DIY Watercolour Palette

I love watercolours, they are a challenging medium to experiment with but they also allow us to have a looseness to our work that can’t be replicated in other mediums.  If I find myself overworking an artwork, I’ll transition into watercolours for a bit to help relax.

They can also be an expensive medium to invest in.  I live in the country and buy my supplies online, so I take advantage of all the sales.  However I know that isn’t always easy for everyone and sometimes you want to just buy one thing to use for the next ten years.  My business advisor asked me how much I had to spend a year on supplies to run my business.  Well..... like any creative I could spend every cent....

Now I’ve started running a lot more watercolour workshops I’ve had to expand into acquiring more supplies as I promise you everyone will want the same colour.  This is a DIY palette I recently created which makes it easy to transport and choose a colour.

i have a lot of wet tube watercolours and when I do use them I tend to squeeze out too much which is a waste.  They are difficult to transport and a pain to clean up after during a workshop.  So I bought this empty palette off of eBay and filled each compartment with a colour, trying to keep similar colours together.  I have let it dry and when I need to use the paint I just add a little bit of water like you would a dry palette.  When I’ve finished I just pack it away and the water evaporates, making the watercolours dry again.  It is working great!

A smaller size would be fine for beginners, I just opted for a large one as I already had a large stockpile of colours that I wanted to use.  Most of these colours are Art Spectrum


Sunday funday

No more procrastinating.  I’ve researched my heart out, I’m full of inspiration and it is time to paint.  I find painting the big canvas works to be a cycle, where I will consistently paint for a few weeks and then need a break of a week or two to do something else like my watercolours to recharge.

This is my current WIP. 


I started this one around 18 months ago just after I moved into our forever home and unpacked my studio space.  Initially she was horizontal, sleeping, with her head on some leaves and the Autumn leaves falling around her.   However she just never wanted to be finished.  The work was dark, moody, in tones of reds and browns and honestly..... depressing.  Knowing I had and exhibition looming I thought finishing off conavases that were not completed was an important task.  This exhibition is deeply personal and signifies a fresh start, time to give them new life.

So she has transformed into a work that has given me goosebumps and butterflies in my stomach as she unfolds into this beautiful woman in a magical dream state.  I can’t wait to reveal the whole painting that I’ve titled “Awake Asleep”.  She’s a big one at 60cm x 91cm (23.5” x 36”).

Travel, Grant

Successful Grant for attending Artlands 2018

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I’m so proud to be a recipient of a quick response grant from the Regional Arts Fund through Country Arts WA to travel in October to Artlands 2018 being held in Bendigo, Victoria. I have been a part of a number of grants but this is the first grant that I have personally applied for and I’m just honoured that they are supporting me and investing in my development.

I’m going to fly interstate to attend the conference and will immerse myself in a multitude of workshops and talks covering mental health, positive impacts from art and creativity, sustainable arts practice, art in rural/regional communities, regional feminism, creating meaningful and authentic work with communities, regional arts and developing arts at home with young people.

A section of my application that I feel strongly about -

“Since moving to Bridgetown 18 months ago I have been extensively involved in connecting my community with my art and exploring their creativity. I have setup an art studio, been involved in numerous workshops, grants and projects, worked with two of our community centres, hosted work experience students, exhibited, consulted, run workshops as well as an art club at the local primary school and hosted playgroup activities.

The community has a lot of potential for interacting with art at all levels but currently lacks ideas, experience and funding. Community based projects occur rarely and are always pressed for time. The town has a strong volunteer presence but need direction.

Attending Artlands Victoria will enable me to gain knowledge, connections and information that I can bring back to my community. It will assist me in gaining ideas for what projects I can create and on what scale as well as organisations that I can partner with on future projects.

This will help extend my art practice as I paint female portraits to connect with others, but I now want to explore more about how we can find that inner strength, creativity and passion we hold within, particularly when living regionally.”

This is going to be such a great opportunity, I’m really looking forward to it and what ideas will evolve from the experience.


Mushrooms make me think of little creatures

Painting and drawing bugs has brought memories to mind.  Of the days as a family we would trek through the forest on our camping adventures to happen upon bright weird shaped mushrooms that would sprout from dead tree trunks and rotting wood.  White, red, brown, orange.... all the shapes and colours you could imagine.  So naturally painting them has always been on my to do list. 


Watercolour on Arches paper


Bringing Skulls Back To Life

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I love to draw what I dream about.  Now we live in the countryside surrounded by farms and stock, the other thing you encounter is the cycle of life.  So I've been inspired to paint lots and lots of skulls and trying different interpretations of how they can form a new life.  It seems perfect to match delicate flowers and leaves with the upcoming season of Spring.