Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Paris and The Moulin Rouge

 
The toilette (Combing her hair) - Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

 Jane Avril at the Jardin de Paris - Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

  The Simpson Chain - Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Divan Japonais - Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

La Goulue entering the Moulin Rouge - Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Recently I visited Canberra and went to the National Gallery of Australia I did get to see the Sydney Long exhibition and as amazing as that was I wish I could of seen Toulouse-Lautrec – Paris and The Moulin Rouge, which is currently on display. Though the 19th Century isn't one of my most favoured times in Paris, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec expressed through his art what was happening in Paris at the time in such an insightful way, capturing the essence of his Parisian characters and haunts.

The exhibition showcases paintings, drawings, posters and prints by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, who's subject matter became thoroughly modern, thus making him an influential figure in the evolution of the art in the 20th century.

Toulouse-Lautrec – Paris and The Moulin Rouge examines the abilities of Toulouse-Lautrec as an acute observer of Parisian life, alongside his involvement in Parisian culture - the high life and the low life. Showcasing a spectrum of  his works including earlier pieces through to his extraordinary depictions of the Paris social scene, the dance halls, the cafĂ©-concerts, the brothels and theatres.

Toulouse-Lautrec – Paris and The Moulin Rouge
Where: National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Canberra, ACT, Australia
Exhibition:
Friday 14 December 2012 – Tuesday 2 April 2013
Website:
National Gallery of Australia
Cost: There is an entry fee – please refer to the National Gallery of Australia website

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Wishing You A Merry Christmas

I just want to say a very big thank you to everyone for your support throughout 2012. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year full of many beautiful moments.

Nicole
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Thursday, December 20, 2012

I Sea Creatures

Recently I painted a mural about 9 meters long featuring a selection of my water animal stencils at The Portsea Camp in the Art Room. For those that haven't been to the camp many of the buildings on site date back to wartime with bunkers, fortification, and an old parade ground. The site became the Lord Mayor’s Camp for Country Children in 1946, and has since be a camp destination of children all around Victoria.

Painting a mural in such a significant location is a real privilege and I'm honored to of been asked.

You can see from the video that I've put together that the camp also looks over Port Phillip Bay - what a gorgeous view it is.

I've still a few additions I'd like to add to the mural at a latter date. I hope the children who attend the camp in 2013 like it.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

CURVY 9 Submissions - Open

CURVY is thrilled to announce that they're calling for submissions for the 2013 book – number 9 in the series.

If you’re an established or aspiring female artist or illustrator and you’re looking to have your work seen by an inspired audience around the globe – get up and get your submission in to them now!

To date CURVY have showcased over 650 female artists within the pages of the famed CURVY books, and have received over 10,000 submissions. Some standouts have included Audrey Kawasaki, Deanne Cheuk, Fafi, Miss Van and Irina Dakeva.  Plus they've unearthing hundreds of new artists that were not widely known before.

Issue 9 promises to be the best CURVY book ever – and they’d love to have you part of it. They've also a new section for collaborative works too, which is very exciting.

For more information on how to submit for CURVY 9 visit www.curvy-world.com/2012/12/submissions-are-open

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Review: Life of Pi

Thanks to Twentieth Century Fox and  Nuffnang, I got to go along to an exclusive sneak preview screening of the film Life of Pi. Since first spying the trailer I've been wanting to see this film - I'll be honest, I've not read the book, but now I want to.

The film is based on the best-selling book by Yann Martel about a young man who survives a disaster at sea and is thrust into what can only be described as an epic journey of adventure and discovery. Whilst drifting at sea this young man forms an unexpected connection with another survivor, Richard Parker, a Bengal tiger.

Ang Lee (Academy Award winning director) lets the story unfold, it has you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Even though I found the overuse of CGI in the film and little unbelievable, the telling of the story made me believe.  

I want to tell you so much more but I don't want to give too much away. 


We did see the film in 3D and  it was spectacular but I can't wait to see it in 2D as I find in 3D you do loose some of the finer details of the surrounds.

Life of Pi opens in Australia on New Year’s Day, and I highly recommend if you're wanting a film with enchantment, a twist that will have you thinking and a well told story, that you check it out.

Oh and just a tip, if lost at sea don't fire a flare unless you know someone is going to see it.

Rating: 4/5

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Illustration Friday - Snow


Illustration Friday, is where a topic is posted each and every Friday, then participants have a week to come up with their own interpretation for the topic or find something they've already created that fits. For me it's all in the name of fun and it gets me thinking about topics that generally I wouldn't illustrate or think about. Even if I don't get the time to create something, I enjoy flicking through those that have.

The current topic is Snow and I think 'Snowman' is a nice fit. This illustration is in the style/theme that I like to call ‘is it Jack or is it Jill’ which about two children who rather than watch TV and play computer games they use their wild imaginations and high skill level of tearing apart their mothers sheet and table clothes to make wonderous things.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Friday, December 7, 2012

A Moment To Pause

Title: Summer Start
Photographer: vonSchnauzer

2013 Calendars Now Available

As I'm sure you're now well aware my 2013 Calendar is now available, this is the forth year in a row I've designed one. Like the ones before it features a handpicked selection of artworks and illustrations that I created throughout 2012.

The artworks and illustrations featured in my 2013 Calendar include some of my favoured stencils, childrens-book-like illustrations, acrylic paintings and watercolour illustrations. Of coarse my rabbits Nickel (November) and Madu (April) make an appearance.

My 2013 calendar is A5 in size, printed on 250gsm FSC Certified, made with Elemental Chlorine Free pulps (ECF), ISO 14001 Environmental Management System stock and is bound using a bulldog clip which is re-useable. Making it environmentally friendly.

If you're keen on displaying one on your wall in 2013 or giving one as a gift you'd be best be quick and order today, as I've only done a small print run and at only $15 each they are sure to sell-out fast.


You can purchase them:
Via my MadeIt shopfront
Kids In Berlin, 472 Victoria Street, North Melbourne, VIC
Art Boy Gallery, 99 Greville St, Prahran, VIC

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Underwater

I only recently came across this short clip of surfer Sally Fitzgibbons for Red Bull Special Editions. Pushing the branding aside, for me the aesthetics of the film captures one of the many things I love about surfing and that being under the ocean's surface is like entering another world.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

GIVEAWAY: 2013 Calendar

To celebrate the end of the year and the start of a new one I'm giving away to one lucky reader one of my 2013 Calendars, along with 3 small stickers and an original illustration badge.

To be in the running to win:
1. Sign-up to my e-newletter or like my page on Facebook
2. Comment on this post answering:  What important dates you'd write in the calendar if you won it?
This competition will run for two weeks, so get your entry in by Wednesday 19 of December 5pm AEST to be in the running.

A winner will be drawn using random.org - and contacted via email, so make sure you link to a place I can easily find your email or leave our email address so I can contact you.

Open to all readers within Australia.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Hints + Tips - DIY Gift Boxes

Recently I came across a great tutorial on Tambouille (in French) on how to make these simple gift boxes from two squares of paper. There are images for each step so you don't have to know French to understand the step-by-step guide.

I've used different type of paper in different sizes to create gift boxes to wrap Christmas presents in this year. They look gorgeous, if I do say so myself.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Allstars


To celebrate the end of the 2012 Espionage Gallery in Adelaide are putting together Allstars, End of Year Group Exhibition. Featuring over 65 artists from Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Argentina. 

Having of exhibited with Espionage Gallery a few times this year I was delighted to be invited to be part of such an ambitious exhibition. I've painted an old favoruite for it, Face and Fringe. It was nice to work with a stencil that is so familiar to me. 

Joshua Smith, Gary Seaman, Cameron Brideoake, Creature Creature, Bec Winnel, Rebecca Murphy, Cesar Zanardi, Elisa Mazzone, Kaitlin Beckett and Tiff Rysdale, just to name a few are exhibiting in the exhibition too.

Allstars Group Show

Espionage Gallery
Suite 1, Level 2, 93 Rundle Mall, Adelaide, SA
Opening: Thursday 13 December, 6pm – 9pm
Exhibition: Thursday 13 – Thursday 20 December
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November Round Up

 
Wow is it December already? How time flys. Here are some of my most popular posts from November if you missed them... 

Friday, November 30, 2012

A Moment To Pause

Title: Sugar Skulls, Paper Flowers; Chasing Light, The Golden Hour
Photographer: Brandon Christopher Warren

Wildlife

Lamington Drive is proud to present in it's new space illustration works from Arts Access Victoria, with three separate exhibitions under the title Wildlife.

All opening on the same night is....

Artsider a new publication from Arts Access Victoria, it is a showcase of the leading outsider art currently being produced in Melbourne. The inaugural issue of Artsider focuses on the portrait work of five artists who form the ‘Satellite’ studio based in Monash. Satellite is a weekly arts studio run by Arts Access Victoria in conjunction with Monash Gallery of Art. The artists of Satellite are Vinh Nguyen, Paula Whiting, Joceline Lee, Jeffrey Phillips and Fiona Sutherland.

Ed’s Alphabet is a new children’s Alphabet book by artist Edward Treloar. The book features exquisite drawings in ink and water portraying animals to illustrate each letter. These works were completed over several months at Art Day South, a weekly arts program based in Dingley Victoria and run by Arts Access Victoria.

Kristy Sweeney's Birds is a series of illustrations completed over the past 12 months. Kristy’s highly detailed pencil drawings both faithfully represent her subjects and at times evolve into an imaginary realm. Kristy’s works were also completed at Art Day South.

These exhibitions as one exhibition look worth while checking out, I wonder if I can find some time in my diary to go along.

Wildlife
Lamington Drive Gallery

15 - 25 Keele St, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia (near the corner of Smith Street)
Exhibition Opening: Friday 7 December, 1pm onwards
Exhibition: Friday 7 - Saturday 22 December
Website: www.lamingtondrive.com

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Design In Memory

Recently someone very close and dear to me passed away. They were not only a friend but one of my biggest fans. I was given the opportunity to give a eulogy at the funeral, which is probably one of the hardest speeches I've had to make in my life so far. Inspired by what I said near the end of my speech, I've designed 3 pieces, Aim Higher, Question and Be Curious.

It is in memory of this person that I shall question more often, aim higher and be more curious about things. I wanted a way in which I can be reminded and share with others this message in a clear and yet appropriate way. I feel that through illustration and design I've done this.

I've made the designs available for purchase on RedBubble as prints, cards, hoodies, posters, t-shirts, stickers, iPod covers, iPad covers and baby clothes.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

FanBoy VS ArtBoy: Horror - Re-cap

Last Friday night Art Boy hosted their last FanBoy vs ArtBoy for 2012, with the theme being Horror.

As promised my little illustrations 'Yikes!' and 'Ahhh...' were on show amongst all the gore that goes along with the horror genre.

 Actually there was more gore than I expected. They had kitted out the gallery to look like something from Dexter. People were dressed and acting like Zombies, Hannibal Lecter and more.
Yet to be announced is the which artist the team from SCI-FI & SQUEAM (JOY94.9) will be awarding "BEST IN HORRORSHOW" to.

If you've not yet been to the exhibition make sure you get down there this weekend.

Oh and before I forget they've announced the theme for the next FanBoy vs ArtBoy which will be in February. I'm super excited about it as the theme is Oz, as in "... we're off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of oz...".

FanBoy vs ArtBoy - Horror
Artboy Gallery
99 Greville St, Prahran, VIC

Opening: Friday 23 November, 6pm to 8:30pm
Exhibition: Friday 23 - Sunday 25
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