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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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Autumn Tempus – Whimsical watercolour painting of trees changing colour in Autumn

Autumn Tempus - Whimsical watercolour painting of swirly autumn trees in red and greenn
Autumn Tempus – Whimsical watercolour painting of swirly autumn trees in red and green

 

In case you can’t already tell, I love painting trees!  I especially love painting trees in a whimsical, rather than true-to-life, way.  Sometimes this manifests as swirling branches:

At other times, the leaves themselves seem to swirl:

My newer paintings feature a variety of patterns in the foliage of the trees:

I love painting in lots of different ways – it means I never get bored.  Which style is your favourite?

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

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Blue Reef – Intuitive abstract watercolour painting in blue and purple

Blue Reef - Intuitive abstract watercolour painting inspired by coral reefs in blue and purple by Kirsten Bailey
Blue Reef – Intuitive abstract watercolour painting inspired by coral reefs in blue and purple by Kirsten Bailey

 

I love painting in this intuitive style – it’s so calming and peaceful.  I started with just some shapes on the page and as I was painting, a theme began to emerge.  

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

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Subterranean 2 – Abstract watercolour painting in brown and gold earth tones inspired by layers of sedimentary rock and soil

'Subterranean 2' - Abstract watercolour painting inspired by sedimentary rock and soil layers by Kirsten Bailey
‘Subterranean 2’ – Abstract watercolour painting inspired by sedimentary rock and soil layers by Kirsten Bailey

 

“Subterranean 2” is an original abstract watercolour painting, inspired by layers of sedimentary rock and earth.  It is a larger version of a much smaller painting I did a few years ago.  You can purchase this original painting in my Etsy store, and find prints and products like the ones below 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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Fire and Ice – Two intuitive abstract watercolour paintings on paper in red and blue by Kirsten Bailey

Fire and water - original intuitive abstract watercolour painting in red and blue by klbaileyart
Fire and water – original intuitive abstract watercolour painting in red and blue by klbaileyart
Frost and fire - original intuitive abstract painting in red and blue by KLBaileyart
Frost and fire – original intuitive abstract painting in red and blue by KLBaileyart

 

You can purchase these original paintings from my Etsy store.  You can find prints and other products like the ones below on Redbubble.

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A forest of coral and turquoise

Watercolour painting of coral and turquoise trees by Kirsten Bailey
A forest of coral and turquoise – original watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This original watercolour painting was created on high-quality 8″ x 10″ watercolour paper.  You can purchase a copy in my Etsy store.

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

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

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.