Wednesday 7 June 2017

Four girls for Frankie magazine

I had such fun working on these illustrations for Frankie magazine (issue 78), for an article by Sophie Kalagas on Australian school life during the twentieth century.  A really interesting read, too.

Thursday 18 May 2017

New Nature Girl

New Nature Girl was painted for the Illustrators Australia 'Paper to Pixel' exhibition at The Collingwood Gallery until May 25.  It is available from there as an A3 print.  The original artwork (30 x 40 cm, acrylic on plywood) also happens to be across the road at In.cube8r's GRRL exhibition.  This coincidence of geography and timing was not deliberate on my part....!

Sunday 30 April 2017

Random goings on lately

Above: Gardening Australia magazine, March.  Some blooms seem to spring out suddenly, like a Jack-in-the-box!
 Above: This ideas woman is in my Etsy shop, I decided to rephotograph her in a more minimalist(!) setting.
 Above: a detail from a painting which I will tell you more about soon.
 Above: my studio in Tatanja Ross's wonderful book Thank you for Having Me!  More details here.

Above: the Lonely Hipster cushion looking quite eerily like a real bloke on my bed the other day....
(He is the last one in that particular style, by the way.)

Friday 10 March 2017

New things in my Etsy shop, and more besides

 Above: a little spot for reading.
 Above: my work is still available from Sager Braudis gallery in Missouri, or online here.

 Above: hooray!  My work in the latest issue of Frankie magazine - twice!  Here, in the home of the illustrious Mrs Emily Green (fear not, she doesn't have a giant wrinkled finger living in her kitchen, just the wooden hand clock).  More clocks here.  Mr Mortadellla here.
 Above: a little studio still life.  The patchwork O man is in my Etsy shop, should you be admiring him.
Above: please buy these cushions!  I won't be making them ever again, so you will be sorry if you miss out.  (The upside down heart has gone already).

 Above: Gardening Australia magazine, March.  The single gardener's nightmare: the date arrives bearing a plastic bouquet.
 Above: a birthday greeting for my favourite cat lover.
 Above: still one of my favourite all time phrases/ sentences.  SOLD.
 Above: two new clocks made to coincide with the Frankie feature!  They are also in my Etsy shop.  The two painted bats, below, are there too.

 Above: a detail from a very funny pet portrait commission.  A little cat asleep in a very large seashell.
 Above: bedroom scene including my Lady with Lizard painting.

 Above: these are in my Etsy shop, too.

Above: my Charles Darwin.  Probably wouldn't be that happy with the way the world has evolved.  Huh.

Tuesday 31 January 2017

Botanical Bats

Here are a couple of vintage bats (or paddles?!) which I painted with a selection of fruit, flowers, a vegetable and a caterpillar.  I hadn't planned on the black one, but the first bat above was so much fun to paint (and it sold so quickly!) that I thought it might be fun to see how the composition would look on a completely different colour.  That one has sold now, too.

Thanks again to either Miss Pen or The Earwig for collecting me these beautiful vintage bats from Tasmania.

Wednesday 18 January 2017

Painting for sale!

I have decided to sell this painting, which is a portrait of my lounge room as it appeared in 2012.  It has been painted onto thick wood, using acrylic paint, and it measures 1200mm x 1200mm.  I had a lot of fun painting it.  It contains many of my favourite things e.g. Svenskt Tenn, Marimekko and other vintage fabrics; cook books; my zither; my beloved yellow Danish coffee pot; and more than ten of my own artworks, including a ceramic sconce and a mirror with my face reflected onto it.  (It is weird to paint into a painting your own paintings, especially that little Village Head on the table, and the Hipster cushion...) AUD$2200.  Free delivery within Melbourne.  Contact me via sandeterovic[at] if you are interested.
I am able to discuss/ research options for sending the work to further locations.  Please note however that this piece is quite heavy as it has been painted onto very thick plywood.

More photos of the painting here, on The Design Files, by Eve Wilson:

...and Apartment Therapy, by Natalie Jeffcott:

...and on Etsy, a portrait of me sitting in front of it, by darling David Patston:

Wednesday 4 January 2017

Good Bye 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  2016.  Wasn't it something?  Ugh.  Who knows what we are in for now?!
I did slack off a bit last year with my blog posting: Instagram seems to be taking over the world and it seems so much simpler sometimes.  But I still like blogs.  I think that they tell a story in a way that Instagram just can't.  I present for you a summary of work that I did last year, but neglected to show on my blog for one reason or another.  Above: The World Would Be Great If....  This one was actually inspired by all of the post US election soul searching.  (SOLD.)
Above: my McGivern Prize finalist #readmymind is now available as a very special A3 print, printed especially by Lantern and signed and numbered by me.  There are only fifteen in total, and they are available from either my Etsy shop or Danielle Krysa's (AKA The Jealous Curator's) Fancy Schmancy Gallery.
Below: a selection of painted bats.  Thanks again to Miss Pen, Katie Blatt and The Earwig for finding these vintage beauties for me!!
 Above: Girl Wearing Persian Rug Sweater is one of my favourites, ever!  She is in my Etsy shop.
 Above: Hillary.  (SOLD).

 Above: a fortune wheel bat.  Currently in my Etsy shop.
 Above and below: these have both sold.

 Above: a pair of paintings from the current group exhibition at Boom Gallery in Geelong.
Above: Gardening Australia magazine, December.  Michael McCoy asks a child "What is your favourite vegetable?"  The reply: "Bacon!"
Above: All I Could Think of Were the Things We Didn't Have in Common, acrylic on wood.  When you find yourself in a relationship after a long spell of being alone, it's not all beer and skittles.

Above: experts in relations, and an all round fun project.  A fortieth birthday invitation and surprise wedding invite in one, for two lovely people.
Above: artwork for "The Book That Got Me" curated by Jess Rackyleft and featuring some of the most delightful and talented women illustrators I have ever had the pleasure to know.  At The Little Bookroom in North Carlton. 
Above: VIII Mediterranean Games Split 1979 was featured in the Mission To Seafarers Art Prize (along with hundreds of other maritime themed paintings).  I entered this prize both in the hope of visiting one of my favourite buildings in Melbourne, and to have a reason to work on this rather self indulgent painting.

The Mediterranean Games are much like the Commonwealth Games.  In 1979 they were held in the city of Split, a coastal city in the then Yugoslavia, where my family happened to be spending the entire summer.  I was a kid then, and prone to the grandeur of international sporting events, fireworks and the prospect of the odd souvenir.  I still have a tin mug which has "Split 1979" and the 'S' shaped seal mascot printed on it.  I coveted visors and t-shirts, but I especially wanted the striped blue beach towel.

I have been back to Split many times since.  In 2015, the Split 1979 beach towel was featured in an exhibition at the city's Ethnographic Museum, about fishing traditions in Dalmatia.  I was a few months late for that exhibition, but I got the souvenir catalogue.  It is extensively researched, lovingly written (though shoddily translated), and beautifully illustrated with various photographs, many from local archives.  I looked at the resigned expressions of women carrying giant boxes of fish on their backs, and pondered the rather prescribed culture of my forebears.  Even now, men got to fish and drink and get up to all sorts of things.  The women got to stay at home and cook and wash and clean.  I started thinking about these women, and getting a little angry.  Then I looked again at the Split 1979 towel and reconsidered the meaning of the word "Split".  1979 or not, I thought I'd give one woman a chance to escape.