2014 Calendar!

The 2014 Calendar! Available from my madeit store
www.madeit.com.au/missbianca for $20 inc. postage
this weekend (December 8th) at the Mount Gambier Library Markets
 for the special price of $15
at the beautiful stall of fellow Sole Sister
Mel Horton and her Bilby & Bee stall

Below is a sneak peek of the calendar.
Went with a floral/nature theme this year!

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The cover. With a painting of little red chillies from my garden in the background

Those who know me know that I am obsessed with blossoms. This was a sketch from a photo of my cherry blossom in the front yard in the first year it bloomed. Blossoms seemed suitable for the first month of the year to me. New, fresh, all that jazz.

In the beginning of this year I started a project called Floral Fridays. Huge success, I did one week of it. Why? Well I got pregnant and lost motivation in art. All I wanted to do was sleep and eat.
Anyway, this was one of the images I did. Well actually I did a crappy pencil drawing, and the day I actually went to go into labour, I did the ink drawing and resurrected the illustration to a point I was happy to use it. These are Chinese Lanterns from Caroline Hills garden.
Please note there is a special date on March 27th ;)

This is my Dream Catch Me v2 artwork from the Sole Sisters 2012 Mix Tape exhibition. I love that song, and I am really attached to this illustration. It is framed in my office at the moment, but will soon be weaving it's way into Ana's room. Funny how at the time, I was not satisfied with it, but now I love it and all the subtle colours.

Peonies! I love them. Nearly as much as blossoms. I had peonies in my wedding bouquet. My awesome wedding bouquet. I would like to spend more time drawing these as they are really detailed flowers. Once again this was inked up in a hurry before I became a parent.

Oh look, it's more blossoms. I put these in September because that is Ana's birthday. This was a pen and digital coloured Illustration Friday pic. Possibly the only Illustration Friday I did for 2013. Most of these sketches are done on scrap paper in front of my computer in between jobs. I seem to like to work on lots of little things at once.

These birdies were a commissioned project for a dear friend. I really loved working on these. Would love to work on more birds in the future.

My other Dream Catch Me from the Sole Sisters exhibition. Another I have framed in my office that I love. I went through a real pastel/subtle stage last year!

And to finish off, this is the back cover. You can take it off and keep it once 2014 is over - frame it, do as you please. 

Thank you to everyone that has supported my art over the years. Here's to 2014 of just drawing more Bianca, and spending time with my new little family!


Oh, hello there!

Love what you have (Pencil, watercolour, paint, coffee stain etc)

{ For Illy Friday purposes - self awareness is Power }

It has been a long time! Since January in fact! I started off 2013 training for a half marathon and planning on spending every Friday doing creative things. It's good to have plans.

Instead I was lucky enough to fall pregnant pretty early on, which we feel really truly lucky about, but MAN, did it blow any ambitions to do anything apart from eat, sleep and try and overcome the 24/7 hangover feeling! Then once that section passed, it was heads down, bum up with my work and trying to finish off so I can have a little break pre-baby.

Which is where I am right now. Nearly 36 weeks and getting back to all those things I had either started or had in my head over the past few months.

The above picture I started in mid May. It was Gold Cup weekend. Finally finished it now. It is a bit more blobby and dirty looking that I would prefer but it is what it is.
I can see it as a tea-towel actually. 

The Sole Sisters are part of the Open Garden Weekend exhibition at Caroline Hills in November, which means there will be more creative things to come! I am excited.

It hasn't been all uncreative in that time though. I seem to have done more home style projects. Must be nesting. And addictive Pinterest making me believe I can create anything. We made a huge dining table, entrance table and various other things as below.

One weekend I decided I will make a teepee. I can sew cushions and sort-of straight lines. Didn't really think about where I would keep it, our house is pretty small. The pets are enjoying it at the moment anyway.

Brought a Clover pom pom maker and tidied up the poor previous attempts of pom poms on my mobile. I know it's only a pom pom, but they are so neat - I am impressed.

I have been pondering the idea of making a table runner (once again, I can sew sort-of straight lines so should be ok here). Experimenting with washout glue and fabric dye - even trying for a slight ombre. 
Will have to see how these end up before I tackle a decent sized bit of fabric. Also, it if does work how it is looking in my head, I may do some pieces for the Caroline Hills exhibition. Will see...

Anyway, it is great to be back.

I have the ink out on the table, so it's time to go and fiddle with that again :)




A quick little sketch and digital colour while I am quoting on some projects. Would like to spend some time this year studying flowers, and taking time to draw them nicely. This can be my reminder.

Love peonies. Especially just before they open when they are a big fluffy bud. 


{IF} New

Happy New Year! It's been a while. Sorry blog.... got married and stuff...

My first Illustration Friday for 2013!

Whenever I see blossoms I think of something new growing / new beginnings so it made the most obvious subject for this weeks Illy Friday plus I had to break myself into this drawing thing again slowly too :)

Pen sketch, watercolour/paint scans and digitally coloured