Natalie Martin

Upcoming Exhibition

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Pause. Soak up the moment and linger for a while. Pull the details into focus. Feel the light, the colours, the movement. Ground underfoot to distant dancing beams. Listen to the sweet sounds of the Australian bush. Allow the energy to ripple through you. Breathe.

5 - 15 September 2019
The Stockroom Gallery
355A Wellington St Clifton Hill

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Affordable Art Fair

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5 - 8 September 2019

Martinich&Carran invited me to exhibit with them at the Affordable Art Fair in Melbourne [insert terribly excited face here] alongside Rowena Martinich, Geoffrey Carran and Kathryn Junor. One small hiccup - the event opens the exact same day as my solo show!! Stress much?! Nevertheless, both are happening! The two shows are actually quite close to one another so you could make a day of it and visit both?

The Affordable Art Fair is a huge event held at the Royal Exhibition Building with 1000s of works from a unique mix of Australian and International galleries. Essentially a one stop art shop!

Find out more about the Affordable Art Fair here.

Surf Coast Arts Trail

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10-11 August 2019

Stop 13 on the map - Ashmore Arts, 55b Ashmore Road Torquay

Digital map available here.

Pack your trail maps, gumboots and maybe a dinghy too, it’s the Surf Coast Arts Trail weekend! Never been to an Arts Trail, wondering what it even is? The Arts Trail is a weekend long event held on the 10-11 August where the artists and makers of the Surf Coast throw open their studio doors and invite the general public in (ie. YOU GUYS).

This will be my fourth Arts Trail, the first in my new studio! Ashmore Arts is a fabulous place to visit on the trail, you get to visit so many creatives at one stop with 15+ studios as well as visiting artists. Geoffrey Carran (who is also the creator of the beautiful cockatoo on the poster!), Rowena Martinich, Kathryn Junor, Takeawei, Indie Lane Photography, Form Concrete Artisans, Simply Forged and Bombora Custom Furniture just to name a few! PS there will be coffee and food too woo!

I will have my full range of prints - framed and unframed- and greeting cards, upcycled tags, a preview of my online course, colouring in for the kids, paint and play for the adults, some samples and seconds too. It is going to be a super fun weekend rain hail and shine!

Find out more here

Art Local Opening Night

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Here’s a few snaps of the opening night of Art Local at Ocean Grind. The turn out was huge and it was so amazing to see our local community support the event.

23 artists contributed work, with 56 works hung.

It takes more than a village to pull this kind of thing off, and an enormous amount of work behind the scenes. I couldn’t be happier with how it all came together, and hoping that this might just be the first of many.

The show continues until 20th April, 2019.

Geoffrey Carran and his boy Finley, with myself, standing in front of his beautiful work ‘Rose Robin’ (left) and Raphael Buttonshaw’s work ‘All in’ (right)

Geoffrey Carran and his boy Finley, with myself, standing in front of his beautiful work ‘Rose Robin’ (left) and Raphael Buttonshaw’s work ‘All in’ (right)

Art Local

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I have teamed up with Torquay coffee roaster, Ocean Grind to create a group art exhibition in their roastery cafe. Opening 12 April and running through until 20 April, the curated selection celebrates a diverse array of established and emerging Surf Coast artists.

Join us for the opening night event, 12 April from 5-9pm.

Corner Store Gallery - Works on Paper Show

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I am very excited to have a new original painting in the Corner Store Gallery’s group show “Works on Paper”. Opening this Friday night, 16th November the works are currently on view on their online store.

This piece has quite the story. I submitted it for consideration into the show and on Halloween of all days, it got completely ruined by a vase toppling over and smashing on my desk. **Ghosts?!**. I was quite devastated as I had really enjoyed painting this piece, so what was left to do but start painting it again? I spent the evening reworking it, using the ruined one as a reference. I didn’t want to recreate it exactly as I think that can effect the overall quality of the work. The next day I found out it had been selected! So had to confess it what I had submitted was destroyed but am working on a replacement.

Below is the piece that is on show at the Corner Store Gallery. I can’t make the opening, but if you happen to be around in Orange, NSW, please drop in!

Corner Store Gallery
Works on Paper
Nov 14, 2018 – Nov 25, 2018
Opening Night Friday Nov 16
382 Summer Street, Orange, NSW

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Meghan Markle's Necklace...

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A funny thing happened today, I was mistaken for a jewellery designer. As you may be aware the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are visiting around Australia and Meghan has been wearing local designers, all noted in the press. My name was accidentally used instead of the very talented Sydney jewellery designer Natalie Marie. So, if you are after beautiful jewellery, please go and visit Natalie’s website.

It has prompted me to share some of my own Australian art with the expecting couple as a little souvenir from their trip to Australia. I’ve sent them one of my favourite recent works, ‘Glyn’s Gumnuts’, gumnuts always remind me of May Gibbs’ gumnut babies, so I thought it would be appropriate (fingers crossed it will make it into the babies room!!!). I hope they enjoy the rest of time in Australia.

It was broadcast a number of news outlets, I reposted the error on my Instagram stories.

It was broadcast a number of news outlets, I reposted the error on my Instagram stories.

Glyn’s Gumnuts

Glyn’s Gumnuts

Retirement Party!

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Yep, it’s real. 30% off ALL limited edition prints to celebrate the retirement of my older collections. I still can’t believe I’m doing this 🙈 I’ve marked which prints are retiring on my site, in the product description. Basically anything created before 2015. This will be your last chance to grab these particular prints before they head off for golf and mai tais. All the others wanted to join in on the party too so I said why not?! Every order is going to get extra pressies too 💕🕺🏽🍾 *Limited time only. Ends midnight AEST Monday 11th June, 2018. Discount applied at check out. While stocks last. This offer is not valid in conjunction with any other offer.

Boxing Day Sale

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My first ever SALE! For 24 Hours only, score 20% Off Storewide! I've had such a tremendous year I wanted to say a little thank you for all the kind words, support, orders, commissions, laughs, stories, likes, shares and tags. So please enjoy! If you've been umm-ing and ah-ing about a piece it's the best time to strike! I simply don't do sales, so it may be another year (or more!) before you get an opportunity like this.

The Nitty Gritty:
Code expires 11.59pm AEST Wednesday 27 December, 2017. You must apply the supplied discount code in your checkout to redeem the promotion. Discount codes cannot be added after your order has been placed and confirmation received. This offer is not valid in conjunction with any other offer.

A New Series - The Flower Thief

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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!


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.


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 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