Dr. Sketchy’s Salon Sessions

Last night I went to the Salon Session that Dr Sketchy‘s run here in Berlin. The model was a performer from Australia, La Viola Vixen.

When I arrived last night I quickly remembered how much I miss life drawing, I used to do it all the time when I was pregnant: PROOF.

I enjoyed the atmosphere at this session and I really hope to do it again! The Dr Sketchy’s sessions usually have a
performance and lots of photography, but to my joy there were no cameras and no one was permitted to take any photos, all that left were our drawings.

( As much as I love photography the immediacy and accessibility sometimes seem to overwhelm the human experience. Sometimes I’m pretty sure the photograph matters more than the actual experience- now I am deviating from the point of this blog post! )

The next session is in June: INFO

Lily Mae

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Drawings, domestic

I thought I’d share some recent drawings from Berlin Domestic – they make me gush with pride.

Above is a drawing of a miniature tea set which I wrote about here: PORK CHOP

This is a drawing of my first house in Wales. Which is probably one of the nicest houses I have ever lived in.


U-bahn ad for Brutally Beautiful

My friends have been telling me that my exhibition, Brutally Beautiful, was being advertised on the trains here. I don’t catch the trains much because I have Anja and the endless stairs prove quite the challenge with a pram, but a friend of mine took a snap of it the other day:

Thanks Toni!

Painting detail

Here are some photos of a painting I started the other day:


Both these photos are details, the actual painting is much larger but I’ve only been working on the face because it is the most important part of the painting. If I ruin the face- then I’ve ruined the whole thing.

This is part of a new series which is a bit more lighter and optimistic than my previous paintings. I haven’t got a title for it and I haven’t quite articulated it in my head, but I’ll find the words as the paintings take shape and develop.


Creative Diaries, Number Seven

Claudia & Daniel from Front Row Society came to my studio a couple of weeks ago and interviewed me as well as took some nice footage to make this video:

It’s part of their Creative Diary series which I think is awesome and am very honored to be part of- they also took the photos that I am using on this post too.

Thanks Claudia & Daniel!

Photos from Brutally Beautiful Vernissage


There are more photos on my artist facebook page: LINK

Thank you to everyone who made it through the wet and the cold. Thank you to everyone who helped spread the word and promoted it on their websites- and thank you to the people who helped me hang it- Ali, Ray, Claudia, Christian and Gene. Also thank you to the gallery and the staff for all of their support!

Lily Mae

Painting progress ‘Born’

Above are a few photos from a painting I am working on. I did the undercoat many months ago and then put it away and forgot about it. I am happy I did this as I feel I have come a long way as a painter- and as a Mother.

The textures and colours overwhelmed me a little while back, whereas now I am excited about them and enjoying watching it transform. This painting is 80 x 60cm in size- it’s not the biggest painting I have worked on, but not the smallest. I plan to actually paint this a few meters by a few meters- that would be amazing.

My idea behind this painting took a while to form in my head but it is clearer to me now. Birth is arbitrary. Birth is a death. Birth is painful and life changing experience and I feel it is very much taken for granted by our society. We scoff at
teenage mothers or women who aspire to be JUST mothers. We scoff at housewives, domestic ‘woman’s work’- it’s so taken advantage of that most of what mum’s do and go through- is wordless.
I wanted to pay homage to this ‘everyday miracle’- to the agony that is birth. I wanted to congratulate my friends- Natasha and Jarron, with more than just a store bought card. I wanted to congratulate them for making this baby girl and for loving and caring for her.
Raising and shaping a human being is one of the most important jobs in the world- regardless of what our current societal structure tells us.
One day there will be words.