Friday, December 14, 2007

Merry Christmas and all that..


I have decided to lighten my load for a while over the festive period and give myself a little break. I've got a few illustration jobs to tie up, and then hopefully I can have a little bit of a holiday. After all, everyone else seems to be doing it! So, I probably wont be blogging here until the new year, and I just wanted to pop in here and wish all my blog readers a merry and safe Christmas.
I've got lots of crafty and arty plans for 2008 and I hope you'll be here to share them with me. I feel it's going to be a good year for creating.
So, see you soon in a fresh new year!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Welcome, Stella


A new baby girl has arrived in the world named Stella. She is my niece! I have only seen her for a little bit but cannot wait to visit her at home and play with her. It's such a happy time for my sister-in-law Chantelle and her other half Dave and the whole family. She'll make a great Mum.

I bought this little organic cotton hat and stitched a lil elephant blowing coloured bubbles onto it for her. And me being not too familiar with babies had no idea that she's not going to grow into this till she's about 50. Well, maybe not that long, but her little head is too small for it now. But that's ok, it's summer here. I was too scared to hold her (I thought I might break her.) I'm planning on using her to get over my fear of babies. Once that fear is over I'm sure I'll be holding all the babies offered to me for a cuddle!


Just a quick photograph addition to end this post. I was requested to show what the latest necklace looks like on. This was just a quick shot I took of myself. It's quite hard to take photos of yourself and show what you need to show. I tried taking a photo the other day of myself with one of my bags and necklaces and thought it turned out ok, only to see a skanky old dog bone lying next to me on the grass. I am such a rush-head that I sometimes forget the little details.

Anyway, this'll do for now. Rock on.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

New Necklace & Light Box


This one's called "Content Being Me" and you can find this little sweetie for sale here. She's happy being herself, despite the fact that society thinks she is abnormal. She is beautiful in her own way! If only we could all take a leaf out of her book. Maybe if I did I'd throw out my cellulite cream? Useless stuff anyway!

I got so frustrated with trying to take photos of this necklace outside today (which is how I usually do it), waiting for the sun to decide if it wants to go behind or come out from the clouds, battling with my shadows hovering over the necklace, and then the wind. Darn the wind! So, I did a bit of research and came across this light box tutorial. Ok, so it's a macro-photo-studio tutorial, but 'light box' is now stuck in my head and there it's going to stay.

So, introducing to you possibly the most crappiest light-box known to man. And woman. There's even a high-tech device at the top of the box in the form of a hole cut by a serrated knife that the camera's viewfinder can see through. The sides are covered with tissue paper, and that's a bloody bright 500 watt light that I brought in from the garage. Complete with it's own little unwanted hitchhiker. Now that I have seen this spider today, I feel all creepy and my hair keeps tingling as if there's spiders in it. He's still in the little tub now that I put over him. Still trying to work up the courage to take him outside. Not a fan of spiders at all!



Anyway, I think the photos came out ok with a bit of photoshopping. I could still make some changes and improvements to my crappy little light box, but at least it's an improvement from taking photos outside. If you have any criticisms or tips for me regarding photographing crafty stuff, I'd love to hear from you. Or you could just tell me that they look fabulous already. I'd be happy either way... !

Monday, November 26, 2007

I'll Help You Grow



Here's a new limited edition print that will soon be available through Georgie Love and a new gallery in Brisbane QLD called The Servo which can be found at 78 Latrobe Terrace Paddington.
There'll even be a couple available at tummyache ;)
They come unframed, though I have made them to fit into an A4 frame. The frame pictured here is the Ikea Ribba 30 x 40cm frame, which is an affordable framing option for this print.
Each print comes numbered, titled and signed and is printed on archival paper with archival inks.
I think everyone has had a person like this at some time in their lives. It's such a nice sentiment. In a world where we are often suppressed or put down by others, sometimes rare gems come along that encourage us and help us to grow. I hope you have someone like this in your life :)

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Snuggets

I'd like to be blogging more than I am lately. Usually I plod along working through the days and I'll get some idea of what I'd like to write about, or I'll have new work I'd like to show. I just seem to be a bit blank when it comes to blogging at the moment. Everything seems to be in half-finished states, and I'm doing ALOT of illustration work too. It will be nice when the blogging part of my brain switches back into gear so that it comes more naturally.

I don't often show my illustration work here, but to pretty up this post I thought I'd show you an illustration I did recently for G Mag here in oz. It's a relatively new environmental mag, I think the issue that this pic is in is still on the shelves.

I have a new necklace/ choker design I'm working on this week, as well as a limited edition print that will be available through some other shops and galleries. More about those little nuggets soon..

And who stole the lovely hot sunny days we were having!? Typical to Melbourne, we have an extremely hot summery day- then the next day it's cold and raining... rain that I got caught in this morning whilst walking the dogs I might add. I was laughing as I was walking along with rain dripping off the end of my nose and water getting in my eyes. A drenched, delirious girl walking with two extremely wet dogs! And I'm not ashamed to admit that I like the smell of wet dog (I think I've mentioned that before), and I'm also not ashamed of starting my sentences with 'and'. I like it, I don't care if it's a grammatical faux-par.


So, the weekend is looming and we have the big election coming up. And it really is reminding me of that Simpson's episode (or was it Futurama?) where they had to vote between Jack Johnson or John Jackson. (Who were really aliens in disguise.) I really am undecided. Jack Johnson or John Jackson. Hmmmmm.

One more snugget of news from my ever-so-boring-and-typical-life at the moment is I am completely hooked on a new UK comedy. I am a push over for UK comedy, I think English comedians are legends, and have a similar comedic style to Aussie humour. (By the way, snugget is a new word I just thought up which is a cross breed of nugget & snippet.) I say boring and typical because the most exciting thing in my life at the moment is a tv show! Not that I'm saying anything less of the show.. anyway, if you've ever seen Darkplace and liked that I'm pretty confident that you'd like this one too. It's the first part of the first episode from "Man to Man with Dean Learner". It's set up like a cheesy talk show and the Garth Marenghi guy plays all of the different guests.



Legends.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Hello Soldiers

I've had my BEST MONTH ever at in.cube8r! It's so very motivating that people like my stuff and then actually buy it. I'm sure that one day soon I'm going to spot someone around town wearing one of my necklaces or parading around with one of my bags. And when that day comes I will be a happy little girl indeed. If you haven't checked the in.cube8r gallery out yet you'll find it on Smith St Fitzroy near the corner of Johnston St. (VIC). A good place to do some Christmas shopping for your funky friends!



This morning saw me making a purchase from Greyhound Crafts for one of their life-size greyhound crochet patterns. Not that I can crochet, but my Mum can. I'm hoping to sweet talk her into making one of them for me in the colours of Leela. She's not a greyhound; but the pattern definitely reminds me of her. I think that maybe the greyhound shape is like an exaggerated caricaturised version of her. Perfect! Maybe I'll buy all the wool and ask Mum to pretty, pretty please make it for me. The pattern was a bargain after all! If she wont make it maybe I'll have to revisit the "how to crochet" books and give it a go myself. I've given you comparison photos so you can see what I mean. The crochet dog really does make me laugh, it looks just as lazy as leela is. And the heart coming out of Leela's butt really wasn't intentional.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Recent Happenings

So, the 9x5 exhibition went well. It's so much fun to watch artwork go up for auction. Even more fun when it's your own and it sells :)

I really haven't had the enthusiasm for blogging much lately. Sorry! I've just got too many things to do and it is all a bit overwhelming. I feel like I have a million different jobs on and I have no idea how to sort them all out and where to start. Plus I haven't been in a very good head-space lately, going through a bit of personal crap which kind of gets in the way of work, life and the creative process.


Something to cheer me up yesterday though, was a package from Camilla! We recently did a swap, and she generously sent me a set of prints, her new calendar, some lovely art cards and a hand written note. I sent her this, this, this and this little original artwork called "for the love of nature":


In other life news, Jim has been trying his hand at making some frames. We just get the local framer to cut out the matt board for us, then we route and cut the wood then assemble the frame ready for staining and varnishing. The local glazier cuts glass for us while we wait, and they always give us a bit of a discount ;)
I think he's doing a pretty good job, and considering all of the prints I have been buying lately, it's going to save us a heck of a lot of cash! Cash that can be better spent buying more art prints!
If you've been hiding under a rock, these are both by Ashley. (You really should get out more.) The housey one is hanging above our bed, and I just love the cute homely feel it gives me when I look at it. Perfect for above the bed :) I haven't found a proper home for the other one, but in the meantime it's feeling quite comfortable amongst those colourful characters.


Friday, October 19, 2007

Illustrators Australia 9x5 Exhibition


I'm happy to once again be a part of the annual Illustrators Australia 9x5 exhibition. This is my piece called "A Part Of Me". It's mixed media (pen, pencil, paint) that was originally done on paper then mounted onto the provided 9x5 wood panel & sealed.
The opening night is on the 25th of October from 6pm onwards, held at Space 39, Level 2, 39 Little Collins Street, Melbourne. Come check it out if you can. All pieces will be up for auction on the night, there is also an online bidding system for people that can't physically be there. As with ebay, you can put in your maximum price to see if you can score the piece you are interested in. Check this link for more info and to see all of the art available.
Ooh, there's a few pieces in there I'd like to see hanging on my walls!

p.s. I was driving home from my Dad's the other day and saw something I love to see. And my after thought was, "Is there anything more gorgeous than seeing two ducks with a trail of baby ducks waddling along behind them?"

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Happy Birthday to an Ace Friend!

Happy Birthday Yenski!
She will be getting this card very soon, I liked how it looked so thought I'd post it here. I don't think she'll look at my blog before she gets it, coz she's only got dial-up the poor chicken. I think I would wither and die without my kind-of-fast internet!

Here she is rocking out like she does best. So talented. Can draw, paint, sew, sing, play musical instruments, make humour, drink beer with me and make the best damn vegie lasagne I've ever eaten. She also did a good job of turning 30. I'm right behind you lovey!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Shop Update

Four new originals are now listed in the shop. We have "Maybe Next Time":

"Impending":

"At The Corner":

and "Closed Eyes, Red Socks".

There's a decent description of each piece in their separate listings. They are all done using a variety of techniques including pen, biro, coloured pencil, & acrylic paint. I hope you like them as much as I enjoyed making them :)

Friday, October 12, 2007

I Was Just There

That's the name of this new print now available in the shop. It's about time I added a new print! I am happy with how this has turned out. It started off as a drawing in my moleskine sketch book, then kept evolving with more work, scanning it into the computer then working on it some more.
Some of you may be pleased to know that I have been working on a few originals that I hope to get into the shop very soon. I shall be blogging about that when the time comes.
But for now kiddies I am off to start stressing about my upcoming dentist appointment. When I come back I shall be two teeth lighter. Ugh. Not really how I want to spend my Friday!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

A Typical Laser Beacon & Bizarro World

Yes, yes it is.
There are so many reasons why I find this pic funny. Hilarious. So hilarious in fact that I have had this picture for years, and I always laugh when I see it. It's from one of Jim's old computer games from when he was a kid. I was looking through the instruction book and came across this little beauty. I have been meaning to put it onto a t-shirt for years, but thought I'd share this with you all first.
Some funny things get old. This is not one of those things. I'm going to be laughing at this pic until the day I die.

Yesterday I found something which made me feel I was living in bizarro world. First look at my dogs. Doberman & Rotti cross. Then look at this.
B-I-Z-A-R-R-O W-O-R-L-D!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Blog Updating

If you're coming over for a visit, please excuse the mess! I'm updating my blog template and at the moment things are looking a little terrible! I'll have it all sorted out soon ;)

Ahhhh. Much better. One thing that's bugging me is the writing looks different in my post with the youtube video in it. Computers eh? Annoying!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Sarah Giufre- Umbrellas are Useless


I'm mighty proud to say that this is my long-time-buddy Sarah Giufre & her beautiful new clip to her song "Umbrellas are Useless". This music video was directed by TRAITOR/Thomas Pullar, and is a contender in the 2007 Music Oz awards!! If you are an Aussie with a mobile phone it would be FANTASTIC if you can head over to The 2007 Music Oz Awards to get the simple details on how to vote. I know I will be and getting everyone I know to do it too! I have first hand information directly from Sarah that she is willing to kiss the feet of anyone who votes!
By the way, take a special look at the plant/flower/piano thingy at the start. I wonder who drew this? *Grins cheekily* The necklace she's wearing also looks mighty familiar, though I'll have to confirm on that one..

Sarah and I are planning and scheming a creative project together at the moment. If all comes to fruition you may hear about that later on down the track. But my lips are sealed for now!

Great job on the clip guys! Beautiful!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Weekend Happenings


Saturday doodling. The fish creature was inspired by some glass art I saw in Melbourne on Saturday. Freaky little glass creatures hanging from the roof in a gallery. They were cute, weird & colourful all at once.

Then we headed over and saw Hung By The Sticky Bits which is an exhibition on now off Flinders Lane in Melbourne featuring a variety of artists including fellow illustrator Beck Wheeler. Check out the bit of street art she did outside the gallery.


Inside there were painted walls all up the staircase, and inside the gallery. I loved the art, such a variety. I was in awe of the effort Beck went into setting up the whole thing.
Walking into the alley where the gallery is situated was like walking into another world.





It's so inspiring going to check out exhibitions, though because of where I live I don't really get out to do it that much. Must make more of an effort in the future. I also need to keep in the loop of what is out there. If I did keep myself in the loop I definitely would've gone to see this. Awesome, awesome, awesome. I just love discovering new artists whose work excites me, and these guys do just that.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

New Pendants


So, here are the pendants I've been working on all finished! I'm busy adding them to my etsy shop now. I tell you they look really cool on, I wore one one night and got numerous comments on it. It's always good to be able to reply to the question of where I got it: "I made it!"
They're nearly all added, though right now my stomach's crying out for attention. Must be lunch time!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The First Necklace Hits The Shelves..



So, this is an example of the necklaces I have been making recently. The process uses resin. I have been having good and bad times with resin. I always get scared using products that have a finality about them. For instance, once it's poured on, you can't make a mistake or else it's ruined. Anyway, I'm getting to know how the resin works, and practise makes perfect.
I made a batch recently that I entirely botched. It ended up with me being completely frustrated, my hands covered in resin (and I couldn't find anything to get it off), and the whole batch went into the bin! Live and learn! So, I went and got a tool that helped with the resin process. A nifty little butane torch that you glide over the top and it pops all of the little bubbles. Brilliant!

Above is the "Wandering Horse" design. You can find it in the shop here.

Here's a sneak preview of some other designs in the making on my messy desk. This is before I add the resin to them. The resin is now added and they'll be finished off tomorrow.


Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Horse Stack


Everyone needs a horse stack. What kind of sub human being would you be without one? I finished this one off today and is in the form of a print over at tummyache as of now.

You can also find an interview with me on Indie/Pretty/Perfect if you feel like a bit of a read. Why the hell not, you say?

I've also been doing some refurbishment over at Creative Aussie Links which you may be interested to see. I'm dedicated to finding the best damn art & craft supplies out there, and have many more up my sleeve to feature. I'm still interested to hear suggestions from my readers, too. And if you're an Aussie with a blog or Etsy shop, shoot me an email and I'll pop you in the links list. It's a free-for-all lovey-dovey links list!

Well, that's it for today googley-eggs. Enjoy the rest of your day/evening/night wherever you are. x

Friday, September 14, 2007

Yael Fran & Her Etsy Artist Pins


Yael Frankel who resides in Buenos Aires has started making pins from other Etsy artists work. Find this one of mine here. She has some more of my designs so you may find some newbies in her shop soon.
She's got alot of other cute stylish pins in her shop, one of my favourites being these little guys. Although they are supposed to be racoons, they do remind me of koalas... :)

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The Slack Blogger Is Back

Juggling illustration, shop orders, prints, art, dogs, and general life can sometimes get chaotic, as I'm sure you're all aware! Which doesn't leave much time for blogging. I've been a busy little beaver, making some new necklaces for Incube8r Gallery in Smith St, Fitzroy, utilising some of my artwork. Hang around and you might just see some appear in the shop soon. They've been popular little things, I'll try and get some work-in-progress shots to feast your little eyes on. Incube8r Gallery also held their launch last week, which seemed a successful night resulting in bodies being crammed into the shop space with not much room to move at all. I didn't even get a chance to do my sneaky little thing of hanging by my work to hear some genuine feedback whilst the viewers are unaware that the creator is standing right next to them!

My Dad is on holidays. Five weeks, the lucky bugger. Below you will find what a mixture of holidays, his train set and a camera will amount to. He sent me these photos with the title "Disaster in Diamond Creek." He assures me there was only one fatality but the body was removed before the shots were taken. Thank God for that.



Well, so it hasn't been ages since I last posted, but I do put pressure on myself to live up to my own expectations. I expect so much from myself each week which sometimes puts a little too much pressure on myself and ends up with me feeling a little depressed and like a failure. I'm sorry to always be so negative (feel like I'm doing that a bit lately), though I have to show the good and the bad don't I? I can't pretend that my life is all happy-go-lucky like I sometimes make out here. We all try to put our best foot forward, though I don't want to give anyone a false impression of me.

Now I'm off to get busy with resin for the necklaces previously mentioned. It's also been a great week for mail and prints arriving so I'll dust the camera off and take some happy snaps of all that stuff too. Seeya next time.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

OMG Betsy Walton..

..Has an etsy shop!
I have just made spur of the moment purchases and bought this, this, and this!
I am so absolutely thrilled to be able to get some of her work in my hot little hands. I have always loved her work and have always regularly checked up to see whether she was offering any prints or originals for sale, & I was always disappointed, until now.. joy! Can't wait till the postie brings these guys in.
Happy days.

Three New Ridgy Didges

That's slang for real. Originals. They are A5 sized paintings/ drawings and available in the shop as of now. From top to bottom we have "I thought nothing of it," "I'm in the air and free" and "sometime in the future."




God the weather was good today. It was so warm. I worked with the windows and doors open, which is the first time I've been able to air the house without freezing to death. How I love the sun! I must admit that yesterday whilst on a break from working I slipped out and fell asleep in the sun until Leela ran over the top of me and caught my foot on her foot, which bloody hurt. Dogs are so clumsy.
Anyway, it felt like summer. There is such a different vibe in the warm weather, like a more relaxed easy going feeling. The hotter the better I say. This is a controversial topic. Either you like summer or winter better, and I'm sorry, but if you fall into the latter category I'm going to have to move you down my list of respected people. I'm constantly having this argument with my friend Tanya. (Love ya, Tan!)
It's funny how we either like one or the other. But then there are those freaks out there that like both. It's kind of like how you either watch Neighbours or Home and Away. (Tragic tv soapies we have here.) Or there's milk verses soy. Holden verses Ford. Chocolate milkshakes verses Strawberry. And we always fight faithfully & passionately for our team.
Go chocolate milkshakes!!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Sunday Posting.


"I seem to be having some sort of gravitational issue." Biro, paint, coloured pencil and obscurity on paper.
I've been enjoying doing works on paper recently. I'm having issues with canvasses. I have started a few canvasses and I may just well be at a point in my life where I have to accept that maybe me and canvasses weren't meant to be. Sometime I may go back to them, but for now I wish them all the success in life. Be free canvasses, be free..

I apologise for the lack of shop updates and blog updates, though I have been very busy with a never ending stream of illustration jobs. Unfortunately it's my personal work that seems to suffer during busy times like these.

Now I'm off to do some more work. Anyone in Vic, enjoy this lovely spring weather we are having! It's so great to see the sun again!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

New Print, Jim in Texas, Hangover, Food.


This poor girl! She truly is a misfit. Haven't we all felt like her from time to time!?
This little darling popped into my head this morning and asked to be drawn. Thought you might also like to see the sketch/ idea I initially did for this piece in the back of my diary. I know people love process shots...


This new print is available in tummyache as of now.

My man's in Texas! I am alone for three whole weeks! I may literally go crazy from isolation. What to do what to do. I have so much work on so I'm going to try to get mountains worth of stuff done. Though you know what? I am looking forward to watching whatever TV shows I want. Jim doesn't go for trashy shows like idol, big brother and all the rest of that crap, but sometimes I just like to turn the brain off and soak up a bit of nonsense. I'm also going to try to not have any alcohol for the whole time. I am nursing a hangover today and feeling slightly shamed from the amount of junk that comes out of my mouth when myself, parties and wine are mixed. Not that I did anything embarrassing; it's just thinking about drunken banter when you're sober isn't pleasant! And I wasn't even planning on drinking much.

Oh well. Time to go and cook some pasta, and I'm indulging in some butterscotch pudding with ice cream after that.. :)

(One more thing. I'm still working on the series of artwork destined for prints. I know I said they'd be ready but they are taking a little longer than expected, & I want to get them just right.)

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

My week (last week, that is)

GIRLS NIGHT!!!!

Fondue, band watching & silliness at the St Andrew's pub. So much fun!

Here's us making veggie tempura in my Great Grandmother's fondue set. An original cast iron (I think it's cast iron..) set from the real fondue days. Yummo. Although it ended up cooking too slow, and we were too hungry so we cooked the rest on the stove.

Clockwise from left we have the bubbly and friendly Jen, Sarah the obscurely funny girl, Yenski (Jen) the funky down to earth chick, and Tan, the sweet natured optimist! You know they have many other qualities & talents but I think that's a good start!


Get into it Yenski & Tan! (Tan, stop putting too many sticks in, you're cooling down the oil! Tan: but I'm hungry!!)


Now we're at the St Andrews pub. Taking stupid photos without a care of who is watching. This one is the almighty "Head Stack." Everytime I look at it I get "Head stack, baby head stack.." in my head like the B52's "Love Shack" song... From bottom: Sarah (who's face is cracking me up), me and Jen..


Cheesy grins. Me on the left & Tan..


This one cracks me up. The very sooky ladies Yenski & Sare..


Clockwise from left Tan, Sare & Jen. Oh dear.. the gravitational pull of the earth seems to have affected their heads.. my my..


Just wanted to share those photos of my fab weekend. We had some chocolate fondue after the pub with strawberries and cake which was to die for! Us girls plan to make our catch ups a regular monthly event which is great. Nothing like getting together with the gals. I think with these regular catch ups I'm going to get premature wrinkles from all the laughing we do..


And here's a Sunday doodle from this Sunday just gone.. with a couple of influences from stuff that was in my week. A guy contacted me regarding a commission and stated he'd like something strange to do with his cat's, and as an example he suggested cat heads with sea creature bodies. This idea stuck in my head and consequently came out in this Sunday's doodle. I also saw a roof top full of birds all in a row whilst driving down the freeway. I would have loved to get a photo of it, but this is the next best thing.

One more thing, I promise! For all you creative Aussie's out there that spend many an hour searching for arty obscure products I have started a new blog just for you! Take a visit to Creative Aussie Links, to read the full explanation. If you have a blog or etsy shop and live in Oz, feel free to email me and I shall add you to the links. It's still in the early stages so bear with me as I may change things around as it evolves.

If this blog post seems at all weird in any way it's because I've just had a coffee (which I never drink) and I'm feeling a bit buzzy and strange. In fact, I've got a headache. And I can't think of a good way to end this post. So I shall just end it. (Told you I was feeling weird!)