Monday, April 30, 2012

Creative Spaces


Heres a fun little picture of me in my creative space that was taken by my darling friend Dalyce that I just HAD to share with you.
I wanted you to see where the magic happens.

Here's what I know and think about "Creatives Spaces":

I believe that its absolutely crucial for each "creative/artist" to have a space thats completely their own and that they can dedicate to creating!

It could be a desk, a room, a wall, a garage, a chair or a basement, just anything that you can call your own.
Its the kind of space that inspires you, the kind of space you want to spend time in. Its full of all of their favorite things, Those things that excite and energize you and those things that speak to you.  Whether its a print of another artist you admire or a collection of wooden coloured pencils, maybe its a card thats words encouraged you, rolls of printed papers or a box of rusted scissors...what ever it is that makes you feel alive and excited surround your creative space with it.

I know for me I love different glass jars and glass cups and fun pencils to fill them with. Like my collection of lead pencils that are wrapped in fun coloured polka dot paper and look like they have a birthday party on top of them or even little messages in bottles. Again its all about what brings you joy and inspiration.

Another thing that I think is important is a space that you can leave and come back to as is. Its got to be a space that you can walk away from for a few days and not worry about it getting in anyone else's way or 'under anyone else's skin'. The last thing you want is someone demanding you clean up the kitchen table!

Here are some more little tips and tricks:

~Keep your essentials stocked up- the last thing you want to happen is you get into your 'groove' or "in the zone' only to figure out you have run out of blue paint! By the time you run to the store to get it you may have lost your zeal.

~Play music that enhances your creativity. Doesn't matter if its a grand symphony classic or some wild hardcore punk band turn it on and turn it up. What ever gets you going!

~Be always looking and collecting. Every thing your eyes see and you come across can be used as inspiration. If you have trouble remembering things carry a pen/pencil and a notebook/sketch book in your bag and jot it all down as it comes to you. Collect business cards, write down blogs and artists work that you come across at openings or markets. Continually soak it all up.

and finally...

~ Set aside time or days to purposely create- I am learning to love this and trust me I know this may seem difficult, however I believe part of good creating is not always in those 'hype'/'genius' moments. You need to discipline your creative mind to create cause sometimes you feel like you are in the dessert but sometimes you will be stuck with deadlines and if you dont deliver you may not get asked again. Its about practise and remember to take time to just stop and sit, think, ponder, doodle, write, listen.
You may be surprised at what may begin to take place.

I hope this helped all you creatives and I would love if you had any thoughts.
Elise Maree.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

this is love

Here is a card I got commissioned to do by my darling friend Kate for her husband for their anniversary! 
Happy love day you two! 
xo

Pocket Watch Owls.




Just wanted to show you these. 
I am now selling my "Pocket Watch Owls" in the most stunning florist in North Bridge called "Portobello Rose".

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

"The Flower Garden"


Here is my latest work "The Flower Garden"
There is a 2nd secret to this but I will tell you once it is all finished!
Much Love

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Secret Garden


You know me, always lost in magical gardens and hidden places.
Here is my latest piece...It is almost finished.
Enjoy this and hope your having a cheery sunday afternoon.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

It was love.


Wishing a very Happy Easter to all.
May your day have been full of Family. Friends. Egg hunts and Chocolate.
And most important of all "Thankfulness"

Kiss. Hug.

Monday, April 2, 2012

City Adventures.




I hope you've all had an enjoyable weekend. 
I know I sure have.
Iv'e had 2 of my wonderful Canadian friends visiting Sydney and through their eyes I have been able to see Sydney in a fresh light and all that she has to offer.

Mornings begin with hunting around jumble sales, then strolling around local markets, accompanied by fresh chocolate croissants and a good coffee.
Ferry rides through the harbour are a must and your bound to come across side street performers and musicians, so take the time to stop and watch.
Walking along and through tree covered streets is pure bliss and walking what feels like 100 miles to get to your "ut most favourite" shop in the world is totally worth it.
Then finishing the day off with a fresh jug of sangria. I tell you what,  there is no better way.

Its actually really nice to see that there are places that you so want to "show off" and share with visiting friends. The "must sees's" and places that you and they can not afford to miss. . .
The places that I would call my "gems"
Do tell me what are your so called "gems"?

Much love,
Elise Maree

Paper Runway



Here is some exciting news I'd like to share with you...
I wrote a little article/Guest blog post for the ever so enchanting "Paper Runway" Magazine.
Be sure to go and have a read about the latest exhibition "Here today, Gone tomorrow, Life's fragile nature" at NG ART Gallery in Chippendale. It ends this Thursday the 5th of April and is a must see for anyone who loves paper and all things beautiful.
It's a celebration of paper.