Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Work in progress...

Just a quick update on the commission for the lovely H. Here's a little look at the underpainting as of last last week, although it's come along significantly since then. I'll share the finished painting as soon as it's signed, sealed and delivered, but until then, here's a snippet:

I'm making a huge mess, but it's so much fun working big again. I'll be adding some of these larger works to the exhibition I'm having later this year too, so stay tuned for updates.

Back to work now, catch you soon,

Monday, September 26, 2011

Peace out

It's school holidays in this part of the world, and I managed to squeeze in a long-overdue trip to the beach last week. It was a gorgeous sunny day on the sunshine coast, with a warm breeze, and lots of seafood for lunch.....doesn't get much better than that.

yep, that's the Mr - shy little wallflower that he is :)

But back to the coalface now - I have a painting to finish! I'll be back with an update soon.

Catch you then,

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A blank canvas

You might remember in my last post I mentioned I was about to start on a commission for a lovely client? Well, I thought this might be the perfect time to share a little of how I go about painting a commissioned work - before I forget all about taking pics along the way.

here she is...a nice (big) blank canvas

My lovely client, H, spoke to me about creating a painting for a large wall in her beautifully renovated Queenslander. If possible, I like to visit the client on-site - that way, I can get a feel for the space, the light, and the bones of the room itself. This painting will make a real statement - at 3m x 1.5m, it's a large piece, and will be on view from the minute you walk in the front door.

We then had a chat about her ideas, what colours she'd like included - and just as importantly, any she definitely didn't want. She has a great mix of traditional and modern in her home, as she's retained the original charm and character of her Queenslander, but she's also included some clean, modern elements too. To complement the original VJ walls, she chose a traditional, full-blown floral curtain:

..and picked up the olive green from the pattern, using it as an accent wall colour in the central hall, and also for the glass splashback in the kitchen. Elsewhere is a natural white, keeping things nice and airy.

So, after discussing the options, we decided on a modern abstract design, incorporating the raspberry, red/pink and olive green from her curtains, as well as some complimentary tones. Once that was sorted, I sent through a series of mock-ups of my ideas, to make sure we were on the same page, and also to provide a visual of what I'm thinking. I've found this really helps both me and the client - I'm a really visual person, but I realise not everyone works that way. By doing so, it really helps to iron out any misunderstandings before we're too far down the track.

So, that's enough from me - I have painting to do. I'll post more pics once the piece is all signed, sealed and delivered. Can't wait to share the finished painting with you all - and I have to say, it's a lot of fun to be working on such a large scale piece again. Supersizing isn't always a bad thing you know :)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Stripe me lucky

Black and white is a classic combo that never goes out of fashion. Throw them together into a stripe, and it's even better. I've been seeing this pic all over the place lately, and it was love at first sight:

is this not the most gorgeous storefront ever? It belongs to designer Liz Caan. Perfection.

I love black and white awnings. So fresh, yet chic and classic at the same time. And how better to frame a lovely window, or door, than with one of these arrangements.

 Sibella Court's shop, The Society Inc. Love the green door too....and that it won't stay that way for long - she changes its colour often. Brilliant

 Nathan Turner is starring in my new fave show, Million Dollar Decorators. Of course we're late to the party here in Australia, but I don't care. Loving it sick.

 Double the good stuff. 

 Love the awning and the pooch

And best of all, it completes an Aussie beach house to perfection. 

So, are you a fan of black and white? Love it, or (heaven forbid!!) hate it?

Image sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Palm Beach beauty

I have to say, lately my local Aussie magazines are hitting it out of the park. This month's Home Beautiful not only featured Hayley's lovely home, but also this Palm Beach stunner. I recognised it straight away - it was for sale not so long ago, and it was straight to the inspiration folder. It ticks all the boxes for me, so let's take a little tour:

I'm a sucker for a box bay window

love this outdoor area, and the simple, elegant interiors

crisp and clean

indoor/outdoor perfection

lovely custom cabinetry

As usual, it's been bedlam around here. My two youngest are in the middle of exams, which means lots of trips back and forth between home and school. I know my comments have been few and far between, and I apologise, but I am visiting your blogs, honestly! And then there's the tennis, which of course, I had to watch to support Our Sam in her first Grand Slam win. Maybe now it's all over I can concentrate on work. Speaking of which, I have a fabulous commission that I can't wait to get started on - a 1.5m x 3m abstract for a lovely client. So looking forward to getting stuck into a nice big canvas for a change. I'll post some pics as soon as it's photo worthy - can't wait!

all images via

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Porchlight Interiors

This month's issue of Home Beautiful magazine is an absolute cracker, and one of the gorgeous homes on show belongs to Hayley Hayes, co-director of Brissie based design firm, Porchlight Interiors. Besides being talented decorators, Hayley and sister Tracey are just lovely, and I was thrilled to see Hayley's beautiful home showcased this month. And to top it off, if you look very closely, you can spy one of my prints on the wall - 'Seagrass in Turquoise'. So chuffed - thanks Hayley!

terrible pic of my print, but isn't Hayley's home gorgeous?

'Seagrass in Turquoise'
210 x 297mm (8" x 10") 
prints available here on Etsy

love everything about her kitchen

photography courtesy John Downs

So, do yourself a favour, and check out the magazine if you get a chance - you won't be disappointed.


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