Art is in the eye of the beholder and so too are the images that inspire. My work varies from painting, drawing , sculpting and photography. I get my inspiration from artists that I love, things that surround me, my family and my imagination.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Mum and Babes

I am a huge fan of Gustav Klimt. I particularly love his paintings of 'The Kiss' and 'Mother and Child'. Klimt used repeating patterns that were heavily ordained with gold. I wanted to mix the ideas of my 2 favourite paintings using my children and I as the subject. I have blurred their faces out for safety reasons. I firstly painted the background of my canvas with a cream colour and white- ensuring that one side was lighter than the other. I then got my husband to take photo's of me and the kids in the position that I wanted. I printed the photo and stuck it onto the painted background with PVA. I then used a water colour pencil to map out my design and then did all sections one colour first. Next, I used a series of Klimt inspired patterns like circles, flowers, eyes (which are photo's of all of the family printed and stuck on) and rectangle paper. I then cut out triangles from gold glossy paper and stuck them for the tassels. Finally I painted the bed of flowers that we are on and added some detail in our hair and on the cloak with the end of my paint brush. I painted this last Mothers day and it is very special to me.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Minature pen drawings in frames

This was the idea I had when having my 'queit night in'. I needed to fill a wall space in my bathroom near these fabulous fire-red willow branches. I decided to make mini pen drawings in some frames that my lovely neighbour had given me. I then set out to think of some designs and choose some other frames from IKEA. I then painted the pine frames with black acrylic paint and put impasto gel over top to add a lustre to them. Finally I arranged the frames on the wall. I am really please with the end result, and it was so much fun!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

A quiet night in...

A quiet night in- bath, bubbles, candles and jazz music. What more could a girl want! But.... from these quiet moments come some great ideas- stay tunned!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Hundertwasser inspired cityscape

I am a big fan of Hundertwasser. He painted and designed so 'out there' city scapes. I have used him to inspire my students to show them how to use repition in their work. Above is my city scape that is on 2 canvas' measuring about 3m x 1.5m. I used acrylics, puffy paint for some of the sky and then added glass tiles, mirrored tiles and impasto get to some buildings to give them a lovely lustre. You can see in some of the close up shots some of the detail.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Pen drawing 3

Another Pen drawing!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Here is the second pen drawing with 3 colours. This time I tore the paper into their strips.

Pen drawing- modified

This is the pen drawing I posted yesterday with modifications. I photocopied the image onto red and white paper and cut the red into these wavey strips. I then glued them into place. I think it really gives another dimension to this drawing. The other image is with the 2 other left over red pieces.

Pen drawing 2

At home today with my beautiful daughter who wasn't 100% and we love to sit and do anything art orientated together. Here's my second pen drawing design from the same doodles as no. 1.


This painting incorporates many forms of painting mediums. This canvas has been painted over 3 times, so it was 4th time lucky! The cream based colour was already on the canvas so I used a burnt umber, deep maroon and antique gold to make up my colour scheme. I used modelling compound to give the texture effect and to install the leaves in the bottom right corner, then the burnt umber, then I used impasto gel to add sand. I then added the colour, but on the burnt umber I added crackle medium-twice. I then added streams of deep maroon paint to the top by drizzling the paint straight from the bottle. I added some of the colours from the painting to the 'inspire' mdf board and wella...... 'Inspire'.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

My Doodles!

These are the 'doodles' that I did before I made the landscape creation. I just added some of these into the lanscape design as I went.

Pen drawing

After creating my own set of 'doodles' I came up with landscape design. I was quite theraputic to do. The ideas came as I went along. More of these to come and what else I will do with this image!

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