Just over two weeks ago I along with around a thousand other creatives received the Round 1 Brief for the Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search.It's kinda the ducks guts of competitions... you win two years representation with Lilla Rogers along with an awesome array of fantastic things, a fabric line, homewares range, magazine interview....plus more, more, more.... it's all here. The brief was to design wall art with the theme of Little Terrariums, it could be suitable to any market. I began with pinning inspiration to a new board on Pinterest then dove in.
I thought I had a clear idea of what I wanted to do but as I kept drawing my vision grew and evolved and changed. I am a very big novice when it comes to digital art, I wish I could get my head around it and I think I have actually started chipping away.... it's extremely frustrating.... but I'm going to keep on keeping on with it.
Anyhow I am super lucky to be my own boss and can draw and draw and draw and paint as much as I wish, so draw and paint and draw with my stylus I did.... I ended up scanning my pictures and painted canvas background into the computer and gingerly played around with it digitally. I really like where I ended up with my girl, her cacti antlers, my cacti terrarium. I wasn't extremely happy with my font and have since tweaked it a bit.
The semi-finalists were revealed last night you can see them here. They are all sorts of wonderful and I had a lovely time last night, cup of tea in hand scrolling through them.
I am most excited though that mine along with all of the entries have been posted on Lilla's website including my girl, I am like so over the moon excited that my work, yep my girl is in the gallery along with 998 others. That was like a massive win for me anyway.
She Dares.... and dare I did, dared to challenge myself, dared to dream, dared to have a go, dared to step outside of my comfort zone. Glad I did, glad I extended myself and now I have like 1001 new ideas to get outta my head. Gosh, I'm glad about that.
I can't wait to see what the 50 finalists do in Round 2. I'll be along for the ride, hope you can join me.
oooooh in other exciting news for me I opened a Society 6 store today and popped She Dares it it, so you can buy her as a print, a stretched canvas, a framed print, a tote bag and a scatter cushion. Gosh I love them too, the tote looks fab and the cushion is super cute... they would make fab, totes fab (no pun intended) Christmas presents.
So my challenge to myself was this year to step outside my comfort zone. Trying not to think to much and just do. Committing to putting myself, my art out there... the thinking thing creeps in after committment.... thinking, analysing and self doubt creeps in but I'm working hard on keeping a lid on those tendencies.
Last weekend I gallery sat here as two of my works are hanging in a real gallery, a real one. Bit excited about that and it is a lovely Gallery, a gorgeous space and is part of the Renew Newcastle project. My work is part of the Full Circle Exhibition and runs until June 29. Pop on in if you are in Newcastle, 681 Hunter St. It is lovely to see that there is a real push to revive Hunter St and the city in Newcastle, it has such beautiful old bulidings, especially the old DJ's right in the heart of Newcastle. It is now The Emporium, the bottom floor houses lots of indie makers. Yay for that.
My other big exciting news, stepping out of my comfort zone was to submit work to Sprout Online Magazine. Never having submitted work before to a magazine pushing send on my inital email was a tad scarey, trying not to over think it and "just do it" I hit send off it went.
Gosh, the lovely Amanda emailed me back pretty quickly just to say thanks for the submission and touching base! I did some little jumps for joy as I really didn't expect to hear from her. Then another email to say Yes, my art would be included.....massive happy dance did occur that day, massive. And, and would I like to be a part of Community Garden which is a mini interview whereby three artists answer three questions. Gosh, Yes, yes......
The online magazine was realeased early this week and I'm just chuffed. Chuffed. Amanda's Sprout online is a stunning collection of pictures, art, poetry and words all gathered up and bundled with kindness and love for you to immerse yourself in. It is a beautiful reflective magazine. you can find it here, I highly recommend it. Simply stunning.
I'm so very grateful for these opportunites, so very grateful....
I simply adore this product. Coco's Closet Kindness Cards, to give or to keep.
6x6cm printed cards of my original artworks on archival paper with a smooth satin finish.
Perfect little pieces of art for lunch boxes, mail or anyone that needs a little lift. They are $1 each or 6 for $5, and very soon we will have pre-packaged sets of 13 for $10 in a mini cotton muslin drawstring bag with a special kindness swing tag.
These cards make my heart sing and I just know they will make yours do the same.
So last night I found my PechaKucha had been uploaded to the Global site. I was a tad excited so rather than write a blog post last night I went ahead and shared it on my FB site, my personal and Coco's and I have been totally, totally humbled by you guys.
The support I recieved intially after being a part of Series 1 was overwhelming and made my heart sing. Over the course of today the support and lovely feedback I have recieved from the community I belong has left me speechless. I used the words Blessed and Grateful in my first slide of my 20x20 and today this has been firmly cemented for me.
Thank you lovely, beautiful friends. You make stepping out of my comfort zone a tiny bit less scary.
Yes. Grateful today.
I'm grateful for the amazing beauty of the beaches I'm surrounded by.
I'm grateful my children can frequent these beaches and play, swim and surf having the best fun.
I'm grateful for my morning coffee.
I'm grateful for late night painting, it makes my soul happy.
I know everyday, everyday I have many things to be grateful for, simple things, amazing things, little things and sometimes big things. They are the things what make the fabric of my life.
And I am blessed.
Happy Friday lovely people. I love, love, love listening to all sorts of music. I love that it has the ability to transport us to places we've been or memories we've made. I love that it can put a spring in your step and a groove in your move. I had the complete pleasure of listening to Miss Muffet in her school Glee Club this morning and amongst other fabulous songs they performed Roar, by Katy Perry. It's a goosebumpy song and watching fabulous children aged 5 up to 10 belt it out with super cute actions was splendid and special this morning. It's such an empowering song and a super duper cool way to start a Friday.
I'm listening to Bonfire Heart by James Blunt, One Day by Matisyahu, lots of Ed Sheeran, lots of Pink, and Team by Lorde, plus a few all time faves in Alanis Morissette and John Mellencamp. Love having good music at Coco's. It's so much fun to paint and colour listening to good tunes. Are you listening to anything great at the moment? I hope you are and I hope your day is fabulous too.
Lots of colouring, painting and stitching this week. My inspirez bunting is probably one of my favourite things to create. They are all made with vintage books that are usually damaged. They are given new life with drawings and colours and words. Every single one is drawn and coloured and written on by me, then laminated and stitched with ribbon to turn it into bunting. They make beautiful gifts for anyone of any age.
I'm still obsessed with painting and mixed media and painting and pasting and have to make deals with myself to get other things done, not very exciting things like washing and mundane chores..... hence the late night painting sometimes.
I've started cutting my Limited Edition Christmas Decorations. The fabric I had printed turned out so well, I will be stitching up a storm of decorations in the next few weeks....with visions of a Christmas window dancing in my head....
I have five different fabrics that I have had printed four angels and an owl that will all become beautiful baubles. Happy Festivus makes me laugh and smile and giggle. Coco's take on Festivus is the polar opposite of this.
I love a good episode of Seinfeld and this one always makes me laugh, so as the silly season approaches I continue to have coffee with my coffee girlfriends usually once a week at our local coffee haunt we catch up on the week that was, we laugh and share events and silliness and can't believe how fast the weeks roll round. Then before we know it we're wishing each other and anyone else who cares to listen "Happy Festivus" or "it's a festivus for the ret of us" I just really, really love the word, FESTIVUS. It actually cracks me up. Hence I have made a Happy Festivus Angel, she signifies all things that girlfriends enjoy, smiles, laughter, their kids, tears, catch up's and coffee and she is grateful to have all these things in her life, especially, especially at Christmas. So hopefully you can appreciate with me Coco's take on Festivus..... It's a festivus for the rest of us.
Woohoo, I'm pretty happy......Click here to download. Feel free to spread the love, I was inspired by this one and have used it a number of times out the front of Coco's and people love it, I love it. I have been wanting to make my own "take what you need" poster so yesterday I did, with one of my artworks and the trusty Pages app on my iPad. Then today I googled how to upload it to my blog. I was guided by this lovely blog and wha-la.... win win for everyone. Yay for lovely bloggers who share their knowledge, it is so appreciated.
I am the mum of two kids, and married to my high school sweetheart. I create beautiful things in my store.