Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Can't sleep? Paint!

It's funny how a break in routine can spark a frenzy of activity. You see, one of my babies is off at schoolies this week. For those who aren't familiar with schoolies, it marks the celebration of the end of high school for thousands of Aussie teenagers - I'm guessing it's probably similar to Spring Break in the US? Anyway, it means hoards of kids head off, often to the Gold Coast in Queensland, for a week of non-stop partying. What that also means is a week of no sleep and endless worry for the parents.  And if I can't sleep anyway, I need to stay busy and painting for me is the ultimate stress-buster. Hence the flurry of new work - at least there's one upside to this whole situation. I'm still counting the days until my chicks are all back in the nest (four to go. And my chicks will cringe when they read this!), but until then, here's the latest - a long-overdue addition to my Martha Stewart series...oops, I mean blue and white series:

watercolour on paper
210mm x 297mm
original on hold, prints available here in my Etsy shop

So you can probably expect a few more pieces to emerge over the next few days, as well as quite a few commissions I have on the go. Nothing like keeping busy to take your mind off other things....well, almost :) Oh, and don't forget - you can get 20% off any print in my Etsy store - even these new ones!


  1. Oh you poor thing. I'm so glad my kids didn't do the schoolies thing..I don't think I would have coped, although I would have got a lot of books read in the midnight hours! Love the vase :)

  2. It's a great piece. When I can't sleep I write a list, so painting a picture like this seems a much better result!

  3. Kerri I am sure they are behaving themselves! Oh Dear I am just remembering back to my schoolies such a great time, the freedom of those few months, The Time between the End of School and University is so lovely! Not a stress in the world no assignments, exams or stressful work deadlines, make sure they make the most of it! XX Samie

  4. Certainly a great way to keep your mind of worrying too much Kerri...and even though your little choices are away...it looks like you have been doing a fair bit of hatching yourself when it comes to popping out those beautiful artwork pieces of yours ; ) Good skills lovely x

  5. You poor thing! I've had two go to schoolies,boys, and my two girls yet to go. I am not looking forward to their schoolies week, and I know my husband will be cringing! Yes keeping busy is a great idea as you can't control what goes on when they are not with you. you just have to trust that they remember all the wisdom you have instilled in them.

  6. beautiful! & a great way to keep busy. don't worry, they all seem to survive.

  7. Just gorgeous! So perfect for a beautifully appointed home with a relaxed summer vibe!

    Catherine @ The Spring (in Brisbane)


    p.s. I'm running a giveaway I think you'd really like - it's the chance to win all kinds of mason jars and lovely retro kitchen goodies... and it closes this Friday!

  8. A beautiful piece Kerri, I really like this one. Hope schoolies goes well and you don't worry too much xx



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