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Alex Louisa
Brisbane
An Australian artist obsessed with coloured pencils. And wrens. And pocketwatches...
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This is what I've been working on lately. Lots of experiments with textured panels and painted faces, and an obsession with hexagons, over on my new blog... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2011 at Alex Louisa
-------------------------------------------------------------------------- Please head to www.alexlouisa.com/blog to find my new blog. All previous posts and comments have also been moved. (You'll notice I've destroyed all the images on this blog in the change-over, so please head to my new one to take a peek!) Thanks! -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2011 at Alex Louisa
Haha, thankyou. I suspect Im going to need it! And considering these little plants survive getting stomped all over by the dog in the garden, I think theyll quite happily survive on my desk for a few months! Ill have to get your opinion when Ive got everything sorted. x.
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I'm sure I'm trying to do too many things at once, but I'm going to try anyway! I'm changing blog hosts. I'd like to be able to have a better gallery attached to my blog to display my artwork, so I'm jumping ship. I need to refresh and re-organise things. If you visit in the next few days and find that everything's upside down or you get some crazy error message, hopefully it means that I've just hit the wrong button and all will be well soon. My technological know-how is pretty much just know-not, but still - [fingers crossed]... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2011 at Alex Louisa
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I couldn't resist turning my little wrens into some glass tile magnets: The trio fits perfectly in one of those little metal slide tins for a gift: And do you want to see a magnet/epoxy explosion?** Just lay your still-wet magnets closely in a line so the magnets can shoot together and make a massive mess. It should be quite obvious that this will happen. ** Lesson learned. Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2011 at Alex Louisa
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These are a couple of the new prints that will be available soon in my new online store that will be opening within a week! (I may have spoken too soon before, when I mentioned it would be opening last November, but there was too much going on then, and I wanted to be able to plan everything properly.) There will be plenty of limited edition prints, and I'm finally allowing quite a few originals to be pried from my sentimental little hands... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2011 at Alex Louisa
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This collection of birds are flying away to a new home in WA. I'm very happy that they'll all be staying together, especially the set of three wrens (my favourite artworks to date!) And, that is the perfect excuse to paint some more birds ;) Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2011 at Alex Louisa
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The second fundraising art auction is well under way and ends at 5pm Sydney time, tomorrow (Jan 27th). That's just over 24 hours from now. Artists in Lot 2 include: Ali-J, Andy Wilson, Bec Winnel, Cory Child, Kat Macleod, Kate Banazi, Kelly Smith, Kelly Thompson, Lilly Piri, Megan Dell, Sarah McNeil and myself. There's so much lovely artwork up for grabs, and all funds raised go directly to the Premier's Queensland Flood Appeal (which you can also donate directly to here). If there's an artwork that catches your eye, simply click on the image, where you'll be taken to a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2011 at Alex Louisa
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Just a snippet of some of the items I will be drawing/painting in the next days, weeks, months... The only trouble is choosing where to start! Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2011 at Alex Louisa
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Australian artists Beth-Emily and Kelly Smith have done a brilliant job in a very short amount of time to organise the Art for Heart Art Auction. Over 20 artists have donated an assortment of original illustrations, prints, jewellery and more, which will be auctioned starting today at 10am Sydney time, with all proceeds raised going to Premier's Flood Relief Appeal. More information and instructions can be found on the Art for Heart website. All items sold have free postage within Australia, and a flat rate of $8 (AUD) for International orders. I have included a set of three of my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2011 at Alex Louisa
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This is exactly how my green studio buddy looked when he landed on my windowsill last night, so I thought he was the perfect way to welcome everyone back :) And yes, it's already more than halfway though the first month of the new year, but my holiday break was a little later than usual so I'm still feeling pretty fresh. I'm not huge on resolutions, but there's one I'll mention: more. art. this. year. And, hopefully there will be many more visits from studio frog too. Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2011 at Alex Louisa
Ssshh!! This is the one and only picture you will find of me on the blog (so far anyway - Im far too shy!) But thanks again for all your lovely comments Indigene. I appreciate it! (For the record, Im 26. Though apparently I sound all of 5 on the phone, as people ringing up to sell me things always ask if theres an adult they can speak to. I guess it works to get rid of them though!)
Toggle Commented Dec 29, 2010 on The day after. at Alex Louisa
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Ive started getting into painting for the exact same reason: Working with coloured pencils on wood, though I REALLY love the finish, is just hell on your hands. I was finding that I was getting numb/tingling fingertips and far too many hand cramps, not to mention my appalling pencil-hold which cant have helped at all. Painting with a brush seems so nice on the hands in comparison! As for hours on this one: I think it was around the 200 mark, which was spread over about 6 weeks. Completely ridiculous. Someone actually asked me once when I had it on show if there was something wrong with me, since Id created something so large and complicated with coloured pencil! Its definitely going to be a one-of.
Toggle Commented Dec 29, 2010 on Lioness at Alex Louisa
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Thanks Indigene! Your comment about reading until youre red-eyed and cranky made me laugh, as Im known to do that myself! My (nearly) husband helps me out with some of my art panels. Im pretty woeful when things require right angles. Though I think hed much prefer if I could somehow manage to work on metal panels, as thats what he likes working with best! Thanks again for your lovely comments :)
Toggle Commented Dec 29, 2010 on Gorillarilla. at Alex Louisa
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Let's stretch our imaginations and pretend this looks like a tree, so I can say MERRY CHRISTMAS! Thanks for visiting through 2010 :) Here's to an awesome new year!! With much, much, much more art-making - Hooray! Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2010 at Alex Louisa
Thanks Yuki :) The most I ever saw were 6 all smooshed together, but of course I spooked them all as soon as I moved to get my camera, so fingers crossed for next winter!
Toggle Commented Dec 13, 2010 on finch finch finch at Alex Louisa
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Thanks Hannah :) I am quite in love with them. I am wishing Winter would hurry up and roll around so I can see them all in a cute little line again!
Toggle Commented Dec 13, 2010 on finch finch finch at Alex Louisa
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I meant to post this last week! I was going to say this month has been getting away from me, but I should probably just replace that with this whole year. (New year's productivity resolutions, anyone?) So this was fun. (If not terrifying, for a little while... I had never worked on a painting collaboration before, so I think I had stage fright for a good two days before I could lay brush to canvas, which did not do wonders for my deadline...) The super-crazy-talented Gimiks Born handed this canvas over to me with everything painted but the girl, and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2010 at Alex Louisa
Yes! Like my dusty, dusty, poor little gocco. Im trying to make an effort NOT to let that happen so much now!!
Toggle Commented Dec 7, 2010 on Polymer Stamps at Alex Louisa
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Hi Kaitlin, I wish I could claim to have made them by hand, but no, theyre made with a little stampmaking machine: You just draw your image, scan it in to Photoshop and print it as a negative on some OHT-like material, place it over this thin little plastic satchel full of goop and put that in a clear clamp, then all of that goes into this little machine (which is basically just a housing for some UV lights) for a few mins, then you take it out, cut open the satchel, wash out all the extra goop that hasnt hardened, and youre left with a clear stamp, which you can then attach to an acrylic block to use it. OR I should have just said I used the Teresa Collins Stampmaking Machine. Its made for scrapbooking so that apparently required the stamps to be tinted pink, but nonetheless its still quite addictive! Thanks for stopping by :)
Toggle Commented Dec 6, 2010 on Polymer Stamps at Alex Louisa
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This is the artwork that I had on display at the Finders Keepers markets over the weekend, at the On the Wall event, organised by Leeloo. It's 11x14", acrylic on BFK Rives paper. I'd had this paper in storage for far too long, so I'm so happy that I finally used it for something! It's lovely to work with. I've called the piece Learning to be Patient, because the finch looks like he's waiting for something, but his slightly ruffled feathers suggest that the 'patience' part is taking a little practise. These little guys are usually waking up at about... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2010 at Alex Louisa
Exciting! I'm sure it will be brilliant. x.
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I have to admit that I do like those strangely-angled preview photos that artists take, so you end up with a very detailed look at one small piece, while all the rest is blurred. My favourite section in this artwork is the little white hexagon pattern in one corner, so I had to focus on that: You can see the whole piece at the Leeloo On the Wall event at the Sydney Finders Keepers markets on the 3rd - 4th of December, and I will post a picture of the whole finished artwork after that! Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2010 at Alex Louisa
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I still seem to be quite fascinated with the humble old hexagon. It all started when there was a huge paper wasp nest outside our loungeroom window, and I was eyeing off the perfect little hexagonal chambers the crafty little (bitey) critters had created. That was months and months ago now, but I still find myself wanting to include hexagons in my work. So, to save myself some stencilling time, I made some stamps of a few different sizes this morning, so I can use them in the artwork that I'm working on this weekend. It's rainy and grey and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2010 at Alex Louisa
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I've been lucky enough to be included in the ON THE WALL event - a collaboration between Leeloo and the Finders Keepers, at the Sydney Spring/Summer markets. Artworks from more than 30 artists will be on show. Hopefully it's a huge success and will be a new Leeloo/FK tradition, because both of these teams know how to put on a great event! I'll be working on my artwork for the show this weekend, while watching the V8s racing at Sandown (which is where my partner Steve is away working right this minute). I shall call it multi-tasking! Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2010 at Alex Louisa