Kirsten Bailey: Art

Archive for March, 2012

Palette and Paint – Midnight Cat

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

I’m excited to participate for the first time in Palette and Paint, a weekly challenge hosted by one of my favourite artists, Tracey Grgic Potter.

The painting I’d like to share is called Midnight Cat:

Midnight Cat - Watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey

This painting was actually inspired by a few enquiries I had at The Handmade Expo, looking for wearable art pendants featuring cats.  It’s the first time I’ve done a painting because I wanted to make jewellery from it – usually it’s the other way around.  I hope to have some brand new pendants available at this Saturday’s market.




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Hope Within

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Last weekend, I finished this painting, which I’ve titled Hope Within.

Hope Within - Original watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey

It’s been sitting unfinished for a long time, and to be honest I wasn’t sure if I would ever finish it.

I started this painting last year when I found out I was pregnant.  When I later miscarried, I put the painting away because looking at it made me sad.  They say that time heals all wounds, and while maybe they never heal completely they do hurt less.  Last weekend I finally picked up the brush to finish this work.

After all that time (it’s been nearly a year), the meaning of the painting has evolved.  When I started it, it was a symbol of the life growing inside me.  Now I see it as a symbol of the fact that I haven’t given up hope.

Sorry for the sad (and maybe too personal) post.  I debated with myself about sharing this with you, but ultimately I think I needed to explain the meaning behind the painting.


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