Commission Painting—Pink Flowers and Mice for Sophie
I was commissioned to do a painting for a little girls room. Which is every artists dream—Right!
The request for the commission was based around an existing painting of mine (which I have placed at the bottom of this post.)
We chose the size of the canvas to fit the room. Then with one simple request—please change the sky to pale pink or white.
It took me a week to get the painting to a place where I loved it, layering and adding texture and colours. When it was nearly finished I suggested that I should add an animal. I decided on a mouse as Sophie has a pet mouse I thought that the mice might make Sophie happy! And it did. All the feed back has been positive it did make Sophie and her family happy. The painting is now the view in her bedroom.
It's quite astonishing to me how much one painting can change a previously white walled bedroom.
Western Australia Adventures
I've just come back from a wonderful 3 week holiday in WA visiting my sisters family, we were joined by Patricks family from Holland so in total we were 11. We enjoyed daily adventuring. 4W-driving to remote places, long coastal cliff walks, swimming in the rough oceans that Tim Winton so perfectly writes about. Precious family time together, they grow up overnight- I treasure them so much and miss them already.
Other highlights included connecting with nature, the tall trees, the empty beaches, stroking the back of huge stingrays as they glided past our feet, it truly was wonderful. I even got to feed Joey's with milk. Such sweet baby kangaroos.
Oh and the food we ate so much food.
I deleted Facebook and Instagram from my phone for the time away and didn't check my emails. I didn't miss them very much!
On a creative level, when I had precious time alone usually in the heat of the day, I drew and painted the bright rugged dessert like ancient coast lines of WA. Smoke was in the air. The fires so bad and so sad. I created nearly 40 paintings. All experimental. Some I gifted as a thanks. One painting was received with such gratitude like I've never seen before. It made my heart soar.
I'm still inspired by pinks and yellow.
My Morning Ritual
Waking up is so easy in Summer. This morning I saw the dawn crack in at just after 5am. I was surprised that the night was over so soon. It was so warm padding around the house. I sat on my couch and woke up. It was pleasant to watch the shadows fade. I enjoyed this time to think.
I boiled the kettle and made a pot of vanilla tea —brewing it for 5 minutes. I added milk into my Marremeko cup, a cup with a water colour illustration on it. I find this such a beautiful cup. I sipped the tea, savouring every mouthful. I made a bowl of muesli natural with natural yogurt and ate that on the couch. With the family gathered around doing much the same.
Showered and I then got dressed— light summer clothes and Birkenstocks. I made my bed neatly maybe like a bed in a magazine. I do love my bed to look nice. Tidied the kitchen, cleaned my teeth. Routine.
Then we walked down to the beach for a swim, down the hill through the trees full of yellow flowers. The water was all shades of blue. People said good morning. Asked me how I was. The wind was from the west and so hot. For 40 minutes we basked in the beauty of the morning. Then hot we walked home. My daughter continued on her walk to school in her uniform, school bag full on her back. Once inside my little one fell asleep gratefully into her cot.
By 8.30 I was sitting in my studio mixing ink in shades of pink and peach. Summer fruit colours. Painting and creating. My bliss.
This seems to be my Spring/Summer morning ritual.
Flurry Of Creativity
I am having such a creative period in my life. It makes every moment so precious. I can't even sleep I am so excited to get into my studio and create.
Here is what I created today. I am thinking about the harsh Australian dessert and the flooding rains that bring such life force, abundant flowers grow from seeds stored in the parched earth. I am layering the paintings with colours and patterns and various mediums. Playing layering adding and taking away.
It's a kind of alchemy seeing how the paint will preform.
Painting And Embroidery
Hand Painting Fabric
In my studio this week I have been experimenting even more with hand painting on fabric. I'm enjoying exploring shades of pinks and purples. There is something so relaxing about playing with colour—watching as my brushstrokes delicately and now confidently add colours and shapes to fabric. I'm using soft bamboo brushes that I bought in China 10 years ago.
I am reading so much at the moment. In particular all the social media site beckon me. I bounce between the four main ones and get lost in a blur of perfection. Not my perfect life but yours? I do also subscribe to amazing peoples blogs or their websites so I get my fix in my inbox as well. I have so much to read I could never get through it in a day. It's an amazing time to be alive at the moment, especially as an artist. There are so many people making their dream come true and seemingly making it work! It really seams that we can all be who we want to be. RIGHT?
Are you living your dream?
Maybe I should stop reading so much and make more. I think I would be happier as I'm quite envious of how successful you all are.
While I was thinking these thoughts and I will need to think some more about this. I added a few layers of stitches to my painting. I am super happy with this one.
To be honest I am inspired. Maybe more than I have been in over two years. Yes I make things all the time but what I am doing at the moment feels like it is coming from somewhere new. Experimenting. I feel like I'm allowing myself time to be. I am allowing myself to work as an artist not just a designer.
Right now I am playing with colours. Colour is right up there as my favourite thing. I could mix and experiment with colour for the rest of my life. I just love colour and play with it as much as I can.
I am mixing soft pinks which are are important in my work—my heart is happy when I am working with pinks. Pistachio green another favourite colour contrasts and reacts subtly on my fabric. I really do enjoy watching the soft lines of the colours merge and change, bleed and transform.