Kirsten Bailey: Art

Archive for June, 2010

Field of Hope

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

I think you’d be hard pressed these days to find someone whose life hasn’t been touched by cancer.  I myself have lost family members to cancer, which is one of the reasons why I’m honoured to be participating in a ‘Crop for Cancer’ scrapbooking day next Sunday.

I’m able to combine my love of art with my love of scrapbooking to help raise money for the Cancer Council, in the name of a dearly departed ‘Scrappin’ Sister’ who lost her battle with cancer more than a year ago.  Last year’s charity scrapbooking day raised $1093, and we’d like to top that this year.

To that end, I’m delighted to donate a painting which will be raffled off on the day.  I’ve titled it Field of Hope, and included the daffodils which are the symbol of the Cancer Council.  It’s my representation of hope for a cure.

Field of Hope - Original Watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey

Field of Hope

If you would like to make a donation to the Cancer Council, you can do so via their website.

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New Works…

Monday, June 28th, 2010

I must be on the up-swing of my creative funk, because I’ve finished my first two paintings in months today.

This one is on hold for someone:

Evening Garden - original watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey

Evening Garden

It must have been the cold weather making me dream of spring for this painting (although I don’t want spring to arrive *just* yet – we need some snow down at Perisher for my ski trip!).

Spring Afternoon - original watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey

Spring Afternoon

I have plans to get a few more things done this holidays too – I’m painting something to donate to a charity scrapbooking day I’m attending next month, and I have some new ideas tucked away featuring owls, moons and swirly trees!  I’d also like to get started on a new large canvas, but we’ll see how we go with that one.

Tell me, what’s your favourite season?  I’m really a summer girl but I tend to paint a lot of spring scenes.

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The Handmade Expo – June 2010

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

Today I spent the day at the Handmade Expo market at the Ipswich Turf club.  I had a lovely time!  It was so great to see some familiar faces and some new ones.  I was thrilled to be able to meet some of my online fans in real life, and I got to talk to lots of people.  It’s really helped to get the creative juices flowing again and I can’t wait to try out some new ideas this week.  Many thanks to those who came to visit me!  I hope to see you again at the next market on Saturday the 17th of July.

Of course going to the Handmade expo does have its down side – and I’m not talking about the early start (although that isn’t my favourite bit).  First of all, I have a tendency to spend my profits before I make them.  There are so many beautiful things around, it’s hard to resist!  Secondly, The Handmade Expo is likely to help me to become the size of a house.  Today I bought a bottle of Verdelho from Welgan Estate wines, a bottle of delicious Caramelised Fig Balsamic from Robinvale Estate, and gorged myself on fudge, cupcakes (OMG they were amazing) and woodfired pizza.

I can’t wait for the next one!

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Previously, on KL Bailey Art…

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

OK, OK.  I know.  I’ve been REALLY slack lately.  No blog posts, hardly any posts on my facebook fan page.  I’ve been in a bit of a creative funk lately (I blogged about it over at Handmade Spark).  It’s been a tough term at school – that’s my excuse anyway.

Now that I’m on school holidays, I’m beginning to crawl out from the rock I’ve been living under, and start connecting with the art community again.  So this blog post is a catch up – like at the beginning of a TV show when they tell you all the stuff that happened in the last episode.  Here’s what you missed…

"Sunset Joy" - SOLD - Profits to Cerebral Palsy League

The Art for Art’s Sake exhibition was a success – my Sunset Joy painting sold and was able to raise $200 for the Cerebral Palsy league.  I was proud that my little painting could make a difference!

Fabric Cards by Georgica Designs

Fabric Cards by Georgica Designs

I’ve been lucky enough to participate in another DUST team swap (Meanwhile, isn’t saying DUST team a bit like saying ATM machine?)  This time I was paired up with Deb from Georgica Designs.  Deb makes gorgeous fabric greeting and note cards, and I was lucky enough to receive a package of mixed cards and gift tags.  They are so simple and elegant, perfect for that special person’s birthday!

In return, I’ve sent Deb her very own original painting, with a matching pendant.  I’ve named it Deb’s Garden:

Deb's Garden - Original watercolor painting by Kirsten Bailey

Deb's Garden

Karen from New Earth Soaps was kind enough to feature my Summer Field painting on her blog.  I was also honoured that my Rescued painting was featured by fellow tea lover Verity on her blog, Nice Life With a Cup of Tea.  I always feel blessed when someone has liked my work enough to feature it on their blog.  I’ve added both  Etsy stores to my favourites and look forward to ordering some of the gorgeous looking sugar body scrubs from New Earth Soaps and lovely hand-blended tea leaves from Joidetea.

If you’d like to see my artwork in person, take yourself along to Cafe @ Kitchener, where my artwork is featured along with the work of some other wonderful local artists.  You can relax with a coffee while you view beautiful artwork!  Many thanks to Michelle from Art Salon for letting me know about this opportunit and for doing all the running around and organising.  Michelle is having a Studio sale at the moment – have a look at some of the amazing paintings she’s selling at up to 50% off (I’ve seen some of these personally and trust me they are even more beautiful in person!).

Stay tuned for more (hopefully more regular) posts from KL Bailey Art!

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