Wednesday, 22 June 2016

New in the shop

New things in my Etsy shop this week.

Above: the first of my new series of burning houses, all based on dwellings found around Melbourne.  This one is in Princes Hill, and is actually a group of flats.  (I have been criticised for depicting houses on fire.  Fear not: the flame is metaphoric.)
Above: I am in a wintry mood at the moment.  A slightly glum librarian, wearing a fair isle jumper seemed the right subject for this particular vintage bat.  (Thanks again The Earwig!!)
 Above: in the meantime, this stripey number seemed to call out for a handsome African Pitta.  I am continuing my fascination with metallic paint in the hope that its glow will keep me warm in my cold studio, and make my humble bats seem a little glamorous. SOLD.
Above: a wooden Mortadella Man.  I always enjoy working with food.  He may be the first in a series.
Above and below: wooden books, somewhat larger than actual size.  A 1970s hardback edition of Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd, and a vintage paperback edition of Carson McCullers' The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.
They can all be found here.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Working in the cold

 Yesterday's lunch, above.
Above: a wooden bat painted gold with flowers.  (SOLD.)
I enjoyed painting a humble bat with fancy metallic paint and will make another soon.
New bedroom decor, above and below.  Joan of Arc guards my side of the bed, with her copy of Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy.  Upon The Beloved's request, his hero Charles Darwin guards the other side, while reading The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers.  (I will be keeping the guards employed here for now but the painted wooden books will be in my Etsy shop by the end of June.)

Above: a happy detail from a relatively large and intricate artwork that I have been working on.
 Above: a small portrait that I painted recently for Open Room in Malvern.
Above: Gardening Australia magazine editorial illustration.  The potting shed has become a plant crypt.