October Ladies Drawing Auxiliary

Tomorrow night at 7PM I will be speaking at Squishface studio in Brunswick as part of their   Ladies Drawing Auxiliary series. ( I think there is someone else speaking but not too sure who! )

Here’s the facebook event, directions and links : EVENT!

I’ve been faffing about in powerpoint for the last week and am very much looking forward to presenting my work back in good old Melbourne town!



An addiction to hands & feet

So, I moved AGAIN.

My other half has gone to Sydney to work and I’ve been overwhelmed trying to work out time to work, looking after my awesome two year old full time, trying to catch up with friends and family, trying to remember how to get around Melbourne. I think it’s going OK.

I’m making steps to begin a series of portraits of people’s hands and feet. I am trying to work out how to get the models.. I hope they will come to me..

.. if you build it, they will come.

Drawings from Berlin

I cried in the café – the women working there gave me some chocolate.


I wanted to write ‘easy peasy’ but couldn’t fit it all in. This is a drawing I did on a recent flight to London – by myself. I felt luxurious.

I read ‘ What Mothers Do Especially When It Looks Like Nothing’ by Naomi Stadlen – it was within these pages that I found the words about many of my experiences and thoughts about motherhood – but also about depression.

Loosing a sense of future is something that I think all people who have suffered with depression would understand.

Driving myself a little bit crazy in cafés.

 The Prinzessinnengarten, where we spent the summer of 2011.

I have done a crazy amount of drawings for my project – Berlin Domestic – a project that keeps changing shape. I felt like deleting it all last week but I can be pretty extreme in that way. I just have to learn to just take a break from the world wide web every so often.

New painting Camille and some progress photos

‘That awkward moment before the eyebrows go on’- I believe is what I tweeted about this image of the painting.

I really enjoyed how intense her expression is.

I didn’t want to do a grey background like I have on many of my other paintings. So I thought I’d try out green as it is meant to compliment brown. I don’t know what I was thinking! This green made me think of hospitals, veterinary clinics and disinfectant – totally not what I was trying to inspire in the viewer.

Fixing it up! The good think about oil paintings is they are more forgiving when you make a blooper like I did. Just takes a lot of time – waiting for the green to dry before I could paint over it.

There she is – I think she’s pretty fantastic.

Thanks to Camille for posing for me!

Back online!

Dear all, I’m back online!

My last post here was in June, there’s a lot to catch up on. But I will update this over the next few weeks. Even though this has been offline I’ve still been documenting the process of my recent works which I look forward to sharing with you.

But for now, these are my views:


Translating the canvas image to a digital image

I got Gene to take some screen shots to show the development of taking a canvas image from photograph to a high quality digital image.
After I complete a painting, the first stage is to take several photographs. He then opens them up in the compositing program Nuke (used for motion pictures), here are some visuals so you can get an idea of the process:

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This part takes Gene about an hour for each
piece, he came up with this process himself and is often tweaking it as software develops.

Here is the final result: