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2. if you display art in your home, you will cook nicer meals for your family.
3. artists will sleep softer, and kittens stay kittens for longer if you buy art.
4. art cures Swine Flu.
I am glad that I can file that last week out of my mind. Because despite the gorgeous weather, I was stuck in bed being sick and not enjoying it.
But, never mind, we must not dwell. Because look. I did manage to take what I believe to be pretty photos of some old drawings. Well oldish anyway. Why? To list them in my shop of course.
This was a bit of a challenge for me, as these are probably some of my most favourite illustrations. But the poor things were starting to suffocate being cooped up in a box, so it is time to let them shine I think!
They are calmly sitting for sale, over here. They look super special framed, and go nicely together, or on their own (if you want to deal make, just contact me).
Fingers crossed this week is a bit better. But I have a good feeling. Oh you know, being my birthday and everything tomorrow (EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE)
and if you are thinking
no way I am affording
be calmed in the knowledge
that this sick set can be yours
for a mere $3 US here
to make it over the wednesday hump day,
sweet enough to
link me on her blog.
sick in bed I
via super helpful
website Bakery. I mean
the video is good,
can I be bothered?
and do you think
I should buy
want them. badly.
vintage elle mag illustration
happy hump day.
and it was so much stressful fun.
They are back. Indulge here.
(p.s. sorry everyone for
the previously wonky
link. all should
be good to
I cooked this for dinner last night to celebrate the viewing of the Masterchef final here in Australia. Yes, yes, I know what you are thinking, "You and ten million others, I couldn't care less what you cooked last night". But. I want to tell you why it was so good (hmm even thought boyfriend didn't really like it, he is just fussy).
I use the best ingredients I can afford and get my hands on. And at every opportunity I can I buy local. I thought I would share with you how I do that, for Sydney readers. And for everyone else, it just gives you an idea on where you can start.
I start locally at a farm around the corner from me. I realise that this is not suitable for everyone, but I guess I am lucky that even though I live in a built up area, there are still big properties and farms close by. Buying direct saves me a whole lot of money, and I get the fruit and veges literally moments after they have been picked. These are not certified organic, but I have had many chats to the owner, and he tells me exactly what he does and doesn't spray, and how vigorously.
What I can't get from the farm I order online from Lettuce Deliver Organics (cute name hey!). They deliver to most suburbs of Sydney twice a week. If you check out their website, you will see that they have such a huge range of things. Amazing F&V but also meats, groceries, breads, drinks and household items. They are such a lovely family business, and you seriously won't be disappointed. My mince for my Kofta, came from there, as well as some of the other ingredients.
While online shopping is WONDERFULLY convenient, and Lettuce Deliver Organics always ensure that you get the best quality produce, nothing beats smelling, tasting and choosing ingredients yourself. Every second and fourth Saturday of the month, I wake up as early as I can and head to the Hawkesbury Harvest Farmers Market to see what is on offer. I rarely write a list (unless there is something I really know I want), and I let the flavours and smells and cheeriness of the farmers and stall holders dictate what I buy. I always grab a coffee, and walk around to all the stalls sampling all the amazing food (hey it is breakfast!) and take my time, because this is something you don't want to rush. Seriously, this is an experience I just can’t describe. When I finally dragged my Mum out of bed to come with me one morning, she loved it and has never missed a trip since.
There are obviously always going to be things that you can’t buy from these three sources, and so there are times when I do make a quick dash into a supermarket. But, as long as you check the labels of what you are buying, to see where you product is coming from, and making sure there isn’t any weird added nasties (preservatives and strange chemically sounding ingredients), then you should be ok. You can also check out this amazing resource for the low-down on the environmental and social record of companies behind common brand names. It might not always work, but if I am buying something from a supermarket, eg tomato sauce, I try going for the one that is right up high with only one or two facings as opposed to the 500 bottles of the same brand that are staring you in the face.
So, as I am sure many of you are inspired to get cooking after huge success of Masterchef Australia, I hope that you can also be inspired to choose the best ingredients you can. You body will certainly thank you. And so will the environment.
For now I am just going to leave you with images of my work (that are now available as prints in my shop). But do expect to see a full report on the actual show, with pictures and the work from the amazing wonderful Ashlee Maegan, to come soon.
And as I said, stay tuned for futher post exhibition details.
[A huge thank you to all
the wonderful contributions to
my previous post. The discussion
going on is just amazing.
And to any new readers,
come join the fun here]
the line for The Drawing Room, curated by Audrey Kawasaki.
Or maybe I should more kindly title it,
In case you don't know, (which you probably don't because you are rather self focused), I am young emerging illustrator, who has been exploring the fabulous artist/creative scene and world for the past few years.
I must admit, for the first year or so, I stayed in my little shell and mainly explored all the artistic offerings online. I lived on websites like DeviantART and myspace, and interacted through commenting, forums and emailings.
I was just blown away by the talent out there in the online world. Both discovered and undiscovered in the "real world". Audrey Kawasaki was already killing it in this particular "scene" (By that I mean emerging contemporary I guess as opposed to snobbish gallery type stuff), but that is not to say what she was doing wasn't fricken amazing and just as valuable as the things on display in the AGNSW. But then there were 'undiscovered' talents like Caitlin Shearer who was just so screamingly popular online, yet most "gallery" types and probably you too Sydney, wouldn't have even heard of her (yet you are her home town!).
I was unbelievably inspired by these artist and others, more than I ever would have been at school or art college. These kinds of artist didn't even get a look in at school. If you didn't sell your work in ridiculously expensive galleries, or do things "extreme" like put yourself through plastic surgery to look like other famous artists or paintings (Orlan), you weren't considered art worth studying.
I remember the day I showed my art teacher DeviantART, what a laugh that was.
by; Kelly Smith
During these past few years since I have been DeviantARTing, blogging, myspacing and online networking, I have received such amazing feedback and opportunities. What I found interesting, was I was getting more feedback from the Melbourne kids than anyone from Sydney. Well, other states from Australia too, but pretty much nothing from Sydney. I 'found' and came into contact with artists such as Bec Winnel, Kelly Smith and Catherine Campbell, all were pretty much undiscovered, but starting to kick their way into this online world with their amazing talent. I own work from all of these ladies, another reason why this whole online thing is so great.
But yes Sydney, you still hadn't really done anything to show your support as far as I could see. Next, gallery 696 from Melbourne was keen to have my work in some of their group shows, and so I did that, and every single time I entered something my work sold. It was just so easy. And I felt so nurtured and cared for. Like people wanted to go to the shows and support the new talent. People actually gave a F*** about supporting their friends and peers.
Since, sadly, I haven't visited Melbourne yet (bring on OCTOBER!) I made a little promise to myself last year to get more involved in the real world art scene here in Sydney. Sure, I have been to the big galleries, but I hadn't really explored what else is on offer for us emerging ones.
I found a few group shows that were keen to have me, so I went for it and put my work in, but gosh, didn't matter how good the work is in the show was, it needed people in order for it to be appreciated, let alone sold. No one in Sydney gives a shit about these kinds of shows that are for new emerging artists. So no one goes. While every little bit of exposure helps, it does get a bit disheartening when the only people who are looking at your work are your family, who can get front row seats of your work at home anyway.
So this year, Sydney, I said that I would try. And make that effort and go to these shows and support these artist, and go out of my comfort zone. Sure, I don't live close to all the action, and it costs me about $20 in tolls just to arrive in the city, and that doesn't even involve parking and petrol!, but I said I would still make the effort.
What I discovered, through my own observations, and from chatting to others, is that you are just too scared Sydney to take that risk. You don't have the ability to decide you like something for yourself. If someone hasn't already blogged about it, or had photos of the event in MX, or posted all over Facebook, you are just not into it. I mean heaven forbid if you take a risk and it turns out shit and you waste your precious time.
But what makes it worse is when you do finally decide to make an effort with something, (eg. Curvy) you have to make sure you make everyone else there feels unworthy. Because you are just the coolest kid around with your fashion and the way you walk and laugh and who you are friends with. And that is the way you would like it to stay.
And then you look at the fantastic artists like Caitlin, Bec, Kelly and Catherine who I mentioned before, who owe their success to not you, but the the love and support they get from the internet and everyone else all over the world.
So Sydney, you probably couldn't even give two shits about my ramblings. And hell, who am I to comment, because I am 'Sydney' too. I live here. I eat here. And I am probably just as bad as everyone else. I haven't even been to Melbourne, so I probably don't even have the right to comment.
It is just sad when you do "make the effort", and you realise that you get more support online from other states than you do your home town.
Get off your buts and start doing something for us kids. Hey, you might even find you enjoy yourself for a change?
The Cynical Sydney Artist.
Disclaimer; And for those Sydney readers that are wonderfully supportive and loving and kind to me, you know who you are, and I thank you forever with all my heart. And I know you agree with me. So please don't take offense to this.
by; Caitlin Shearer
So I thought I would share with you some of my more recent art lovish discoveries that happen to be from amazingly talented male artists.
I love these, but I also think that you can definitely tell that a guy drew them.
What do you think? Is there a "male" art/illustration aesthetic?
I can't believe I haven't seen this site sooner (maybe it is really new?)
Society6. Basically it is a super sweet online community, that you can "post" stuff on (I guess like a blog), for artists and creative types. I don't really know much, I only just joined!
All I know is that the art over there is amazing. I mean check out this girl!
Anyway, you can apply for grants like this
Pikaland one! (*cough come vote for me cough*).
So come join join me in all the fun.
So, I was tagged by the lovely Plain Bananas, which doesn't hapen to me often, so I thought I would dabble.
Only problem is, I am pretty boring, and have a short attention span, so I am only going to answer the FIRST question.
What are you wearing today?
To see the original tagging
Taking the tips from the amazing BAKERY, I am going to have a crack at speedlinking.
Here we have, some things that caught my eye on the internet today.
(usually I would star, bookmark, comment, email or tweet about these things, but today, we blog)
artwork by Catherine Campbell
- Well, this post, motivating me to do this in the first place.
- Loving what is going on with plastic water bottles in Aus.
- These sketches, so perfect.
- I never ever tire of looking at her gorgeous drawings. Go see.
- Learning all about Technorati and what it means for my blog, thanks to this site.
- Family. blogging.
Also thinking I should write a "how-to" post and share some love with the peeps.
Any ideas on what I should be howing?
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