Posted on

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.

Posted on

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.

Posted on

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.  

Posted on

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!

Posted on

Xander’s Nursery

I hung up my latest painting in my son’s room this evening.  Here’s how it looks:

Tree painting on baby's nursery wall Painting on baby's nursery wall

I’m really happy with how it turned out, although now that I see it on the wall I’m thinking a bigger painting would go well there – I’m considering doing something similar on canvas!

Remember, if you like this painting, I can make a custom one for you, in the colours you like!  I could also do a ‘family portrait’ in trees.

Posted on 2 Comments

Monthly Painters Challenge: Breakfast

Monthly Painters Challenge

 

This is my first time participating in the Monthly Painters Challenge, hosted on Facebook.  And it definitely was a challenge for me!

Each month, a different subject is chosen.  This month’s subject was breakfast, and the challenge for me was not the painting itself, but coming up with an idea for the topic.  I’m posting this a day late, and it wasn’t due to the time it took to paint, but the time it took for me to think of something!

In the end, this is what I came up with – an image of baby birds being fed a worm by the mummy bird.

Breakfast for Early Birds - original watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey
Breakfast for Early Birds

The idea came about from the saying “the early bird gets the worm” – lucky mumma bird was early!

I created this painting using watercolours on watercolour paper.  Lots of people ask if the black in my paintings is ink, but it is actually black watercolour paint as well.

I’m happy to invite constructive criticism for this piece.  In particular, I was wondering about the addition of leaves – I nearly left the branches bare.  I’m also concerned that this looks more like sunset than sunrise, which I had intended.  Please let me know what you think!

Posted on 7 Comments

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.

 

Posted on

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.

Posted on 8 Comments

Illustration Friday – Star Gazing

I was delighted to discover that this week’s challenge over at Illustration Friday is “Star Gazing”.   I was recently requested to paint something similar to my “When it is Dark Enough” painting, and was part way through it when I found out about this topic.

Here’s the finished product – I’ve titled it “The Stargazers”:

The Stargazers - Original watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey

Posted on 6 Comments

Satellite and Sage

This week’s topic over at Illustration Friday is Satellite.

I’ve combined this idea with a request I had for some owl paintings, and come up with this:

Satellite and Sage - Original watercolor painting by Kirsten Bailey
Satellite and Sage

The satellite is of course our moon, and the sage is my wise old owl.

I’m going to have a few more tries at some owl paintings, so stay tuned!