Friday, 22 July 2016

A Finalist in the McGivern Prize!

I am SO excited that my 90 x 60 cm acrylic on wood painting #readmymind, above, has been chosen as one of 29 finalists in the 2016 McGivern Prize!  This year's theme is 'text', and I must admit that I have pretty much put every textual idea I have ever had into it.
The overall winner will be announced early September.  To have my work displayed on the same walls as many of my favourite Australian artists is reward enough for me!  For more details on the exhibition and opening night, click here.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Some old and new stuff

Above: I found this bunch of painted plywood baby accoutrements in a drawer the other day.  They were intended for an exhibition about babies in various parts of the world, but were never used.  I have now placed them in the Etsy shop.  Perhaps someone out there could turn them into a mobile or bunting?
Above: Two painted bats, also in my Etsy shop.  Based on words that were spoken to me by a man about ten years ago.  My current circumstances forced me to recall them recently.
Above and below: some beautiful Queenslanders, whose portraits I had the pleasure of painting recently.

Above: my house was on Apartment Therapy last week!  Thanks so much to Natalie Jeffcott for the beautiful photos, one of which I have shoddily cropped here.
Above: a painting I am still working on.  I thought I would show it to you as I am feeling pleased with how the cat turned out.  Finally I can paint a cat.  Hooray!

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

New in the shop


New things in my Etsy shop this week.

Above: the first of my new series of burning houses, all based on dwellings found around Melbourne.  This one is in Princes Hill, and is actually a group of flats.  (I have been criticised for depicting houses on fire.  Fear not: the flame is metaphoric.)
Above: I am in a wintry mood at the moment.  A slightly glum librarian, wearing a fair isle jumper seemed the right subject for this particular vintage bat.  (Thanks again The Earwig!!)
 Above: in the meantime, this stripey number seemed to call out for a handsome African Pitta.  I am continuing my fascination with metallic paint in the hope that its glow will keep me warm in my cold studio, and make my humble bats seem a little glamorous. SOLD.
Above: a wooden Mortadella Man.  I always enjoy working with food.  He may be the first in a series.
Above and below: wooden books, somewhat larger than actual size.  A 1970s hardback edition of Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd, and a vintage paperback edition of Carson McCullers' The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.
They can all be found here.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Working in the cold

 Yesterday's lunch, above.
Above: a wooden bat painted gold with flowers.  (SOLD.)
I enjoyed painting a humble bat with fancy metallic paint and will make another soon.
New bedroom decor, above and below.  Joan of Arc guards my side of the bed, with her copy of Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy.  Upon The Beloved's request, his hero Charles Darwin guards the other side, while reading The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers.  (I will be keeping the guards employed here for now but the painted wooden books will be in my Etsy shop by the end of June.)





Above: a happy detail from a relatively large and intricate artwork that I have been working on.
 Above: a small portrait that I painted recently for Open Room in Malvern.
Above: Gardening Australia magazine editorial illustration.  The potting shed has become a plant crypt.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Hello, it's been a while

Hi!  Sorry I have been posting lately.  I didn't realise it had been so long, though.  
Above: Marlboro Man, left on the shelf.  And in the Etsy shop.




Above: various self initiated and commissioned portraits in progress.  All acrylic on wood.  Or wooden bats.
Above: my accoutrements in Frankie magazine last month!  Very exciting and weird to see my stuff all out on display.  And beautifully arranged and photographed.

 Above and below: work in progress for a Boom Gallery group exhibition in June!




Friday, 26 February 2016

A catch up!

Hello!  The reason why I haven't been on social media much this year is that I have been working on quite a few private commissions.  Above: a small detail from a wooden bat that I painted especially for a lovely couple in Sydney.
 Above: Illustration for Gardening Australia magazine.
Above: Ben, part of a series of self portraits that I painted a couple of years ago as part of an exhibition at Boom Gallery.  In each portrait I am lovingly making a man's name.  This one is in the Etsy shop now, along with lots of other recent additions.
 Above: revisiting an old favourite for a particularly large and lovely commission!
Above: business cards for Casa Forte Group, utilising portraits that I painted of Terence Bergagna and Tina Tran last year.  I think they look very cute!
Above: there's a Yeah No cushion in my Etsy shop, and in real life at Craft Victoria as well.  It is a digital print of my original knitted design.
Above: a birthday card for a very special cat lover.  I rarely paint cats, and this one became a lot more detailed than I anticipated.  

Monday, 25 January 2016

My cover illustration for 'The Secrets We Keep' by Nova Weetman

My acrylic on wood illustrations for the cover of The Secrets We Keep by Nova Weetman, shortly to be published by The University of Queensland Press.  I am very happy that I can finally show this to you.  A fantastic read and -- AGAIN -- a wonderful team to work with.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

My illustrations for Iris and the Tiger





Happy New Year!  I am so pleased to finally be able to show you the illustrations that I worked on last year for the cover and chapter headings of Iris and the Tiger by Leanne Hall, published by Text.  (Design: Imogen Stubbs.)  The little portraits and other elements were painted separately, mostly on wood.  The designer then scanned and assembled them.

Monday, 7 December 2015

'In Your Dreams': my collaboration with Gorman

These pillowcases are sold as a pair.  Each one says 'Stay' on one side, and 'Go' on the other.  They are my contribution to fashion/ home wares label Gorman's 'In Your Dreams' design collaboration with five Australian designers/ illustrators/ artists.  You can see the entire range and actually buy them here.  25% of profits will go to Save the Children, which is brilliant.

Sorry about the rather mediocre photo, taken on my unmade bed the morning after I had actually tested them....!  

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

New in the shop: mirrors and a clock




 I have just put these brand new painted mirrors in the shop.  There is also a brand new clock, below. This arm belonged to a very wealthy entrepreneur named Ralph, who enjoyed wearing preppy fair isle sweaters and expensive time pieces.  (Acrylic on wood with a battery operated mechanism.)

Above: these two painted bats have already been sold (to two delightful ladies from Perth).  I thought that I would document them here anyway, because I quite like them.