Modelling for my art

Usually I have several works on the go at the same time but one is a standout. At the moment, I have four that I am equally as passionate and excited about – so I just wanted to say thank you to all the beautiful humans who have modelled for me of late.
But I also just wanted to put it out there that I have noticed there is a perceived idea that I go after particular types of bodies and therefore people don’t put their hand up to model because they feel that this is not them. I just wanted to take this opportunity to say that this is not the case. Most of the people who have modelled for me have been familiar enough with my work to either be inclined to contact me of their own accord to offer or it’s been a bunch of circumstances that have lead to it happening. ( I hope that that makes sense ) Sometimes I use professional models.
At my recent exhibition at Ararat Regional Art Gallery the director Anthony Camm said that there is a dialogue going on between myself the artist and the sitter. Which I really felt proud about.
So if you want to model, it is anonymous ( unless it is a portrait, which this is not a call out for ) – write me. Let’s see if we can make it happen.
lilymaemartin at gmail dot com

Fairy garden, Christmas baubles, Super Moon

SUPERMOON supermoon


Chicken eye 🙂

Weeding, kitty hunts moths

We planted seeds and fairy houses for Kidlet’s fairy garden – it’s still a while off, but taking shape…



The roses have bloomed

Kitty and Kidlet play with a bauble.. Kidlet is wearing her kitty tail and it’s just so sweet

Baby dragonfly visits my veggie garden

Back of a book I picked up at a garage sale, it’s so beautiful – I wonder what the whole object would have looked like

And Kidlet drew Husband’s plane and saw..

We’ll see what we see

Kitty is nuzzling me with the top of her warm, fluffy head. She’s purring and watching her tail and nuzzling and closing her eyes in pleasure.

I want to be kitty.

I don’t want to do this grown up human stuff. I don’t want to check myself everyday for fear of running off my mouth, which when unchecked, I can do very easily. I don’t want to balance my mind, my meals, my time, my apologies, my fear, my sadness – my relief.

There are ways to make this easy.. No more rushing to meet imaginary deadlines – no one truly cares anyway. No more ‘going out’ – I am much, much better on paper.

“Every day you have to abandon your past or accept it and then, if you cannot accept it, you become a sculptor.”
Louise Bourgeois

So I’ll continue drawing over here, I’ll work it out and we’ll see what we see.

sketch_idea_lily_mae_martin Idea for a drawing – detail

Busy week in photos

tbw This is the only ride that I will ever go on. I’ve never been one for rides, I’m just not that kind of explorer.

vom Kidlet and I stood beneath this and just got dizzy from watching.

hellohorses This girl is so kind and in awe of animals. Animal love runs strong in her family.

bt Trinkets and old things.

printingpress Got to see a demonstration of a printing press. So fascinating!

selfiegame Selfie game.

roses Roses.

globesmall These globes are just so beautiful!


readingroomreminder Books in the reading room are reminding me where I should be..

pickleslist 8AM Sunday morning indoor picnic. Papa and kidlet wrote lists of what needs to be done today.

unikitty Kitty sits beneath the unicorn and they both watch on.

I’ve now reached the point where I can’t do anymore! I love doing things but I also like weekends being weekends and just resting. So that’s what’s on for the rest of the day.

Hey G

Can you believe it has almost been ten years – or it is already ten years, but neither you and I recall the date..
How much has happened, how much has changed and how some things have stayed the same – you smell so good, you are so very handsome. You’re blushing right now, yeah? Thinking oh shut up Lily you are so embarrassing me. Heh, tough tits.
You’re still impossible to buy gifts for, you’re still so kind and thoughtful as well as fantastically sarcastic and judgemental 😉
You are the best father, our girl is so very lucky to have you.
Thank you for everything, thank you for encouraging me to be a better person and artist. Thank you for everything, I love you – have you booked that fucking trip yet?


Another week, photos

swing Happy swing times in a yellow dress.

laundry All aboard the laundry train! Actually, it’s just for one. No one else has been invited.

kittyyawn Kitty likes to sit near us, but doesn’t find us very stimulating.

family Little cygnets were just pom poms with legs just over a week ago, they grow so very fast.

muskduckone A motherflippin’ male musk duck! It is a vulnerable species in Victoria. It has a large bit of skin coming from it bill and a tail like a garden rake. I was pretty pleased I spotted it bobbin about near a boat shed.

swanwings This swan was cleaning itself and then got to a back off human stage and I snapped this and backed off!

Inside the man shed.

flyscreen He’s building fly screens, the first test is for kidlet’s bedroom.

greenhouse An abandoned house that has been very slowly coming apart/ pulled apart for nearly two years now.