It's wildflower season! I spent a wonderful afternoon wandering around Anglesea Heath with my eyes peeled and camera at the ready. Anglesea Heath is a treasure trove of Victorian wildflowers, especially native orchids. There are around 80 different species of orchid to spot! We found 3 haha! Dare say I'll be heading back next weekend so spot a few more. Not a bad iso-activity.
There was a little window between lockdowns here in Victoria where I couldn't have felt more creative and productive. There were the first signs of spring in the air, wattle was starting to bloom, flowering gum too. It all felt very promising.
Heyyyy I did my first ever podcast interview! Ben and Jess from Surf Coast Creatives Podcast invited me to be their first guest of the second season of their show. We talked all things art and life and business and had a great time! I shared a few of my business tips, and mistakes I made along the way as well as upcoming projects and plans.
Back in 2016 I had the pleasure of working on some artworks intended for yoga mats. This particular project piqued my interest because the brief was so different and exciting. The client was after designs that were completely organic and not produced on the computer. She also wanted vibrant and playful artwork that would suit not only adult mats, but kids mats too.
Here's a few little snappies from behind the scenes of the big shoot day! I film my online courses all in one day, basically from start to finish. The start of the day usually involves coffee and discussing with the team the approach for the day. Getting the lights set up just right takes a little while and then we are off! Not without our fair share of laughs, goof ups, tongue twisters, painting mistakes in the mix.
A lovely little write up in the Surf Coast Times last week. I was the fortunate recipient of a Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative grant from Regional Arts Victoria recently and was asked about how I was planning to utilise the grant. We also talked about my new online course The Magic of Colour Mixing!
Alongside the launch of my new online course I have collated some of my favourite painting tunes into a Spotify playlist for you all. Music to Make Art to spans the decades as well as genres, starting with a bit of soul, Motown and funk, then moving into a bit of pop and chill out too. I love to dance around as I paint, so this playlist will hopefully get your toe tapping and don't blame me if you burst out in song!
I am incredibly happy to announce the launch of my second online course The Magic of Colour Mixing. This is a follow on from my first course Welcome to Watercolour and is for budding and established artists alike.
A huge $2200 was raised by mine and Maurice Cole's surfboard in Ocean Mind's 'Art Unleashed' fundraiser. With a total of $4000 collected by all three boards. I'm so blown away to the response to the boards and the money raised is going to help Ocean Mind run one of their incredible programs supporting young people experiencing disadvantage and social isolation.
I have had the pleasure of creating a one of a kind surfboard in collaboration with Maurice Cole Surfboards for Ocean Mind's Art Unleashed fundraiser. I am on of three artist/shaper partnerships to partake in the event. Each of the three boards are up for auction to raise money for Ocean Mind.
As a part of my solo show at The Stockroom Gallery in Clifton Hill (Melbourne, AUS) I painted a huge mural on the exterior of the gallery. I captured the whole process in time lapse! Was a surreal experience scaling my artwork up that big, especially in acrylic paint! Watch the video.