Monday, August 30, 2010

The daily grind is awesome

This is me (and our resident Hello Kitty) in my office with the most gorgeous Jasmine, who makes my work day so so so good. We have the same ridiculous sense of humour and I don't know how I'd get through the day without her. Everyone in our office is AMAZING.... The Level 4 crew of 658 Chruch Street Richmond is really a fantastic group of people. I feel so lucky to have a job that I love coming to every day where I get to paint and draw and hang with such good people while working on big fun projects together. Loving my job combined with having just moved into our very own apartment north of the Melbourne CBD makes for one happy Fleurie right now. Just need Summer to hurry up and get here now, I'm done with this Winter!! Life is good. xxx

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Illustrators Australia 9X5

In preparation for the IA 9x5 show, I have been working on a new illustration, hand painted on timber. The theme of the show this year is "Untold Stories". Mine is going to be a pretty simple image, but hopefully a powerful one. It's basically a Birka, smoking like a volcano. I can't see how the continued mistreatment of women in certain parts of the world can continue to be tolerated, so this picture is reflective of that. I'm not going to bang on about my political and moral viewpoint on this issue here, so I'll let my picture do the talking. I'll post the finished piece when the show opens, dates and venue etc to be announced.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Sunday night with connector pens

The ultra-chilly winter days seem to be coming to a close, so I spent Sunday night snuggled up on the couch with some textas and a big blankey, while fueling my current fascination with the FLDS Church and it's Polygamist ways (CRAZY shit!!) by watching nearly the entire series of Big Love. I've also just read Escape (written by Carolyn Jessop - ex FLDS) and am about to embark on The Nineteenth Wife. I just can't get my head around how these communities form in the first place and how women agree to be so submissive to their husband for the sake of their religious beliefs. Old guys marrying young girls, teenage sons being abandoned before they become competition to the old guys, domestic violence, blind faith, brainwashing... I'm dually fascinated and appalled . I did this drawing while taking it all in.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Illustration for CCNSW

A recent illustration, commissioned by the Cancer Council of NSW. I'm not usually a fan of the whole blue and yellow thing (reminds me of late 90's 'beach house' decor), but I'm kinda liking this bolder version. Any opportunity to try to fit a person, a candle, a measuring tape, a clipboard and a test tube into an apple - I'm up for it.