Kirsten Bailey: Art

Archive for September, 2010

Little Acrobat

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

This week’s topic over at Illustration Friday is “acrobat” – here’s my little acrobat:

Little Acrobat - Original watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey

I used little drops of diamond glaze on the web to make it look like dew.

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And Spring Arose…

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

I recently ordered from Etsy a set of vintage book pages:

According to the seller they are from 1889 and 1899, so I was very excited to receive them in beautiful condition!

I finished my first artwork featuring one of these vintage pictures today.  The title “And Spring Arose” was inspired by the following poem:

And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.

~Percy Bysshe Shelley, “The Sensitive Plant”

And Spring Arose - original watercolour and collage by Kirsten Bailey

And Spring Arose

I really enjoyed working on this piece, and I look forward to seeing what I can come up with for the other pictures.

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Yesterday’s Market

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

I was very grateful yesterday when the overcast sky managed to hold back the rain for The Handmade Expo.

It was a quiet market for me this month, but I really enjoyed meeting the new people who came along to have a look at my little stall, and of course enjoyed seeing my regular visitors.  Many thanks to all of you who stopped by and said hello!

I won’t be at the next Handmade Expo in October, but I’ll be there in November and December – perfect timing for those wanting to grab some Christmas presents!

Me with my newest painting at The Handmade Expo

I’m now enjoying a break from my day job (school holidays!) so I intend to get lots of painting done!  I’m working on a couple of commissioned paintings, so I’ll keep you up to date with the progress of them.

P.S. I’m wearing my brand new Kellie Christie necklace in this pic – I can never resist going and spending my profits at other people’s stalls when I’m at The Handmade Expo (even on days like yesterday when the profits are non-existent)!

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Illustration Friday – Proverb

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

This week’s topic over at Illustration Friday is “Proverb”.

I slacked off last week and didn’t post anything for the “dessert” topic, but I’ve definitely made up for it this week! (Actually I did create something for the dessert theme but wasn’t happy with it so didn’t post it.)

I went a little nuts with this theme, and created not one but 5 paintings!  I’m thinking of doing a few more and making a calendar of proverb paintings.  What do you think?

From Little Acorns - Original Watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey

Great Oaks from Little Acorns Grow

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder - Original watercolor painting by Kirsten Bailey

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Where You are Planted - Original watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey

Bloom Where You are Planted

Spice of Life - Original watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey

Variety is the Spice of Life

Sunshine and Rainbows - original watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey

It Takes Both Rain and Sunshine to Make Rainbows

I hand-wrote the proverbs onto the paintings after the paint had dried, using black ink and a calligraphy pen – one of the old fashioned ones that you dip in the ink.  I was very relieved not to have any major ink-blot mishaps on the paintings (although I got lots of ink on my fingers)!

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Saturday Selections – Two Happy Stampers Colour Challenge #8

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

Looks like I’ve missed a few of the Two Happy Stampers colour challenges.  I’m determined to create a painting based on September’s colours though.

In the meantime, here are some beautiful items from around Etsy which fit into the colour scheme:

1.  I’m happy to say that we’re moving out of scarf weather here in Queensland, and into beautiful spring!  But for those of you in places which are still a bit frosty (or moving into the colder weather), this gorgeous scarf would be perfect!  I’m tempted to get one for myself and stash it away for next winter.  Very feminine and pretty, it was hand crocheted by Ayca in gorgeous pear-coloured mohair blend yarn.

2.  I made the mistake of searching for “vintage” in my quest to find a really great chocolate brown item for this post.  I don’t know why I do it to myself!  I invariably find gorgeous shoes that DON’T FIT ME.  I swear I found about 6 pairs of shoes I absolutely loved but none of them were in my size!  My favourites of all were these vintage chocolate brown suede heels from Folie A DeuxVintage.  Trust me I would be buying them intead of posting about them if they were in my size!  Incidentally, Folie a Deax means “a madness shared by two” – although I think more than two of us share a madness for vintage!

3.  I love butterflies, so I couldn’t go past these beautiful Burgandy Victorian Butterfly earrings by Tigerfli.  They’re quite large earrings but would still be very light to wear.  Big and bold yet still dainty and feminine.  They look fantastic on, check out the pictures in the listing.

4.  These South Sea Shell Pearl earrings by Realisation Creations are most definitely pretty in pink!  Elegant and pretty, they would make a beautiful accent to any outfit.  I love the little extra touches in these handmade earrings like the pretty gold swirls on the earwires.

Many thanks to Heidi and Adriel from Two Happy Stampers for providing the inspiration for this post!  Stay tuned for a painting using this colour combination… I’m thinking about combining it with this week’s Illustration Friday topic, “Dessert”.  Hmmm…

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Upcoming Events…

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

I’m excited to be involved in a few special events over the next few months.

Next weekend on Saturday 11th September, I’ll have a market stall at Soulful Spring Sounds.  I’ll be selling my handmade jewellery and original artwork – although I must admit it will be a challenge staying with my stall instead of wandering around listening to the great music and drinking wine!  I’d love to see you there – I’m sure it will be a great day.

I’m also really excited about participating in the Summer Salon art exhibition at the Richard Randall Gallery, Mt Coot-tha Botanic gardens on the 6th and 7th of November.  It’s a wonderful historic gallery with great character and charm, and I’m exhibiting with 4 talented artists whose work I really admire.

I’ll be at the gallery in person on Sunday the 7th of November, where I’ll be working on my latest painting (whatever that is at the time).  Come on down and say hello, I’d love to meet you!  As the gallery is situated in the beautiful Botanic Gardens it’s easy to make a day of it.

In the meantime, you can see me at The Handmade Expo on Saturday 18th September, Saturday 20th November and Saturday 18th December.  Unfortunately I won’t be able to make the October market, so if you can’t wait for the November market, send me an email and I can post your goodies to you!

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