Saturday, 12 November 2011

Tis the season to paint folly!

Tumbling amongst my paints I decided to create Christmas cards slightly different from the norm ...

What if a flock of butterflies were to magically create a Christmas tree I asked myself...

And what if I was to sketch them gainst a sunset sky?

And what if they were to fly on wings of gossamer lace?

Off to the printers on Monday!

Monday, 10 October 2011

Be the someone .... a story about planting flowers

A few years ago I moved in with my darling into his bright beautiful flat. Inside everything was vibrantly coloured and alive, a gorgeous welcoming space. Outside was a different story. The garden of the old manor house had been neglected and lay drab and bare. There were echoes of the glory it must once have been and yet no one had loved it for years.

And so I spoke with the neighbours. They all agreed 'someone should do something' and yet no one wanted to act.

'You don't want to plant anything, it will get nicked!' said one neighbour.

Each morning I would look out the window at the grey garden and think what a shame it was. Then I remembered a story about a couple who every day jogged past a bedraggled rose bush and every day said 'someone should prune that rose bush!'
Until one day they became the someone, and they pruned it...

... And so my darling and I went to the garden centre and came back with plants and seeds and bulbs. We began digging and planting and sowing and weeding. The sun set and still we had not finished.

'Oh, you don't want to leave them out! They'll be gone in the morning!' said the neighbour as he walked past. We decided to trust and lined the unplanted flowers up against the house.

In the morning we rushed down eagerly. The plants were still there. Again we dug and planted and sowed. Neighbours came with cups of tea and biscuits for us. People from down the street came to stop and admire our work and encourage us.

When we had finished, with aching backs and dirt smeared faces we looked at our efforts and felt a warm glow in our hearts. The old manor house with its flats seemed to stand prouder in the evening light. We dreamed of what it would look like as the bulbs came up and the vines grew.

A few weeks later we bought garden furniture and sat eating our cereal in the sunshine surrounded by flowers. 'Oh! That will definately get pinched!' said our neighbour staring at the new table as he went to get his morning papers.

The next day other neighbours were sat at it in the sun looking happy. 'It's fantastic!' they exclaimed and cooked us dinner that night.

As it grew warmer we had BBQs with neighbours who became friends. People from down the road would stop to chat as they passed by. Our bulbs flourished and our flowers multiplied. We learnt alot, what to plant, when and where. Each of our plants became like our children. We even grew tomatoes! A sense of community grew as neighbours began to use the garden and get to know each other.


One day a miracle happened ... the neighbour who had been sure everything would get nicked was out in the garden ... watering seeds. And he was smiling.

Monday, 26 September 2011

More Art on Walls!

Whilst I was away a lovely lady bought some of my cards for a friend and framed them. They look so beautiful and I feel so proud and humbled ... had to share!

When I opened my shop last year, an old friend was one of my first customers. Found this photo on his facebook page and had to share it as well. Thanks Ollie!

Wednesday, 21 September 2011


I have been away for weeks, working on my 'other' job and playing with dancing light.

My blog has been sadly neglected - it takes all my molecules and globules to create in my other world and I had none left over for blogging. I laughed when I thought of what I might say - another day of not enough sleep, working all night long, grateful for lovely sensitive technicians who help keep it all together and bring much needed cups of tea at 4 in the morning (manna from heaven!), pulling particles of light together to create something that wows ... and trembling at the thought of the huge audience the show will pull!!!

Oh how I love it and wish it could be less all consuming sometimes!

This is a pic of programming it up in the studio...

It was wonderful to be home in Oz and create something to give back to Brisbane after the tragedy of the floods earlier this year. Driving around the city with friends and having them point out where the water level came too was chilling - so many lives touched. I felt moved to hear of the helping hands that came and the way that Brissie came together. What a magic city!

There are some rather lovely photos of the show here -

Photo update! This is what it looked like!

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

My art is hanging on walls!

I can't tell you how awestruck, priveledged, giddy, joyous and blessed I feel when I see my art is a part of others lives!

I am thrilled, humbled and even strangely shy to see something I have created, with all the highs and lows that encompass the process of creating an artwork, hanging on a wall.

I tell you a secret. When I first got my studio I wouldn't let anybody in. NOBODY! I wouldn't show my work to anyone at all! I was having my own private dance with myself and I felt incredibly, painfully shy.

I think after creating huge shows for years with thousands of people watching them, I didn't want anyone else to participate, judge or tell me what to do. (I still have some paintings that no one else has seen, that are just for me.)

Somewhere along the way I inched open my door, invited friends in, then strangers, took part in my first exhibition. And then one day I opened my Etsy shop. I still feel naked - my art exposes me in a way that nothing else ever could. My paintings are little pieces of my heart and soul.

How blessed I feel!

Thank you Leo! x

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Gorgeous We Make London pop-up shop!

The lovely 'We Make London' pop-up shop in Hampstead was running all this past week. Crammed full of unique hand-made objects up a gorgeous cobbled alleyway in Hampstead it was a truly inspiring occasion. From artworks and prints to childrens clothes, lampshades, jewellry, cookies and toys, it was a huge success and a great opportunity for us creatives to meet, mingle and share ideas!

I met some very inspiring people and we spent a very enjoyable opening night with pimms and brainstorming. What a range of creative talent! I was very proud to be a part of it. A big congratulations and thank you to Mary and Julie for all the hard work.

Sharing the work of some of the inspiring folk I met -

Sarah from Shark Alley is an extraordinary jeweller, creating papermache shapes which she then bejewells - just divine!

Tanya from Strikk makes incredible knitted creations and is also a fab photographer (borrowed this photo from her!), 

Utterly inspiring Vanessa from Lovely Gorgeous things who makes totally utterly natural vegan body products.

And  Chloe from Hatastic, who creates hats to die for!

Friday, 1 July 2011

We Make London Summer Boutique in Hampstead

Just been visiting the quirky streets and alleyways of beautiful Hampstead, delivering my work to the 'pop-up' shop which will be there over the next week.

Over 200 designers, crafters and creatives applied and 40 of us were chosen. Very exciting to be a part of it! I will be there tomorrow, Satruday 2nd July for the afternoon and into the evening for the fabulous opening night extravaganza. Come and pop your head in if you are around!

You are all invited to the Opening Night tomorrow (Saturday, July 2nd) Come and join us for drinks, nibblies and lots of original objects of art, jewellry, cookies and textiles.

Lots of my prints will be there ... from the Leap of Faith series ...

... cards and bookmarks ...

... to some dreamy transformingbutterflies....

.. and a powerful winter bird in flight ...

Here is a link to the We Make London site with lots of info on the designers and other tit bits.

The shop is up a gorgeous little alleyway, with a fab coffee shop next door that I sampled this morning in the morning sun!

Oak Studios
8 Perrins Court
Hampstead NW3 1QS (2 secs walk from Hampstead tube)

I have been flat out preparing for the past exhibitions and this shop... my home and my studio look like a cross between a market stall and an art installation!

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Balance and Blogs

I have a wonderful friend who makes hand bound books, sketches beautiful things and is all round talented! (last year we teamed up and she made those incredible leather hand-made note books)

Each week she cleverly has a word which she writes or creates about. In her busy life I don't know how she does it!

A few weeks back her weekword was Balance and she chose my painting...

Here is the link to her blog - she is a prolific blogger - puts me to shame!

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Painting Butterflies!

In preparation for our two big weekends of Open Studios, I have been painting and dreaming butterflies. Simple paintings of beauty...

They are not quite finished yet ... looking good in my frames so far though.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Creating a simple Facebook name

Today I had an epiphany!Thanks to fellow etsians, I discovered how to change my horrible long Dalek style address to a simple 

My facebook address used to look like this!/pages/Tara-Winona/119511181442274?v=wall

Once you have 25 likes you too can create a simple name! Go to -

Make sure you go to the page section and type in your page name and the name you would like.

Thank you to Sleepy Hollow folkart and Dab Hands for the helpful tips (-;

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Open Studios in London

'Open Studios'  is coming up down on the island and across south-westish London (loosely the Richmond Borough). It runs over 2 weekends, the 10th -11th and 18th - 19th June. Loads of studios are opening their doors so come exploring.

And for all you lovelies, we are having a private viewing on both the Friday nights, the 9th and 17th, so if you are free come join us for drinkies along the canal!

It would be great to see you, tis gorgeous down there in magical hobbit island arty land this time of year.

For those of you who are interested, here is the link to the global site

which details all the studios which are open across London with a map and titbits of information.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Creativity Unmasked Blog - Coping with the Critics

I awoke to the lovely surpise this morning of being included in a fabulous blog called Creativity Unmasked! An amazing team 'Moags and Smeet' have created a series of blogs especially for us creative types dealing with everything from coping with the critics to describing their own creative process and great bits of advice. I feel very honoured that my 'Listen' print is featured!

Coping with the critics is something that all us creatives struggle with. When to listen to others and when to hear our own inner voice and follow our unique path is a fine line.

When I am not painting I work as a creative in events, where our critics can number in the 1000s - the audience, the crew, our clients and ourselves! It can be challenging...

I once worked with a brilliant man who approached the process with the eyes of a child. It was as if we were all sharing a creative adventure together. Midst all the stress, with each critisicm he would reply 'that's interesting!' approaching it as part of the creative journey we were sharing. I learnt alot... sometimes I am even able to apply it!