A snippet of a recent magnolia watercolour & ink commission.
I am well overdue for a post, and in scrolling through my recent work, my pictures felt very much like the change of season we are experiencing in Australia at the moment. I am always enamoured with the way flora ages and changes and decays.... but I am sure that the shift from the colour and brightness of Summer to a cooler, muted palette is certainly inspired by the beautiful world around me.
I love this - life will sometimes imitate art; but art will always imitate life.
Grevillea 'Loopy Lou' - watercolour on paper - by Pip Boydell
You may remember a month or two ago I posted here about a new botanical piece that I had begun? Well, I'm pleased to let you know that it has been selected to exhibit at Botanica - one of Australia's most preeminent botanical art exhibitions, curated and hosted by the Royal Botanical Gardens of Sydney each year.
With all the exhibited artist's work appearing by invitation only, Botanica is held in high acclaim in Australia and internationally so I feel extremely humbled to have been asked to submit, let alone accepted and hung as part of this prestigious collection!
I still can't quite believe I made it through but in doing so I am really looking forward to heading down to Sydney for the opening which is tomorrow evening; to meet the other artists and of course see all the amazing work that I know will be just awe-inspiring (for me, anyway!).
For anyone that is in Sydney I highly encourage you to head along. Here are the details:
When: Saturday 13 April - Sunday 28 April 2013, 10 am-4 pm daily Where: Joseph Maiden Theatre & Moore Room, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney Price: Free Entry. All works for sale Enquiries: 9231 8182
All works are for sale (including my grevillea!), by enquiry through the Foundation & Friends at the Botanical Gardens at the phone number above (or you can contact me directly by email firstname.lastname@example.org).
So I'll wish you all a happy weekend early now - and I will check back in with some pics next week!
I'm not going to lie, I get some weird and wonderful requests in this gig and I'm the first to admit that not every one is easy to crack. From the precision of a big botanical; to the delicacy of single flower; to the folds and creases of a shirt or getting the colours just so on an icy iceblock... as any creative person will attest, most days present with a rollercoaster of the daunting, the challenging, the peaceful and even the tiresome all in one. But then every now and then one comes along that is just plain fun and makes its way to paper so easily..... well, this was one of those!
This is Sarah & Oscar. I don't often talk about the people I do commissions for but, I wanted to share these two with you simply because they really are one of the kindest & loveliest couples I have ever met; and that their choice of commission was so quirky and fun. When Sarah asked if I would paint something as a birthday-come-wedding-anniversary gift to Oscar; we ummed and ahhed over a few possible subjects but in the end settled on a pair of Calippo iceblocks. These are a favourite of theirs, and I love that they chose this as a symbol of 'them' - its so fun and sweet and ever bright, and they just seem to smile back at you!
Sarah and Oscar - thank you guys again for having me create something so specail to you; that was so fun for me. You guys are the best; and like the title of this post... you had me at 'Calippo'!
See you again soon,
Photos 1-4 taken by me on my iPhone; photos 5 & 6 kindly provided by Sarah.
A pretty peony commission amongst some other pattern work I've been toying with.
I completed this for the very lovely Kate over at Polkadot Pantry as a gift to one of her dear friends.
Another day, another peony!
These were a commission from a wonderful group of girls to their dear friend, as her 30th birthday gift.
I am lucky enough to call the recipient family and she is one super sparkling girl....
so these shoes (which serves as bride and bridesmaids kicks, to boot!) were very fitting, (Yes I liked all these puns too.)
I'm hoping that a couple of pretty peonies and some sparkling shoes will distract you from the fact that it has been so long since my past post - or at least tide you over till the next one!
I've got lots of things to share with you in the comings weeks, I say this often but this time I'm for real! 2013 is flying by but already I am really liking this year. Happy Friday to everyone, and I promise to see you soon!
One of my first projects for this year is a botanical illustration which I've been working on (amongst other things) over the last couple of weeks. As soon as this one came up, I decided I wanted to do something Australian and as a result have developed a new-found obsession with gathering, buying and stalking out every kind of native flora I can! Thought I'd share some of the bounty that have been giving my home and sketchbook a workout over the last little while.
As you can see, in the end I decided upon this grevillea.... although not as bold and fabulous as some other things I could have chosen; the detail, intricacy and softness of these natives have a real beauty when you stop to take a proper look. It's funny, I actually used to not like these flowers at all (and many natives in fact); but I think I'm developing a new found appreciation for my things in nature that I used to gloss straight over.
Aside from this exercise being a great justification for me nicking roadside flowers and spending inordinate amounts of time in florists, I've really been enjoying tacking something a little different, and trialling and learning with new techniques and approaches.
It's still in progress but I hope you enjoy a few images of the workings in the meantime. I look forward to sharing the completed piece with you in a week or two!