David Lynch: happiness is in the doing

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I love this video on so many different levels…

    1. It’s David Lynch talking about creativity and where it comes from. He is so incredibly creative and prolific and his advice is so simple yet wise.
    2. The illustrations are so beautiful and they enrich your understanding of David’s soothing words.
    3. The colour pallet is just divine… love, love, love ♥
    4. David debunks the myth that suffering is a necessary part of the creative process… hoo-bloody-ray!

Spend 2:33 minutes watching something beautiful that will help you better understand the creative process.

“Ideas are like fish and you don’t make the fish, you catch the fish”. – David Lynch

The beautiful animation is done by Jackie Lay & you can follow David Lynch on Twitter.
This video is hosted on The Atlantic

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A friend of mine shared a HILARIOUS illustration on Facebook and it made me properly crack up.

PerimenopART is a range of humorous illustrations highlighting the struggles women face during their perimenopausal years. While I am not myself preminipausal these images speak to all women and will make you literally laugh out loud. This amazing and funny body of work is by an artist called Kirsty Collett – I don’t know much about her but I do know she has mad skills.

You can see her work on her Facebook page PerimenopART. When she gets her shop up and running I’ll update it here 🙂 in the mean time you can email her directly.


Feel free to share Kirsty’s work. Get in touch with me via Twitter, Instagram or by email 🙂

the first street photographer… Vivian Maier

To say that I fell in love with Vivian Maier’s work at first site would be a massive understatement. Despite the amazing story behind her work and the discovery of it, her photographs themselves are amazing.

Long before Humans of New Work and The Sartorialist, in the 1950’s and 1960’s Vivian Maier wondered the streets of Chicago, New York and the world taking amazingly framed and well exposed photographs – a lot of which had never been printed while she was alive. It’s also important to remember that these images have not been cropped or edited, they are as they were taken (no photoshop or iPhone edits here).

Here is just a small sample of her beautiful photographs.

Vivian Maier images 50s and 60s

I hope to own an original print one day… they are gelatin silver prints, 12×12 inches printed on 16×20 inch paper. The price ranges from US$2,000 to US$5,400… so if anyone out there wants to get me one for my birthday then feel free 🙂

If you haven’t already seen it, make a point to see the film Finding Vivian Maier, now available to rent or buy on Amazon.

Here is the trailer…

I thought this might be a dry documentary but I ended up really loving it. I will be watching it again… just to see some of the amazing images again.

If you would like to find out more about Vivian Maier and John Maloof who discovered her work amazing body of work, visit vivianmaier.com.

Be inspired to take better photos and tell a story through your images.

club swizzle sizzle @ the opera house

A must see for any lover of entertainment, fun, laughter, cheek and brilliant performances that make you want to go to the gym, get incredibly toned and then climb up a pole in a leotard… Club Swizzle is a must see this Summer in Sydney.

The people who brought us La Soirée are back and have put together an amazing ensemble of creatives. Compared and narrated by Murray Hill, this amazing and hilarious show took us through brilliant feats of acrobatics to beautiful bouncing boys and amazing musical performances. The bar became a stage and then a bar again, the performers are superb and I loved it so much, I’ll be going back for more.

IMG_0003Murray Hill bringing the house down, my favourite quote was “Don’t worry, I’m a feminist, I love women… I used to be one”.

IMG_7923Beautiful and etherial pole dancing of the artistic kind.

IMG_8123Meow Meow was a scream… brilliant, very funny and can she sing or what!

IMG_9494The contortionist was mesmerising and oh so shiny.

IMG_9789Gorgeous and very elastic boys bounced all of the place.

And then there was the audience participation section of the evening… a channel 9 producer was first to the pole in a dance off…
IMG_8615He started out shy…

IMG_8653…but that didn’t last long… he quickly shimmied up high…

IMG_8728…and made that pole his bitch!

IMG_8781By chance the second constant on the pole was Lionel Cole from The Voice Australia

IMG_8843…he got right into it and made the most of his time in the spot light…

IMG_8870…his hips did not lie… Beyonce could learn a move or two from Lionel.

I was delighted to see the band leader was none other than my childhood friend Michael Lira, I didn’t know he was in the show. He was born a musician and performer (and I know because I’ve known him my whole life). He used to do concerts in his parents lounge room and he was impressive way back then. So proud and happy to see that he has followed his dreams and that he is so darn good at it.

Long story short… if you are in Sydney and you get a chance, make sure you go and see Club Swizzle (you can book your tickets here). A brilliant night out.



artists i like: aaron kuehn

Aaron Kuehn’s Skeleton Typogram is one of those amazingly simple and beautiful ideas that makes you wonder “why didn’t I think of that?“. What a great visual tool to casually learn the bones of the human body. Any student or teacher can benefit from having such a thing of beauty hanging on their wall.

This is what using illustration to communicate is all about. Love love love it! Why not *buy a signed 38cm x 56cm print or some Hand Letterpressed Mini Prints (hand made in Portland, Oregon) for the student, physio or doctor in your life.


There is something primitive and cave man like about seeing Aaron’s skeleton in Letterpress plate form in the process of printing. Quite fitting.

SkeletonTypogram-AaronKuehn Letterpress

I love the fact that this is Aaron’s description on his on website. Hooray for bones indeed.

“EXO… ENDO… TYPO! Your life, your organism, your soft tissues but a puddle on the ground, if not for the ancient seg­men­tal structure of the Ver­te­brates. The ORIG­I­NAL HARD CORE is evolving for 400 million years now. Hominids, like you, are using the latest upright tech­nol­ogy orig­i­nat­ing only 4 million years prior.”

Aaron also does anatomical drawings/prints of bicycles, a suspension bridge, a bee and a ukulele.

Support living artists and while you’re at it follow Aaron on Twitter or visit his site.

* I am in no way affiliated with this site and do not make any $$$ from your purchases 🙂

artists i like: liz climo

Liz Climo is an illustrator and artist who in her spare time creates beautiful and delightful animal cartoons. You see Liz works on The Simpsons. I love The Simpsons so that alone is worthy of a lot of respect. But then she has carved out a massive fan base online publishing these gorgeous animal comics. They are so simple and so funny.

She has published a picture book called The Little World of Liz Climo (hardback available on Book Depository with free shipping) and she is releasing a new picture book in 2015 called Rory the Dinosaur: Me and My Dad. The Books are well worth the purchase as only a sample of the drawings are shared online so you’re still getting a lot of great new material (plus you’re supporting a living artist).



These are just too cool for school.


Who doesn’t love a good Breaking Bad parody!


I sometimes wonder if I’m afraid of heights being so tall… I do relate 😛


I think all non-gamers can relate to this.


The story lines are so simple and sweet.


An alarming number of the cute and cuddly animals in Liz’s drawings try to eat each other… just injecting a does of reality.


I guess it would be confusing for some animals… like the turtle who tried to hump the shoe (watch the video LOL).


Just in case you needed a costume idea for an upcoming Christmas Party…


And just in time for Christmas – got to get me some Candy Canes.

Find and follow Liz on Twitter, Facebook and on her Tumbler site. You can buy her books at Book Depository, prints from Society 6 and and T-shirts from Shirts and Ladders.

Support living artists 🙂


artists i like: peter dahmen

Peter Dahmen is a German artist. He is in fact a Paper Architect. His love for pop-up came about from his need to catch public transport with a major work while he was studying graphic design. I am still amazes me how our lives can change direction because of the most random things.

Peter manages to capture movement and shape in his dynamic paper works and he has managed to turn his love of pop-up into a full time career.

Here is a short documentry on Peter and how he got into paper architecture. His work and attention to detail is amazing.

This is one of Peters own videos featuring 5 Awesome Pop-Up Sculptures

Here is another one of Peters videos featuring Six Amazing Pop-Up Paper Sculptures

You can follow Peter via his site, on Facebook and Twitter.

artists i like: elizabeth mayville

I really love Elizabeth Mayville’s work. She is an artist and illustrator based in Michigan. Her work focuses on ‘home’ and the little things that make us happy 🙂

Elizabeth Mayville still lives

Her beautiful still lifes are some how monotone and colourful at the same time. I really enjoy this type of painting. Her metallic and glass Cakestand, 2012, oil on canvas, 12 x 12″ (above left) reminds me a bit of one of my all time favourite painters… see below>>>

Margaret Preston Implement blue 1927Margaret Preston, Implement blue 1927

Margaret Preston (29 April 1875 – 28 May 1963) was one of Australia’s most accomplished female artists of the last century. She was very prolific in the 1920’s through to the 1940’s working as a painter and print maker. Aboriginal and Japanese art informed her contemporary and modern style. She was a trailblazer in her time and her work is still relevant today.

Elizabeth Mayville Landscapes

Back to Elizabeth Mayville‘s work… her gorgeous landscapes are perfection. This is just how I see the world. She has an amazing talent for cutting back on the detail but still telling a great story on her canvas.

Elizabeth Mayville Animals

Elizabeth‘s portraits of animals are very sweet and minimalist. Once again she has simplified the colour pallet and the background to showcase the gorgeous faces of her fury and feathered friends.

You can see a comprehensive list of Elizabeth’s fine art and illustration work on her site and you can purchase a prints & original works on etsy.

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artists i like: eve d’alessandro (nee meagher)

I really love Eve’s work.

I admire her ability to paint (almost) every day and how she sends her work out there into the world. Just this year she has started entering art competitions and has been selected as a semi finalist in the 2014 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and is a finalist in the 2014 Portia Geach Memorial Award, NOW showing at the S.H. Erving Gallery until December 14, 2014.

Eve Meagher_Julian Meagher

This is Eve’s portrait of her brother Julian Meagher. This painting was selected in the semi finals of the 2014 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.

Eve Meagher Procrastination

This painting called ‘Procrastipainting – this is me to a tea’ is a gorgeous depiction of Eve putting off till this afternoon, what can be painted right now. Endless cups of tea can be one of the best and most accessible tools available to the professional procrastinator. Procratipainting is a finalist in the 2014 Portia Geach Memorial Award.

eve d’alessandro 2014 Portia Geach Memorial Award

This is Eve at the opening of the 2014 Portia Geach Memorial Award.

Make sure you make your way to the S.H. Erving Gallery before December 14 and see a bevy of amazing female painters.
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Keep painting and procrastipainting Eve. Love your work <3

artists i like: abigail brown


Abigail Brown is a London based textile and paper artist.

I haven’t had the privilege of seeing Abigail Brown’s work in person but I have a feeling I would love it 🙂 There is something mystical and magical about her animals that seem to have crawled out of the pages of a beautifully drawn children’s picture book.


It seems that the love of fabric and thread is genetic as she grew up watching her seamstress grandmother work and this passion was not lost on a young Abigail.


I always delight in seeing how other people deal with fabric addiction – and she really makes it work.


While she is internationally known for her birds, she also makes delightful paper creatures that either stand alone or proudly hang on walls in the style of hunting trophies (but much cuter and kinder to our fury friends).

animal medly

She shares her process on twitter which is very generous and always delightful to see.

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Who wouldn’t want one of these gorgeous creative characters on your wall. Each critter is unique and hand made so no two are the same.
Just wonderful <3

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Abigail works in London and she shows her studio either by appointment or twice a year with Open Studios. If you would like to get a work commissioned you can get in touch with her directly. Follow Abigail and her whimsical work on Facebook, Twitter or on her own website.

If you’re considering collecting art… try to support living artists 🙂

artists i like: rachel ryle

How much do I love Rachel Ryle’s work… let me count the ways. Beautiful and cheerful animation coupled with tiny tales that have to be watched over and over.
Follow Rachel’s work on her website, Facebook, Instagram or on Twitter.

Coffee anyone? I love making my own coffee at home in my caffettiera… but this is so much more beautiful than when I do it… got milk?

These quirky animations are full of magic… Abracadabra!

I adore the play on scale and the cross over between the 2D & 3D realms… Are you feeling lucky punk?

A little playful sandcastle fun just in time for Summer (in the southern hemisphere that is)… however, I’ve never been able to disassociate the song Mr Sandman by The Chordettes from Halloween II… still creeps me out LOL!

artists i like: sara roberts

I always talk to strangers and often meet really interesting people and have amazing conversations 🙂 I recently had a great discussion with Sara Roberts – a Sydney based artist – at the MCA at Circular Quay. Despite being a lovely person, when I gooogled her work I was happy to see that I also love her work.

She has a very clean modern style with bright + flat areas of colour (I LOVE THIS) and her colours are bright and clean. Just lovely.

Woman in Wood, oil on linen

The Lonely Ones, oil on linen

The Meeting Place, oil on canvas

The feature image at the top of this post is called Uluru, oil on canvas.

Her work is for sale on Saatchi Art and they move quickly so buy from a living artist and brighten up your walls NOW!

artists i like: jennifer tyers

You can find all sorts of amazing artists while searching the wonderful world of the internet… I love Jennifer Tyers landscapes so much. There is a beautiful childish simplicity in the large blocks of colour and the simplification and almost illustration like. They also remind me of the beautiful water colours my beautiful late Aunty Carmiña did in the 50’s.

artists i like: jennifer tyers

This image is from her 2013 collection called Double Dipper. She made these works while she was on a residency in Byron Bay.

artists i like: jennifer tyers

This work is also from her 2013 collection called Double Dipper. I love the way she simplifies the trees as if to reference the Austrian artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser

Tropical Garden

I adore the brightness creeping in to her more recent works. This piece is from her 2014 collection called Tropical Garden.

Tropical Garden

I almost want to climb into these glorious bright watercolours and skip through these magical landscapes.

Her work brings light + colour + joy into the real world.

Visit her site and support living artists.


artists i like: neil dawson

I haven’t seen this work in person but I hope to one day.

I love flat paintings + drawings and this sculpture plays with flatness in a whole new way. It is made out of welded steel and stands 15 meters high.


Neil Dawson (1948-) is a well known New Zealand sculptor and is best known for his large civic works crafted from stainless steel and aluminium. You can see more of Neil’s works on his site.

This work lives at Gibbs Farm also known as “The Farm” in Makarau, a 50 minute drive north of Auckland, New Zealand. Alan Gibbs bought the property in 1991 and decided to commission artworks to display on his farm, turning it into a beautiful outdoor gallery.