Mermaid and Circus Paintings completed

The Mermaid and the Sailor - detail

This is the progress of “The Mermaid & the Sailor” painting- I got really carried away with the detail and flow, but enjoyed the meditation and depicting all the beautiful (and sinister) creatures of the deep.

Here it is as a beautiful print for sale in my online shop: “The Mermaid & the Sailor”

I realised after finishing this painting that whilst doing it I had been reading Possession by A.S Byatt-

an extraordinarily moving story encompassing love, passion and the mythology of the Mermaid along with Darwinianism, and Feminist and literary commentary. An amazing read…

The circus painting is also finished… phew…it was entirely fueled by cups of tea, red wine and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and it is my tribute to the Greatest Show on Earth which resides in all of our dreams and imaginings…
The original is a very detailed watercolour, acrylic, red wine,gouache and vintage lace & ribbon collage (you can see it’s progress in my previous posts). Below this is a detailed picture. It has been sold out as a Limited Edition print but you can buy a greeting card Here.

I Dreamed a Circus”

I Dreamed a Circus

I dreamed a Circus

This has been lurking in my psyche for a while now…so it’s time to get it out !

I have always been fascintated by the circus coming to town, so maybe this is my attempt at portraying  a magical experience, if not coloured with a bit of darkness…

It is being painted to a soundtrack of Nick Cave – “Your funeral…My Trial” – especiallly The Carny – this song has an amazing rendition (as well as “From Her to Eternity) in the Wim Wenders movie “Wings of Desire”. It is sung during a pivotal and very powerful scene in the film – the whole movie just captures beautifully all the themes that move me – romance, sadness, imagination, life, death and the Circus….

so here is the Greatest Show on Earth – soon to be completed –

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– it’s been 4 weeks, and slowly all the whimsical characters are coming out in pencil, gouache, pen, a few tears, lace, ribbon and watercolour…





…I was thinking of the old Victorian Circus posters, all faded and worn with an air of Magical Realism, advertising the Carnival Sideshow of the Imagination…

….nearly finished ! I have added some beautiful vintage ribbons which add to the festivity..

This painting is available for sale. The Limited Edition mounted print is available for sale here. The original painting is available for sale here.


Blog!- The Secret Life of a Painting…

Swan and Stripey DaisyOkay – this had to be done. I just need to learn to type as fast as i think, then blogging may not be so daunting…or weird.
Thought I would just keep a loose journal on what creative projects I am doing, there is always something, and I would love to hear about any one elses’, as it can get quite isolating as the solitary artist sitting in the studio!

For those of you who know me from the markets, festivals or just around, thanks for dropping by! For those who don’t, best to check out my website where all will be revealed….

This weekend was really wet and cold up here in the Blue Mountains. So the best thing for it was to listen to some Nick Cave B-sides & Rarities and see what would transpire visually from the auditory and imaginary realms…

I used a wax resist method on the first image with beautiful fluid watercolours on a palette and just went with the feeling, mixing greens, limes and yellows for the dreamy flying Swan. Maybe I felt like flying away….
Then, as Nick sung about various muses, angels and saloon-bar hussies, I came up with “Stripey Daisy” – a kind of cross between circus carnival and Victorian-Era advertisement. But i liked the decorative feel of it, and, obsessed as I am with colour, I loved mixing the pinks, yellows and baby blues.
She’s kind of whimsical – she is also dreaming i think, and the little starlings are allowing her dreams to take flight through the ribbons in her hair…

thanks for reading- take care ’til next time!