The Magic Beach

Chris and I spent the first week of the new year down at my family’s holiday home at Walkerville. I love coming down here. Hearing the ocean, and birds in the trees. It always feels so quiet and secluded, and I feel like I can get away from the world. I spent a bit of time practicing some drawing. Realistic drawing definitely isn’t my strong suit, but it was fun to work on it without any pressure to make a finished piece out of it. 

We also went and saw the Alison Lester gallery in Fish Creek. She is such a big inspiration to me. I loved reading her books when I was a little girl, and I love them even more now. Her illustrations are so full of life and funny little details, they’re wonderful to look through. 

 Visiting the gallery is always a really lovely experience, especially seeing her original sketches and artworks. It’s a beautiful little gallery, with a reading area, and prints and books for sale. Alison Lester also does regular book signings at the gallery, unfortunately the next one was the day after we came home. However, seeing her sketches, and how she worked on her books was still a lovely way to occupy our morning.

 Walkerville was the inspiration for some of her beach scenes, particularly for the book Magic Beach. It’s really interesting and exciting, to flick through her books and see familiar places. 

 Chris also bought me one of her books, Kissed by the Moon, as a belated christmas present! It’s such a lovely gentle story. My favourite line is the ending. 

May you grow sleepy at sunset, sing to the stars, and drift into dreams.
And may you, my baby, be kissed by the moon

It was such a lovely way to start off the new year by getting away from the city for a little bit. Hopefully 2018 will continue to be full of inspiration and sunny days!

My Favourite 9

2017 has been a really good year for me. Getting to study art and illustration full time at Melbourne Polytechnic this year has been wonderful! I’ve really enjoyed experimenting with different styles, different mediums, and trying to figure out what suits me best.

These are my favourite 9 images from the year. Some were from assignments, some were just for fun, but I learnt from all of them. I learnt different techniques, and what some of my strengths and weaknesses are. I also learnt that you really shouldn’t leave your cup of tea next to your painting water.

Going into a freelance creative career is one of the scariest things I’ve ever done, and I still feel quite unprepared. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a really long time, and now that it’s happening it still feels like a dream. Other days it feels like one of those nightmares where you’re naked in front of the whole class. Regardless, I’m really glad that I’m following through and trying it.

I don’t know what 2018 will look like yet. But I know I have lots of ideas, and lots of love and support around me. That makes me feel strong enough to take it on.

See you in the new year!

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