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Monday, 15 October 2012

Vintage Caravan Series

I have fond memories of camping in a little vintage caravan when I was growing up. Every school holidays we would be off on the road travelling and camping in our van along the way. This is what inspired me to paint some vintage caravans. Here are a few that I have did so far. Every one has been quick to sell so maybe I will just keep going.

Thursday, 13 September 2012


So one day recently i had an idea to go buy myself a pair of white sneakers and paint I did. Now this is by far a new idea but a new idea for me. My sneakers turned out great and now I have heaps of orders and I get to paint sneakers all the time. How fantastic is that!

Busy Bee - Me :-)

Ok so it's been a while since I updated my blog. The reason for this is that I have been overwhelmed with art commissions and I have just been insanely busy. Mind you, this is all fantastic and I am insanely happily painting away every day now.

I was recently asked to show a year 4/5 class at my children's school how to paint a Mexican mural. Such fun! I designed a mural consisting of four huge sheets of cardboard. The children are studying Mexico so the mural is all things relating to Mexico. To begin with I had a chance to talk to the children about my artwork while they watched a slideshow of my work. I then got to answer their questions and we talked about why I had chosen the items in the mural. We then split up into four groups and painted in the mural. I then finished the artwork off with a black border and added extras. A fun day all round.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Year of the Water Dragon

The Dragon is a creature of myth and legend. A symbol of good fortune and sign of intense power, the Oriental Dragon is regarded as a divine beast - the reverse of the malicious monster that Westerners felt necessary to find and slay. In Eastern philosophy, the Dragon is said to be a deliverer of good fortune and a master of authority.  Fifth in the cycle, Dragon Years follow the Rabbit and recur every twelfth year.This year is the year of the water dragon. 
This water dragon painting is currently for Sale. Please see my Facebook page for details. $50 

Bigger and Better Things

finally after many people asking me to do bigger paintings I did it! My largest painting to date. 90cm x 120cm. Quite impressive for me actually. Most of my paintings have been quite small so this was a pretty huge undertaking for me. As per usual there was no planning involved. I purchased the canvas, took out my black Posca and went for it. Once drawn I then spent every night painting until it was done. This painting and the many similar that I have done are the forests or jungles of my imagination. No, you won't find these creatures all together in reality but you do in my mind and therefore you do on my canvases. Just like all of my paintings, I am happy that I have finished it and hopefully it has sold already but it's time to move on to the next. Selling my paintings enables me to buy materials to keep going and this is what I am going to do.

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Odd Bits and Pieces

Just a higgilty piggilty assortment of pieces I have done recently. Some are commissions and some just to make ends meet.
For Sale on Ebay

Watercolor Pencils

At my local art shop I spied a tin of Inktense Watercolor Pencils. Inktense apparently have more pigment than the normal watercolors so I thought I'd give it a try. I love them and combined them with my acrylic to obtain what I thought was an interesting effect. I'm relatively new to art so am always amazed when I find something new or learn something new.
The tree bark is watercolor and the rest is acrylic. Wow! how amazing that you can get such vivid colors from watercolor, or so I thought. Sold
Trees and male bunny in watercolor and the rest in acrylic. Sold

The Need For Pattern

I happily paint my cats and busy paintings but then all of a sudden I have the urge for pattern. I need pattern! I love doing patterns as much as I love color. This is when I have a break from the cats etc and do a highly patterned piece. Asian influenced patterns interest most as they seem to have a kind of flow about them. Anyway they say change is as good as a holiday and I never seem to get the holiday so I like to chop and change whenever I can.
My second Geisha. She was larger than my first and a collaboration between myself and a good friend Belinda Lalich. She actually drew the outline for this one and I did the rest, filling in the patterns etc. We like to work together and inspire each other. This piece has now been sold to another friend who I am sure will treasure her.
My first elephant. The patterns didn't seem to flow right for me but it sold instantly and I got more orders from this one. I really wasn't happy with this but then again, I never seem to be happy with my art.

Another scene one just like my earlier paintings. I love doing these ones. Sold.

Crazy Cat Ladies

There are so many crazy cat ladies out there that I am constantly painting cats for them. Not that there is anything wrong with being a crazy cat lady, I'm one myself. My cat is a great model and often gives me just the right pose I need.

Artful Imagineer Jewellery

I have started to create and sell some jewellery featuring my art. So far so good! The jewellery seems to be selling good and is fun to make. There seemed to be a lot of ladies that liked my art but didn't necessarily want art for their wall. For these ladies I am making the jewellery.

Lucys' Owl

Being Canteen Manager at a small school I get to know all of the children that come to the window to buy their weekly treats. One little girl that frequently visits is Lucy. Lucy is a pretty little thing with an amazing array of purses just like many of the young girls and beautiful owl eyes. Lucy's mum informed me she was obsessed with barn owls and commissioned me to create a special barn owl pendant for her birthday which I was only too happy to do. Happy Birthday Lucy I hope you love your pendant as much as I loved making it.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012


I have just finished my first Siamese cat painting and am quite pleased. I adore Siamese cats and one day I most definitely will own one. I love their angular faces and hopefully I did ok with this.

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Life's a Hoot!

Life is certainly a hoot with three sons to keep me amused. Not a day goes by that my boys don't make me laugh so much I can hardly breath. All of my boys are very creative with wild imaginations. All use their creativity in different ways. My youngest son Joshua aged ten has been drawing me wonderful pictures of a particular owl he calls "Twiky"for about 2 years now. Last week we decided that I would use his owl design in some paintings. So far both owl paintings that I have done featuring Twiky the owl have sold very quickly. I think Twiky will continue to be featured in my art for a long time. Thank you Joshua for allowing me to paint your owl.
Above is my first Twiky the owl painting. This is entitled "Branching Out" Twiky on a branch with his 3 babies.  *sold*
A funky winged Twiky the owl. *sold*

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

A Childrens Book in The Making

My wonderful creative sister Jullie and I have decided to collaborate our talents and create a childrens book about the wonderful birds that visit my front verandah daily. My sister will write the book as she is a very talented writer and I will do the illustrations. Hopefully together we can create some magic and one day we can publish it.


 I have a friend that often comes to sit and do art with me. She is an artist herself but does not sell her artwork. Her work is completely different to mine (pencil and charcoal) She inspires me to keep painting, always giving me new ideas for artworks and challenging me to do something new. Together we have discovered Japanese art and are both fascinated by it. Thus the Geisha.

Trees Of Life

A tree of life is variously a motif in various world theologies, mythologies, and philosophies; a mystical concept alluding to the interconnectedness of all life on our planet. The tree of knowledge, connecting to heaven and the underworld, and the tree of life, connecting all forms of creation. I myself quite obviously love painting trees of life.