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Posy for Claire – Intuitive watercolour painting of wildflowers

I was painting something in browns and Earth tones when my 4-year-old daughter came in to watch me.  She just sighed at me and said “why don’t you paint something in pretty colours?” Apparently brown is not a pretty colour (I beg to differ).  I asked her what she thought “pretty” colours were, and she said pink, purple and orange.  So this is a “Posy for Claire” as it was inspired by her favourite colours.

Posy for Claire - Watercolour painting of wildflowers in pink, orange and purple
Posy for Claire by Kirsten Bailey

 

You can purchase this original painting in my Etsy store.  Prints and products like the ones featured below are available in my Redbubble store.

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You could be fire – Original abstract intuitive watercolour painting

You could be fire - original abstract intuitive watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey
You could be fire – original abstract intuitive watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey

 
You can purchase this original piece in my Etsy store, or get prints and other products like the ones below from Redbubble.

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Windrunner – an intuitive abstract watercolour

Lately I’ve been playing with an intuitive art style, where I just start out with shapes on the page and see where they take me.  I don’t start with any kind of plan except perhaps some idea about the colours I’m going to use, and I just start painting.  As I paint, the image evolves and changes.

While I was painting this one, I was listening to the the audiobook of Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson, part of the Stormlight Archive series.  (I’m trying to re-read all the books before the newest one comes out next month!) So, when I was trying to think of a title for this piece (something I always have trouble with), I decided to name it “windrunner”, inspired by my favourite sad bridgeman.

Windrunner - intuitive abstract watercolour painting in blue and green by Kirsten Bailey
Windrunner – intuitive abstract watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey

 

You can purchase this original painting from my Etsy store, and get prints and other products like home decor, clothing and accessories from Redbubble.

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Night Fire

You can purchase this original painting in my Etsy store, or purchase prints and products featuring this work in my Redbubble store. 

Night fire - Five orange and red swirly trees on a starry night sky background - Original art by Kirsten Bailey
Night fire – Original art by Kirsten Bailey

 

Products from Redbubble featuring Night Fire painting by Kirsten Bailey
Products available from Redbubble

 

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A Vibrant Garden

This piece was a bit of experiment.  I’ve played before with intuitive art, and I really enjoy it – it is so relaxing.  I love just putting the paint on the paper and seeing where it takes me.  The biggest problem I have with this art style is knowing when to stop!  I tend to get carried away adding more and more details.

Vibrant garden - bright intuitive watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey
Vibrant garden – bright intuitive watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey

To be honest I wasn’t sure what I thought of this piece when I first finished it, but it is growing on me (ha!).

I uploaded this to My Redbubble store and I love the way it looks on some of the products they offer, especially the home d├ęcor items.  I’m tempted to get myself an apron!

Redbubble products with vibrant garden pattern Backpack in Vibrant garden pattern from Redbubble Coasters in Vibrant Garden pattern from Redbubble Duffle bag in Vibrant Garden pattern from Redbubble Floor cushion in Vibrant Garden pattern from Redbubble Sleeveless top in Vibrant Garden pattern from Redbubble

 

You can purchase the original painting from my Etsy store, and get prints and other products like the ones below from Redbubble.

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Rainbow on a purple sky

7 trees in rainbow colours on a purple starry sky background
Rainbow on a purple sky – Original watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey

 

I love my swirly rainbow trees!  In this version, I used a purple and magenta starry night sky as a background for the vibrant rainbow coloured trees.

You can purchase this original painting from my Etsy store, or purchase prints and products such as apparel, stationery and home decor from my Redbubble store.

Cushion and tote bag featuring "Rainbow on a purple sky"
Products available from my Redbubble store.

Floor pillow printed with "rainbow on a purple sky"

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Cascading – Original turquoise and yellow watercolour tree painting

Cascading - painting of turquoise and yellow trees in a whimsical style
Cascading – a garden of yellow and turquoise trees in watercolour by Kirsten Bailey

 

I really had fun creating this piece!  I let the water and paint flow down the page, creating a background that grew organically, and then added my details later.  

The original painting was sold via my Etsy store – You can purchase prints and products of this work via Redbubble.

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Nightfall in the garden

Watercolour painting of colourful trees by Kirsten Bailey
“Nightfall in the Garden” – Original watercolour painting of colourful trees on a starry night by Kirsten Bailey

 

A starry night falls in a colourful garden of trees.

This original painting is available for purchase in my Etsy store. Prints and other products available via Redbubble.

Art print of Nightfall in the Garden by Kirsten Bailey displayed in the home.
You can order prints like this as well as other products such as home decor and apparel through my Redbubble page.
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Forest Flags

Bright green and pink trees watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey
“Forest Flags” – green and pink watercolour painting of trees by Kirsten Bailey

 

I really struggle with coming up with names for my art pieces, which I’ve talked about before.

For this whimsical painting of brightly coloured trees, the title ‘Forest Flags’ was inspired by the following quotation:

“The forests are the flags of nature.   They appeal to all and awaken inspiring universal feelings.  Enter the forest and the boundaries of nations are forgotten.  It may be that some time an immortal pine will be the flag of a united peaceful world.”
–   Enos A. Mills