Sunday, November 30, 2008

i posted too soon!

i realise now that my last post was way too soon! it turns out that my mac was suffering something far more serious than memory problems :(
so yesterday i bought a brand new one :) and it is very beautiful! the screen is so clear that it feels like i've just put on my glasses – i can actually see the pencil marks in my work even in the tiny picutres on etsy! i wish everyone had a new mac!
before the mac issues happened i sorted out all of my artwork into 3 neat folders and i came across quite a few pieces that i had forgotten to list . . . {eg above}.
i will list them when i get a cable to setup the new mac with previous settings, programs {photoshop desperately needed!} and backed up files.  
life will hopefully get back to art not computer stuff soon, am hoping . . .

Friday, November 28, 2008

crash, bang, it's all ok, sale!

last week i posted a note in the etsy forums about joining in this weekend's huge sale {buy an original and receive a free print} then on wednesday, just after i had a sale come from madeit in the minutes before i had to leave the house to pick up my 4yr old from kinder} my computer froze and started to make a noise like a vacuum cleaner. i tried to restart etc but no luck. i left the house in a state of mild panic . . . i had not made any backups in the whole 2yrs, 7 months of owning this computer! . . . all the photos of the kids, all my work . . .
when i returned the situation hadn't fixed itself! so the last few days has been filled with dread, panic and STRESS. for more than 24 hours i didn't know if i had lost all of the above and/or the computer. in the mean time a friend came around with an external hard drive {an early christmas present} and saved everything, and my husband took the sick mac to get looked at and it turns out that it's just a case of memory loss - and luckily with computers we can buy them new memory! it's still getting fixed {hence my clumsy post via my husband's pc laptop} and i'm pretty sure it'll all be ok next week - i will get my limbs back!! and i promise i will backup from now on . . .
life, sales and thankfully the weekend must go on!
happy saturday :)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

modish feature

a big thanku to jena for this feature on modish – a blog i really enjoy, especially the tours through studios and workspaces. {the articles on marketing are also extremely helpful and a great support to the creative online community}. it's very exciting to see my work here!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

house for sale!

i'm happy with this re-worked version of my house block print with 2 layers - this is how i was thinking of the 'trees' originally.
it's called 'our weekend house' and it has made it to the shop.
hope you like it :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

very pretty treasury

i feel honoured to have my snowy hills drawing included in nina's first treasury which looks so fresh and spunky. her blog is great too. go see . . .


these new works by danna ray {groundwork} are on my wishlist.
1. a grand discovery
2. in passing.
they are so great. i love the natural colours with the little bursts of intense bright colour, plus the character and humour.

Monday, November 17, 2008

house work

today i have been fixing up my house – i've re-done this carving to allow for the design feature i originally wanted to include. it's getting there. this is a test run - i hope to make some real ones tomorrow.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

all about the product

i spent my 'art' time this weekend working on my product shots for some of the prints. it seems pretty rare to have the light right when i have the time to take the shots so i worked feverishly to get them done! only smashed one frame which somehow just fell by itself . . . i'd much rather be actually creating so i'm glad to be done with this job for a little while.
the grey and yellow one, we drive all day, is the newest print now in the shop.
happy start to the week.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

jennifer sanchez

i've recently discovered the incredible work by jennifer sanchez, it is so good. i love the colours and 'drips'. i admire her ability to use colour in the most unlikely combinations {for me anyway}. even though i love my greens and muted colours i'm also secretly right into fluro orange and pink mixed on bright white!
here is her website if you can't get enough of them :)


i've added this print to the shop. colouring these prints are what i have been busying myself with in my available time this week!
i went to see the kat mcleod exhibition {'the tiniest spark' - another bjork fan! her title is taken from a bjork song} today which was really great. i particularly enjoyed the video of her putting together a couple of the pieces – it was sped up and shot from above so you just see her hands working so neatly and in such a skilled way. it was inspirational and mesmerising at the same time!
i also found the new third draw down shop next door {it's amazing how much gertrude street has changed in the last year or so, for the better}.
actually it was a lovely day of art and sunshine for me and my smallest boy.

Friday, November 7, 2008

jessica gonacha

i want to thank jess gonacha for posting my work on her blog. i love her work and have found her to be a very lovely and helpful person :)
and if by chance you haven't seen her work before, i've included 2 of my favourites from her etsy shop .
happy friday night!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

6 things

i have been tagged by beth, the lovely and creative lady from tangled sky studios!
the rules:
1. link to the person who tagged you
2. mention the rules
3. tell six quirky yet boring, unspectacular details about yourself
4. tag six other bloggers by linking to them
5. go to each persons blog and leave a comment that lets them know they've been tagged

my 6
1. i am 37 and still don't have my license to drive
2. i hate football {a very unpopular viewpoint if you live in melbourne, australia}
3. when i was a kid i wished that i was left handed and that my toes could be even. {my 4 yr old is left handed and has pretty even toes}
4. i am very messy
5. i am a hopeless hopeless cook
6. i think that i am slightly psychic!

i tag:
leah giberson
chad wys
nina invorm
sieben morgen

happy tagging:)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


my show and tell for today! i know that printing on text/book pages is not an original idea but i just couldn't resist. i have a copy of an art magazine from 1973 and i thought that the combi looked perfectly at home on this article. and, the juxtaposition {not to mention the crazy angle} of the 'modern sedan' seemed right too. am still enjoying the block printing and have plans for these ones that include a re-make of the first combi design. now all i need is a little more time . . .

Sunday, November 2, 2008

birthday festival

it has been a birthday festival for the last 5 days as our first son turned 4 and the little one turned 1! the birthdays are five days apart. the character above was a small present from me to my little one!
i am hoping that tomorrow, while most of melbourne goes crazy about the cup, i will be at my desk doing some art!


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