Sunday, 21 September 2008

I Like Links

I've added some new interesting links [look left].

C x


Seen any interesting buttons lately? Please email to let me know their whereabouts. I need a large amount for a new project.

C x

Monday, 15 September 2008

Portrait of a Family, by Jordan

I have showcased the artistic skills of my niece Ella [4] and nephew Jack [5], so this last, but certainly not least, post is dedicated to the talents of my other nephew, Jordan [8].

Before I begin, it amazes me that Jordy came into this world when I was just 18 years old. Words cannot sum up how much love I felt for a little kid, and up to that point in my life, I hadn't really felt that before. I looked at him on Saturday when he handed me my new piece of art and was amazed by how tall he was, how well he speaks and how he really is growing to be a young man.

He has taken a realistic approach to his piece, but it is more conceptual than the earlier pieces. Each family member has been grouped with their respective families, we are standing out the front of Nicole's house [Nicole is my sister] and there is a rainbow directly above all of us. It is always a colourful time when we get together, so the rainbow is certainly symbolic.

Another masterpiece!

C x

P.S. In case you were wondering, sadly, no, Ella, Jack and Jordan will not be following the footsteps of their Aunty Clare and becoming starving artists. Instead Jack plans on becoming a motorcycle stuntman and international soccer player, Ella wants to be a police officer and a taxi driver, and Jordan will be a teacher whilst pursuing a career in musical theatre in his spare time.


Krisatomic was created by a girl named Kris [well, duh] and she is a photographer, illustrator and blogger. I love her '10 Things To Love' posts in her blog; she uses really clean, vibrant images.

It also has a link to her etsy store. She has started painting some of her cute illustrations on to plates!

And finally a link to her Flickr which will have you procrastinating for hours.

I'm only mildly jealous of her talent & beauty. ;o)

Check it out here!

C x

Colour Studies

I took some quick colour studies this weekend [6pm Saturday evening], as part of my research into my next series of landscape paintings. It has been a while since I've dived into paintings of such a large scale, so it is exciting just starting the prepartory work. They will be abstracts again, but this time the focus is on home [last time was a study of Hong Kong].

These were taken in my back garden on my point-and-shoot, and haven't been Photoshopped at all. Mother Nature can take all the credit for the colours.

C x

Sunday, 14 September 2008


I love finding new sources of inspiration.

Wednesday, 10 September 2008


My fearlessness can get me, someone who is known for her clumsiness, into quite the pickle sometimes.

My ex-boyfriend bought a scooter one summer. I had never ridden a motorised bike on my own before, so one day I asked him to teach me. We jumped on the scooter [Mr Ex driving, me on the back] and headed down to a deserted car park in Richmond. I popped on the helmet, threw my leg over the seat and propped myself up ready for my first lesson, confident I would be a pro in no time. As Mr Ex was explaining to me how the brakes worked, he stressed to never pull the brakes really hard, or when also pulling on the accelerator as I would go flying over the front handlebars. 'Yep no worries!' I said, as I accidentally pulled on the accelerator. Off I went at 60kms, which may not seem that fast, but I felt like I was rocketing at lightening speed towards a very murky Yarra River at the end of the car park. So focused on not pulling the brakes too hard, I decided my only way out of this situation alive was to throw myself off the scooter whilst it was still hurtling forwards. I landed pretty hard on the concrete and skid a few metres to my left, the scooter skid a few metres to the right. Mr Ex came running towards me with tears in his eyes. There were two reasons behind the tears; the first that I had smashed up his 2 week old scooter, and the second; what had just occurred was one of the funniest things he had ever seen. I also had tears in my eyes and also for two reasons. One, I was in a hell of a lot of pain [I still can' t feel part of my left leg, the one I landed on] and two, I had just torn up my brand new $400 Tsubi jeans.

I learnt a very valuable lesson that day. Be less fearless? No. The lesson I learnt was: smashing up your boyfriend's brand new scooter can lead to an expensive break-up.

Do I still want to get a scooter one day? Yes.

C x


Constantly on the hunt for some inspiration for my next tattoo, I stumbled across Andre Greppi and his illustrations. Very cool. Now to commission him to design something for me...


C x

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

I Heart Dwight Schrute

I'm not a big TV watcher, I don't have the time for it! But every now and then I plop myself in front of the big square box to zone out. I'm so happy to have discovered this week that TV1 are now playing the US version of The Office. The perfect distraction from my ever growing To Do list!

Mr. Brown: At Diversity Today, we believe it's very easy to be a hero. All you need are honesty, empathy, respect, and open-mindedness.
Dwight Schrute: Ah, excuse me? I'm sorry, but that's not all it takes to be a hero.
Mr. Brown: Great, well, what is a hero to you?
Dwight Schrute: A hero kills people, people that wish him harm. A hero is part human and part supernatural. A hero is born out of a childhood trauma, or out of a disaster, that must be avenged.
Mr. Brown: Uh, you're thinking of a superhero.
Dwight Schrute: We all have a hero in our heart.

C x

Sizes May Vary

It has been a year of change for me, the biggest being my transistion from EA to "Graphic Designer". [Note the quotation marks, do you think that would work on my business card?]

After a successful stint in catalogue design this week [I did a shoe catalogue, yay! Results to be posted here soon], I treated myself to this delightful graphic design reference tool,
Sizes May Vary.

Check it out here.

C x

Saturday, 6 September 2008

Sundays in Spring

Look what I spotted outside my window when I woke up this morning? Yep! The colour blue! In the sky!

C x