The difference between the difficult and the impossible...
the impossible takes a little longer. Lady Aberdeen
Mind you I did manage to squeeeeze out these lovelies just before I hit the wall...
You will find full details on all of my available art including size and cost in my On-line Gallery. You will find them in person at my Grow & Believe exhibition at Gemelli Estate.
And in other share worthy news....
In my garden.....
My beautiful Magnolia which we lovingly transplanted not long after we moved in and have been nursing ever since has bloomed which is awesome! I created some arty arrangements from bits and pieces in my garden... love! And pretty little pink blooms in white pots.. love love. We planted out a new garden with the most beautiful cascading native shrubs, Wisteria of course, forever flowering orange Snappies, loads of little white blooming groundcover which I just adore and the sweetest miniature coral rose... had to have. Oh and we now have humongous mandarines :) Simple I know but I'm forever grateful for small blessings :)
The 16 Personalities Test is based on the Myer-Briggs Type Indicator (I'll let Wiki explain that one). It is the go to personality test for corporations world wide. It takes about 10 to 15mins to complete and gives you a comprehensive 'Explore Your Type' report. My partner took the test also and was equally blown away by the accuracy and detail of the profiles. And it has given us a much deeper understanding of each otherand what makes us tick which is just priceless really. It's all very interesting and at the very least fun to do. Why not give it a go... you never know who you might find :)
In my family....
My son Mitch who is almost 14 races motocross... he is obsessed with all things motocross and wants to be all things motocross. This of course creates one of those horrendous motherly dillemas whereby we have to be all excited and supportive even though every cell in our body is saying no no no no no. Well my worst fears were realised a few weeks ago.. Mitch crashed and was air lifted to Newcastle's John Hunter Hospital with a suspected broken leg and hip and possible spinal damage. Thankfully Mitch is the most flexible kid on the planet and while his leg went were no leg should go there were no breaks and he limped from hospital 3 days later with bruising, ligament and nerve damage... sore but otherwise ok. I'm happy to share he is fine now. And so am I :) However what I really want to share is the unbelievable care that Mitch received from the minute he crashed to the minute he walked from the hospital. I am in awe... 2 amazing first aider, 2 policemen, 4 paramedics in two ambulances, 2 paramedics and a doctor in the helicopter, an ultrasound at the track that showed no internal bleeding or organ damage, a team of 5 surgeons and neorosurgeons at the hospital and countless amazing nurses and other caregivers... it's all a bit of a blur now but there were so many. How lucky we are to have this available to us. I will never again take our emergency services, nurses and ancillary workers for granted. I will forever include them in my list of forever grateful fors and hope that I can one day repay them for taking such amazing care of my Mitch.
Blessed to have sold these...
And of course in my studio....
I've been working on a very special piece. So thrilled to have been asked to donate a painting for the local Heights Vet Hospital's Beyond Blue fundraising event supporting peope with depression and anxiety. Having suffered from anxiety for over 30 years now I truly poured my heart into this painting with an aim to create something bright and happy, something that would bring light and bright and fun into someones home and life and of course help raise funds for a cause that is very close to my heart.
Not many would be aware just how much anxiety has been and is a part of my life. It is there everyday really. Somedays it's right there in my face, raging and threatening to engulf me, other days it's just hanging around the edges... waiting. But it's always there. I try very hard every day not to let it rule my life, but sometimes it does, there's no doubt about that. And yet even those closest to me wouldn't see it. In fact I only told my boys about a month ago... they had no idea. You see it's not something I talk about, not something I let out, I just deal with it. I'd really like to change that though, I'd really like to do my bit to bring anxiety into the open, make it part of everyday conversation.... "How are you Pip?".... "Oh I"m great thanks but my anxiety is raging today, not sure why it just came on this morning for no reason. How are you?". This is how the converstation would go down if it were arthritis or a headache or any other condition that doesn't fall under the mental illness umbrella. So I'm trying. I guess this is part of that.. my "coming out" if you like. It's my hope that one day I will be able to speak up and help others survive anxiety, after all I've had plenty of practice. For now tho hopefully my art and my honesty will make a difference... wouldn't that be nice :)
So that's about it from me for now. I'm sooooo excited to paint again so hopefully there'll be more to share soon.
After much thought I recently decided to reduce the cost of all of my art, some by almost half.
I've had a very successful 2015. My art has been selling and I get so many lovely comments and compliments.. it's very nice. And so with that I've been gradually increasing my pricing... why wouldn't I? That's what artists do isn't it? That's what logic is telling me to do after all I'm a single working mum with 2 teenage boys and a mortgage... every single extra cent helps.
Thing is though... that's not what my heart is saying. My heart is saying keep it affordable for everyone Phillipa. Don't give it away but keep it reasonable so hopefully, hopefully... every single person who sees it and loves it has the opportunity to have it. Honestly, I don't want my art hanging around waiting for those who can afford it to decide they have a spot for it. I want my art in homes being loved and enjoyed and appreciated.. brightening a wall, a room, a space.. a life. That's what my heart tells me. That's what feels right. And really... I don’t need the money, I have everything I need, my boys, family and friends, our health, home, faith, love, my paints… what more could I want?
Mind you this wasn't an easy decision.. I've been deliberating for weeks. But if I've learnt anything in the past 5 years it's to follow my instincts, listen to my heart when it speaks, let it speak, shut up and listen! Trust and believe that deep inside I know what's best for me.
In the end it was easy... I woke one morning without a doubt. Decision made... I would reduce my current prices... look at each piece I have for sale and price them according to what feels right. More heart less head. And that's how I'll price my art from now on. Yaaaay!!! I'm so excited.. I know it's the right thing to do.
Now I have to share this little foot note...
That same morning I began the day with my usual workout to my usual fave exercise tunes but somehow the wrong playlist came on, wierd as no one had touched my ipod since yesterdays workout. Still... from the 267 songs in that playlist the song that came on first was Jessie J's "Price Tag".. it's not about the money money money. Ha ha... co-incidence maybe?
I have sold these too... all to lovely lovely homes of course : ).. A few old friends, a wedding gift, a lovely lady from the USA, a daughters birthday....
These are my latest few....
Aaaaand... Drum roll... you may recall the the sneak peak I gave in my last post of the largest painting I've ever attempted. Measuring in at 1000x1200mm... wait for it....
There will come a day when your fight is bigger than your fear. When you nearly claw your way out of your body to prove you exist. Leave that skin for someone else and design your own wings. You are a masterpiece, magnificent in your own glory. Natalie Patterson
Embrace your weird. Love that! Might be my mission for March I think :)
Ok.. thats enough blogging. I have a whole Sunday at home and my paints are calling me!
Love to all.
Happy not so New Year everyone :) how was your Christmas? Mine was quite nice... relatively stress free which is just wonderful really compared to previous years atleast. Things are definitely looking up... hopefully by next Christmas I'll be filled to overflowing with merry and cheer :)
Firstly.. my apologies for the length of this post but it's taken me 6 weeks of serious soul searching and 4 almost complete, scrapped at the last minute drafts to write it so I reckon it deserves some air time. I've been trying desparately to figure out my thing for the year ahead. I love to have a word for the year. The last few years I've chosen BEGIN and BELIEVE... these words have helped me so so much. For me they are like a huuuuge hit of inspiration, an instant reminder of what's most important to keep me on track. I also love that the process of chosing my word makes me dig deep. It unearths exactly where I'm at, where I most want to be and what I need to do NOW to get there. Priceless!
Anyway, it wasn't easy this year. Actually it's been mega difficult. Only that I can't stand letting things beat me I would have given up weeks ago. I got frustrated because I'm really quite happy and content but I'm also well aware there are so many things I need and want to work on... balance, courage, health, my finances, etc, etc. But nothing really rocked me like my words have in previous years. None of them felt big enough or inspired me to move mountains and I really really want my word to move mountains.
To be honest I feel like I've survived the storm and all is calm and bright and lovely and sunny now which is very nice... I've been lapping it up for a while now :) But everything has been tossed about and left in a big mess. There's remnants of the much more organised and in control me scattered everwhere. I need to get stuck in and do a big tidy up before I can happily sail off into the sunset. I need to get all those annoying little (some not so little :) bits and pieces of my life in order again, all those things I let slide, all the balls I had to drop. I need to regroup, tidy up the periferals, regain some focus and control. Regroup! That's exactly how I feel. That's it!!! That's my word.....
Not an earth shattering word I know but it feels so right and I'm so excited! As soon as I began to see all the mess as one big chunk I can get my teeth into I instantly felt a huge surge of motivation.. that's just how I roll.. that's a mountain I can move :)
So I have my REGROUP LIST (my mountain) and I can't wait to tick everything off by the end of the year (ok so it may take a little longer but that's ok :) First on the list is my health and fitness... I've started my morning workouts again :) and I can't wait to be the healthiest me ever. Maybe I'll tackle the whole balance thing next. Or my finances.. budget, set some goals, save for a holiday maybe.. yay!!! And courage.. now that's a whole mountain on it's own but I can't wait to start climbing! Hmmmm... maybe I should look at my time management skills first :)
Oh and of course there's my art but it's always there.. ticking over. My boys and my art and my genie are my constant, my base. Thats just a given.
Anyway that's enough on that.. far out I'm so glad it's done, what a marathon. Can't believe its half way through Feb already :)
Ok.. so here's what's been happening of late...
Prior to Christmas my genie had been hinting like a sledge hammer for me to do a painting for him. He was quite specific... he's had a lifelong love of all things motocross and so the brief was: ktm orange, yamaha blue, suzuki yellow, honda red, the numbers 65, 64 & 47 and some or all of the words attitude, confidence, balance, belief, commit. He also gave me some sprockets and other motorbike bits to use if I wanted, then said go for it gorgeous!
I'm so loving the outcome and he was blown away when I gifted it to him on Christmas Day which was very special... so nice that I could give back to such a wonderful, kind and giving man.
I have painted these...
And sold these...
Got down and dirty with my new Dyllusions Paints...
And most recently I've had the pleasure of hanging some of my art in one of my most fave spaces. Worn Out Wares is a wonderful little eclectic homewares/gift shop, courtyard cafe and the most amazing floristry here in Singleton... it's a very cool place! It's also my day job so be sure to drop in and say hi if you're nearby or travelling through.
And/or you could pop over to Gemelli Estate for some Wine, Art & Inspiration. Most of my work is there, all available for sale. Browse while you taste... nice!!
So that's about it from me for now. I'm a little excited... I've just thrown the first few layers on the largest canvas I'v ever attempted to work with. Here's a sneak peak of a small section of it so far. Who knows where it will lead :) ....
And who knows where 2016 will lead.. I have a good feeling about this one. Yes.. things are most definitely looking up :)
In the months since my last update I've gifted myself some space. After years of not having a home to call my own I gave myself permission to get lost in the joy and comfort of my new home. I allowed myself to neglect almost everything else to make room in my mind and heart and soul, to breath in and lap up every wonderful moment of it. I think I deserve that. Actually, I think I owe it to myself, and to my faithful friend the universe.... a precious gift to us for doing what it took to find and own my own beautiful amazing perfect home. For persevering and doing the hard yards, taking the knock-backs then getting back up and knocking again and again and again. For believing in myself despite my ever present doubts and fears and for trusting the universe to somehow somehow find a way. For working so hard and saving so much and not settling for anything less than I knew in my heart I deserved and was capable of achieving. And we did it! OMG we did it! I sit on my beautiful back deck often and look at my beautiful back yard and pinch myself : ) How ever did I make this happen? So proud of me! Just saying : )
I just have to add here for the benefit of anyone reading this who needs to hear it... nothing is impossible. And miracles do happen. Believe me! 3 years ago there was no foreseeable chance of me ever having the finances to purchase a home of my own at all let alone a nice one... but here I am. I won't go into detail... that is a whole nother story for a whole nother day, briefly though it involves a huge downturn in the mining industry, house prices plummeting, interest rates dropping to an all time low, the perfect house in the perfect spot at the perfect time, a last chance loan approval after 14 rejections, a $30,000 winfall (the exact amount I was short), and... just so I didn't freak out and bale at the final hurdle... an angel in the shape of a beautiful white husky dog. Wow! See what can happen when you believe, when you don't give up or settle for less, when you just get up and do whatever it takes and then get the hell out of the way... mountains can move and dreams can come true.
I am truly blessed and I thank the universe every single day for being on my side x
And my boys for being my reason xx
Oh and my magic genie for everything else : ) xxx
These lovelies you will find hanging at my Grow & Believe Exhibition at Gemelli Estate.
Wine, art and inspiration... nice!
Note you will find detailed info on all my art in my On-line Gallery
These you will find at That Little Art Place here in Singleton where I am the featured artist for the month of December...
These cute little 8"x10"s are very affordable at just $48 each. Available at That Little Art Place
Of course just contact me if you see anything you'd like or need more info.
I'm also very proud and excited to share with you the creative efforts of my Mitch who I might add is just 13 years old. We've set up our garage as a workshop and he's started a little business making and selling furniture and stuff made from old pallets... its called "Rustic Stuff"
This is his first piece... my coffee table. Love love love it!!!
Obviously feeling a little more confident he then created this piece. Another coffee table which he calls his Swirl Design. It's for sale, a bargain at just $150.. it has so much character. Head over to Rustic Stuff if you like.
And yesterday he threw this little Christmas Tree together... how cool is that. Made to order you can have one if you like at just $45... contact Mitch at Rustic Stuff.
So that's us for now. I will attempt to stay sane enough through the coming Silly Season to post again before Christmas... no promises though (see my post last Christmas post : )
Merry Christmas everyone : )
Yes I know, it's been a few months since my last update. No apologies this time tho. In my last post I mentioned I'd just bought us a home of our own. I knew this would be a biggie for me but I'm pretty sure I might have seriously underestimated just how emotionally overwhelming it would be (OMG but what if I don't like it there). While the whole world was telling me how very excited I must be I spent 8 weeks so mentally exhausted I became physically ill.. far out it was tough. But.. as the lovely lady who cleared my shakras told me (yes I was willing to try anything : ) I'm not one who goes off the rails easily (honestly she could see a train hurtling along with walls on either side so it couldn't derail.. funny!). I just kept going. I read somewhere once "God damnit I just don't have time for the nevous breakdown I so deserve"... that's honestly how I felt.
Anyhow.. thankfully it's all a blur now (literally : ) and we've settled in nicely thank you! And of course I love our home (OMG the relief : ) I especially love having a home of my own. That feeling of belonging somewhere again is so ridiculously awesome I even wake up smiling again.. so so nice! My journey since the day I left my marriage to the day I walked through my own front door has been incredibly tough but I made it.. I'm kinda pretty proud of that. Now I feel like I've arrived.. fiiiiinally! Hopefully there'll be no more train trips for a while.. lol.
Here's some of my new digs...
And this is the before and afters of my kitchen dresser which my Dad cleverly recrafted from a hidious old corner tv cabinet and I cleverly painted.. 6 coats and loads of patience but well worth the effort I think : )
And now for my art news... You may recall I also mentioned my Grow & Believe Exhibition in my last post which took place at Gemelli Estate during June, yes.. right in the middle of the nervous breakdown I didn't have : ) Needless to say I didn't get as much painting done as I'd hoped. They keep selling and I have to keep painting more... terrible dilemma : )
I did manage to squeeze this one out. It's titled GLOW because it really does.. maybe I was willing myself to do the same : ) It's available in my gallary if you like or you can see it in person at Gemelli Estate.
This is my latest and my very first in my new home and studio. Aptly named My Oasis it will be available for sale real soon... just Contact me in the meantime if you like : )
And I've sold these.. WOW!
Aaaand my most precious painting yet "Tulips With Attitude" (below) was purchased by a most amazing man whom I met just before purchasing my home. Somehow he's been able to overlook the fact that I was a crazy woman for 2 months, support me at my worst and find a way into my heart. Unbelievably, he has gifted my painting back to me. WOW.. so so kind! It now hangs pride of place in my loungeroom and reminds me every single day that I can create amazing art, that I deserve to be loved and that there are amazing kind hearted generous loving and supportive men in the world... and I've found one : ) Thank you for absolutely everything Greg xxx
Oh yes, almost forgot to mention... I was contacted by Angora Gallery, a contemporary fine art gallery located in New York's Chelsea art district asking if I would be interested in exhibiting!!!!!
Holy mother of the art Gods is all I have to say about that atm! I'll keep you posted.
So that's me for now I think. With all that behind me I kind of feel like there's nothing stopping me and my art now which is very exciting. I'll keep you posted on that too.
And just one final note to finish on... don't ever ever ever ever ever give up on your dreams : )
Ok super quick update time because apparently we did have a February.. I must have blinked :)
Finished this one...
I started it back in October as part of Flora Bowley's Bloom True E-Course... lots of different layering techniques and mark making. I've included a before shot because my Mitch loved it so much at the before stage he got quite angry when I told him I was going to paint over most of it... took it to his room and wouldn't give it back :) So it's been in limbo for a while waiting for the right time to evolve. It's time had come! I titled it Hello Sweet Mojo because I reckon maybe I've finally found mine :) my mojo I mean, it's been missing for a while now. And I reckon it shows through in this painting.. so light and bright and carefree. Love it!
And this one...
Titled Eclectic Success.... because it's like my Nan's wallpaper, my Mum's tablecloth and my vase with some funky flowers... somehow they all seem to work nicely together though don't you think?
I went "down the river"!!! Big whoop I hear you say. Not for me! So much of my childhood was spent "down the river"... we lived right across the road from a beautiful spot along the Hunter River. It was my families play ground... so many amazing memories! And the first home I owned was also right across the road from another stretch of the same river... during the 25 years we lived there I spent many more wonderful hours "down the river" with my boys creating amazing childhood memories for them too.
When my marriage crumbled and we had to sell up our home I lost my beautiful river :( I haven't been back since. Not because I didn't want to.. it just hasn't happened. So we went back to "our river"... the same stretch my boys grew up at. It was quite emotional for me... like coming home again. I'd forgotten, or perhaps taken for granted, how incredibly beautiful and serene it is down there, and just how big a part of me belongs there. I could have just sat there on that little stretch of sand forever. We can't wait to get back there, next time with a picnic basket and our fishing rods.
I found this gem...
I have never been a fan of Jim Carey, more proof you should never judge a book by it's cover. And that painting! Who would have thought! I'm still not a huge Jim Carey fan but he now has my admiration and respect in bucket loads.
Warning!!! If like me you're not a huge Jim Carey fan be sure to skip to the 10min mark.. that's where the good stuff begins.
And I painted this one for the Beyond Blue Charity Day organised by a lovely local family who have had their share of tough times. I called it Plant Happiness and sent it off with all my love and support for those who need it most. I hope it found a happy home :)
So that was my Feb... a quickie but a goodie :)
"Art has given me so much. If I can pass it on and inspire even one other person to live their own creative passions then I'm a very happy artist indeed "