Natalie Martin

A New Series - The Flower Thief

IllustrationNatalie MartinComment

It's been a long time since I've created a comprehensive new body of work, so I am excited to present The Flower Thief. A 6 piece collection of botanical inspired prints, each print is an edition of 50 printed on archival paper.

I was working on a commercial illustration job painting native flora and other flowers and foliage. I really enjoyed myself, so I thought why not explore this some more! At the same time this was happening I discovered a new paper that changed the way I applied watercolour. It's double-sized, meaning it has been treated twice to prepare it for watercolour application and it holds the colour so deliciously. I was obsessed. So the stars aligned and I was ready to explore a new subject with a new blank canvas. This may sound trivial! But you fall into habits so easily and I hadn't tried new things in a while. Note to self: try new things!

So the concept for The Flower Thief was born. I'd pinch flowers out of friends gardens and sometimes buy them from local flower farms and take them to my studio and paint them. Working with the real thing helped me with form (one of my weaker principals) and it is so much more relaxing than working from photos. You don't worry so much whether it looks right or not!

Out of the numerous paintings created I picked 6 final pieces for creating the print collection out of. I'm usually a big fan or naming prints and find it an enjoyable part of the process, but this time around I think I'd used everything up in just creating them. So the names are simple.

If you are around on the Surf Coast and interested in viewing the new pieces, they are hanging up in the awesome Ravens Creek Farm - another delightful coincidence on this little journey of mine!

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Surf Coast Arts Trail

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This coming weekend, the 12th and 13th of August is the annual Surf Coast Arts Trail. It's a weekend where the local artists and craftspeople throw open their studio doors to the public and invite you in.

My studio is located at Ashmore Arts, stop 22 on the map. Ashmore Arts is a highlight of the whole trail as you get to visit such a large and broad range of artists in one place, including Rowena Martinich, Geoffrey Carran, Takeawei Ceramics, Pete Cromer, Mark Trinham, Bombora Custom Furniture, Glenn Romanis, Glen Hunwick, Nathan Patterson, Kathryn Junor, Simply Forged, Form Concrete Artisans, Leighton Edwards and Metal Monkey Knives.

Last year was my first Arts Trail. I had only had my studio at Ashmore Arts for about a month and I didn't know what to expect. I had such an incredible weekend meeting and chatting with people who had traveled from near and far to visit. I was blown away with the response.

I will have prints, originals, cards, gift wrap and a few other bits and pieces for sale. Eftpos will be available on the day.

Fingers crossed for sunny weather!

Ashmore Arts
55B Ashmore Rd Torquay
12-13th August, 10am - 4pm

Find out more details here. Or download the trail map here.

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A Trip to the Red Centre

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We were spoilt left right and centre on our road trip to Central Australia. Just a quick trip, 11 days but exactly what the doctor ordered! We covered about 5000km and camped along the way. The first place that took my breath away was The Breakaways, a short drive out of Coober Pedy. That really set the tone for the rest of the trip, spectacular and spiritual.

We proceeded to visit all the major sites and explored everything along the way, met some awesome people, ate some cracking food. I'd recommend a trip here to almost anyone. It was quite cool in the mornings but by 9am it was shorts and a tee.

A rough itinerary: Coober Pedy, The Breakways, Uluru, Alice Springs, Palm Valley, Kings Canyon, West MacDonnell National Park before flying out of Alice Springs.

Uluru

Uluru

Uluru put on a real show for us. We weren't sure whether to watch sunset at Kata Tjuta or Uluru and almost got caught between! It was quite overcast and it didn't look promising, but just as the sun hit the horizon, the sky opened up and it was simply magical. A real treat.

Kata Tjuta

Kata Tjuta

Hanging out the window of the car shooting while we dash to Uluru for sunset.

The Breakaways

The Breakaways

Kings Canyon / Watarrka National Park

Kings Canyon / Watarrka National Park

Kings Canyon / Watarrka National Park

Kings Canyon / Watarrka National Park

A helicopter flight over Kings Canyon was an incredible experience. Seeing the landscape from above sent my senses into over drive.

Kings Canyon / Watarrka National Park

Kings Canyon / Watarrka National Park

Secret Spot

Secret Spot

This must be the place

Natalie Martin

Social media doesn't come naturally to me. It's a chore more than a joy, an essential part of a modern business. And it really does drive a lot of my business. All the tricks and data, the spammers and loopholes have sucked the fun out of it. So I'd like to provide you with a more honest view of what really goes on in my world. And it's just me, no army of worker bees toiling behind scenes. Just me, Nat. So I find myself here, where I can post what I like when I like and I can write what I feel and feel a whole lot more genuine about what I share. Please enjoy.