Rainbows and Arches
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.
After creating so many vector based images over the past few years I have really wanted to paint a painting like this one. Large multi coloured, allowing the paint to smear and layer. Letting the mark on the canvas be from my fingertips and brushes. Using and referring to the patterns and shapes that I love.
I am pleased with this one the process is exhilarating. It makes me feel oh so happy.
The is a detail of the top left side of the painting.
wide120cm x 60cm
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.