Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Hi everyone, I feel so terrible that I have neglected my blog over the last couple of weeks. I haven't had much time for anything arty since my brother and his beautiful partner arrived to holiday with us! I did however get to sit down today and work on my butterfly commission and create a few pieces of jewellery. I also was contacted about another commission. Which is very exciting and challenging as it's under a bit of a quick time frame and is a subject matter that I've never painted before. But I said 'yep sure I can do that not a problem' hehehe and now I'm going to start sketching ideas. It's a bit nerve wracking but that's part of challenging yourself isn't it?

I shall tell you all about this one when it's finished. In the meantime I'm nearly finished with my final butterfly which I can't wait to share with you. Just waiting for it to dry (its in oil) before I add the finishing touches.

We had a wonderful time at the coast. The weather is cooling now as we're well into Autumn over here but we were lucky with the weather down there and were able to play on the beach all day swimming playing cricket and having such a lovely time. I thought I'd share some photos :0)

 This is 'Thomas' a bug called a Christmas beetle that Riley found on the beach. He kept him for AGES until we pursueded him to find him a nice new home in the bushes. They really are an amazing colour!

 These beautiful plants were outside out cabins I think they are called 'Birds of Paradise'.

I really love the gum trees over here they are beautiful!

These are the pieces I made today.
 Two earring pendant sets made from Japanese paper.......LOVE these designs!

 This cute little pair of earrings was made with black gunmetal trays and pretty Japanese paper!


Painting Tips and Tricks said...

I like your blog!...Daniel

Kristin Dudish said...

Lots of inspiring photos today!
Congratulations on your new commission and I can't wait to see your final butterfly!
I'm so glad you had such a fun vacation - it sounds wonderful :)


Kim Mailhot said...

Awesome bugs, flowers and jewels, Nicola !
Happy Creating !

Magic Love Crow said...

Great to hear from you Nicola ;o) The pictures are amazing and yeh, for having another commissioned painting! Your new jewellery is very pretty! Have a great day!

Flor Larios Art said...

Beutiful photos! Love the bird of paradise! Cool earrings especially the ones on the last photo!

Julia Christie said...

Been missing you but sounds like you have lots of exciting things going on! Congrats on the commission and having your family to visit must be so nice!

Hugs and be sure to share the butterfly pics with us ~ anxious to see how the series turned out!


Carmen said...

Now that's a beetle and a half! Gorgeous!

Your ear-rings are so pretty too.

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

oooo can't wait to hear all about the secret project. :)

Good for you on saying Yep I can do that! If you don't believe in yourself, how will anyone else?

Sounds like a fun holiday! do you get really cold temperatures there for winter?

Martha Lever said...

Beautiful jewelry, Nicola! Thanks so much for your comment!!

Kathy said...

Beautiful new pieces.. and those flowers are gorgeous.. sounds like a lovely time.. it's fun to stretch ourselves and do something we've never done before.. getting started is usually the hardest part.. good for you! can hardly wait to see it...

Jessie said...

Well done working on your commissions with visitors there! It must be lovely to have them but so frustrating not to be able to make your work, have a lovely time! :)xx

Kristin said...

Everything 's so beautiful - the jewelry, the birds of paradise and even the bugs! Congrats on your commissions! xoxo


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