Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Boom Gallery, Geelong


There is a great article on Geelong's Boom Gallery on the Design Satellite blog.  I have never come across Design Satellite before -- it's a really interesting read and testament to all of the creativity happening outside the major cities of Australia.  With life in the big smoke getting more and more expensive in this country, I'll bet that there is going to be even more creativity in regional centres in the future.  Photo above (with my clumsy cropping) by Bo Wong.
I am very proud that my work is part of Boom.  Kate and Ren are such achievers (why? read the article!).  I really like that they have combined a couple of my mirrors with my X and Why (2012) painted wooden hands here.  Looking good!  Thank you.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Around the place this week

Illustration for The Big Picture, Gardening Australia magazine, June issue.  Michael is happy to accept that severe frosts mean that there's only one winter annual for him.

A lovely ol' blue eye.  A portrait commission in progress.

And here: a kind-of self portrait in progress, 1991.  (As in, the portrait is me in 1991, not painted in 1991....)

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Around the place in the last week or so

Hello.  The days are getting shorter in Melbourne.  Above: Last Thursday afternoon: a portrait in progress.  I finally remembered that I own a little easel (it had been pretending to be a bookstand for about two years).

Above: a little face in progress.  I like that she is somewhere between sullen or sad (what do YOU think?).

Above: a commission for two incredible artists, Lucy James and her husband Kent Wilson.  To have two people I admire give me a commission and THEN pay me double my asking price is a feeling beyond description.  If there were more people like those two, the world would be a marvellous  (and art-filled!) place.  'Champy' is one very lucky little boy....

Above: photo of me looking through my studio window by another lovely and talented woman, Tatanja Ross.  Do I look like I am talking to my mushroom?

Sunday, 26 April 2015

The last week or so.

Above:  A self portrait exercise that my father made while training as a stonemason in the 1950s.  A bit like an ancient Roman Elvis....
Above: My illustration for Gardening Australia magazine, May 2015.  While protecting his delicate seedlings from the freezing cold of Mount Macedon, Michael ponders what it would be like to be a gardener in the tropics.

Above: After it grew dark I realised that a mushroom had been staring at me the whole time while I was working.

Above: Hallway home improvement.  It felt rather grown up to get my 1930s slavic costume lithographs properly framed.  There are eight of these beauties in total.  I like to stare at little their details while brushing my teeth.  (There are similar ones for sale here.  They depict French costumes rather than Slavic ones, but they may well be by the same artist.) 
Above: Fridge looking somewhat less grown up?!!


Above: These tiny portraits are now in my Etsy shop.  They are 10 x 10 cm (that's 4 x 4 inches - I think!).
 Above and below: work in progress.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Hotels & magazines



No I am not presently in a hotel reading a magazine, much as it sounds like a very fine idea.  Instead, I am very proud to be able to show you an event that my work is presently part of, above.  'Etsy at The Cullen' is an entire penthouse hotel suite temporarily decked out in artwork and products from Australian Etsy sellers.  A fantastic idea, beautifully realised.  Above: my Flame and Bed Strange Fellows, by the bed.  Of course.  For details on the concept and other items, please click here.  

Above: Fete magazine, Issue No. 10: a feature on Lucy Feagins' Open House 2014, including an entire wall of my painted bats and other items, on the right.

Above: Inside Out magazine, April 2015.  My Girl Wearing Beret portrait print appeared courtesy of the wonderful people at Modern Times.

......I'm really happy to be able to show you not one -- but two! -- magazines in which my work has been featured this month.  Fete and Inside Out, above.  There is something about magazines -- to me it still seems like an incredible honour to have been included in one, even though their power has been diminished in the face of online media.  Maybe it's a sign that I'm old, and it's an old dream that comes true every time my work is in print.  Or maybe it's the fact that I can put these magazines away and look at them in twenty years' time and still feel proud.
(Quite a different feeling to looking at an old blog article.  The internet and email as artefacts: something I have been pondering lately, and I'm sure I'm not the only one.)

Monday, 6 April 2015

Around the place this week

 Above: Hello!  Showing you more of what I am not meant to be showing you just yet.....
A lion guards the alarm.  Behind him there are two postcards: one from Tasmania, the other an artwork by German artist Angela Dalinger.  The large artwork is an acrylic illustration on wood that I did for Frankie magazine last year.

Above: Now that my big project is almost over, I have had time to clean up the studio and start thinking about one of the next ones....!


Above: My two favourite summery things (Obus hat, Indian bag from my aunt) didn't get to see that light of day this year.  No wonder I take vitamin D tablets......
Above: I like this accidental juxtaposition.

Above: yet MORE of what I am most certainly NOT meant to be showing you!  I have had so much fun working on this project, and am very happy with how most of my work turned out.....so I can't help myself, really.....


Saturday, 21 March 2015

Around the place in the last month!

Good morning......This is where I am sitting right now.  I apologise for my blog absence, it is mostly because I have been working on a big project that I am not really able to share with you yet.

I have been trying to decide whether to put the (rather heavy plywood) painting of my lounge room in my lounge room.  I had it propped up against the wall for a few days.  And then a storm hit, and I thought it best to take it down.

Black and white Pete.

The inside of a worm.  (Colours not correct.)

Bird and flowers.  Inspired by a vintage fabric design.



 I have been working on illustrations for a children's book!!!  I have been enjoying the experience very, very much.  These tiny details are all I can show you for now, unfortunately.  I am looking forward to being able to show you the whole thing.
Gardening Australia magazine illustration, April.  (The glove was later changed to charcoal grey in Photoshop.)

Monday, 23 February 2015

Home textiles & a home made textile

Above: there is a rather big pile of cushions in the front room at the moment, along with the Svenskt Tenn fabric that my mum so generously brought back for me from Stockholm, some Indonesian batik, and Angela Dalinger cushion with a naked man on it and a doona/ duvet cover made from my sewing and op shop left overs.  Below: a rag rug that I started so long ago that I don't even remember how to hook fabric anymore.  (Or where my hook is.)  I do remember that it was fun and easy, although obviously not fun and easy enough to bother finishing..... HMMMM.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

New things in the shop; and a gift for a friend

The last of the painted table tennis bats!  Thanks again Miss Pen!!!!!!!  Awake Really is the New Sleep II.  This one is in my Etsy shop.

Above and below.  Making their shop debut too: a Love Conquers cushion (in a MUCH smaller size than the ones at Craft Victoria, please note!) and a one-of-a-kind patchwork number, 50 x 50 cm.


This one is definitely NOT in the shop.  I don't know about you, but when I went to university, every second person seemed to be wearing a "Don't ask me about my thesis" t-shirt.  I thought that my friend Drew might enjoy my take on this phenomenon because (a) he happens to have completed a PhD thesis  without resorting to such attire (b) he has a Bristol Stool Chart in his toilet.  Oh, and (c) he has a sense of humour generous enough to find this sort of thing amusing.

Monday, 9 February 2015

New cushions and an illustration for Gardening Australia magazine

Above: a new illustration cushion in the shop, and a BRAND NEW Love Conquers cushion below, a smaller version of the ones that I made for Craft Victoria last Christmas.


Above: illustration for Gardening Australia magazine, March.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Around the place this week....


 I'm working on a really lovely project at the moment, but I can't show you ANY of it -- and won't for AGES!  So I have just been taking photos of things around me, like stuff in my kitchen, above.
The thing that I am working on that I can't talk about necessitated a trip to Heide this week.  One of the many highlights was an exhibition of work by the mysterious H. Dearing, above. Professor H.A. Tipper, first man to ride a five inch bicycle.... 1925.  Oil on cardboard.

 I am officially an art collector!  In love with this work by Emma Lipscombe.
Born Devotional Sandy, 2012.  SOLD, as of yesterday! Thank you D, if you are out there, reading this post.  Sandy is snugly wrapped, and on her way to your place....   :-)