A creative journal attesting to the profound personal impact of that first painting lesson beneath the big old mulberry tree ... stubby 3 year-old toes squelching into rotten purple fruit; pink tongue curled out with the effort of forging a wet, sticky, paint masterpiece. African storm clouds billowing just above.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Clever Recycling

Who would have thought that some shabby old shutters could be transformed into a cute Country-style headboard? I absolutely love it and have managed to find some discarded shutters myself so that I can do the same thing. The beautiful quilt and the plump pillows make me want to curl up on this bed for hours with a good book and a hot cup of Milo! Certainly a very cosy and inviting room.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Orange + Black = Total Chic!

Loving the chandelier and the black and orange colour scheme which looks really snazzy!!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Trompe l'oeil

I am fascinated by trompe l'oeil (French for "trick the eye"). Isn't it amazing how a flat wall can be transformed with mere paint (and loads of talent) in such a way that you really do believe that what you are seeing is real? 
Can you guess which elements in the above images are true and which are false?? 

"Both witty and serious, trompe l'oeil is a game artists play with spectators to raise questions about the nature of art and perception" - The National Gallery of Art

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Divine Dining

Isn't this dining room just exquisite?! I love how there are several different chairs around the table and they don't just look pretty, but comfortable as well. The collection of china plates hanging on the wall is lovely, as is the golden chandelier ... certainly a very inspiring image!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I just love walking into someone's home and seeing a collection of treasured images hanging in beautiful frames on the wall. I am especially a fan of old black and white photos shrouded in the mystery and secrets of bygone eras. Don't you just love the turquoise room with gorgeous frames of varying shapes, sizes and colours?! Very cute and quirky!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

18th Party

Oh dear! I have really been slack lately ... first blog in 5 days! But I'm back on track with a few photos of my sister's 18th party that continue on from the graffiti theme of my last post. 
For a really cheap but funky venue, we decorated our garage in over a hundred bright balloons; as well as hanging some simple graffiti banners that were painted a couple of weeks before the party. The DJ brought along all his own equipment and my boyfriend provided the colourful lighting (and the strobe) for free! Easy peasy!!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Grandiose Graffiti

IMPACT!! I love the bold, bright, in-your-face statement that this street art makes ... graffiti artists have some incredible talent and when used at the correct time and place, they can really impact a city for good. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Set Designs

As promised, here are some more pictures of the Set Designs I've done for the Beachway Live concert club (see the link to their website on the right). The first is a photo of the screens we made for the Glyn MacDonald concert ... just used wood planks from Bunnings, some calico and then painted the logo onto the fabric. Easy, cheap and very effective!! 

Directly above that are a couple of images of the actual set design for that same concert ...  sewing 30 metres worth of fabric together proved no easy task on my little sewing machine! 

My favourite design is the one I created for the Joe Chindamo concert as seen in the very top two pictures. This was probably the cheapest and most effective/visually appealing. I simply cut a whole lot of circles out of cardboard boxes, painted these white and glued black irrigation piping around the edges. The fun part was laying these out into two roughly symmetrical shapes, cable-tying them together and then hanging from a bar in the ceiling.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Dash of Colour

These are the last 2 images I have to share with you today and they are absolutely stunning! I just love the bright colours of the fabrics against the black and white architecture. The arched French doors are also exquisite and seem so much more elegant and inviting to me than just a  plain squared entrance! Both images were found on www.modnest.ca (a great site!) and were taken by the photographer Mikkel Adsbol.

Olde-World Glamour

Just been surfing the net and found this image which I love! Olde-world style but very modern, luscious colours. Gorgeous. Love the added touch of the two black and white oval framed portraits.

Concert Club Design

Yippee Do!! I've finally entered the world of blogging ... how exciting! Thought I'd share a design with you that I created for a concert club in Perth called Beachway Live (www.beachwaylive.com.au). I have the honour of being their principal set designer which is great fun! More pictures of my designs to follow shortly.