibe.
look ok out for the girl with the green striped umbrella.
Working towards a new deadline. Its almost market time again so I have been wokring on some new prints, inspired again by beautiful Bondi. This one is called 'Deep Pool' and is inspired by my local pool at Icebergs, although it might remind you of your special ocean Pool too.
I have had my illustration head on for the last few weeks and have been working towards my submission to the Make art that sells GTS competition. Unfortunately I didn't make the top 50 this year but I was pretty happy with the result and have some great icons and patterns to use on other products. One of the best things to come out of the experience is the amazing community of artists I have met along the way. I was in good company not making the 50! Massive congratulations to those that did. Onwards and upwards!
Signing prints this afternoon as they are off to the framers shortly. This one is called Sunrise and is going to a home with my 'construct' print. they look great together. They come in 2 large sizes. 50x70 or 70x100. Limited to 100 prints across both sizes, hand signed and numbered by me. Smaller sizes also available.
For those who ordered prints last weekend. I know there are a couple of you waiting for the above 'construct' geometric. The framers have them in their safe hands- hoping to get back mid week for delivery to you at the end of the week.
Thanks to everyone who came to, saw and bought last weekend at the art market in Bondi. This was my first foray into selling my prints and I had an amazing day. It was exciting to get such a positive response from everyone and finding out what prints were popular. Next on the to do list is to get ecommerce up and running here - watch this space.
My favourite part of the day (apart from sales) was the fabulous art by all my little visitors. They 'took a line for a walk' with enthusiasm and a fair whack of talent and I love the result.
New promo for #flakytartbakery. Donuts for everyone. Loving working on this typography project. More to come. PS have a look at my Instagram feed for more examples of work in progress
I have been a bit slack in keeping this blog up to date - but I am doing a much better job with instagram. Check me out and follow me here for daily (almost) posts about new artwork and projects on the go. Thanks
This artwork was created as my submission to the MATS bootcamp live brief. It will be judged, along with many other amazing designs. The prize is for it to be used as the advertising poster for the first ever MATS live event to be held in Brighton in June this year. Wish me luck.
Some Cookie Jar labels designed for the lovey Emma at Go Go Healthy were spotted at Fox markets.
Thankyou to all the lovely members of MATS Bootcamp 2014 & 2015 - what a community of amazing artists! Through this fabulous network I have come across the Liebster Award. Thanks Adriana Bergstrom for adding me. The intention of this is to spread the word on small blogs and the people behind them. As 2015 is going to the year for me to amp up my illustration work I though it was a great opportunity to share some facts about myself and gain some much needed exposure. The Liebster Award asks that the recipient share 11 random facts about themselves, answer 11 questions, and nominate 11 other blogs with less than 200 followers. Why 11? who knows but here goes...
1 Random Facts About Me
1. I don't usually like to share but feel I need to try harder!
2. I'm really tall. my nickname used to be Gill the Girafffe - cruel!
3. I went to college with zoe ingram and discovered MATS through a random comment from a friend of mine who bough a print from Zoe
4. I moved from Scotland to Australia in 1997. Supposedly for 1 year but never made it back.
5. My favourite colour is green - of any kind.
6. I played rugby (union) for Scotland.
7. I hate my middle name - this is teasing because I am not telling you it.
8. I am not a very good dancer - too tall. But I love it and have a few moves - the lasoo, guns. People who know me will giggle at this.
9. I love crisps, especially salt and vinegar.
10. I have never taken MATS A or B, only bootcamp. Maybe this year?
11. I like to run.
11 Questions from Adriana:
1. What are your art goals for 2015? To blog more! no seriously, to post and promote my illustration work more regularly. To sell more prints.
2. What medium do you use? I start all artwork by sketching in pencil (I especially love progresso charcoal pencils) and I also use colourex inks for watercolour paintings. I then scan and work up the final art digitally using photoshop and/or illustrator.
3. How do you keep your projects and paper-flow organized? I have 2 large A1 portfolios underneath the couch behind me , all painted artwork goes in there - not so organised It seems. My digital files are lovely and neat though!
4. When did you realize you wanted to be an artist? Ever since I realised it could be a job! Primary school I suppose. I went to art school straight after high school and trained in textile design. I have been working as textile designer pretty much ever since, both freelance and inhouse.
5. If you could see your work anywhere in this world, where would that be? Childrens books, stationery.
6. Where do you like to work? Location? in my sunny kitchen. I love to sketch at the bench. Unfortunately the computer is not in such a sunny spot.
7. What are your favorite resources for learning new skills? I google a lot if I don't know how to do something and then I find I learn by doing so I try to use the new skills as often as I can. For drawing and painting I think it is always good to use new materials to challenge your style. I used bits of cardboard to paint a bird yesterday!
8. Do you follow any other art or illustration sites? Not specifically but I am loving instagram at the moment and can get lost for hours searching for great posts. Pinterest is a bit the same, one great image links to another and then you come across some great illustration sites.
9. Are there any quotes or words of inspiration that you keep close when you work? What are they? Don't wait for the right time, just start.
10. What do you do when you can't figure out the solution to a problem in your work? walk away, often overnight. It is always clearer the next day.
11. What advice would you give to someone who wanted to be an artist? Create art put it out there. This is new for me. I know I create great work but have always found it hard to promote myself. But if I don't do it - who will?
I have no idea who to nominate , the whole idea is a leap of faith for me, so I am going to go with people who's work I always seem to be drawn to (although that could mean hundreds) plus a couple of creative friends of mine. I apologise if you have already done this , or have no interest in doing it. Some of you may have more that 200 followers. I am sure you do!
11 Questions for my Nominees
1. What are your art goals for 2015?
2. Have you lived/worked in any different cities around the world?
3. How do you decide what work to post on the internet and what to hold back - do you worry about it?
4. Do you work freelance or full time. Is your illustration work after hours?
5. What is your design background /self trained/art school?
6. What advice would you give to someone who wanted to be an artist?
7. Music or silence while you work, what do you listen to?
8. Coffee or tea, or both?
9. What is your design process?
10. Have you ever shown at a design show - surtex, printsource, indigo etc?
11. have you taken MATS A or B, do you plan to?
The Importance of a sketchbook - to start ideas, to remember those gems of inspiration and to create new ones. they are essential and everyone should have one! (or 4)
I havn't used a sketchbook much since art college. I found this old sketchbook and it made me laugh. What a weird collection of objects I painted. It is obviously what was in my cupboard - soup, sesame oil, tomato sauce and Anadin!! I wonder where the vodka was?
Follow me on instagram, where I will post some more gems,
Anyway, back to the present. I have just taken part in Lilla Rogers assignment bootcamp and it inspired me to start using sketch books again. I now have 4 . Overkill? probably, but they are all essential.
No 1. Pantone 50 shades of grey. This stays in my bag at all times as I always seem to get my best ideas while driving, walking the dog or having a haircut, somewhere that I can't act on them straight away. As I have a memory like a sieve, I write them all down in this little gem. I love the graph paper inside too.
No 2. Daler Rowney A5 cartridge pad. usually in my bag, but not always. lovely quality paper for little drawings and sketches.
No 3 Watercolour pad. This actually belongs to my 9 year old daughter but I have taken it over, sometimes cartridge paper is just not enough, this has a lovely texture.
No 4, Esselte A3 visual diary. I have used this for most of Lillas briefs. Initial sketching to final drawings are all in here. Also good for storing all those loose sheets that I end up drawing on. being A3 it was a pain to scan for digital work but A4 just too small for me!
Here are a few images from inside them all. I cant take credit for the fruit, that was Liv, the 9year old. She saw me using the sketchpad and got inspired.
Question - How to make a piece of art that I love from my favourite drink? Solution - take all the shapes and colours as abstract elements, use watercolour to create depth , add a splash (pun intended) of mid century inspiration and TA DA! This is my Desconstructed Cocktail print. I will hang it on my wall, watch this space.
When Lilla set the July brief to draw our favourite beverage, I immediately thought of alcohol! Oh dear! what does that say about me! Actually, my favourite tipple is a gin and tonic in a tall glass with lime, but after drawing that, I progressed onto all sorts of cocktails and started researching recipes, glass shapes and sizes. Living in Bondi, this isn't hard, there is no shortage of venues to get new inspiration! See sketch below.
I am really happy with the final print made for the main assignment. It is something I will hang on my wall and it is in the style of art I want to make. This was the final assigmnet from bootcamp this year and I have loved every minute of it. Thanks Lilla Rogers and Beth Kempton. It has helped me clarify where I want to be and the kind of art I want to make. Keep watching this space, I have lots of plans in the pipeline and new artworks coming soon.
I was a bit disappointed when the big assignment was launched this month. We had to turn our ships in bottles and nautical icons into wall art. Part of doing this course for me was to hone in on my style of illustration/art and to me this means a style I would be happy to hang on my wall and tell the world about (bit idealistic I know). The sketches I had done were just not what I would want to put on my wall, they were far too junior. So it was back to the drawing board.
I sketched my favourite whale again but not in the simple stylized way I had been doing. Using a much more realistic silhouette and dropping washes and textures behind, my final piece came together really quickly, which is always a good sign.
Here is my final piece, I am imagining it printed on fine art paper and framed in a simple white box frame with a large white border. In a little boys room? It doesn't always have to be tricked up to work!
The June gallery is now live, take a look at all the amazing submission here.
For the month of June, out MATS Bootcamp assigment involved Ships in Bottles and all things nautical. I really went for this mini in terms of sketching and I took Lilla's advice by just drawing and not thinking about what the final product might be. Here are just a few sketches, I also have pirates, pirate ships and lots and lots of whales! Hopefully I will be able to use them later.