Something I have been working really hard on this year were these mural illustrations. It was super lovely to go visit my murals at Northern Beaches Paediatrics clinic before it opened at the new Northern Beaches hospital in Sydney. The theme for my brief was Australian native foliage and flowers made large along with Australian native animals and insects. I sketched and painted a lot of wattle, banksia flowers and leaves, native fan palms, bottle brush flowers, macadamia leaves, gum leaves and blossoms, Blue Ulysses butterfly, dragonfly, ladybugs, birds - Rainbow lorikeets, Kookaburras, Major Mitchell Cockatoos, a Yellow Robin, green tree frogs, mushrooms, echidna and Australian native marsupials. If you want to see some of my process for the mural you can take a look at my instagram images, you will see some of my sketches and watercolour paintings on there. The artworks were scanned, cleaned up, drawn over digitally, put together in their layouts and printed onto vinyl, which was then applied to the walls of the clinic. I incorporated some of the Blue Pantone colours from their logo design into the mural as well, most notably in the wattle leaves, banksia leaves and the kookaburra feathers. I hope the families who visit the clinic love it as much as I loved painting it!
My Callistemon and Cockatoo tote bags have been restocked in my website shop!
For the 52 week illustration challenge the topic was Pencil so I decided to use coloured pencils to draw the pineapple I had harvested. One of my pineapple plants in the garden had just produced a fruit over winter. They are pretty tasty I must say and we need to get in quick before the possums get to them.
The surprise event this week was we had some photos taken of the kids and I for an article about the 2016 Australian census. Apparently the average Australian is a 38 year old woman with 2 children - THAT'S ME!!! Photo taken by amazing journalist photographer John Feder for The Australian. The photo wasn't used in the end... A little bizarre to be asked about myself and my life because of my age and situation. And so nice to have some good photos of the kids and I. I'm often saying to my hubby, I wish I had some nice shots with the kids. I'm usually behind the camera taking them of him and the kids... Life throws some funny things your way at times.
Photos by John Feder for The Australian - June 2017
Today I tidied up my studio. I cleared away the kids homework and the household papers that get dumped on my desk, did a bit of a chuck out and found some old sketchy gems. I vacuumed, dusted and scrubbed off the pen marks and the tea and coffee rings.
My beloved biscuit tin was my Nan's. I remember looking at it when I was a kid so I guess it influenced my love of Australian Native flowers. I had to rescue it out of a dumpster after my Nan passed away.
I put my collection of Winsor and Newton inks in an old Ferrero Roche tub.
I dug out an old pot that used to be my Nan's that was sitting in my Mum's garage and put it in my mother In law Yvonne's old 70's pot hanger and planted this pretty plant. I don't know what the plant is called, but it grows tendrils of heart shaped leaves; I have another one in the front hall. Now that's all tidied up I'm all ready to create more art!
I'm excited that some colourful tote bags with my designs on them have arrived. They're for my market stall coming up on the 26th of November at Shelly Beach markets.
I have come up with a greeting card range for sale. They are printed on 340gsm card with brown recycled paper envelopes. So far I have printed 15 designs. They are blank inside for your personalised message.
Last Sunday I held a stall at Kiama Seaside markets by the waterfront at Black Beach. It was a lovely sunny day but got very windy around 11.30am. I've learnt to be quite wary of selling greeting cards and artworks outdoors! We ended up using a tow rope from the car to act as extra anchor to the ground. Here are some photos of my stall while I was setting up!
Not such a successful market day but Steve and my son had a nice bike ride to the Kiama blow-hole.