Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April Round Up

Stone Bunnies
So folks, that was April, what a month, don't know about you but I sure was busy with exhibitions, a sale and just other bits and pieces going on.

Just in-case you've been a little busy here are some of my most popular posts from April...

Hints + Tips - What Does It Take To Be a Creative Female Leader

Recently I was asked to write an article in the lead-up to the PR Institute of Australia Women in PR Forum in Victoria on the topic of what does it take to be a female leader who leads creatively. In the article I discuss the meaning of being creative, look at Gunta Stölzl as an example and offer a few tips on how to be a creative female leader. To read the article head over to www.pria.com.au/priablog/what-does-it-take-to-be-a-creative-female-leader.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Introducing 3...

Over the past few months I've noticed some recent trends in illustration and art, these are things I've come across through my own art and in my role as Editor at CURVY. Here are three of those trends... 
  1. I've seen quite a few pieces that incorporate the use of geometric shapes. I'm seeing lots of diamonds and circles being represented in pastel colours and the bold tones of black and white.
  2. There appears to be an increase in the use of collage as a medium. With artists combing this technique with other mediums such as graphite and watercolour.
  3. Recently I've noticed a surge of illustrators transferring their grey-lead and graphite illustrations into digital works, and then colouring them through the use of programs such as Illustrator. There seems to be heavy influence by the likes of Kelly Thompson in these works.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Thursday, April 25, 2013

FanBoy vs. ArtBoy: Ladies Night


Currently I'm nutting-out what it is I'll do for the next FanBoy vs. ArtBoy exhibition Ladies Night, There are so many wonderful ladies that I want to pay homage to, but who shall I choose.

If you've a lady of  pop culture that you would like to pay homage too as well, I've some good news for you, artists from all corners of the world are invited to pick-up their brush, pen, paint or tablet and partake in this exhibition. Whether it’s Princess Leia, Patsy Stone, Aretha Franklin, Carrie Bradshaw or even the famous Audrey Hepburn you choose to draw inspiration from make sure you get your submission in.

Also something equally exciting, the CURVY team in Melbourne, Australia, including me, will be giving an award to one piece in the exhibition for best in show. Plus there will also be a people’s choice award too,

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

Exhibition Opening: Friday 24 May, 6pm - late
Website

Birthday Sale - Only A Few Days Left

 
To celebrate the simple fact and yet momentous fact that I turned 30 this month, I've taken 30% off the price of my stencil and illustration artworks and other pieces in my online shop. Plus Art Boy Gallery are in on the Birthday action too, offering 30% off the prices of paintings of mine, which they currently have in stock.

You have until Tuesday 30 of April to take advantage of this offer, so you best be quick!

Where can you see and buy my artwork that's on Sale for the month of April 2013...

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Stone Bunnies

Inspired by the painted rocks I've seen on Pinterest lately, I made some little Stone Bunnies. I'm not quite sure just yet what to do with them. Though I'm thinking I might set them free on the streets of Melbourne to be found and given loving new homes.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Hints + Tips - Stress Less


"A diamond is a piece of charcoal that handled stress exceptionally well." - Unknown
 

Recently I case across Ali's blog, North of Here, and stumbled upon an article I thought would be worth sharing, it's about stress and how she copes with it. It's great to be able to get some insight into how others deal with stress. Here are Ali's tips and tricks:

• Zone out and relax. Ali is going to make an appointment with herself to go to yoga once a week to help her do just that.
• Remove yourself from the area/room/conflict if you can. Step away.
• Find something that soothes you - Ali's is listening to music and reading, it removes her from the outside world.

What's your advice on handling stress? 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Introducing 3...

I've a soft spot for indulgent beauty products and Autumn is such a wonderful time of year to succumb to such an indulgence. Here are some of my favourite beauty must haves for Autumn which are perfect for my outdoors and artistic lifestyle...

INNOXA Antioxidant Lip Glaze in Plum 
Besides being a great cooler weather colour for me, I love that it nourishes and repairs my lips. It's non-sticky and can be worn alone or paired with lipstick. It's also made in Australia and not tested on animals - a big plus! Available at INNOXA.

Evo Salty Dog Cocktail Beach Spray
Though I do surf in the cooler months, it's just not often enough to maintain the beachy look of my hair, that I have during summer. So I get a little help, with a few sprays of Evo's Salty Dog Cocktail Beach Spray I've a salty texture to my hair. Available at Evo.
  
Natio Spa Heavenly Hand Cream
Using paints and the like, my hands get a work out, which is why I love a non-greasy hand cream that nourishes and moisturises my hands. The Natio Spa Heavenly Hand Cream does just that and smells devine.  Available at Natio.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Obey The Giant

I'm still on the fence as to whether or not I'm a fan of Shepard Fairey. Which might explain why I was apprehensive about watching Obey The Giant, a short film by Julian Marshall’s focusing on the moment of Shepard Fairey's life where he committed his first act of street art.

How close the film is to the truth I don't know but it is a film about a Rhode Island School of Design student named Shepard Fairey during his time at Rhode Island School of Design from 1989-1992, made by Rhode Island School of Design students.

What I do like about the film is that there are many defining moments in an artist’s life, those that cannot be matched in importance are the ones that occur in the early stages of an artist’s career. This film captures that and shows that it's the small achievements at the start of your artistic career that can really matter.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Festival of German Films

Bliss
 
Last year I went along the Festival of German Films to see The Good Neighbor, it was such a great film and I still think about it every so often. Which is why I'm excited about the 12th Festival of German Films with its spectacular cinematic collection, celebrating the rich diversity of Germany’s dynamic and creative film industry hitting Australian shores shortly.

Screening across 8 cities from 30 April until early mid May, the 2013 Festival offers the opportunity to view a wonderful collection of recent German contemporary cinema. Showcasing over 230 screenings across eight distinct with aptly titled categories from Eastern Promises, Retro, German Currents and Kraut Pleasers to Hot Docs, Russian Roulette, Our Neighbours and Kinder Kapers.

Under the guidance of the Festival’s director, Dr. Arpad Sölter, 45 films will be screened during the festival. Including the anticipated Two Lives, from writer/director Georg Maas, a thrilling drama that seeks to discover the true  identity of a woman whose mysterious past lies in the buried secrets of a wartime liaison between a  Norwegian woman and a German soldier. Included in the line-up is also Bliss, Breathing, Dreileben Trilogie, Break-Up Man, Russendisko, Maercy, German Sons, This Ain’t California and other films.

Whether like me you are into German films or simply a fan of good cinema, then it’s worth your while to book yourself some tickets (if not all) to the films in this year’s Festival of German Films.

Festival dates and venues are as follows:
SYDNEY: 30 April – 14 May, Chauvel Cinema, Palace Verona
MELBOURNE: 1 – 15 May, Palace Cinema Como, Kino Cinemas
BRISBANE: 3 – 9 May, Palace Centro
NEWCASTLE: 4 – 5 May, Tower Cinemas
ADELAIDE: 8 – 13 May, Palace Nova Eastend Cinema
PERTH: 9 – 13 May May, Cinema Paradiso
CANBERRA: 7 – 12 May, Palace Electric Cinema
BYRON BAY: 10 – 12 May, Palace Byron Bay

For more information make sure you visit the festival website at www.goethe.de/australia

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Introducing 3...

Mothers Day is fast approaching, so what do you get a creative mother for this special day? Here are three gorgeous items I think any mum would love...

 
 
Photo bunting banners - DIY Idea

Friday, April 12, 2013

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Hints + Tips - Medium

Have you heard of Medium yet? Well you're about to, if you're into publishing articles online especially in the form of a blog then this is something you want to know about.

In short Medium is a blogging site, created by the guys who started Twitter and Blogger, Evan Williams and Biz Stone. It has been described by it's founders as “A place where you can find and share knowledge, ideas, and stories - specifically, ones that need more than 140 characters and are not just for your friends.”

How does it work? It's pretty simple really, you write a blog, it then appears in one of the site's many collections which could be something like Coffee Tales, Design + Startups or Look What I Made, or it could appear on the site’s homepage. Users can recommend posts, which is a nicer way of saying they vote on them. The number of recommendations a post receives impacts on where it is displayed on the site, bringing the cream to the top (or you'd hope).

I've had a look around the site, it's clean and neat in design and I've not had one moment where I've thought "what the!". One feature I'm loving is that you can make notes in relation to sections of a post. It's super user friendly and intuitive.

Currently it's in Beta stage and though you can login with your twitter account, only a few have been invited to create content for the site. For now the general user can only read and recommend articles.

I'm looking forward to it opening up to allow others to post, until then, happy reading!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Review: The Croods

Thanks to Twentieth Century Fox and  Nuffnang, I got to go along to an exclusive sneak preview screening of DreamWorks Animation's new family film, The Croods.

Heads up I'm a sucker for kids films and I've more kids films in my DVD collection than any other type of movie, except surfing films that is. I really did have high hopes for this one.

The story line is this, there is a family called the Croods who live in a prehistoric time, they embark on a life changing journey when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. They make their way across a spectacular unfamiliar landscape, discovering an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures, during which their outlook on life is changed.

Along the way there are repetitive gags, moments of emotion, slapstick comedy and hilarity, even though I laughed there was nothing about this movie that made it stand out.

According to reports there was a decade of research, development and innovative design behind the scenes, yet there is little accuracy in the movie's creatures and events. In saying that I do have to commend the team behind the film for their creativity, I loved the flying sea turtles.

The Croods are strong, loving family and the film has a lovely message of courage and the celebration of adventure at its core. It's a great film for kids, if you're looking for pure entertainment, however keep in mind there are some dark moments. 

At the screening there was balloon animals, face painting, and a special guest appearance by one of the highly loveable characters, Belt the sloth, however I somehow missed all that and only got to see the film.

Rating: 2/5

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Hints + Tips - Social Media Management Apps For iPhone

Those who have a thing for social media, or simply love their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram ect. probably have at the very least the basic apps. But what if you want to manage your social media network a little bit further? Well, here are a few of my favourite free iPhone apps that help me manage my social networking accounts.

DiscovrPeople
In a nut shell it's an interactive map of everyone on Twitter, you navigate your way through to discover new people. Making it easy to discover new people that you’ll like to follow.

Followers +
Followers + allows you to track your lost or gained followers on Instagram. Along with your average likes per photo, fame value, photos per week, acclaim value, total likes and many more. 

FindUnfollow
It tells you which users unfollowed you and those users who are not following you back. Allows you to keep track of new followers. Plus you can easily and conveniently follow or unfollow users. It offers multiple accounts support too which is a huge plus if you run multiple accounts like me.

Hootsuite
Hootsuite is my favourite, you can manage your social media profiles, like Facebook, Facebook Pages, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Twitter, from almost anywhere in one handy app. It allows you to send and schedule updates, track click stats, and set up tracking columns to monitor keywords, #hashtags, and lists.

I hope these apps are as useful to you as they are to me. If you've a free iPhone app you love to use to help manage your social media accounts please let me know, I'd love to check it out.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Birthday Sale

To celebrate the simple fact that I'm turning the big three zero this April I'm taking 30% off the price of my artwork and other pieces in my online shop. Plus Art Boy Gallery are in on the Birthday action too, also offering 30% off the prices of all the paintings of mine, which they currently have in stock.

Where can you see and buy my artwork that's on Sale for the month of April 2013...

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