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By The Bay – A set of three abstract watercolours inspired by our trip to the beach at Hervey Bay

By the bay - a collage of photographs and abstract watercolour paintings of children walking along a pier and playing on the beach
We recently took a trip to Hervey Bay – I was inspired to have a go at some abstract watercolours based on the photos we took while we were there

 

Over the school summer holidays, we took a short trip up to Hervey Bay with the kids.  I was inspired to create some abstract watercolour paintings based on the photographs we took while we were there.  As you can tell, the idea was not to try to faithfully recreate the photos, but rather use them as a point of inspiration.  I really enjoyed working on these, and want to try this painting style again.

By the Bay - Set of 3 abstract watercolour paintings inspired by the beach at Hervey Bay
By the Bay – Set of 3 abstract watercolour paintings inspired by the beach at Hervey Bay
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Moonlit Tree – Original watercolour painting of a black swirly tree silhouette against a blue starry moonlit sky

Moonlit tree - original watercolour painting of a swirly black tree silhouette against a starry blue moonlit sky
Moonlit tree – original watercolour painting of a swirly black tree silhouette against a starry blue moonlit sky

 

This painting is available for purchase via my Etsy store.  Prints and products are available via Redbubble.

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Sweet Morning – original watercolour painting on paper of a meadow of purple flowers on a blue, purple and pink sky

Sweet morning - watercolour painting of a field of purple flowers by KLBailey Art
Sweet morning – watercolour painting of a field of purple flowers by KLBailey Art

 

A pretty field of purple flowers against a blue, pink and purple sky.  Original painting is available for purchase from my Etsy store.  Prints, and products like the ones featured below, are available from Redbubble.

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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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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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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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Abstract watercolours

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

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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Hope Within

Last weekend, I finished this painting, which I’ve titled Hope Within.

Hope Within - Original watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey

It’s been sitting unfinished for a long time, and to be honest I wasn’t sure if I would ever finish it.

I started this painting last year when I found out I was pregnant.  When I later miscarried, I put the painting away because looking at it made me sad.  They say that time heals all wounds, and while maybe they never heal completely they do hurt less.  Last weekend I finally picked up the brush to finish this work.

After all that time (it’s been nearly a year), the meaning of the painting has evolved.  When I started it, it was a symbol of the life growing inside me.  Now I see it as a symbol of the fact that I haven’t given up hope.

Sorry for the sad (and maybe too personal) post.  I debated with myself about sharing this with you, but ultimately I think I needed to explain the meaning behind the painting.