Google+ LISTENING TO THE SQUEAK INSIDE art by Kirstin McCulloch of LilliBean Designs: March 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

☆ The First Blush of Autumn

The weather is turning here, and outside my lounge room window were the amazing colours of the leaves turning gold and red for autumn... just the one branch for now!

I'm working hard on a huge illustration - an idea I had for a series of drawings, and I am loving working with my promarkers again. Such fun! I hope to have it completed by the end of the week.

Have a great 'hump' day.


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

☆ Illustration Friday

The other day I was out to dinner with a few of the girls from my mothers group, and during the course of the evening we were talking about what we did before becoming full time mothers, and whether we would go back to the job we had before our children or if we wanted to do something else.

Aided by a few glasses of chardonnay, I took a deep breath and said "well I would love to be an artist, but that's not going to happen"....

What the?? Did that just come out of my mouth?? Did I really say that, and more disturbingly, is that what I really felt?? Talk about two steps forward, and three giant leaps back!

Two weeks later and a large amount of soul searching, I am going to nurture my fragile inner artist, I am going to love her, and encourage her, praise her and cultivate her, and next time I will say - "Well, I am an artist." Shut mouth now ; )

Here is my response to this weeks IF - Cultivate.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

☆ Illustration Friday

Wow - I really have it together this week! Not only did I finished my M3 painting, but now I have finished an illustration friday prompt for the first time in ages and I have managed to post it!

This is my response to 'stir'. She is looking a little daunted by the whole baking thing. Maybe she is making a cake for her mothers group (eekk! My turn next week!)

Right since on on an all time productivity high I am off to start my ATC's for the willowing exchange.

Have a great day.


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

☆ Mystical Magical Makings - Unicorns and Faeries

It's a sad week this week... it's the last week of the fabulous Mystical, Magical Makings course run by Tam. Well actually the last week was two weeks ago and I have been procrastinating slightly.. ok a lot and have only just finished my painting. However I am not sure I am finished with the painting. I think I am just resting it.

It was such a difficult piece to start. Not because I was stuck on a composition - I had finished the sketch earlier, but whether it was because it was the last week and I wanted to keep the magic alive (so to speak), or because I had finished a large piece of work just the week before and was a bit lost, or because I have a really bad habit of not finishing things, I struggled.

So determined, and a new week with a positive start (see here) I made it into my studio and started. And once I started it just flowed.

The other artists in the group have been so supportive and so inspiring, and Tam is a fantastic instructor/ teacher. I will be signing up for another course in the future!


Monday, March 14, 2011

☆ When Life Gets in the way...

It has been far too long since my last post. But as I am sure you all know from your own experiences, sometimes life just gets in the road of good intentions.

I intended to post my illustration friday sketch last week. I intended to complete my final painting for my M3 willowing course. I intended to start my 'faery hollow' mural/ collage  for the girls play room. I intended to exercise at least four times last week to reach my first weight loss goal. And I intended to plant a heap of flowers in the garden with Bean for a splash of colour.

You know what they say about intentions - "Good intentions are not enough. They've never put an onion in the soup yet. " ~ Sonya Levien

So life, in the guise of dentists, tooth extractions, sick bean, teething bug, blood tests, a starter motor thats caput, visits from aunts & uncles, and an ankle sprained derailed my best intentions. And lets be honest, does anyone want to read about the wisdom tooth that needed to be pulled out and how it cost $200 for two minutes work?? Do you?? Well... maybe some people do ;)

Any way I have seemed to got it together this week, and yes I know it is only Monday, but lets be positive huh??

So the point of this long rambling post is to share some sketches I have been doing in my journal, they are fairly basic, and I have some ideas for them, but not sure where I am ultimately going - but isn't that the best thing about the artistic journey - sometimes you end up somewhere you never dreamed of...


My Faery & Unicorn for the final M3 class

Have a great Monday


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