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Bright Breeze – Whimsical blue, green and pink wildflowers painted in watercolour on watercolour paper

Bright Breeze - Whimsical blue, green and pink wildflowers painted in watercolour on watercolour paper
Bright Breeze – Whimsical blue, green and pink wildflowers painted in watercolour on watercolour paper

 

It’s early Autumn here, but it certainly doesn’t feel like it!  We are still having summer weather.  I love the feeling of a cool early morning breeze in early spring I get from this painting.  

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

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Memories of Spring – intuitive abstract watercolour painting

Memories of spring - watercolour painting of gold and purple flowers by Kirsten Bailey
Memories of spring – watercolour painting of gold and purple flowers by Kirsten Bailey

 

The inspiration for this painting was a posy of wildflowers, picked in the spring and beginning to dry and wilt as spring moves in to summer.  Painted in shimmery gold paint, this painting is prettier in person than it is on the screen!

You can purchase this original painting from my Etsy store.  Prints and other products like the ones below can be found at Redbubble.

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Contemplation – Intuitive abstract watercolour painting on paper in turquoise, coral and yellow by Kirsten Bailey

Contemplation - intuitive abstract watercolour painting on paper in coral, yellow and turquoise by klbaileyart
Contemplation – intuitive abstract watercolour painting on paper in coral, yellow and turquoise by klbaileyart

I called this painting ‘contemplation’ because this style of painting is very meditative to me.  I never know what the finished painting is going to be like when I begin – I just go with the flow, and see where the paint takes me.  I love this combination of colours!

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

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And Spring Arose…

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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Embracing the Storm – Two Happy Stampers Colour Challenge

I came across a blog called Two Happy Stampers this week, and was impressed by the beautiful cards they make.

For the month of March, they have posted a colour challenge – to use the following four colours in a work of art or craft:

I found it a little difficult to get the colours right, but I hope they are pretty close.  This is the painting I came up with – I’m calling it “Embracing the Storm”:

Emracing the storm - original watercolour painting by Brisbane artist Kirsten Bailey

I think the colour challenge is a great way to promote creativity, and I’ll definitely be back to participate in the next one, and in the meantime to check out the beautiful paper crafts at Two Happy Stampers.

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Works in Progress…

It’s been a productive weekend!

I’ve done lot’s of work on my lastest commission, a painting for a friend:

Paulas Garden work in progress

There is a lot of detail in this one, and it is HUGE (I can only fit one panel at a time on my easel), so it’s taking me a really long time to finish, but I hope the result will be worth it in the end.

I completed another painting this weekend, and thought I’d show you the stages it went through:

Step One: Painting taped down and ready to go.  I've also used tape to separate the four panels (as opposed to wrecking another brush with masking fluid).
Step One: Painting taped down and ready to go. I've also used tape to separate the four panels (as opposed to wrecking another brush with masking fluid).
Step Two:  Spring colours - I decided on pinks, greens and yellows to represent spring.
Step Two: Spring colours - I decided on pinks, greens and yellows to represent spring.
Step Three:  Summer is orange, yellow and green.  You can see the paint was still wet when I took this photo.
Step Three: Summer is orange, yellow and green. You can see the paint was still wet when I took this photo.
Step Four:  Browns, oranges and reds for Autumn
Step Four: Browns, oranges and reds for Autumn
Step Five:  Blues and whites for Winter
Step Five: Blues and whites for Winter

At this point, I left the painting to dry before removing the tape.  I painted a tree branch going across the top of the painting.  Here’s the result:

Four Seasons in One Day - Original Watercolour Painting by Kirsten Bailey

I also made some more art pendants this week, but that’s a post for another day!

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Latest Works

I love holidays!  I’ve been getting so much done 🙂

Today I’m delivering a commissioned painting to its new owner.  I’m looking forward to seeing it on the wall!

I have been working on a large triptych for a friend, and doing a few watercolours.

“Summer Field”

“Bright December Day”

“Growing Family”

Hopefully in the next few days I’ll be posting up some new wearable art pendants too 🙂

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Wearable Art

This weekend I’ve been working hard on a new venture – wearable art.

I’ve made a few pendants already.  Each one features an individually painted work of art.

"Evening Rain" - Wearable art "Pink Morning" Wearable art "Twilight Tree" wearable art "Spring Day" Wearable art "Autumn Tree" wearable art

If you’d like to purchase any of these pendants, they are available at my etsy store.

I’ll be making more of this type of pendant, so stay tuned!