Monday, February 28, 2011

My Studio

I am starting to transform my home studio from a dull lifeless room
to somewhere I can go to feel inspired.

There are many more things that I plan to do, but here's what i have so far...

Round shaggy rug new from Ebay, I absolutely LOVE it!. White box shelves and wicker baskets from Officeworks, I plan to fill the empty spots with funky vases and decorative bits and pieces. Ribbon notice board is homemade (fabric from spotlight) ART letters from Typo and that lil white piggy is from my friends, which I am still yet to paint. Painting the roses red painting by Jasmine Becket Griffith from my fantastic boyfriend Trav. I really want another two so i can hang them side by side. And last but not least a print from the Tim Burton movie Alice in Wonderland from my sister Nicole.

So its all coming together nicely. But there's still a away to go until its exactly how i want it. hope you've liked a sneak peak into my creative area. Let me know what your studio is like. I know this looks neat but I'm sure it wont stay that way for long :)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Painting the roses red - featuring the wise, yet crazy caterpillar

Gee... What should I paint on my ukelele for
the Melbourne Ukulele festival this year?


I know! Maybe something based on Alice in wonderland for a change. he he he. I never get sick of using my favourite story for subject matter. There's just soooo many possibilities. So this piece is called 'Painting the roses red". I do love the wise, yet crazy caterpillar that helps Alice on her journey through wonderland, so I thought I better throw him in there.

I'm really happy with how it has turned out, you can't tell by the photos but I have got my trusty old burnisher out to burn the image into the wood. Now, the photos also hide the fact that the back, neck and edges of the Uke are varnished this vibrant cherry red. So I decided to paint just the roses to match, using acrylic. I also added very subtle spots of a white wash, just to add a bit more interest. To finish the piece I put a high gloss varnish over the roses and cards. I'm excited for it to be displayed in the Ukulele exhibition during the festival. All Ukuleles will be on display at 303 High street, Northcote

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

What a sweet surprise!

My wonderful friends Caroline and Benn sent me these stunning chocolates from Cacao Fine Chocolates. They came in a beautiful wooden box, which I just adore and each chocolate is individually hand crafted. I really think that they are just far too pretty to eat, but I'm sure ill give in to temptation.