Hero’s + Villans [fan art]

You may have seen over on my insta and fb accounts that I have been neck deep in hero’s and villains from the DC ‘verse.

As a girl I grew up on the 1960’s  Batman TV show’s, the cartoon’s my Saturday morning viewing, Wonder Woman was my comic of choice, and I can’t tell you how many times I have watched the movies (except for a few which should never been made!) 

So now my girls are totally  into the Bat ‘verse, they watch the cartoons every Saturday morning, we’ve spent many afternoon’s playing “Batman” in the back yard.

When Bug asked me to paint her a Harley Q painting for her birthday her sisters quickly jumped on the band wagon. 

 

Harley Q (click on painting for more)

Bean is obsessed with the beautiful Wonder Woman, so for her birthday that’s who I painted (to be honest, I really wanted to keep this one for myself!)

She is Grace (Click on image for more)

Of course Wee Beastie wanted her Bat Girl… She has to wait for her birthday in January for hers, but because I was totally inspired I decided just to paint her now!

The Bat
(Click on image for more)

As I was painting these I realised that I needed one for me, and as much as I loved bat girl and wonder woman, my most favourites character was the Cat! 

The Cat
(click on image for more)

A very good friend of mine once asked me if Wee Beastie was named after Cat woman. I totally hadn’t but it’s a nice little bit of synchronisty in play there!

All four are available as small, medium and large prints  here.

It’s hard to choose which is my favourite, but I am very partial to The Cat!

Which one is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

 

The A-Z project

 

For a while now I have been plugging away at a project that I planned many years ago after an art challenge site I used to subscribe to had ‘Alphabet’ as their weekly challenge.

As part of their original challenge I designed an A-Z animal alphabet. 

Since then I have thought about recreating it, making bigger paintings and combining them together. 

This winter I finally sat down to paint them, but I didn’t realise that painting 26 large-ish animal paintings back to back would be so… well so hard.

If I paint series paintings they are usually smaller in number – 4 paintings, 6 max so 26 was daunting to start with. 

Also I didn’t realise how many brown animals there are! (totally not my colour pallet!)

In the past I would have just abandoned the project to waste away in the depths of my studio.But I have decided that this year I am determined to finish the year with out these ‘projects’ hanging around for a fifth year straight!Projects like the sea urchin series of paintings I want to paint, the Lost Princess series, the Listening to you Squeak project, the 10 lbs that has ballooned into 25 lbs, the wall in my bedroom that requires some tlc.

A-Z Whimsy Woodland Creatures (click on images to see more)

At least I can tick my A-Z project off my list! 

What projects or things would you like to leave behind in 2017? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

 

 

What’s on my Work Desk Today?

 

It seems very strange to be thinking about 2018 when we are only just half way through 2017, but that is what I have been doing this week.

Choosing paintings, editing photos and creating the 2018 LilliBean Designs Art Calendar. It’s one of the most frustrating yet rewarding parts of my calendar year.

Which one’s to choose? Is it balanced with a mixture of styles? Which Christmas painting should be included for December? Should I include just abstracts? Which one’s make the final cut?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And you can start buying your own 2018 LilliBean Calendar from the Canberra Handmade Markets in September!

If you can’t visit me in person you can order it directly from my publisher here.

I will be sharing with you some of the wonderfully creative ways my customers have used their old calendars in the coming months!

If you are one of these creative souls + want to be included please email me a pic and tell me what you’ve made!

 

 

 

Custom LilliBean Painting

 

Imagine creating a painting that is not only beautifully whimsical, but has been designed especially for you, by you.

Imagine hanging your painting in your home on the wall that you envisaged. Imagine watching a loved one opening the gift that you designed especially for that person.

Every single part of a LilliBean custom painting is a total collaboration between you and me, and made with absolute care and respect.

HOW DO YOU CREATE YOUR PERFECT LILLIBEAN PAINTING?

choose from a bespoke whimsy painting – that has symbolism or meaning, a LilliBean portrait of loved ones or beloved pets, a personalised anniversary or birth painting, custom word art using a word that has importance to you, or an inspirational quote  or saying that touches you soul deep. Something else?

choose your paper size! Or choose a different medium – canvas, wood panel or something else.

tell me everything you can about the painting you wish to create. 

 

DAY DREAMS {July 2017}

is the fog hindering my sight?

The winter is well and truly upon us and scenes like this are more normal than not in the mornings.

Despite the winter chill my favourite time of the day at the moment is to wander the back tracks through the fog – things I am very familiar with becoming something else. Blurred images suddenly sharpening into focus.


The sight of this gum trees bark shedding from it’s trunks reminds me of our short time in Louisiana – seeing the vines and plants draped and hanging down from 300 year old oak trees, on plantations from another era.

Sometimes I feel like I am in a similar fog. Images are blurred, intentions not what they started out as, struggles I am wrestling with seem insurmountable and I can’t see the solutions from my fog.

I am unable to see the whole scene.

The closer I walked to this gum tree the old world Louisiana images faded becoming just another gum tree in central west NSW, shedding it’s bark.

The lines of the graceful old tree no longer blurred and mysterious but clear and focused.

And I realise that maybe I need to stop standing back in the fog and move forward until my own focus is sharpened?

 

 

NEW WAYS TO BUY LILLIBEAN ART

it’s been a lesson in patience!

I have a new shop!! Behind the scenes I have been working at adding my stock into my new shop front.

It’s been a huge lesson in patience and how much I don’t know about coding and computing languages.

At this stage you can find prints, whimsical canvases and a few original paintings. Some of my wearable art + tiny wishes collections.


In the coming weeks and months, all my jewellery will be listed as well as a downloadable range of products such as my Inspirational quotes + cute stationary to begin with.

Pop over and check it out here and let me know what you think.

 

 

Studio Snippets {July 2017}

a project that’s been a long time in coming

I have been hinting and teasing over on my social media accounts  about this project. And I can’t even show you the finished project yet because I am still working on it! I am hoping by the end of July I will be able to share with you the entire collection, but I thought I’d show you today what I have been working on in my studio.

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They have been so much fun to create – taking me back to my drawing roots considering I used to doodle lions and cows every where!

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Keep an eye out next month for the entire collection. And for sneak peaks over the coming week join me on instagram or Facebook

 

 

 

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THE MAJESTIC {new art}

‘The Majestic’

There is something magical about seeing a stag in it’s natural habitat. Graceful, majestic, whimsical.

When we lived on the Isle of Raasay, misty mornings would often bring them down the hills and into our back yards.

One summer I excitedly decided to grow sunflowers. For once my black thumb was absent and they grew tall and proud. Only days from them opening their beautiful sunny faces a hear of deer came and ate them.

My sunflowers bounced back though and began to grow again until one morning the heard came through and totally decimated my crop. No coming back from that feeding.

Mac told me that was just my black thumb manifesting in another way!

I love creating these mixed media paintings, their backgrounds have become just as important as the painting itself. Have a look and see what you can see.

‘The Majestic’

the majestic is ready to find his forever home! (click on image)

Does the majestic bring up memories for you? Please share them with us!

 

 

 

What if Spring Grew Up?

What if Spring Grew up?

Like all great ideas this one came upon me in the shower. What if Spring, my unicorn from the painting ‘Spring on a Cold Winters Day’ grew up?

What if she still had a bond with the girl that was in the painting with her?

What if they grew up together and had huge adventures and were the best of friends?

What if I painted them all grown up?

And that was the catalyst for painting ‘Spring Grew’

Like all my mixed media paintings I started with a ephemera base. In this painting along with tissue paper and book pages there was a lion king musical ticket that I had kept for ten years, there is an essay I wrote when I was 18 about my major art work ‘anonymous and free’ along with a few bus tickets from my trip to Fiji when I was 14.

(ok so I may have a slight hoarding problem!)

Spring is mostly finished here and it’s time to move on to my girl.

I remember thinking how sweet they look here

‘SPRING GREW’

Although Spring Grew was snapped up pretty quickly (thank you gorgeous lady) you can order A4 or A3 prints of this paintings here