Wednesday, June 27, 2007

New Print

Hello again!
Really getting back into regular blogging lately. It feels good.
This new print called "The Bird Keeper" is available here.

You can find an explanation behind the artwork in the listing.

I am annoyed today for two reasons: my myspace account has been deleted. I have no idea why and am really peeved that I didn't even know it was gone. Plus I burnt the dahl I was making for dinner. Seems like I'm burning everything lately. I made a banana and pecan bread yesterday and I burnt that too. No thanks to our stupid oven. Sounds like I'm really creative in the kitchen, but seriously, it's just a phase I'm going through.

Looks like it might be a pizza night tonight. Hopefully we will be able to watch some of the idiot box. It's really, really windy outside which messes with our stupid antenna. Stupid antenna and stupid oven. Luckily I hired BBC's Planet Earth so we can watch something. I tell you, in the very first episode there is a situation with a baby elephant that just absolutely broke my heart. I cannot believe how sad it was. I'm tearing up just thinking of it. Even Jim got glassy eyed. If you've seen it, you'll know what I'm talking about.

Now I'm off to check if my dahl is still edible... might not have to order pizza after all...

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Swapsie Fun

Did a swap recently with Michelle from Green Kitchen. We made a mini art quilt for each other. I so can't wait to put it in a shadow frame and up on my wall. I love it; it's perfect for me and my style of decorating. I think it does have a bohemian quality to it, enhanced by the fact it incorporates recycled materials.. yay! Jim was also taken by it which is no small feat.. he's quite the art critic sometimes! (Did you know he gives my artwork scores out of ten? I have never got a ten. Though he says if he ever gives me a ten then I do something better he's got nowhere to go. Very pragmatic, but not much fun!)
Anyway, here's a pic of the quilt Michelle made for me. Even the back has nice fabric.

And here's my effort, a little tree house number:

What fun that was. It's really so nice for someone to take the time and effort to make something for me. You know, it's really my first piece of artwork I have. (Excluding prints.)
One day I intend to buy some original art, though I've always been waiting until I'm in my own home.

Also wanted to share a pic of my nesting gocco print as an example of what it can look like framed. One of my buddies got this as part of her birthday pressie recently:

And a better photo of my ring! Look at that sparkly rock in there! It's funny because I never thought I was a diamond type of girl, but now that I have this ring, I am converted. Here's a link to the jeweller's website.

Right, that's it for the blog today. I'm working on some new prints for the shop which will be available soon. I shall post here with the update. Ciao!

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Stage 7 Complete!

Of my interactive project. Only three more stages to go! Want to have a say in what I paint next? You can be my art director! Read all the details in the link, then leave your suggestion in the form of a comment in the comments section. Be as wild and wacky as you like. I take the first ten suggestions and randomly draw out one. ALL suggestions from each stage go in the draw to win the final completed painting.

Remember too for all you stitchy suggesting people that it's on a bit of wood, so any hand stitching stuff will have to be glued on.

So this time I painted a spaceship by request of Jim Bradshaw. It's a looooove spaceship, pumping out lovey- dovey hearts wherever it goes. I had about four spaceship's drawn in, pumping their little hearts all about town, but thought I'd better leave some space for the next three stages! It's been a long process, but then again sometimes painting is. Any of you who have been following me and know me well know that I go through many stages where I don't feel any inspiration to paint, and I have been feeling like that the past week. Anyway, enough of that mind-junk...

Here's a detail close-up:

This painting is taking on a life of it's own I think. At the moment I feel that all the images are coming from the story being read and the little kid's imagination. It's almost as if the further the reader gets through the book, the more of the story we are shown.

Until next time...

Monday, June 18, 2007

New Bling!!

Ok, so after almost two years of being engaged (though we've been together for around 12 years) we finally made it official with a ring. How lucky we are to be friends with the talented Dave Parker! I decided on a traditional diamond, though within a modern design. It's amazing I've got any work done today as I can't stop looking at it. My photo really doesn't do it justice either. Check out a professional shot of a similar version of this ring here. Also check out the Peridot Screw Ring, which I'm lucky enough to also own!

Does this mean I have to start acting all grown-up and mature now!?

Oh, and thanks a heap for all the tree love on my previous post, I'll continue being a tree hugger in life and art.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

New Print in Shop

New Print in the shop as of now, which you can find here.
Trees, trees, trees. Can't help it, can't be stopped. I do worry that it is such a trend at the moment and feel like I am part of the tree band-wagon. Though I picked up a copy of Juxtapoz magazine (May 2007 issue to be exact) recently where they had an interview with Mark Ryden. (Who can resist getting a glimpse into his mind- it had to be bought.) His talks about this tree trend, as his latest exhibition is a tree show.
There's a quote in there that has really stuck in my mind. He freaked out a bit because of the tree trend, as all artists want to be original. He goes onto say he thinks there is a vibe out there, that no one is intentionally copying one another, but rather that the idea is shared by more than one artist. He follows with the thought that it would be incredibly egotistical of him to think that he actually started the trend, or that he owns it, and that people were copying him.
I think that that is so true. There is some sort of vibe out there. Many times I have used a certain technique or design only to find that similar idea or usage in a picture I've never seen before. It kinda freaks me out sometimes.

So, I think I will just relax and draw trees if I want to. Settle in to the natural evolution of the art process and accept that I'm an artist in my own right.


Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Etsy Front Page!

My "Snap" print is featured on Etsy's home page today.. I always get a thrill when my stuff appears on the front page of Etsy! BTW do all you mac users know you can easily take a screen shot on your computer by pressing the command (apple), shift & 3 keys all at one!? Brilliant! Mac's are so easy to use.

Well, it's short and sweet for me today as I have three illustrations to finish before tomorrow.. looks like I might be working into the night..

Monday, June 04, 2007

New Print & Sunday Doodling

This new print is in the shop as of now which you can find here.
I finished this piece on the weekend.

My weekend highlights consisted of five games of ten pin bowling which resulted in a cracked nail that's split where it's attached to my skin. It doesn't hurt but I bet it will if I catch it on something and tear it off!! (The cracked nail wasn't a highlight, but winning one of the games was.) A visit to a home renovators show where we discovered dog-scratch-proof flooring! Fantastic, as my dogs will always be inside dogs. A few beers, some disastrous polenta which fell apart whilst frying (but still tasted great thanks to all the parmesan cheese in it), watching episodes of Darkplace on dvd (as we succumbed and bought the dvd from amazon UK), one cosy backyard fire with our 'outside couches' complimented with pistachio nuts and jasmine tea, and a few games of table tennis and a tragically unskilled game of hacky sack.
AND some drawing and creating!
Now I need a weekend to recover from the weekend!

Here's a Sunday doodle I'm sharing with you, my blog readers. The text is a section I stole from a song I heard whilst playing ping pong. I don't know who the song is by but it is a cute little thing! The speech bubble says "I like giants. Especially girl giants."

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Interactive Project & Tiny Meat

Here's the next stage of the interactive project.. stage 6 to be exact. So this means there are 4 stages left. The final painting is being offered as a prize, read all the details here. I painted snow capped mountains in the background as suggested by Futuregirl. Now I need another ten suggestions for the next stage, so get those imaginations fired up and leave a suggestion in the comments section. Every suggestion (limited to ten each stage) goes in the draw to win the final painting!
Have fun...

PLUS, you can now get your own little piece of the painting in the form of a Tiny Meat wallet here. I've done some other artwork for these guys, including the "Noisy Bird's" pic shown here. Here's a link to the wallet it was made into, this one is sold but if you want one I'm sure there'll be more there soon.

Happy weekend to everyone. I didn't get out of my pyjama's until half an hour ago, and this can only be a good thing.