Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Spirit Cats Inspirational Card Deck in the works

This month I have been immersed in all the aspects of bringing my Spirit Cats deck into the world from painting to writing card meanings to researching manufacturing options and costs to learning about kickstarter and beginning to fret over the need to make a ...... ahhhh!!!!! marketing plan!!!!

I love the writing and painting but the other stuff is a bit more challenging for me especially developing a strategy to get the word out. Somehow it just makes my mind spin and my anxiety levels rise. Deep breaths and keep moving forward. The 3 energies that came through in my kitty paintings this month are exactly what I need to help me with this project: Courage, Vision, and Gratitude.




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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Art Every Day Month: Creative Flow

This month, I am participating in Art Every Day Month ( #AEDM2015 #AEDM ).

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After traveling for almost 5 months, it is time to immerse myself in the creative flow again.  This can be scary at first but the more you do it, the less you notice the fears and creativity just become part of your life enriching each and every day.

Here are a few sketches and paintings from this week.

Last night, I needed some free-form, no-plan intuitive painting , so I lit a candle and just let paint bleed onto the paper swirling together in the water. I had no idea what it would be and for a long time it didn’t look like anything but colors. For a moment there was a girl wandering through the meadow but she transformed into the tree on the right. The last bit to pop up was the little bunny to be the peaceful observer.

This is a Fennec Fox. I'm so delighted that such creatures exist in this strange world. I am excited to draw and paint other cute and unusual spirits like the red panda and the dik dik.

I made this quick sketch late Sunday night after  an amazing Halloween camp-out forest trance party and have been dancing away the last 24 hours in the trees, under the moon, and alongside the colorful wildlife human and otherwise that joined in the strange and wondrous celebrations. This sketch was how I felt in the moment… Adrift in the magical sleepy afterglow.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Zarillo And Moonfire: Mischief-Maker and Peaceful Protectress

Meet my friendly monsters who are part of the Supahcute Kaiju 2 Show: Cuter, Better, Fatter, Stronger at Leanna Lin's Wonderland. The show runs through April 26, 2015 and is filled with cute mayhem.

This is Zarillo. She is pure, playful mischief. She likes to play hide and seek in the forest. She knows how to swirl you about, happily tricking you into forget your responsibilities and getting deliciously lost in the wood. She will snuggle you with softness and love you into surrender. 

"Zarillo" by Nicole Piar
Watercolor on Arches watercolor paper
10.5in x 12in (framed)
$200 (framed) 
Purchase HERE

This is Moonfire. She is the peaceful protectress. She defends all that is good in us. She holds our dreams in her heart. Her fire, as pure and fresh as the sunrise, keeps those dreams safe and gives them space to grow.
"Moonfire" by Nicole Piar
Watercolor on Arches watercolor paper
10.5in x 12in (framed)
$200 (framed) 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Lovely Ink Interview with Rachael Taylor

Rachael Taylor, the well-known UK surface designer, is bringing her fun,quirky and vibrant style to our March Lovely Ink. Let her sprinkle her spontaneous and playful spirit into your days, reminding you to dream with a light heart and a smile.  

If you want to receive a free 8x10" printable and desktop wallpaper of this print as well as an archive of 11 other inspirational artworks, sign-up  by March 20, 2015 for Lovely Ink here. This is your last chance to get this amazing free collection of art. 

In this interview with Rachael Taylor, she reveals the intricacies of her creative process and shares her inspirations. Enjoy!

Take us through your creative process of making your piece for Lovely Ink?
I always start my design process by playing some of my favourite music. Then I dig out a collection of pens, inks and tools for mark making and drawing. I create 95% of my artwork by hand, then I scan it in and work it up in either Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. For the Lovely Ink piece I simply created what came in to my mind at that moment. I wanted to incorporate pattern, textures and layering and team it with a striking colour palette and a motivational quote. Choosing colour palettes for my work is my favourite part of the creative process!

What drew you to the inspirational saying you used in your Lovely Ink piece?
I’m a big fan of inspiring words and quotations and surround myself with them on a daily basis. I created the piece as I felt like I needed to hear and share the words myself at that precise moment in time. Where possible, I try to always work organically that way my work doesn’t feel too contrived.

Was there a moment in your life when you first fell in love with making things? 
I’ve always been a creative person, whether that was through dance, drama or art. After I graduated university I began to incorporate a looser and quirkier style within my designs. I would say that was when I really fell in love with drawing and began to gain confidence as an artist.

Where in your life do you find the most inspiration for your art?
I tend to soak up inspiration around me and this seems to spontaneously translate into my drawings. I draw my designs in a quite traditional hand drawn process, as this feels more personal and less contrived. I then work my designs up digitally using a Wacom graphics tablet. I love colour and tend to use brights in my designs. 

What would be your absolute dream project - no limitations?
This year I am working hard towards building a brand new portfolio to appeal to the children’s market, I have been inspired to create cute characters since having my little baby boy, Blayke Lennon! A range with Mama’s and Papa’s would be an absolute dream!

Who are some of your favourite artists, illustrators or surface designers?
I absolutely adore work by Louise Tiler, Libby McMullin, Helen Dardik, Ella Doran and many more. I’m particularly inspired by spontaneous design and I’ve always really admired the work of artist Jackson Pollock, I love the energy his work brings. I’ve also always been a fan of Alexander McQueen as I admire the risks he took with his work. I also love art and design from the 1950’s and 1960’s.

What are your favorite design or art blogs that you would like to share with your fans?

Saturday, February 28, 2015

My Feather Story

Come along with me on a little journey. Get cosy and quiet and listen in. Your heart has something to tell you.

One day tucked under our door, came this mysterious envelope.

In the library I was quietly perusing old books when.....

Early the next morning, I went to water my plant friends, and found these peculiar surprises peeking out among the leaves.

And the sky was a flutter....

The feathers were beckoning to me... leading me in...

Gentle friends appear at just the right moment to lead the way....

In a dark and quiet grove, they appeared to me and I was enveloped in their warm, sweet glow...

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Lovely Ink: Interview with Anne Waters

This month's Lovely Ink is hint of summer and sunshine from australia created by surface designer, Anne Waters. She finds a graceful balance between fresh air and vintage shops, bringing nature and design together.

If you want to receive a free 8x10" printable and desktop wallpaper of this  print sign-up for Lovely Ink here. Every month, Lovely Ink delivers free inspirational art to your inbox.

I was lucky enough to interview Anne and peek into her creative process and inspirations. Enjoy! 

Take us through your creative process of making your piece for Lovely Ink?
This particular piece was created using sketches that I scanned and coloured in Illustrator. I focussed on Australian wildflowers including flannel flowers and blossoming gums, and tried to give them their own quirky style. I thought it would be fun to create a piece that had loads to look at, so I made a few subtle layers with various textures and shapes drifting into the background as well as a varied mix of flora positioned this way and that.

What drew you to the inspirational saying you used in your Lovely Ink piece?
I spent time looking for an inspirational quote and discovered “The Earth Laughs in Flowers” by Ralph Waldo Emerson c.1845 which I’d not heard before. Being a lover of the great outdoors, it touched me instantly. I also enjoyed the poetic analogy, so beautiful and cheerful. I’m not sure if Emerson wrote it to be interpreted this way, but on its own, I thought it was pretty special.

Was there a moment in your life when you first fell in love with making things? 
I was born into a crafty family. My mum taught most of us to sew and knit, so as I grew up there was a constant hive of activity. My dad was into black and white photography so I would spend hours in the darkroom watching and learning how to make images come to life. When I was about 12, I cut out stencils of camels and palm trees and screen printed them to some old fabric then made it up into a button up shirt. I have kept it after all these years for some reason, so perhaps it was then that I really fell in love with making things.

Where in your life do you find the most inspiration for your art?
I would have to say that I find the most inspiration for my art out in the wild. I try to go to national parks as often as I can, which can be tricky when my littlest bushwalker has other ideas. I’m constantly photographing anything that catches my eye. Apart from the wilderness, I collect old textiles, and am often caught hanging out in thrift shops rummaging through shelves of forgotten treasures, unearthing vintage tea towels, table cloths, curtains and the like. I thought I might have grown out of the habit by now.

What would be your absolute dream project - no limitations?
I have always sewed and worked with fabric so I have a particular interest in textiles. It would be my ultimate dream come true to see my designs in a fabric line with a bolt fabric company...no camels and palm trees I promise.

Who are some of your favorite artists, illustrators or surface designers?
There really are so many creative souls out there that I admire, so these are just a few of my favourites ones… Sue Adams, David Weidman, Aboriginal Art, Jill Lewis, Gus Leunig, Lucienne Day, Ken Done and Jenny Kee.

What are your favorite design or art blogs that you would like to share with your fans?
Print and Pattern, Patternbank, Pinterest, The Design Files, The Art Room Plant

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Make Art Magic February Theme

February Theme: When You're Perfectly Free
So this month, I want to explore the feeling of being free, of letting down our guard, letting go of expectations and visions of past and future, and just being. We all have moments when this feeling enters us like a swift wind and carries us into the heart of our true selves.

From Rumi:
“Dance, when you're broken open. Dance, if you've torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you're perfectly free.”

As my favorite yoga teacher, Julian Walker, always says during class, "Come as you are. Some of us are heart-broken today. Some of us are happy. Some of us are tired or have a cold. Some of us are in love. We all take turns. Come as you are." This is such an inspiring mediation on true freedom.

Ways to Share Your Make Art Magic Artwork between February 1-28, 2014:
1. Primary place to post your art and get community feedback is our private Make Art Magic Facebook Group (click the “join group” button to request an invite)
2.Share with the rest of the world across social media using the hashtag #MakeArtMagic

*Don’t forget to put your name/signature/website on your piece so that everyone will know you created it.

Benefits of Signing up for the Ghostkitten Newsletter:

1. You will get the theme 1 week earlier than everyone else. (ex. you will get December's theme on Nov 23)

2. You will get goodies each month to help get the creative juices flowing from music downloads to inspiration boards to guided meditations to poetry.

3. It is easier to keep track of the new themes if it just comes to your inbox rather than having to remember to seek it out online.

You can sign-up here:http://ghostkitten.us5.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=bd9e5773ece976191cfef8d9e&id=76d61e367d

For inspiration, here is a little gallery of artwork that was created for the January Make Art Magic theme: Eyes of Wonder

Clockwise from top left: Ben McGuire, Dawn Wolf, Christine Aseka, Katya Rudneva, Cindy Lee
I love how these pieces fit perfectly together even though they were made by different artists in different places of the world and probably have never met. Lovely and filled with wonder.


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