Kirsten Bailey: Art


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Many Happenings

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

It’s been a little while since my last update, and there’s been quite a few things going on since then!

Heart Felt Exhibition

In August I was lucky enough to be involved in an exhibition called Heart Felt at the Mezzanine, Entangle Living art.  What a fantastic space!  The gallery space (the Mezzanine) is housed in an old butter factory, and is located above an amazing store which sells live plants (including unique indoor plants grown using the Japanese art form Kokedama), handmade homewares, gifts, and small artworks.  For those who haven’t visited, it’s well worth the trip up to Dayboro. We took the family up for the day during the exhibition, had a lovely morning looking at the Dayboro markets, and the kids were very impressed by the little lolly shop a few doors down from Entangle: Living Art!

I was thrilled to be able to participate in this exhibition alongside some amazingly talented artists, and was able to sell three paintings to a lovely lady who viewed them at the exhibition and contacted me afterwards to purchase.  

Heart Felt Exhibition at Entangle Living Art

Kirsten Bailey in front of her paintings at the Heart Felt Exhibition

The amazing gallery space at Entangle Living Art

Ipswich on a Palette Exhibition

In September I participated in another exhibition.  This one had a unique concept – it was called ‘Ipswich on a Palette“, and invited artists to create a scene representing the city of Ipswich on a wooden artist’s palette.  I chose to represent a Jacaranda tree – it’s one of my favourite trees and is very iconic to the area of Ipswich (even though it’s not a native plant!)  Every year in Goodna there is a Jacaranda festival, and I just love seeing all the trees in bloom!

Toy to the World

Another project I’ve been working on is decorating a Popobe Bear for the Toy to the World charity exhibition.  This exhibition has been running for several years, but this is the first time I’ve had a chance to participate.  Creating my bear was fun and challenging!  I am very proud of how he turned out, but I don’t think he compares to some of the other artists’ entries I’ve seen.  It really is an amazing group of artists!  All proceeds from the charity auction go to the Victorian AIDS council.  Opening night for the exhibition is tonight, and the exhibition runs for 4 days.  For those of you (like me!) who are unable to get to Victoria to see the bears in person, there will be an online charity auction held through Facebook.  I strongly recommend you to check it out, because I’ve seen a sneak peek of some of the bears, and they are INCREDIBLE.  Seriously proud to be involved in such an amazing exhibition alongside so many great artists, and for such a wonderful cause.

Toy to the World Popobe bear - "A bear in the woods... or the woods in a bear?"

My bear – “A bear in the woods… or the woods in a bear?”

Apart from the projects mentioned above, what else have I been up to?  Well, I’ve been working on a commission and a new series of works.  More to come!

 

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Illustration Friday – Hair

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

This week’s prompt over at Illustration Friday is ‘Hair’.  This is the perfect opportunity to show you two of my newest paintings!  Both of these paintings include figures with long, flowing hair – at least, that’s what I see!

As I explained on a previous blog post, I’ve been experimenting with a new abstract painting technique.  I start with an image that is purely abstract – I work wet-on-wet on the paper, use lots of paint and water and allow the paint to ‘flow’ in the direction it wants to go (sometimes I help it along).  I add textural elements such as gauze, and then I allow the first layer to dry.  After it has dried, I start adding more layers, and then an image begins to form – almost like a Rorschach test!  As the image begins to form, I help it along by adding in details with a fine brush.  In the end, I find the painting isn’t so abstract anymore.   

"Sea Goddess" - Original watercolour painting by KL Bailey Art

“Sea Goddess”

In this first painting, I saw a female figure, floating on her back in the water.  I imagined her as some kind of sea goddess, and gave her long, flowing hair.  My 3-year-old son still says it looks like a jellyfish though, and points out the ‘tentacles’!  I like that about abstract art – people can see in it what they want to.  We all bring something of ourselves to the art we view.

"Drifting Together" - Original watercolour painting by KL Bailey Art

“Drifting Together”

In the second image, I also saw figures in the water.  This time, I saw two figures and imagined them having tails – so they became mermaids.  I added some scales, and like the sea goddess, long flowing hair.  

What do you see in the images?  Do you see the figures that I see?  Do you see a jellyfish like my son does, or do you see something else?  

The original paintings Sea Goddess and Drifting Together are available for purchase in my Etsy store.  Prints and other products including clothing and accessories are available at Redbubble and Society6.  Interested in receiving a little bit of art in your mailbox every month?  Become a supporter of KL Bailey Art on Patreon!

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Heart Felt at :the mezzanine: @ Entangle – Living Art

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

The Heart Felt exhibition at :the mezzanine:, Entangle – Living Art, is happening in just under a week and I’m starting to get nervous excited!

Heart Felt Exhibition at the mezzanine, Entangle - Living Art, Dayboro

This is the first time I’ve been involved in an exhibition since before my daughter was born, and I think the theme fits perfectly with my painting style.  Many of my paintings, especially my ‘family tree portraits’, feature hearts and convey feelings of belonging, love and connectedness.  

Hope Within - Original watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey

“Hope Within”

I really enjoy being involved in exhibitions.  Not only do they give me an opportunity to showcase my work, but they also allow me to see the work of others.  My husband is staying home with the kids on Friday night for the opening, so this exhibition will also an opportunity for a kid-free night out!

If you enjoy my work, I really hope you’ll take this opportunity to come and see it in person.  I do my best to scan or photograph artwork carefully, but seeing it in person really brings it to life.  There are also 6 other artists showcasing their work, and from what I’ve seen of their work so far, I’m extremely honoured (and maybe a little intimidated!) to be showing my work alongside theirs.

“Heart Felt” opens at 6pm on Friday 4th August at :the mezzanine: @ Entangle – Living Art, 38 Williams St, Dayboro.  The exhibition runs through until August 27.  

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Illustration Friday – Love

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

This week’s topic over at Illustration Friday is ‘love’.  I haven’t participated in one of these prompts in a really long time – I think the last one was back in January 2011 (and ironically, that post is all about how my new year’s resolution was to participate in prompts more often.  Whoops.)  I decided to participate this week because the topic is one that really suits my painting style.

One of my favourite things to do is represent people as trees, showing the relationships between the people using colour, size, spacing and other elements.

Night Romance - original watercolour painting of two heart trees by KL Bailey Art

“Night Romance”

In one of my most recent paintings, I used two trees to represent the love of a couple.  I represented the theme of ‘love’ in a variety of ways.  Firstly, the trees themselves are shaped like hearts.  You will also notice many hearts in the swirls of the leaves if you look closely.  I painted the trees very close together, overlapping.  I also deliberately allowed the paint to run and mix at the point where the trees touched – I wanted to convey the way that in a close relationship, people become part of one another.  I used the a mix of the red and blue in the colours of the sky to also show this connection.  

You can purchase this original painting from my Etsy Store or my Facebook page.  Prints and art products available at RedBubble and Society6.

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A family portrait with a difference!

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Many people are looking for interesting art for their walls to represent their families.  I myself have grand plans for a family feature wall in our next house.

I can create a work of art for you that represents your family in a unique way.  In my family tree portraits, I represent the family using a number of my signature swirly trees.

Little Family - Original watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey

“Little Family”

In the portrait, I represent each parent in a different primary colour.  I then represent the children as a secondary colour that is a blend of the two parents’ colours, to represent that the children are a blending of the two parents.  I also use hearts to represent the love the family shares.  I can do any variation on this theme you like, including creating a portrait for blended families with stepchildren.  It is a great way to have an artwork on your wall that uniquely represents your family.  These paintings can be created as anything from small watercolours on paper to large acrylic paintings on canvas.

Another way your family can be uniquely represented on your wall is in a painting like this:

Early Birds - Original watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey

In this painting, only a couple are represented – however, smaller birds could be added to represent children.  Once again, a painting like this can be commissioned as anything from a small watercolour to a large canvas.  I have plans to create a painting like this for my own family – but I think I might make the background more like this one:

Under the Milky Way - original watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey

Under the Milky Way

If you’d like to commission a painting that represents your family in a unique way, please contact me!

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Abstract watercolours

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

I love painting in watercolours – it’s definitely my favourite medium.  My watercolours are a bit unusual compared to many I’ve seen, as many of them are abstract or naive in style.  I love making abstract watercolours because it gives me a chance to let the paint have a ‘mind of its own’.

Many of my favourite abstract watercolours are inspired by science, like my ‘Moons of Jupiter’ series:

“Moons of Jupiter – Callisto”

“Moons of Jupiter – Europa”

Some more ‘space’ inspired works:

“Imagination Encircling”

“Persistent Illusion”

Red Planet - abstract watercolour painting of Mars by KL Bailey Art

“Red Planet”

From the very big to the very small – some of my other abstract watercolours are inspired by microscopic images:

"Filtered" red and blue abstract watercolour painting by kirsten bailey

“Filtered”

"Needle" - original abstract watercolour painting by kirsten bailey

“Needle”

But I think my favourite overall is this one – it’s only a tiny painting, but it has a lot of detail:

Subterranean - original abstract watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey

“Subterranean”

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Little details

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

I’ve been enjoying doing some paintings with lots of little details lately.  The first is one I started a LONG time ago, but only finished recently, entitled ‘Growth’.  This painting includes lots of little details, including some embroidered elements, which is a first for me.

Growth by KL Bailey Art

‘Growth’ – original watercolour painting by KL Bailey Art

 

The next two paintings were both inspired by ocean waves.  One was done primarily with watercolours, with some ink drawing done afterwards.  The other was inspired by zentangles, and I did the patterened sections with a sharpie first before adding the colour with watercolours later.

Blue watercolour ocean painting by KL Bailey Art

‘Beneath the waves’ – original watercolour painting by KL Bailey Art

'In the Deep' - watercolour painting blue with black and white details

‘In the Deep’ – original watercolour painting by KL Bailey Art

 

I’m not sure which one I like best yet, but I’m leaning towards the last one – what are your thoughts?

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Don’t Forget to be Awesome

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

So I haven’t posted here in a while, for a lot of reasons – I haven’t had much time for creating since I had my kids, and I’ve had even less time for the more tedious aspect to having an art business: promotion.  I’ve completed a few paintings since I last posted, but just didn’t get around to putting them up here.  I’m also hoping for a long-overdue overhaul of this website, but I’ve decided not to wait until that’s done before I start getting organised again.

My latest painting is called DFTBA, and I think it’s very fitting that this is the beginning of my creative revival.  I hope you like it!

Don't forget to be awesome - space painting by KL Bailey Art

Don’t forget to be awesome

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Illustration Friday – Proverb

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

This week’s topic over at Illustration Friday is “Proverb”.

I slacked off last week and didn’t post anything for the “dessert” topic, but I’ve definitely made up for it this week! (Actually I did create something for the dessert theme but wasn’t happy with it so didn’t post it.)

I went a little nuts with this theme, and created not one but 5 paintings!  I’m thinking of doing a few more and making a calendar of proverb paintings.  What do you think?

From Little Acorns - Original Watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey

Great Oaks from Little Acorns Grow

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder - Original watercolor painting by Kirsten Bailey

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Where You are Planted - Original watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey

Bloom Where You are Planted

Spice of Life - Original watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey

Variety is the Spice of Life

Sunshine and Rainbows - original watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey

It Takes Both Rain and Sunshine to Make Rainbows

I hand-wrote the proverbs onto the paintings after the paint had dried, using black ink and a calligraphy pen – one of the old fashioned ones that you dip in the ink.  I was very relieved not to have any major ink-blot mishaps on the paintings (although I got lots of ink on my fingers)!

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Friday Favourites – Silver White Winter

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

I know it’s not quite Friday yet, but I thought I’d post my Friday Favourites now as I don’t know if I’ll get a chance tomorrow.

This week’s selection is inspired by this painting:

It’s actually stinking hot here right now, so I’m a little envious of my northern-hemisphere friends and their white winters 🙂  To get me into a cooler frame of mind, I’m featuring beautiful items in blue, white and silver.

First up this week is this sterling silver necklace with interchangeable amazonite and pearl pendants, by Emily Wiser Jewellery.  I love that you can wear just the white or just the blue pendant, but I think they look great together.

You may have noticed that I am very taken with swirls, and they feature heavily in my artwork.  Bearing that in mind, I’m sure it isn’t difficult to guess what caught my eye about this beautiful necklace, titled “Romantic Getaway” by Beach Glass Gone Wild!

The next blue and white beauty on my list is this gorgeous vintage vanity fair robe in periwinkle blue, from Fine Vintage Apparel.  It’s just too pretty for words!

This Silver Snowflake necklace from Inbal Jewelry and Design is just lovely.  It would make a lovely addition to a winter outfit, but I think it is so pretty I’d wear it all year round.

Last, but most definitely not least, is this stunning card featuring artwork titled “Buckwheat Branches” by IsabellaFlora.  The card is blank inside so it could be given for any occasion – it’s just beautiful!

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