Kirsten Bailey: Art


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Art as meditation

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

I’ve never been good at meditating.  Most of the time I have trouble switching my brain off to be able to sleep, let alone meditating.  But I do find that creating art is a form of meditation for me, especially when I’m creating more intricate pieces and lots of little swirls.  I get lost in the painting.

Two of my most recent painting are great examples of this.  

Taking Flight - Original abstract watercolour painting by KL Bailey Art

“Taking Flight” by KL Bailey Art

Dracontine - Original abstract watercolour painting by KL Bailey Art

Dracontine by KL Bailey Art

For these two paintings, I was initially inspired by Linda Melvin’s abstract watercolours.  I started working wet-on-wet and letting the paint flow and do its own thing.  I also used gauze as a textural element, as she does with some of her work.  But that’s where the similarities end.

As you can see, my work is very different to hers.  In her tutorials, Linda talks about the importance of coming back in and enhancing an image after it dries.  This is the stage at which I get carried away!  For both of these paintings, I began to see a shape emerging from the abstract patterns – in one I saw a humanoid figure, and the other, a dragon-like shape.  As I went in with my fine paintbrush to enhance the images, I accentuated the shapes I saw.  In both cases, I did not know what the shape would be until the initial layers of paint dried.  I used swirls and patterns to add details to the images.  

I really enjoyed creating both of these paintings – I loved the way I could switch off my brain and get lost in the small details, and the way that an image emerged from the painting seemingly on its own.  When I paint, I feel calm and peaceful, and it’s the closest thing I get to meditating. 

Original paintings ‘Taking Flight‘ and ‘Dracontine‘ are both available for purchase in my Etsy store.  Prints and accessories are available via Redbubble or Society6.

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Inspire Me Thursday – Soup

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

At first I wasn’t sure I was even going to contribute to this week’s Inspire Me Thursday.  I thought about making homemade soup and photographing it, but it’s the middle of summer here and I just don’t feel like eating soup.

Eventually I came up with this idea:

“Primordial Soup”

Primordial Soup - Watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey

Primordial Soup - Watercolour on watercolour paper - 25cm x 35cm - $45 unframed

The original plan was to do a background and then paint over with black to make amoeba-looking shapes.  But I liked the background so much that I thought I would just keep it the way it is.  You can imagine the microscopic amoebas floating around in that water.

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Inspire Me Thursday – Fuse

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

This week’s topic over at Inspire Me Thursday is “Fuse”.

I deviated totally from what I was originally planning to do for this topic, but I guess that’s how it goes sometimes with art.  Here’s what I came up with – “Cold Fusion”:

"Cold Fusion" - Acrylic painting by Kirsten Bailey

"Cold Fusion" - Acrylic on canvas - 16" x 20" - $150

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Moons of Jupiter – New Series

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

I would like to share with you a new series I have been working on – “Moons of Jupiter”.

This is a set of 4 watercolour paintings based on the 4 Gallilean moons of Jupiter – Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto.

Io:

"Moons of Jupiter - Io"

Europa:

"moons of Jupiter - Europa"

Ganymede:

"Moons of Jupiter - Ganymede"

"Moons of Jupiter - Ganymede"

Callisto:

"Moons of Jupiter - Callisto" watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey

"Moons of Jupiter - Callisto"

These paintings have been framed, and are $100 each, or $300 for the whole set.

What the "Moons of Jupiter" watercolours look like framed

"Moons of Jupiter" series in frames

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