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Rainbow on a purple sky

7 trees in rainbow colours on a purple starry sky background
Rainbow on a purple sky – Original watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey

 

I love my swirly rainbow trees!  In this version, I used a purple and magenta starry night sky as a background for the vibrant rainbow coloured trees.

You can purchase this original painting from my Etsy store, or purchase prints and products such as apparel, stationery and home decor from my Redbubble store.

Cushion and tote bag featuring "Rainbow on a purple sky"
Products available from my Redbubble store.

Floor pillow printed with "rainbow on a purple sky"

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Cascading – Original turquoise and yellow watercolour tree painting

Cascading - painting of turquoise and yellow trees in a whimsical style
Cascading – a garden of yellow and turquoise trees in watercolour by Kirsten Bailey

 

I really had fun creating this piece!  I let the water and paint flow down the page, creating a background that grew organically, and then added my details later.  

The original painting was sold via my Etsy store – You can purchase prints and products of this work via Redbubble.

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Nightfall in the garden

Watercolour painting of colourful trees by Kirsten Bailey
“Nightfall in the Garden” – Original watercolour painting of colourful trees on a starry night by Kirsten Bailey

 

A starry night falls in a colourful garden of trees.

This original painting is available for purchase in my Etsy store. Prints and other products available via Redbubble.

Art print of Nightfall in the Garden by Kirsten Bailey displayed in the home.
You can order prints like this as well as other products such as home decor and apparel through my Redbubble page.
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Forest Flags

Bright green and pink trees watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey
“Forest Flags” – green and pink watercolour painting of trees by Kirsten Bailey

 

I really struggle with coming up with names for my art pieces, which I’ve talked about before.

For this whimsical painting of brightly coloured trees, the title ‘Forest Flags’ was inspired by the following quotation:

“The forests are the flags of nature.   They appeal to all and awaken inspiring universal feelings.  Enter the forest and the boundaries of nations are forgotten.  It may be that some time an immortal pine will be the flag of a united peaceful world.”
–   Enos A. Mills  

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Riotous – Rainbow trees watercolour painting

Bright rainbow coloured trees watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey
Riotous – Rainbow watercolour trees by Kirsten Bailey

I love painting with lots of colour, and this painting is definitely no exception!  Painted on 8″ x 10″ high-quality watercolour paper, this original painting is available for purchase in my Etsy store.

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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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Many Happenings

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 – 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.

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A family portrait with a difference!

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

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”