Thursday, July 21, 2016
I'll let them dry for a bit, wait a little while and see if I should add some more layers later. Time to pack up and pick the kids up from school.
(Top two photos of 'before' the wash, bottom three photos are shots of 'after')
Monday, July 18, 2016
More holiday pics. My sister captured this beautiful series on a sunny Thursday arvo at my grandparents. She also captured this magic moment. I couldn't help but share.
Sunday, July 17, 2016
We've had a wonderful school holidays, full of freedom and joy. This is my first full school holidays as a mum (I spent half of last holidays in Paris without children). Rather than staying at home (cause if I'm honest, the thought filled me with a little bit of dread), we spent some time house hopping between extended family. Which felt just right – and provided a rich magical experience for us all.
So many pics! –
1. Afternoon light in my sister's kitchen, overlooking the bush and water of Sydney's Northern Beaches.
2. A little painting that I left on her fridge as a thank you gift.
3. Late afternoon walks. Tess (my sis, our host for 5 whole nights! and Bluebell).
4. A smattering of shells at the dog beach.
5. Chilled out mornings, soaking in the warmth of the winter sunlight.
6-10. Are all taken at my Uncle Richard and Aunt Jayatma's amazing home and garden.
6. Cracking walnut shells open provided Osc with much entertainment.
7. Those are maggots, from a maggot farm. Yep. The kids fed some to the fish (they have a swimming pool converted into a fish farm) and weren't squeamish at all.
8. Feeding the chickens with Jayatma, Richard and their (secondish?) cousin Toby.
9-10. Corners of Richard and Jayatma's kitchen included finger limes preserved in honey (they have their own beehives), eggplant seeds drying and a large collection of fresh ginger, turmeric, native ginger and sweet potatoes all collected from their garden, in the process of being brushed clean.
11. Osc doing some woodwork with my Dad and Uncle Graeme in my parents backyard.
12. Nora with an orchid, some jonquils and dried gum leaves – treasures from my parents garden.
14. Examining a dead crab found on the sand.
16. Washing still needs to be done, even when on holidays.
17. Exploring Fagan Park in Galston.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
A little postcard sized original watercolour. $15. Email me at imogeneve(at)gmail.com if interested.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
He is on offer for $45, so please email at imogeneve(at)gmail.com me if interested. Deets: An original watercolour and gouache painting of a green kookaburra jug filled with nasturtiums. Image measures approximately 25x16cm nestled on a sheet of A4 Archers watercolour paper.
Hope everyone is having a lovely week,
Update: SOLD! (:
Update: SOLD! (:
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
I used to keep one naturally, but since kids and this massive world of social media, then I've been making less and less effort to keep one – or so I thought.
The other day I pulled off the bookshelf my three most recent sketchbooks and found myself surprised at how much I actually have been using them.
They are a place to pan out ideas, get them down quickly before forgotten. Also a place to simply be. Be present as you move a pen across paper. Non-confrontational. As they're never, ever going to be finished artworks, then the pressures off, they are simply personal moments.
Most of these sketches, I created while taking part in Bettina's 10 in 10 online sketch group. I just spent some time reviewing them – and I can easily see some seeds for new ideas leaping out at me from these roughs.
ps I love Oscy's tigers and how he was inspired to paint them after seeing mine.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
My mum sews. She always has. For our 18th birthdays, she made each of us (my two sisters and I), beautiful intricate quilts for our bed. A gift that was like a personal modern right of passage.
When Osc was a baby, my quilt was damaged in a washing incident. It is still perfect and useable and treasured, just faded and bleached out. One day when I was probably going a little mad from hours of breastfeeding (he was always a very hungry baby) in our tiny apartment, I started painting that quilt. tiny stars, with patterns enclosed in them. A portion of that painting is my header above.
Since then, one of my watercolour loves is to document my mum's quilts. An artwork of an artwork. Above is Osc's crib quilt. Flying geese in mainly thirties style fabrics. Still used to snuggle under when watching cartoons or reading books on the couch. In fact, it currently lives in our lounge room.
I'd like to offer this up as my second work for sale. An original watercolour and gouache painting of Oscar's flying geese. Painting measures approximately 15 x 24 cm centred on a sheet of Archer's A4 watercolour paper. $45. If interested email me at imogeneve(at)gmail.com.
If anyone would like to me to paint a 'portrait' of a textile piece that has personal significance to them, then of course shoot me an email too. x