Thursday, June 30, 2011

Last day of my 20% off sale!!!

It's the end of the financial year, which means it's the last day to get 20% off storewide in my Etsy shop!

Just enter 'ENDYEARSALE2011' at checkout for your discount.

Have a great day everyone,


Monday, June 27, 2011

A short break in transmission

I'm away on a little holiday at the moment, but will be popping in to catch up on all the blog happenings as often as I can. In the meantime, I'll leave you with a pic of gorgeous Queensland island living....rather hard to take, isn't it?

See you all soon,

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Sweet Peas and Vintage Blue

Well, it was a little longer in the making than I thought...what with the end of the school term, and all the last minute organising needed before the holidays. But I finally managed to finish off this little number; 'Sweet Peas in Vintage Blue':

'Sweet Peas in Vintage Blue'
watercolour and gouache on paper
210mm x 297mm (8" x 11")
prints for sale now in my Etsy shop
(please excuse the terrible pic! I'll post a new one as soon as I can, but you get the idea...)

I've had lots of requests for more paintings along the lines of my 'Bouquet in Flow Blue'...

...and finally, this next painting in the series is ready to go.

Oh, and don't forget; I'm having an End of Financial Year SALE in my Etsy shop - 20% off all prints storewide until 30th June.

That's it from me, have a wonderful weekend everyone, and I'll catch you all soon!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wish I was here today....

...and I wish it was summer!

Will be back later today with a new painting...if I can thaw out, that is :)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

It's SALE time!

Not long to go until June 30, so what better time to launch a huge End of Financial Year SALE!

So head on over to my Etsy shop for 20% off all prints storewide. Just enter the code "ENDYEARSALE2011" at checkout for your discount. It's my way of saying thank you to everyone for the amazing support for my artwork, it's been phenomenal! 

Before I go, I'm almost finished a new painting, which will compliment one of my most popular prints, 'Bouquet in Flow Blue'. Here's a preview:

'Sweet Peas in Vintage Blue'
will be available in both 8" x 11", and also 11" x 14"

It's not quite finished yet, but I'll be adding this one tomorrow afternoon. Couldn't resist a little teaser!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Oh my...

These beauties literally took my breath away. I found this first image on Pinterest (the most addictive treasure-trove imaginable), and found that it was the handiwork of Hutker Architects.

 stunning in its simplicity

 those doors, exposed roof trusses...doesn't get much better

So if you have the willpower, head on over to check it out. But don't say I didn't warn you - you may find yourself lost in all things fabulous for hours on end.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Let's warm things up a little..

...with a touch of red. I thought it would be fun to add a new colourway to my paintings, and this rich raspberry is the result.

'Sea Fan IV in Raspberry'
watercolour on paper
210mm x 297mm (8" x 11")
for sale on Etsy

I'm adding larger sizes to my shop too - all prints will be available in 11" x 14", as well as custom sizes.

See you tomorrow with some new, supersized goodies!

Monday, June 13, 2011

New blog on the block

I always enjoy finding new blogs to add to my ever-growing reading list, and this latest addition is fast becoming one of my favourites. I was commissioned to paint some original sea coral paintings for Melinda, and from her lovely thank you email I found her gorgeous blog - Georgica Pond. Reading through her posts quite literally stopped my in my tracks - almost each and every one of her inspiration photos was either one I had stashed away myself, or wish I had! Melinda has recently moved into a new home and is about to embark on a renovation, and from the looks of things, I'm going to love following along on her journey.

She and her family built this stunner on a hundred acre property in the NSW Southern Highlands.....

...but they've since moved to Sydney into this renovator's delight...

...and when we share these as inspiration for our renovations..

...I knew I'd found a kindred decorating spirit. So, if that's whet your appetite, head on over to Melinda's lovely blog, Georgica Pond. Oh, and make sure you say hi from me!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

In the Press!

I've been waiting very impatiently for the latest issue of Ivy and Piper to go live.... it's a fantastic magazine, put together by the very talented local duo of Melanie Parker and Elizabeth Raptis. But even more exciting is that one of my favourite local shops, Hamptons Home Living, has been featured in the latest issue. And if you look closely, there's some artwork on the walls that you just might recognise. these blue and white prints look familiar?

 ...sea fans in charcoal displayed amongst all of Hamptons gorgeous wares

beautiful, no?

Hamptons is one of the lovely stores stocking my artwork, and I was so thrilled to see them featured. There was a real local flavour to this issue, with another of my fave Brissie stores, Magnolia Interiors, sharing the limelight.

If you haven't already checked it out, head on over to Ivy & Piper for all the good stuff.

Friday, June 3, 2011

All that glitters....

When I'm designing a large piece, I sometimes paint a little watercolour study first, to play with colours and proportions. I'm working on a large canvas at the moment, and wanted to add a little bit of shimmer. This watercolour is my 'first draft' so to speak, so I added a bit of drama with the slash of gold through the centre:

'All that Glitters'
watercolour and gouache on paper
210mm x 297mm

I then added a few more gold accents here and there, just to pull the design together.

(sorry about the terrible pics - my poor old camera is on its last legs, and my new SLR is on order - can't wait!)

I took a leaf (pardon the pun) out of Shannon Fricke's very stylish book, and picked some pretty weeds, in the perfect shade of yellow, to pop into my pink dotty jug. A little bright spot in a rather grey, winters' day!

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend. Ours will be jam-packed full of sport tomorrow, so I'm planning a nice relaxing Sunday.

See you soon,

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Feather your nest

I've always been a bit of a collector. As a kid, I used to keep little white pebbles (or 'lucky stones' as we called them), leaf skeletons, coral and shells from our beach holidays (along with a few poor little hermit crabs that I used to stash in the car without my parents' knowledge )....and feathers. I always loved finding feathers, particularly white ones, as my Nan used to tell me they were good luck. The gorgeous patterns and colours always appealed to my artistic side, too. So here's a little feather study I did the other day:

watercolour on paper 
210mm x 297mm
prints available in my Etsy shop

I'm thinking I may start a series of feather paintings - and peacock feathers are next on my list.I found this pic the other day:


They are lovely, aren't they? I personally would never use feathers unless I found them myself - I hate the thought of how some of them are harvested, but they're undeniably beautiful. 

I know the ultimate bowerbird, Sibella Court, is partial to the odd feather or twelve...

all images The Society Inc I'm in fine company. What about you - are you collectors? Tell me everything.


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