Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Koala purple hazed wildlife art with a twist

Inspired by the smoke haze floating over the Gippsland countryside, for many days in late April. The planned burn left a purple blue touch to everything. It got me thinking of those poor koalas in the fog of choking smoke. The interesting hues influenced my decision to experiment with this haze of purple and to push my boundaries using bright non standard colour on this interesting and iconic Australian animal. 

I took a further risk and added touches of orange to the eyes and around the animals face to echo the beautiful flaming autumnal leaves and of course those fires. I have a thing for koalas they have an innocent quality but behind the cute face they can be quite feisty when they need to be.

This piece of artwork, I hope will make the viewer think about the plight of animals subjected to unpleasant smoke inhalation during burn offs.

This experimental acrylic painting is currently for sale on boxed canvas (20cms x 20cms x 1.5cms). For best price contact me directly or you can purchase from me via Saatchiart. If you want your own print check out my koala art on Redbubble.

Stork new baby delivery art

My latest stork baby art collection was originally created for my cute now not so new baby nephew.

Painted with pan watercolors this cute design was based around my brothers previous jobs as a postman and his current job dealing with parcels and deliveries and the fact that I now live thousands of miles away it seems most fitting. So I drew a cute flying stork with a baby bundle. The stork has a postman's style hat which on the original version that I sent to my new nephew had the logo of the large firm my brother is now store manager for as a personalised touch. 

I also created a simple wash sky background which I have added together to create baby shower invitations and baby shower party wares, maternity t-shirts and more available through www.mylittleeden.com on zazzle
and my redbubble store.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Going green

Colour company Pantone has declared green as its colour of the year for 2017. The colour, aptly named Greenery, is described by Pantone as a "tangy yellow-green that speaks to our need to explore, experiment and reinvent". 
It seemed therefore fitting to go green whilst taking a more relax approach to a bit of watercolor art, I produced for my little eden weddings store. 
I started with some loose foliage forms then added splats of paint by gently flicking the brush in a controlled way to give the work more vitality, interest and life.

I then decided to grab a pot placed in the center of my paper and produce another piece of art in a wreath design using the pot as a circular template.

I was quite pleased with my little painting session, although I did color adjust the artwork to match and be a little more green with the tone of the greenery theme.
My new greenery wedding set now available at www.mylittleedenweddings.com just in time for a spring wedding. See the whole set here

I also have a few other hand painted greenery collections for weddings in www.mylittleedenweddings.com store. 
Spring greenery leaves watercolor art wedding
Spring greenery leaves watercolor art wedding
by Sarah Trett for mylittleedenweddings
Green Oncidium orchid wedding
Green Oncidium orchid wedding
by Sarah Trett for mylittleedenweddings
Green catkins willow watercolor art wedding
Green catkins willow watercolor art wedding
by Sarah Trett for mylittleedenweddings

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Back to Australia again!

Hello again! Well it has been another while since I have posted to my art blog. My apologies.

Moving around the world and back with two young children is not for the fainthearted and unfortunately a few things have had to take a back seat for awhile and my blog has been amongst them.

Now back in Australia with my own computer and most importantly space for my desk, I am slowly getting back up and running.

Migrating back to Australia I have found the process a bit easier this time, thankfully. I have certainly felt more thankful to be able to return and trying to make the most of all Australia has to offer in terms of floral and wildlife. Being in rural Victoria again there is no shortage of exciting flora and fauna to enjoy.

At the moment I am living close to Uralla Nature Reserve. So I have taken my kids several times to the reserve for bush walks and each time we have seen something different.

My last trip was particularly special as we encountered on the path a wallaby just standing there looking straight at us. Very exciting to see one so close in the wild.

However for me the wild orchids I just fell in love with, being flower mad to see such beautiful plants with butterflies darting around in their natural setting was truly magical. This walk reminded me why I love and returned to Australia.

These beautiful wild orchids inspired me to paint the orchids on a whimsical birthday card for my mum, whom I am so sad about leaving back in the UK and not being able to visit on her upcoming birthday.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

The wonders of a new Spring in the UK

Having returned back to the UK from Australia this was the first UK Spring for me in over five years. It has been a delightful revelation to see the transition from the miserable dullness of winter, to the amazing mass flourish of green leaves and pretty flowers. Despite being time poor and still without space to produce my art. I managed to complete a few paintings of the blooms that really caught my eye this spring here in Dorset, England and I have taken plenty of sketches and photos for potential future works once I get more time and space to work again. Below is links to my new Spring watercolor artworks, designed to work on various products including wedding invitations, cards, gift papers and fabrics.
Pink tree blossom watercolor wedding
Pink tree blossom watercolor wedding
by Sarah Trett

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

We are going on a Easter egg hunt

Easter egg hunts are brilliant fun for children and adults of all ages to celebrate Easter. I have been busy drawing and designing Easter eggs and a Easter bunny rabbit to help you celebrate. 

I also have a selection of my original artwork on Easter cards and floral flower gifts ideal for gifting to family and friends this Spring.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

The joy of moving

As you can see I have been rather busy moving and relocating, that my blog as been somewhat neglected these last couple of months. My apologies for not writing sooner. We are still not resettled and my desk and computer are still looking for some much needed room. This is certainly making it a challenge to continue to work. I have managed to do some painting and computer design work on a laptop whilst on the move but it has been far from ideal. 

So why did we leave our beautiful Australian home? Well the mine fire we experienced made us question the area and with the lack of response to the health issues caused and future protection of the mine from further fires doubtful, it was with regret, we decided to sell our Australian home. Initially packing up to relocate somewhere else in Australia. We first visited Perth and then returned back to the UK to see family. The trip back was great until we left Singapore (a stunning city and well worth stopping off to see) but going via Frankfurt and Brussels was certainly an experience that I would not recommend nor repeat particularly with a strong willed two year old! 

Family health issues after arriving back in the UK has made us feel at this moment we should try to come back to stay. Giving our children the opportunity to spend time getting to know the family again. But no matter where you live there are always trials and issues involved in finding yourself a place to live and returning back to the UK has been a lot harder than we could have imagined. 

In the five years we were away, things have certainly changed. Being aware of the costs, financial, mentally and physically involved and being prepared to tackle the many unexpected issues that comes your way is key to surviving the process. Slowly we are getting used to being back but I am certainly missing Australia. I hope one day we will get to return. In the short term I hope I can find some of my own space again so I can more comfortably continue to produce my art and design work. 

Spring at least is starting to show itself (well almost) and I managed to draw and then paint up this hellebore standing at the kitchen bench. Then designed the artwork into a new wedding set for my wedding website www.mylittleedenweddings 

Hellebore watercolor wedding