Really happy to be able to show little details from a couple of portraits that I finished painting last week. Gorgeous kids and the loveliest mum, who was very patient with me as I worked on these in between other things. They are currently en route to their new home.
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Tuesday, 22 July 2014
The 'Under the Couch' fabric print which was initially printed in navy for my patchwork quilt, also looks quite nice in green. Above: giant cushion for my Bed Strange Fellows window at Craft Victoria, starting next week.
Friday, 18 July 2014
A little textile-y section of my hallway, photographed during its five daily minutes of brightness. (Actually the quilt on the left was only there as it was drying over the heater.)
I wish I owned this outfit. I wish it was warm enough in Melbourne to wear it. (I am actually wearing mittens while I write.) Carina magazine, 1981.
My ceramic would-be Apple Man lost an arm this week. I wish I cared. Why do I keep breaking things and not caring? I never used to be like this!
More loveliness from an early 80s Burda magazine.
Craft Victoria window!! (Almost a metre wide.) I think she's pretty funny. Tick! I love making lists, and I love crossing things off them even more....
Another item for the Craft window....Mikey Relaxing. I am embroidering Mikey in a relaxed fashion, on account of still having a somewhat dodgy back. Lots of hairs on his legs to go, though. And the all important hand down his pants. Dying to embroider that!!
Sunday, 13 July 2014
My acrylic on plywood illustration for Gardening Australia magazine, August 2014. This month Michael McCoy writes about the incredible feeling of being completely submerged under the green canopy of an enormous old oak tree.
Wednesday, 9 July 2014
Sunday, 6 July 2014
Mikey Relaxing: the last of the cushion-like-objects to be made (phew). He has now actually been cut out, and is waiting at the kitchen table for my embroidery needle to attack him. However when this photo was taken in the studio above he was still reminding me every time I looked out the window that I hadn't even begun to think about him. Poor Mikey. Saving the best til last?
Sunday, 29 June 2014
Hello! I have been working on a few great things this week, but unfortunately I can't tell you about them yet. In the meantime, here is part of my studio wall, as it was last Thursday....
I am preparing to fill the windows of Craft Victoria with some cosy (and less cosy) items at the end of July. I have completed some above but there is much more to be done, below.
This will be a nice large cushion made up of a patchwork of little versions of my artwork, printed on cotton hemp.Gardening Australia magazine, September. I quite like him, so I thought I'd share him with you. Don't look too closely at his elbows though. They don't really match.
Etsy shop. I have made a flame which you can hang from your wall. However I can't promise that it can warm those of us in Melbourne on this very dark and rainy wintry day. (Good time to finish that quilt for the Craft Victoria window, eh Sandra??*)
A burning house for your wall -- in green! And a volcano for your wall too.
* I would rather be lying under a blanket reading A.M. Homes' May We Be Forgiven, which I am enjoying very much, but I really need to finish that quilt today.....
Saturday, 21 June 2014
Saturday, 14 June 2014
I am so pleased to be able to show you my little painting above for Rob Snarski's (The Black Eyed Susans) new solo album, Wounded Bird. Concept by Rob Snarski. Acrylic on wood.
Work in progress, above. After Rob approved my pencil sketch, we decided on the colour palette by doing what Rob called a "blob painting": I very quickly outlined all of the different sections of my sketch in Photoshop, and coloured them in until we were both happy with the result. (The sparrow is a photo that I manipulated in Photoshop in order to simplify it a bit.) It's a great idea, and one that I will definitely use again, especially as it's not so easy to change colours when you are working the old fashioned way.
Wounded Bird better.
My first ever CD cover! Very exciting.
Tuesday, 10 June 2014
Hello! There's a brand new kind of Dino in the shop.
I decided to get it out by reinterpreting my little old man in a new colour combo, and couldn't believe that I hadn't tried it until now. He will be in the shop by the end of this week too.
And, I decided to show you a little of what I have been working on for a while now: soft goods of all sorts for the window of Craft Victoria, starting July 30. I painted the motifs for the cotton fabric above last year, and finally they are getting an airing. They will form the main part of a large quilt.
Looking back at old sketches from 2006, and remembering a country fella I went out with, whose little brother turned 21 while we were together. The manly ritual above was part of the birthday boy's celebrations.a bit more of the Doc for you non Australians. See youse later.
(Photo from The Courier Mail.)
Sunday, 1 June 2014
Neighbourhood Watch, above. I don't care as much as I imagined I would. Perhaps because it is technically salvageable, but mostly because I must have moved on from Wayne.
Fritz Kahn, a gift from Lil Nick!
ALSO -- thank you so much to everyone who said hi or even bought something from me at Markit last Sunday. I had a fantastic day, even though I was ridiculously tired by the end of it. I regret that I didn't get to see the rest of the stands.