Kirsten Bailey: Art


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Saturday Favourites?

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

It’s been a hectic week with school starting again.  That’s my excuse, anyway.  Not sure what my excuse was last week.

When I came up with the idea of listing my favourite Etsy items once a week on my blog (an idea I’m sure I stole from someone), I chose Friday because I liked the alliterative quality of the title “Friday Favourites”.  I didn’t really think about how busy Fridays are for me!  It’s a shame that Saturday Favourites doesn’t have the same ring to it.

Anyway, rather than doing what I did last week and just completely forgetting about it, this week I’m thinking it’s better late than never.

And since I struggled through the first week of school this week (it was very hot in our classrooms!), I’m doing a back to school theme for this week’s Saturday Favourites.

This first item is a button I’ve featured before in a treasury, because I think it’s just awesome :)  Made by beanforest, this ‘Teachers Are Hot’ button has a double meaning this week – it was 36 degrees celcius in my classroom for the last few days so the teachers (and the students) were literally hot.

Teachers Are Hot button by Beanforest

Isn’t this Robot Children’s Tote Bag cute!  Who doesn’t love robots?  This would make an awesome library bag.  All students at the school I work at are required to have a library bag if they want to borrow books – so why not have one as cool as this?  It’s from Tiges and Weince, where you’ll find lots of other cool stuff for kids.

Robot Childrens Tote Bag by Tiges and Weince

All children need a pencilcase for school.  This Woodland Animals Pencilcase is so cute!  It’s handmade so you know it’s going to be better quality than a lot of other pencilcases (then the children will stop coming to me with broken zips to fix!).  I just love it because I think the picture on the front is super-cute.   It’s made by Pocket Carnival, where you can also find prints and originals of artwork like you can see on this pencilcase.

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Of course, once you have a cool pencilcase, you need some cool pencils to go in it!  I just LOVE this idea of personalised greeting pencils by Right Brainy.  You can choose the paper and the message.  Would make a great gift to suck up to the teacher on the first day (hint hint!) but would also be lovely for your children – they will never have to worry about losing their pencils when they are so unique.

Personalised Pencil Greetings by Right Brainy

One last thing…

With Valentines Day coming up soon (are you reading this Matt?), I created an Etsy treasury featuring romantic artworks.  Art makes a lovely Valentine’s gift!  Check it out:

St Valentines Day art Etsy treasury

Have a great weekend!

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Inspire Me Thursday – Dark

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

This week’s topic for Inspire Me Thursday is “Dark”.  The first thought that came to me on this topic was one of my favourite quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson:

“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars”.

This painting was inspired by that quote:

If you would like to purchase this original watercolour, it is available at My Etsy Store.

I have recently launched a Facebook fan page – become a fan for exclusive specials!

Don’t forget that my calendars make lovely Christmas presents – just click the image below if you’d like to order one!

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Keepsake Boxes

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

I was very excited to receive in the mail a shipment of keepsake boxes!  I had them printed with images of some of my favourite recent artworks:

At only $45 (for Australian residents including shipping – $50 elsewhere including shipping) these make great gifts!  You can pay safely and easily using Paypal or Bank deposit.

Don’t forget that my 2010 calendars are also available, and they make lovely gifts as well – check them out here or click on the image – you can browse through all pages of the calendar.

In other news, I have created a facebook fan page for KL Bailey Art.  I’ll be posting special offers just for fans, so follow the link and add yourself as a fan today!

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Inspire Me Thursday – Inspired by Mademoiselle Caroline Riviere

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

It’s been a while since I’ve participated in an Inspire Me Thursday challenge, but I’ve really enjoyed this one:

This week, let’s try something a little different. Let’s all download Mademoiselle Caroline Rivière and use her somehow in a piece of art. You can cut, collage, paint, decoupage, whatever your heart desires as long as you use some part of this image in your art.

The portrait of Mademoiselle Caroline Rivière is a painting by the French Neoclassical artist Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, now in the Louvre. [more information here]

My interpretation of this challenge was to create a watercolour painting/collage with one of my signature style backgrounds.  I also gave her a bit of a wardrobe update and a bit of extra lippy.  I’ve titled this one “Mademoiselle Caroline Riviere Dreams of Love on a Starry Night”.

If you’d like to buy this painting, it is available at my etsy store.

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Addicted to Etsy

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

I have joined Etsy so I will have another outlet to sell my art – with unintended side effects!  I am really addicted to buying stuff on Etsy now.  It’s a fantastic website, so please check out my etsy shop.  I will be selling some handpainted jewellery there very soon.

In other news, I am currently working on a piece for a commission.  I will upload pictures as soon as it is finished, but I am really excited about this one :)

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It’s that time again…

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Yep, the year is drawing to a close, the shops have put up the Christmas decorations, and it’s time to start thinking about Christmas presents!

This also means, it’s time for a new KL Bailey Art Calendar!

I’m really happy with this year’s calendar, and I hope you will be too.  If you would like to purchase one from Redbubble, please follow this link.

2010 KL Bailey Art Calendar

2010 KL Bailey Art Calendar

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Inspire Me Thursday: Moon & Springfield Lakes Art Group

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

This week’s topic over at Inspire Me Thursday is Moon.  I immediately knew what I was going to paint (although the finished product varied slightly from what I had in my head, as is often the case).

I have titled this work “Tipped with Silver”.  It doesn’t show up too well in this picture, but the edges of the tree branches have been given a very thin silver outline.

Tipped With Silver - Acrylic Painting by Kirsten Bailey

Tipped With Silver - Acrylic Painting by Kirsten Bailey

This Sunday was my first visit to the Springfield Lakes Art Group, and I had a great time!  This week Sally Harrison came along to teach us all some techniques, and our focus was colour mixing.  We were given a strip of paper from a famous painting, and our task was to try to make the strip “disappear” by matching the colours.  I found it very challenging!  My strip of paper was from a painting by Camille Pissarro, although I’m not sure which painting it was.  This is what I came up with:

Reflections on Pissarro - Acrylic Painting by Kirsten Bailey

Reflections on Pissarro - Acrylic Painting by Kirsten Bailey

I had a lovely time and learned a thing or two.  Many thanks to everyone at the Springfield Lakes Art Group, and especially to Sally Harrison – you can check out her beautiful artwork here.

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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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