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Paintings on display in Nov/Dec 2017

It is an exciting month ahead, with some new paintings going up at the Gypsy Tapas House restaurant in Fremantle!   Come on down from the 21st November to view, stop by and have a meal and enjoy the ambience.  It’s a fantastic spot for a good night out with friends, live music and fab tapas food!

I’ll have an abundance of paintings hanging there until 19th December about.

If you go in, let me know what you think by leaving a comment!

Meanwhile here’s a few images of what you’ll see!

 

 

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Show off 13

Show off 13

This year’s City of Cockburn local artists exhibition “Show Off” – was again a really great night!  So lucky to be involved with this each year.  

I went with 3 cute paintings of some pretty little girls… my favourite subjects!  And they ALL sold within the first hour!  I was pretty stoked to say the least!

Check out all pretty girls out below 🙂

Acrylic on canvas – “The flowerstarter”

 

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Acrylic on canvas – “chastity rose”

 

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Oils on canvas  – “The cat lady”

 

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Mini paintings for a mini give away!

Mini paintings for a mini give away!

I have begun a new series of miniature wave / beach paintings for an exciting give away!

With the first done as a warm up birthday gift for a friend, it was perfect to get me in the mood for the others!  I should have the 4 mini paintings completed in about a months, all ready for a fun give away on my Facebook and Instagram.

Stay tuned for more info and updates on the latest editions to this series of four paintings.  

Here’s what I’ve completed so far – ideas for titles are welcome!

 The first image is the  birthday gift,  just to warm things up!  ” Stormy bay”

 

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Still a little more to go with this one, mid-way progress shot and a more abstract feel.

 

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This one is just a big old close out 🙂

 

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Commissions and Donations

Commissions and Donations

I’ve been having some great fun creating a few new pieces which I’m pleased to say turned out so awesome !

Using Oils on this piece was a bit of a head spin!  Normally painting in acrylics, I decided to commit fully to using oils this time, and was so glad that I did.  The results were brilliant – as you can see below!

Here it is titled “The glass tunnel” was a commission for a lovely friends birthday.  Roughly 6 feet long, it looked fantastic once hung – check it out!!  

 

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Here’s a mid-way shot of it in my studio.
 

 

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This next one was for the Fremantle Hockey Club’s quiz night. This time I stuck with acrylics, as it needed to be done quickly – and had about a week to get this one ready to hand over.  

Titled “The Free Doctor” – I am hoping it raised some much needed money on the night! 

 

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Trudy the space explorer 

Trudy the space explorer 

She’s going where no woman has been before! 

Don’t you wish you could just jump in your space ship and travel to an interesting  planet.

Imagine that,  Instagrams of the latest delicacies of Neptune,  Mars, and Uranus!? 😁 .   Maybe one of these days in the future huh! (like about a zillion !)

Meanwhile we watch on as Trudy checks out a new planet in the Delta quadrant.  (yep I’m a star trek nerd!) 

Trudy the space explorer
Trudy the space explorer

Perth RAW 2017

Perth RAW 2017

Done and dusted! What a wonderful night had by all!

I admit i was a little dubious at first when approached, and asked around if it would be worth it…  but what  an amazing night, full of art, fashion and music…  And about 250 people or more! It was mental! 

I’m so glad i did get involved, hopefully this will lead to more opportunities. We shall wait and see!

I had about 30 friends and family come support me, and it was just an awesome night for feedback and networking with other artists.

I’ll probably not do this night again though, so much work to organise, and when you also work full-time, it can be bit of a head spin!

But sure am glad I’ve done this once at least! Yay!

Here’s a pic of my setup for the night.  

The setup at Perth RAW, Cusp event – Rosemount Hotel.

Mab graves draftmatic pencils &  yupo notepad

Mab graves draftmatic pencils &  yupo notepad


I’ve just received my order from the most amazing artist,  Mab Graves.  

Nope,  it’s  not artworks but mechanical pencils,  draft/matic pencils,  along with a lovely yupo notepad of paper.  And it’s all soooo niceee! 

cute sticker stamps,  because it’s so pretty,  der! 

Already been using the pencils and they’re bloody brilliant!

If you’re into using pencil,  then hurry up and buy! The yupo paper I’m still to get my head around.  Feels quite silky and luxurious though.  I’ve heard it takes a bit getting used to though,  gulp! 

Ok update,  the paper is super cool! Easy to use,  very different to drawing on normal paper.  Love it,  it’s very forgiving,  and i imagine pencils love it too if they could speak! 

Visit  mabgraves.Com to see her work. You won’t be disappointed,  especially if you love  baby dinosaurs,  cute little animals,  children,  each and every one with adorably  odd and strange personalities.

Good bye 2016

Good bye 2016

and thanks for the memories…. and the art !

It was a fun year, loads of different styles and doodles tried on.  I’m hoping to convert a few of these into artworks for the RAW Perth event on 2 Feb – do you have your tickets yet!   Go buy to support me at http://www.rawartists.org/gasbombgirl – click buy tickets and come hang out!!  There will lots to see and do – fashion models, art, hair models, photography, and loads more!

I’ve scored a great spot near the main stage and the bar, TOTALLY STOKED!  See you there!!

Meanwhile here’s a bit of art posted up on Instagram – where you can find me most active with posts.  I wish wordpress integrated better with it!

Beautiful Baby Bump

Beautiful Baby Bump

Hi Friends!

It has been a busy couple of months.  With a wonderful holiday to the United States and Canada in September, I then came back to a couple of commissions to start cracking on!

The first one kept me very busy with a request for a pencil drawing of a lovely friend who just happens to have the most amazing fit body for a pregnant lady, asked me to sketch her with baby bump included.

She works very very hard at keeping her body looking so sleek, but of course competing in a beauty pageant whilst pregnant probably was a good reason to keep on top of it all.

Her drawing came out a treat, and she loves it. Whew!  I combined a very detailed pencil drawing with some loose watercolour paint patterns around her.

For a friend.

 

Back in full swing!

Back in full swing!

After a small hiatus of mucking about with the new art name (Violet and Darby) – I’ve decided to start investing more time into this site with my normal nuttier drawings, keeping V&D open for my softer stylings.

The catalyst was a social media workshop completed, and they’ve suggested it’s quite okay to do both, keeping my brand separate for each.  We shall see how it goes, because having two art sites and posting to both different artworks,  kind of does my head in!!    Stay tuned, for more fun, as we’ll ride this painted pony all the way to her rainbow stables!

City of Cockburn Show Off 12

City of Cockburn Show Off 12

The recent City of Cockburn Show Off 12 exhibition opened on Friday 8 April and is in full swing until 17 April 2016.

With over 57 local City of Cockburn Artists involved, and 150 different images to view, it’s always a really interesting night to be involved with. It’s a great compilation of local talent here at the City of Cockburn.

As usual a very large crowd gathered for this annual event,  including myself and a few friends. We wandered around with beer and wine in hand, and were stunned by some of the amazing artworks on show.  From photography, sculptures, glassware, and paintings, it really is a broad spectrum of pieces on exhibit

Again I had 3 pictures involved, and I went with my tried and true style of ladies and one beach addition.  I’m stoked to say two have sold at the time of writing this post, which is always a nice feeling to sell one on the night!

Lots of wonderful art to be seen, with some very different pieces this year, instead of the normal landscape, flowers and abstracts.  (yay!)

WHERE:  Memorial Hall,

LOCATION:  Cnr of Carrington St & Rockingham Rds, Hamilton Hill,

WHEN:  Open until 17 April 2016

OPENING TIMES: 10am to 3pm Monday to Sunday.

Here’s some images from the night, and shots of my artworks in the event.

Complicated Thoughts – SOLD

This one sold on the night. Happy dance! #art #painting #perthartist #artwork #art #illustration #portrait

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Rainbow Glare – Still for sale – $300

Hidden Beach – SOLD

Another one sold, yay! #art #painting #perthartist #exhibition #showoff12 #cityofcockburn #oceanart #waves

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Great position of Rainbow Glare in the big sexy round room at Memorial Hall.

My Support Crew are awesome!

Finding your Zen

Finding your Zen

A strange calm always settles over me when I begin to draw or paint.  It’s not that I lead a super stressful life, but for some reason drawing and doodling, painting etc, just tends to settle my mind into a hypnotic and restful state.

Just as my appetite is whet when I think of certain foods, my mind almost salivates at the inkling of an idea to draw, and I am enticed into sitting down to place it down on to paper or canvas.

I think over time, I’ve been coming to realise where my true happiness lies as well in my art style, and this has helped in being confident (mostly!) at what I want to draw.  Of course as many Artists will know, being completely happy with what they produce can be a real demon to battle.  But for the most part of late, I’m happy, and even though I still need to improve in almost all facet’s, I still can sit back and feel relaxed and zen like in what I begin and finish.

For those who don’t draw or struggle with that zen feeling, I read a great article here giving 10  Tips to Finding Your Zen – hit it up for more info.

Latest drawings in pencil and a digital piece below.

Digi Spidey Boi

Digit spidey boy #digital #drawing #art #doodle #sketch #popart #lowbrow #illustration #igers #picoftheday #photooftheday #instaartist #graphic

Reluctant Beach Babe

Reluctant beach babe #art #beach #doodle #sketching #sketch #onesketchaday #journal #illustration #comic #cartoon #draw #artwork #inkdrawing #beachbabe

Strawberry Blonde

Strawberry blonde. I'm a bit chuffed with how her hands turned out. I suck majority and usually hide then at all costs. Today i can deal with this effort. =) #draw #artwork #doodle #sketching #ideas #pencildrawing #pencil #strawberryblonde #portrait #il