Thursday, 4 August 2016

comforts of home


If you follow any of my social media accounts like Facebook and Instagram, you've probably noticed a lot of blue and white lately. Last month I was busy getting ready for a group exhibition at the Aspire Gallery in Brisbane's Paddington. The theme was 'comforts of home' and I took it as an opportunity to resurrect some old ways of working as wall as learning some new skills.

Having spent a significant portion of my life travelling I was interested in exploring what images might represent home when I've had so many different ones. I decided to narrow it down the most recent few cities, adopting a very homely subject of chintz fabric, patchwork and china plates.



Using different floral and bird motifs I created individual artworks to represent a home city and country. The passion fruit to me is Brisbane, Sydney the frangipani, London a rose and Wellington a Kawhai. The birds are a Rainbow Lorikeet for Australia, Wren for England and Tui for New Zealand.

Using antique illustrations as a starting point I recreated the flowers and birds from security envelope lining, then grouped them together to form a chintz 'fabric' pattern. It was my first attempt at making a repeatable pattern and is definitely something I'd like to try again.







I printed the pattern in large format then cut it into piece along with more security envelope lining to create a large paper patchwork. I then went back to the individual floral images and created blue and white china plate designs. It was nice to go back to working with porcelain again, something I used to use a lot in my NZ gallery. This time rather than hand painting I was able to transfer my designs directly from the printer onto the plates. There are also limited edition prints of these pieces on lovely glossy paper.



You can see the real things at the Aspire Gallery until 20th August at 53 Kennedy Terrace, Paddington. Limited edition prints are available through artfinder.com 

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Make For Good


Make For Good is coming back. 

Last year you might remember I participated in the ‪#‎makeforgood‬ campaign with etsy and Plan International Australia. This year it will be running again and the theme is "Create Brighter Futures" so who better to add to the campaign than my futures so bright koala! Last year more than $30,000 was raised fro Plan International to support Because I Am A Girl helping girls learn, lead, decide and thrive.

The campaign kicks off 6th September and I'll be donating 50% of sales from Your Futures So Bright Koala print and hopefully adding a few new speical pieces too.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Tapu-te-ranga gallery

Tapu Te Ranga Gallery pic via Facebook

Wow this brings back a few memories! My very first home and my old gallery Art Space Island Bay in Wellington, New Zealand is back as a gallery again! So great to see. My old home has had a few different incarnations since I sold it in 2005 - an antique store and fashion boutique. Island Bay is such a lovely spot and the locals were always so supportive of my work. My time in New Zealand is still a big influence on my art, especially when it comes to landscapes.

The crazy thing is the new gallery owner used to run a gallery there in the 90s! Sounds like 139 The Parade has always had a creative history.  I have a lot of fond memories of Wellington and this house - hey its where I met my hubby! But this picture does also bring back memories of scrubbing that floor after weeks of painstakingly removing 1950s plastic tiles. Ahhhh my first attempts at DIY. I'd love to know what the rest of the building looks like inside - wondering if my purple textured bedroom walls and bright blue bathroom ceiling are still there :)

So if you're in Wellington pop in a say hi to the new artists and give my old home a hug for me.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

night and day

'Night - misty lake' digital mixed media print
'Day' digital mixed media print

June has been a very busy month settling back in after our trip to NZ. This month I finished off two new pieces created for a Brisbane group exhibition, Foot Square at the Aspire Gallery in Paddington, and won the voters choice award!

This months I put together two new digital mixed media landscapes - night and day. The only limit to entries for the competition was each piece must be under a foot square which produced a fantastic range of themes and works for the exhibition.
The starting point for each work was a mountain range made from torn pieces of security envelope lining then many layers of texture, colour washes and more images were added. For example in 'Night' the moon is a frying pan and the night sky a close up shot of tree bark. 


Each was printed with archival inks onto my favourite acid free 100% recycled consumer paper, then mounted to board for a special edition print. There are limited edition unmounted versions 12x12" and 8x8" available from my shops fine art section and on artfinder.com 


Opening night was a great turn out, so many different styles and ideas. The works were exhibited next to my synthetic scene photography piece too, and best of all they won the voters choice award for the publics favourite work! You'll be able to find these work at the Aspire Gallery Paddington for the next few months.




Tuesday, 17 May 2016

hard to find.

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Monday, 2 May 2016

SNAP16



This month I'll be taking part in the SNAP16 exhibition at the Aspire Gallery with my latest piece 'synthetic scene'

The aim of the exhibition is to highlight the work of photographers often shunned by many in the artworld for not being true artist. Anybody who vists SNAP16, a new Paddington exhibition can see that’s a lie.

SNAP16 is a collection of  photographers of both international and local recognition who know their way around a camera.

SNAP16 is open to the public from the 4th to 21st May at Aspire Gallery in Paddington, Brisbane and showcases a real variety of photographic talent and skill.

53 Kennedy Terrace
Paddington, QLD

10x8 and 11x14" prints are available through artfinder.com


Sunday, 14 February 2016

happy valentines day!


Happy valentine's day everyone. kangaroo kisses from creative monsoon 
xxx

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

aussie nursery art


Happy Australia Day! Thought I should share an update on a little project I started last year, a collection of Aussie birds and animal illustrations for the nursery or a kids bedroom.

To start with I do loads of quick sketches looking a photos to help determine what are the key shapes and positionings I want to go with. Add some colour with pen and then rework them on the computer.




I've got a long way to go before I've got a full set of Australian birds and animals, but so far I couldn't be happier with these guys. Prints are available from creative monsoon on etsy and down that little lane.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

floral obi kaleidoscope



Going through my old journals and CDs today (kids, CDs are these silver round things we used to store stuff) I found the start of a very cool looking piece I did in 2004, a digital collage using Japanese obi fabric and my own hand drawn chrysanthemums. I decided to revive it and turn it into a little floral kaleidoscope, wash of colour, and ta da! Never throw stuff out! Love the way it really seems to draw you into the centre.

Prints available through artfind and etsy

Saturday, 9 January 2016

evening over the alps


new work: digital mixed media collage print
inspired by my time spent living in New Zealand, some of my favourite things - the tui bird, mountains, lakes and amazing night sky. 
over 30 different layers of texture and images have been put together to create this mountain and lake landscape. 
the mountain range was made up of recycled security envelope lining, then layers of photographs such as pacific island carving and tree bark, vintage and modern illustration and washes of watercolour added.
available from artfinder and etsy