Saturday, September 5, 2015

The Hairdresser

Almost finished!
'The Hairdresser'

I've loved working on this piece, it's one I've had in my mind for a while. It's not as decorative and fun as I would like just yet but I like the faces and background. The suggestion of who these people might be and what might occur during this intimate moment.

The beginning (below)
coming up with the skin tones and shapes of the figures on the canvas in relation to each other.
As you can see the hairdresser's elbows are up more in the original sketch but I lowered them due to the height/comfort levels of the hairdresser.

The features of the hairdresser was the most important aspect of this image for me. I wanted to portray a particular character, someone who had a ready smile but was serious in this moment - contemplating ...

This took the most time - as well as getting the finger positioning correct. Finding the right colour and shade to put them forward. I want them to remain soft but controlling.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Two for Joy


Magpies are fairly prolific here in Tasmania, we have a few generations of them here and every year we love watching the new chicks grow.
I love their warble and it always makes me feel at home.

Unfortunately, the photo isn't so great and I wasn't counting on it selling so quickly. 
But, it's gone to a good home and I loved painting her.


One for sorrow,
Two for joy,
Three for a girl,
Four for a boy,
Five for silver,
Six for gold,
Seven for a secret,
Never to be told.
It used to be 'two for mirth', I like the modern lyrics being joy.

           My beautiful Maggies             Me, in the studio - YAY!

These two lovely ladies were delivered into the gallery and went straight back out again on the same day.  It's so lovely that they are wanted and I especially like the confidence of the buyers, will need to take better photos in the future.

Have a lovely week,
Naomi X

Little Lost Lamb

I've been distracted from work of late with lambing Season, it's such a nice time of year - but busy.
  My amazing, gorgeous, humanitarian daughter loves lambing Season, and it is upon us. Every year we manage to succumb to at least one of these long eared cuties that have been abandoned. Either by their mum's passing or some weird fault in nature where there are too many bubs per mum.

In this particular case, mum had 2 babies, but only wanted the one - honestly, who could not want this little lamb??

The first time mum with her lamb that is strong and well.

Another mum who lambed on the same day with 2 jet black lambs - soo cute!!

He is now 2 years old and raised on the bottle, he simply refuses now to believe that he's a sheep and still acts like a pet dog. 
We love you Dukie xoxox

Christmas in July

There is something so primitive and satisfying in playing with mud and using powder and fire to create shiny, functional, decorative pieces.

Loving the glazes on these pots - it's like Christmas 

 I think, I can safely say that I'm getting addicted to pottery, I still love painting on canvas and will never stop practising it. But clay is very rewarding in its own way.

It is nice to be able to make something from beginning to end and the end is such a solid result. A result that is not going to be disposed of easily, I'm still trying to figure out what I'm doing - mugs are next on the agenda!

Bumble bee love

                     Inside the kiln

Opening the kiln door and finding ...

Sgraffito, this is the teqnique of scraping the underglaze away and applying a clear glaze on top.
Basic - but I love the shine and bold colours

Have a great week,
Naomi X

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Potting Along

I'm absolutely loving getting back into pottery. It was something I tried many moons ago! YIKES time flies!!
Now I have less time and more motivation, it's amazing how much you can achieve with that combination.

I'm trying out some under glazing just using blue and black, hopefully they'll fire well and then I can pop a clear glaze on them.

Saturday, January 3, 2015



The Little Prince of Earth, Air, Fire and Water is complete and ready for the gallery.
I love the creamy softness of his skin and the contrast of the stress crackle on the background.
I hope he goes to a good home.

Friday, January 2, 2015

The Little Prince

The Little Prince of Earth, Air, Fire and Water.
I'm enjoying the sturdy strength of the horse/pony, the boy looks older than I had originally intended but I think he still looks innocent and ready for adventure.
I'm hoping to have gold leaf and silver leaf on the horn and crown, it's been a while since I've used it, so I hope it goes ok.

Floral Rooster



I like the way this guy ended up, I wasn't sure about the white, stressed background but am now happy with the contrast.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Floral Rooster

 I'm having so much fun with this guy, I love the freedom of colours in this style. I think it's mostly done in watercolour but I'm trying it with acrylic on board.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

My Art School

Richmond Art School

I'm so excited to be a part of this new art school, it's for both adults and children and is based in the gorgeous, historic town of Richmond, Tasmania, Australia.

It is located in the old school house behind St John's Catholic Church 

St John's (The Evangelist) Catholic School was established in the "old" school house adjacent to the Church in 1843.
Richmond is a town in Tasmania about 25 km north-east of Hobart, at the 2006 census, Richmond had a population of 880.[1]
St John's Catholic church was built in 1836, and is considered the oldest Roman Catholic church in Australia.
We've been running now for 3 months and I'm so happy with the progress and wonderful people who attend.

click here for our Facebook link ;-)