Sunday, 28 March 2010


Because of my indecisive nature, most of my paintings go through a LOT of changes, and sometimes turn into something completely different. I turn them on the side, upside down, trying to work out what they want to be.
This one here....

...ended up as this:

And the one on the right ended up as...



Here are the postcards I ordered through My photos are bad, but the prints came out pretty good, so I am pleased :) I've ordered some more, with 3 additional paintings - I'm not sure whether these will arrive in time to send to the exhibition...cutting it fine, as per usual!
I might add these postcards on my etsy shop soon. I've still got my Christmas cards on there...oh dear, I need to update!

Friday, 26 March 2010

nearly there...

These two canvases are what I have left to finish. In the last 3 weeks or so of solid hermit-ing and painting all day and night, I'm almost there!!! Hopefully, I will have 10 small canvases and 10 large ones for the exhibition. I don't think I've ever worked so hard in all my life! I've gone a bit weird spending so much time on my own in my little studio without much contact with the outside's really not healthy!

Here's some other bits and bobs I've prepared for the exhibition: I got some business cards made by the brilliant (I've smudged my details here in the photo). I've also made some postcards with them, and I'm really pleased with how they've come out. I'll post pics soon...

I've made a little comments book to have at the exhibition:

My name stamped on stickers:

My super messy desk!

Saturday, 20 March 2010

back at mine

Now back at mine, I'm finally making a bit of progress, hooray!
I think most of these pieces are finished...I think...? I'm resisting the urge to keep on making tiny little changes that noone notices but me.

at my mum's

Earlier on this week, my mum suggested I look at my work in a different environment, so I took my canvases to her place. It really helped, as the cramped conditions of my flat and studio don't offer much space to spread all the pieces out and look at them as a whole. A bit of distance helps a lot in seeing things I never noticed before. After a bit of rearranging and discussing, I've decided to break up some of the groupings of the paintings. I now have a clearer idea of what I want on each wall.
It was also good to get out of the studio and enjoy the great company and cooking of my mum :)


I received the postcards for the exhibition at 14th Moon Gallery, so here it is!
I'm still working on the pieces, with only a few days to go!!! I've finished about 12 canvases so far, but still have a lot more I'd like to include in the exhibition. It's one of the hardest things knowing when a painting is finished, knowing when to stop! Sometimes I over work things and when it's real painting, there isn't a history button where you can retrace your steps like in photoshop.

I owe many thanks, as always, to my partner, and my mother for all their honest critique, advice and encouragement, and for convincing me that a painting is finished! It's easy to become lost and obsessive in your own little bubble. My bubble is very small and messy, and I can't wait to escape it and join the outside world when this is all over!!

I'll post some more pics of my finished paintings soon...

Monday, 15 March 2010

sneak peek

Here is a sneaky preview of a couple of paintings I have finished.
They are from a set of (hopefully) 12 smallish - 25cmx30cm - canvases, inspired by stories and poems by Aman Kimiko and Niimi Nankichi.
This set is nearly nearly finished so I'm going to leave them for a bit, and tackle the larger canvases. I've only got a couple of weeks to go before I have to send all the artwork off...not sure how I will cope! I'm saying goodbye to sleep, the outside world and my sanity!
So much to do and so little time. I keep on finding lists everywhere - illegible frantic scribbles on bits of paper, envelopes, napkins, anything I can get my hands on. I can't wait to cross everything off!!

Monday, 8 March 2010

too many unfinished paintings for my liking

I've still got so much to do for my exhibition, and with less then 4 weeks to go, I am definitely starting to panic!!! Every day I'm faced with these canvases that refuse to do what I want them to. I wish I had more time. I wish I could do this all the time, so I could spend quality time exploring, trying new things, making mistakes and learning at my own leisure. But then again, I know by now that without a deadline I get lazy and things never get finished...

winter trees

I forgot to post these pics from some days ago when I went for a walk through the park, when it was still cold and grey.
I would like to make some black and white illustrations one day.