Thursday, June 4, 2015

Wrap up from FLEURT

The gallery on opening day - artwork on left by Matilda Julian, artwork on right by me, flowers in foreground by Sophia Kaplan

The gorgeous Sophia Kaplan wrapping some of her beautiful fleurs

Detail of 'TRIUMPHANT'

A view through to the works of Ali Wood - image courtesy of @themainreason

Another of my pieces 'DAWN LIGHT'

Gorgeous oils by Helen McCullagh

 My sister and I!

Hi there friends, I thought I should share some pics from the launch of Fleurt in Sydney the other weekend. It was a beautiful sunny day with people teeming from the gallery, enjoying the coffee and champagne and fresh flowers, plus of course the abundance of beautiful floral inspired artwork adorning the walls. The show has been a big success and remains open through till this Sunday 7 June (Saint Cloche is located at 37 Macdonald Street, Paddington).

The crisp Autumn weather has been the perfect backdrop for the show - you can see how the sun streams through the  glass facade into the space, which is filled with so many beautiful paintings, photography, ceramics and fresh flowers. From bright blowsy blooms in thick licks of oil, delicate and elegant floral 'portraits' through to gorgeous, brooding photography, it's a beautifully curated show that is a feast for all the senses.

All my pieces have sold however there are still a few left to snap up, so pop along - there really is something for everyone!

Pip x

Monday, May 11, 2015

Upcoming Sydney Exhibition - FLEURT opening 23 May

Detail of 'Dawn Light' 77cm x 77cm. Watercolour on Arches paper, framed in lime-washed oak and glass

'Majesty' 34cm x 34cm. Watercolour on Arches paper, framed in lime-washed oak and glass

'Triumphant'' 86cm x 86cm. Watercolour on Arches paper, framed in lime-washed oak and glass

'Spunk' 34cm x 34cm. Watercolour on Arches paper, framed in lime-washed oak and glass

'Amity' 50 x 66cm. Watercolour on Arches paper, framed in lime-washed oak and glass

Hi everyone!

The above is a taste of some exciting new work that I will be showing in a group exhibition, opening May 23 in Sydney - called 'FLEURT'. The show features the works of 6 painters (myself included), 2 photographers, a ceramicist and a floral designer, each exploring all things flora in what is looking to be an abundant and (hopefully!) rather beautiful show. 

FLEURT is presented by Saint Cloche Gallery in Paddington and curated by he very clever Amber Creswell-Bell, and runs daily from 23 May through till 7 June. 

I will be at Saint Cloche from 10am on Saturday the 23rd May for a champagne opening (along with all the artists)- so if you're in the area please come say hi! The gallery even has their own barista and coffee set up so there's no excuse, it's the perfect antidote to the faded days of late Autumn.

Hope to perhaps see some of you there, and in the meantime I hope you like what you see.

Pip x

PS - All artworks are available for sale prior to and during the show - for purchase enquiries you may contact me directly at or to the curator of the show, Amber Crewel Bell at

Sunday, March 1, 2015

{ growing a pandanus }

It's been a while since I've posted any work-in-progress pics so I thought I would share the journey of a pandanus painting from a few months ago. I always like looking back on these when planning for new work, particularly when I'm able to see how it came together in the end. I hope you enjoy them too!

See you soon,

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

{ recent work }

'Bread & Jam' - 58 x 58cm (framed), watercolour on Arches paper

Detail of 'Plate of Prawns' - 38 x 38cm (framed), watercolour on Arches paper

'A September Morning' - 58 x 58cm (ramed), watercolour on Arches paper

'Thinking; Reading; Contemplating' - 62 x 62cm (framed), watercolour on Arches paper

Hello! Again it's been far too long since I updated this blog but as the new year is now well and truly underway I wanted to show you a few of my paintings from late last year. The Christmas period is always my busiest time, and in 2014 this was more the case than ever!

In reflecting on another year gone, I realise how fortunate I have been with the commissions that I work on. It is such a pleasure to work with the open-minded and respectful people that come my way-  they have trusted me to just 'create'; a position which is so fulfilling for me and inevitably always the best outcome for them. While I still love the commissions whereby I can take a 'brief' of a thing or flower or plant and bring that to life through paint on paper; I still really relish the space to try new techniques, subjects and ideas.... and see where the brush takes me. 

Well thanks again for reading, and I will post again soon with new work again.

Pip x

Monday, October 20, 2014

{ prints available & recent work }

The First Picking - watercolour on paper completed for the 2014 Brisbane Mango Auction

Detail of The First Picking

Hello! These days my posts are so few and far between that I never quite know where to start so I thought I would take the chance to update you on a couple of things all at once...... starting with these ripe and juicy looking mangoes above.  

Last week I was lucky to have one of my pieces auctioned off as part of the 2014 Mango Auction, held at the Rocklea Fruit Markets here in Brisbane. It's an inaugural event that has turned into a bit of an institution amongst the fruit and produce community; with the symbolic 'first tray of the season' always fetching big dollars to go towards their chosen charities of Diabetes Queensland and Life Education Queensland. 

These are both vital contributors to the future health and wellbeing of our state's kids, and this year's auction was a big success with the first tray sold for $30,000 - (yes that's right, $30K for a tray of mangoes!). The other items (including my painting) fetched another $18,000 which brought the grand total raised on the day to $48,000.

It was such a positive event to be a part of - not only do the proceeds go to deserving causes, but I'm also so passionate about supporting our local produce growers & sellers, so it was really wonderful to be able to contribute in some way to this worthy event. 

'Grevillea - Loopy Lou' - prints now available through Museum of Brisbane

Another thing I'm pleased to let you know is that I have some new prints now available! The above piece - 'Grevillea - Loopy Lou' - has been released as a limited edition print through the Museum of Brisbane, and is available through their gallery shop in site at the MOB near Brisbane City Hall. The prints are A4 size and just $20; and can be purchased by contacting the shop directly by phone on +617 3339 0810 or email

A commission - Jane & Tom's Sugarcane

In the spirit of my very patriotic post I thought I'd finish it off with none other than some North Queensland sugarcane! This piece was a commission I completed recently as a wedding gift - from sisters to their sister (and new brother); who all grew up in the northern part of our state where this cane abounds. The newly married couple are childhood sweethearts and just lovely people, who celebrated their wedding day in their hometown with a beautiful night under the stars, in a big open field. It's always so nice to be able to create something that has meaning and memories for the giver and receiver.

Well thanks for stopping by, I will post again soon as I have some new work coming to Black & Spiro later this week.

Pip x