Sunday, July 29, 2012

Introducing 3...

With only just over a few weeks to go until the opening of my solo exhibition I've got quite a few things running through my head about the whole thing. I get asked if I'm nervous or how I feel as it gets nearer to opening night.

With my last solo exhibition 'Patchworked', I was quite relaxed in the lead up to it.

When  I talk to other artists everyone seems to tackle pre-exhibition nerves in different ways and has very different experiences.

So just what is going through my mind with only a few weeks away from my first solo exhibition at ArtBoy Gallery, well here are three things:

• Frames - planning how many frames I need, what styles and sizes. Need to plan ahead so that I've the frames on time. Not having frames on time can cause quite a bit of angst.
• Promotion - must send out my invite to my mailing list. A very important thing to do.
•  What will I paint on the wall at ArtBoy Gallery in the lead up to the exhibition?

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Red Bull Special Editions

Nearing the end of the working week I received a special delivery from the lovely people at Red Bull. Three cans of their new Special Editions, which will be released in stores around Australia in September.

The cans have the same effect as the regular Red Bull but they come in three new flavours. The Blue Special Edition tastes likes blueberry, the Silver like lime and the Red like cranberry.

I tried the Silver Special Edition today, and I'll honestly admit that it reminds me of lime sherbet. It was nice though. I can imagine having it with a slice of lime, some ice cubes and a dash of vodka (for those of a legal age to drink alcohol). It doesn't taste at all like the regular Red Bull.

Once I've tried the Blue and Red Special Additions, I'll let you know what I think. I've high hopes for the Red Special Edition, as one of my favourite things to add to the regular Red Bull is frozen cranberries.

Late last year I was given the amazing opportunity of being one of the first Red Bull MOBILE Scouts and have done a few other projects with them since.

In the build up to the launch of the Special Editions I've been commissioned to cut a few stencils for them. I really enjoy doing the odd bit of work here and there for Red Bull, now if only I could work out how to get a permanent job with them.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Be Positive With Design

Positive Posters
Positive Posters are back for another year, with another competition, and another exhibition. I believe they turned four this year. You know what, I thought they'd been around longer than that.

Submitting to Positive Posters is a great opportunity for you to show the world what you care about and show off your design skills, all at the same time.

They want you to take a break from the day-to-day design work and create a poster about an issue you think needs more attention or how you could make a change.

Just by entering your poster will be seen by thousands of people from over 150 countries around the world. Which also poses the challenge of designing a poster that doesn’t rely on words, and represents an issue that a global audience can understand.

If that isn't incentive enough they’ll print the winning poster and stick it all around the globe, sharing the issue and design.

Each year Positive Posters documents the issues that our generation care about the most. Creating an outlet for people to voice their concerns as a larger design community.

As some one who feels very strongly on certain issues, I’ll be sure to design a poster to enter and I hope you do too. I'm thinking something along the lines of Animal Rights.

For more information on how to enter or if you’re just interested to know more about the project visit

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Illustration Friday - Carry

Illustration Friday, is where a topic is announced each Friday and 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 I like that 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.

This weeks topic is Carry and I think "My World" is a perfect fit.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Hints + Tips - Pinterest For Artists

Infographic about intersting fact of Pinterest
Not so long ago I started a Pinterest account. Yes, I know I was a little slow on the up-take compared to many. I was a bit skeptical about it, why would I want to share my inspiration boards with others? I've now since changed my mind. I use it for a bevy of different reasons including but far from limited to work, my art, inspiration, ideas and to reference information.

As an artist and online content creator I've a few tips that make pinning things all worth while, for both showing off your arty skills and sharing content.

• Create boards for not just certain categories but also create boards for what it is you're pinning. I've boards set up for my blog posts, my CURVY posts, snapshots of my life, my artwork and my videos. I've given each of theses boards a suitable description that makes them search friendly too, and placed them into the most suitable categories.

• Give links in your pin descriptions, for the pins on my boards my CURVY posts and my blog posts, you'll notice I also in the description provide a link back to the article. In the description for my pins on my snapshots of my life board I include my instagram handle, as this is where the images are from.

• When you create online content make sure that it is pin worthy, so that when you pin it, it not only looks good on your board but that others might pin it too. By adding nice images that are relevant to the content you are one step closer to having that post pinned.

• Hashtag (#) relevant key words in your descriptions, these become clickable. If someone is looking at an interesting pin with #zebra and they click on it, they will be brought to a screen with images also with #zebra in their descriptions.

• To see who has pinned what from your site you just have to key a URL into your browser bar eg, for my website it's

Video In Preparation Of My Solo Exhibition


In preparation of my up and coming solo exhibition "The Urban Diary of a City Miss" at Art Boy Gallery, I put together a little video. 

Hope you like it.

The Urban Diary of a City Miss
Where: Art Boy Gallery, 99 Greville St, Prahran
Exhibition Opening: Friday 17 August 6pm - 8:30pm
Exhibition: Friday 17 - Sunday 19 August



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