Okay here is the next page, clearly I am fairly lazy at coming up with ideas (and drawing hands if you look closely) and have a habit of doing 2 versions of most pictures. The glimpse of landscape is a photo I took at one of the salt lakes on Kangaroo island?? I think.
For Throwback Thursday, here's a detail from a favourite little painting from my adventure girl series. She's actually still available I think from Bash Fine Art. She's not a large work so she's very affordable if you are on the lookout for one of my paintings in the US. Yay no big shipping fees!!!! Talk to the lovely Anthony about adopting her today.
For the past few months I've been working on six large portrait style paintings for an exhibition with Sheri DeBow and Kurtis Rykovich at Bash Fine Art. It's been challenging and fun working large scale again but quite draining too. But very soon these big babies will wing their way to the US and I'll join them for the opening reception in the 18th November. First stop LA and Dcon! The exhibition is called 'Damsels in Distress' but I've kinda tipped that one on its head and painted girls who are anything but! Here's a sneak peak of one of the girls not yet finished.
"Being brave enough to just be unapologetic for who you are, that's a goddess." Yes. Even on our worst days there is a little goddess in us all. Here's a little video of me painting my first real goddess last year for @beautifulbizarremagazine's curated show Femme to Femme Fatale.
This little painting 'The Little Dreamer' was made for a book I was contracted to illustrate but didn't get published because the publisher went out of business. I have two of the original illustrations left. If you would like to give my little dreamer and her pug a forever home, PM me for deets. I would really like to find her a loving home where she could dream on peacefully. Update: she is off to the loving forever home of a collector! Yay!!!
"She made broken look beautiful and strong look invincible. She walked with the universe on her her shoulders and made it look like a pair of wings." Bit by bit by bit...layer after layer. I don't think I'll ever tire of painting fabulous women.
Her eye is bigger than my hand! It's hard to be patient when I'm working on six huge paintings at once and moving between them. They are all at various stages and I'm itching to see one fully resolved but they all have a ways to go yet. But when they are finished they are off to Bash Fine Art in Las Vegas and I'm gonna clean the house, kiss everyone goodbye and go over to LA, Vegas and San Fransisco to party with my friends! Can't wait!!!!!!!!
For a long time religious the imagery of the ecstatic swoon of martyrs like ' The Ecstacy of St Theresa' and the images on religious prayer cards has fascinated me. This painting is an all time favourite because I think it comes closest to that. 'Mother Nature' is becoming our modern day martyr.
As I was painting tonight I was thinking about how much time I spend looking at the work I do and questioning it in terms of asking myself is it good enough? How does it stand up technically, have I captured the expression, does it convey the idea clearly but with subtlety? I bet my life there are gazillions of artists out there, each night, painting at their easels, drawing at their tables, sculpting, working in Photoshop... who ask themselves the same questions and work so hard, striving to be the best artists they can be with each new work. Well just remember to have fun at it too!! 😜😝😛....a favourite muse from earlier in the year returns!
This little aviatrix will be available through Swoon Gallery next month, along with other very affordable framed drawings as part of my solo show, Hunters and Collectors. If you would like to go in the preview list to adopt one of these babies, contact Ally at Swoon.