Monday, October 25, 2010

Unplugging for a bit…..

I’m going to take a little tiny technology break… Spend some time with the family.   Everything is wonderful at the moment and I just need to soak it all in.  

I'm sorry I haven’t got around to thanking all of the lovely folk who attended my exhibition opening yet, both on line and “in the flesh”…I want you all to know I appreciate you so much, xxx.  

I will draw to lucky draw prize when I return to the land of blog.  I won’t be gone for long – promise.   

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Shadow Shot + House Update + Exhibition Excitement

While this shadow shot may not be a spectacular photo, it marks a very exciting moment.  My Curly Guy and I are standing together for the very first time, on the floor of our new home!  

We have waited so long to see what it would look like up high in the trees where our home will be nestled.  It is spectacular!  We can’t wait to live here. 

I am so keen to get around and check out some shadow shots… It has been so long since I played along…  I have been immersed in preparations for my exhibition.  It opened on Friday night and I had such a fabulous opening night.  

I also had an online opening night so if you want to pop by and check out the show, just click here. There is still time for you to enter the “lucky door prize” on my Online Opening Night post, if you hurry, it will be drawn on Monday.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

What a fabulous night!

I was spoilt with flowers from my Curly Guy and two of my wonderful girlfriends.

I was joined by a crowd of family and friends.

And I sold paintings!

Thanks to all of you who dropped by the online opening and left such sweet comments.  Sorry I haven’t been able to reply to you yet, I shall make it my mission over the following days.  

I will announce the winner of the “lucky door prize” on Monday….. And hopefully I shall have some photos of the night to share then too.

I’m on such a high!!!

Friday, October 22, 2010


Welcome to the online opening night of
Emerging, an exhibition of free flowing abstracts
by Kylie Marie Stevens.

This exhibition physically opens at Drawing Point Gallery, Ipswich, Australia, at 6:30 on the 22nd on October 2010, the same time as it goes live on line.  I have chosen to do this for two reasons….  Firstly to honour and include all of the wonderful folks I have “met” online who have supported and encouraged me on this journey. 

And secondly to use this opportunity to share my works with as many people as possible.  You could help me on my quest to share this collection, by clicking one of the little "share" buttons at the bottom of this post, I would really appreciate it. 

Here it is is, the Emerging collection, raise you glass and wish me well as you enjoy the show…. (just press the arrow play button)

The artist Bio that accompanies the Emerging exhibition….

Kylie Marie Stevens has been painting for 20 years and is largely self-taught. While working at selling art materials and fine art prints in her twenties she experimented widely with both medium and style.

Many of her paintings were produced as exercises as she sought to master various materials and techniques, developing her knowledge and skills.

In her early thirties Kylie progressed to painting commissioned pieces for corporate and commercial premises as well as teaching adult art workshops - deconstructing the art process for novice painters.

When she paints from the heart Kylie’s works are often a homage to nature and the diminishing “untouched landscape” for which we are all responsible. 

The paintings in Emerging are abstracts and as such are open to many interpretations. For Kylie personally however they are expressive of different times, places, people and moods.

In the Adrift series Kylie was seeking to access her purest form of inspiration: a virtually subconscious vision, effortless and filled with joy. Reconnecting with this experience after becoming a mother has reawoken her ambition to share her art in public.
A huge thankyou to Anna for all of your patients and help writing this.

Feeling peckish?  These are some of the tasty treats we are enjoying at Drawing Point Gallery tonight...

Vol au vents laden with...
 smoked salmon, dill and cream cheese;
feta and rocket pesto
and hummus with kalamata olive

Thanks to Amy and Helen for offering your culinary skills to the event, I really appreciate you catering for me (and I am sure my guests will too!)

I’m having a surprise “lucky door” prize, exclusive to the online opening night.  To enter just leave a comment on this post and you are in the draw.  Make sure you leave your email address if you are a “no reply at blogger” type!  

If something in the exhibition has caught your eye and you want to make it your own, you can contact the gallery on ph: 07 3812 1188 or email:

So many wonderful supportive people have cheered me on in this journey.  I can’t express how much your support and kind words have meant to me.  I don’t think I would have been able to take this step, without you backing me.  Thankyou.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

There are a lot of sad, lonely, empty hooks at my place today….

I won’t be creating anything in my creative space today, but I am packing up a bundle of my creations and hanging them for my exhibition…Gee the house is going to seem empty without them. 

Just one more sleep until my opening night’s….  That’s right I am having two opening nights at once.  The regular “in the flesh” one at Drawing Point Gallery and my “online” opening night, they will both open simultaneously (fingers crossed auto posting works its magic for me!). 

So if distance keeps you from coming along….  Join me celebrating this milestone right here in the blogsphere, your invitation with all of the details is right here. I hope you will raise your glass for me from your corner of the globe and leave a comment on the “Online Opening” post to go in the draw for the “lucky door prize”. 

Wish me luck that the hanging goes well, so I can grab a moment to do a little My Creative Space surfing this afternoon….

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

We have poles AND bearers….

The dream house is progressing along again this week now that we have had a break from the rain.  We should get a floor this week and maybe even some of the wall framing.  Exciting times! AND only 2 more sleeps till my opening night

Monday, October 18, 2010

Your invite…

You are invited to the online opening

Friday the 22nd of October at 6:30pm
(Eastern standard time – Queensland Australia.  Time zone converter here)

No need to RSVP, just drop on over here to Chasing Purple Dreams.  The online opening, including a slide show of the exhibition, will go live at the same time as I open the doors to the exhibition at Drawing Point Gallery.  

There will be a surprise “Lucky Door Prize” just leave a comment on the night to go in the draw.  

I am hoping to be able to include recipes from some of the yummies that will be on offer as well…. I am so lucky to have some fabulous cooks who are also fabulous friends catering for me on the night.

I will also have the gallery’s contact details available just in case you have to make one of my original paintings your own!

So I hope you will raise a glass and wish me luck in my first solo exhibition regardless of how many miles are between us.

Please feel free to share the invite to this online opening anyway you like… I am happy for you to post a link on your blog… or you could push one of those little “share” buttons down near the bottom of the post…  I’d love to be able to share my exhibition and my work far and wide with as many people as possible.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Look what I found in the gully at “The Dirty” today...

(a light on words post for Blogtober 17!)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

For Friend’s Afar…..

Blogging and connecting with folk on Facebook is fabulous, but there are a few little down sides….  Like the disappointment that all of my far flung friends can’t be a part of my exhibition opening….  But I think I have a solution.  Unfortunately I haven’t won the lotto, so I can’t fly you all in to be at the opening!  But I can give you an online glimpse…

Pistacia Vera
Kylie Marie Stevens
oil on canvas
1060 x 910 mm

So I’m thinking…online opening….  With a slide show of the exhibition pieces scheduled to auto post at the same time as the exhibition opens… 
A “lucky door prize” for a randomly drawn commenter…
Any other ideas on how you could feel included?  
Would you like copies of the recipes for the yummies that my fabulous friends are making for the nibbles? 
Should I include the galleries contact details – just in case someone wanted to purchase from the show?  
Would you help me to promote it on your facebook pages or blogs?  

Friday, October 15, 2010

Meet "Creative"…

I wanted a way to celebrate and commemorate the milestone of my first solo exhibition….

Mitsy Sleurs
from the “99 Feelings” – project
7.5cm high
unfired ceramic
Purchasing this sculpture form ArtMind’s Etsy store was just perfect.   “Creative” is from Mitsy’s 99 Feelings-project and I have loved her from the moment I saw her.  Of course it helps that 9 is my favourite number (so it follows that 99 is a fabulous number too!).  The shape of these little babushkas is just so perfect to me and I instantly connected with the way Misty has expressed feeling creative.  To purchase another artists work as I embark on this exhibition seems like good karma and I shall continue this tradition to mark future milestones in my artistic career…

And don’t you just love Mitsy’s”Happy Girls”?  She pops one in with everything she sells.  I am thinking mine is going to hang from my rear vision mirror as and “out and about” reminder of my achievement while “Creative” will live on the shelf above my studio desk, where it is safe from little hands and where I can see it as I create.

Do you mark milestones with a little something?  I haven’t done it before, but I really like the concept.  A friend of mine recently chose a diamond ring (for her husband to buy her) to mark the milestone of completing her PHD.  She completed it whilst also being a Mum to two kids under 3 – what a huge achievement.  I am so proud of her!

One week today until my exhibition opens…… 


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Itchy, but optimistic…

I am itching to get playing with my paints again.  I haven’t had any Little Guy free time for painting in weeks.  I have one more painting day before the exhibition and before that long awaited day arrives I need to find time to stretch this beautiful linen on to the custom sized stretcher I had made.   I have a good feeling about the painting for this canvas, perhaps it will even end up the star of the show (not to put any pressure on myself or anything!!!!).

There is still lots of work to do before my big day (just 8 days till opening night!), so I shall probably continue to be a bit of a slacker around my Blogtoberfest posting.  But do drop back by tomorrow as I want to share a very special little something I purchased to celebrate and commemorate my solo exhibition milestone…

Its Thursday once again, so you know where we are all headed…Make yourself a cuppa, there is tons of creativity to immerse yourself in! 

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

AWOL for Blogtoberfest – the excuse…..

Ok I just dropped of the blogging band wagon for a moment there.  I just have so many jobs on my pre exhibition to do list that I just let it slide, sorry!  The on top of the already hefty to do list, unexpected jobs keep cropping up.  Like spending most of Sunday afternoon cleaning the studio for the visitor I am expecting in less than an hour…..  

I contacted some of the local press to see if they were interested in writing a little something about my exhibition and one of them is!  She is on her way, here… in about 45 minutes…..  My stomach is twisting and turning, I’m excited and scared all at once...  What have I gotten myself in for????

Friday, October 8, 2010

Blogtober 8th

Today is gloomy, drizzly, my back is out and I have a headache. L If it wasn’t for Blogtoberfest I wouldn’t have posted today… Sorry for the whinge!

Lucky I captured this little sunshiny shot earlier in the week, hopefully sharing it will brighten your day and mine too!  

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Where’s all the art????

While you might imagine the lead up to an art exhibition would mean lots of paint and canvas, there is not actually that much creativity in my space at the moment…..

15 days till opening night and most of the work I am doing includes this diary.  Writing to the press, getting invitations out into the community, collecting paintings and applying for a group exhibition later in the year have occupied me this week.  Along with the excitement at The Dirty….the holes we celebrated earlier in the week are now full of cement and we should soon have poles rising into the air.  

I hope your creative spaces are exciting and abundant today, so that I can pop by and live vicariously through your creativity!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Blogtober 6th.... and already a pretty lame excuse for a post!

No time for a proper post today…. Here’s a photo from my garden this morning… So that I don’t fail at Blogtoberfest already! How are you going with the posting everyday???

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Dream Home Update….Holes!!!

It’s so exciting to see things happening at “The Dirty” (Little Guy calls our block The Dirty – so cute!).

We have holes!

The surveyor’s markers that we were so excited to see in last week are now out with holes in their place.

This pile of steel will go into the holes today as they are filled with concrete.

We were a bit worried on the drive out to The Dirty last night as it was raining.  We didn’t want to face delays or have to have water pumped out of the holes…. But the rain soon stopped and then we were rewarded and reassured by this little piece of magic.

It’s going to be such a special place to live, I just can’t wait.

Well here we are, Blogtober 5th I’m doing ok so far.  How about you?  I wonder what stage the house will be by the end of Blogtober???  Exciting times.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Still untitled….

“Embraced”, “Nestled”???? I’m still not set on a title for this one, but I am sure that I love it!  It’s the third in the “Namaste” series and it would make a really lovely pair with “Grace”.
 I have another painting in this series brewing away in my head and my heart….. I’m just waiting for a few uninterrupted hours to bring it to life.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

A star shaped, flower shadow, on our front path….

One of my Little Guy’s favourite songs is “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”, so he was quite chuffed when we spotted this star shaped shadow on our path.  Want to see what the other shadow chasers are up to this week?  Then just pop on over to Hey Harriet for a shadowy journey around the world.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Dream Home update...

One of the things we like about the land that our dream home is being built on is the trees.  We plan to keep the bush at the back of the block quite natural and add native plantings amongst the tree to enhance the beauty of the bushland. 

When we bought the block the house site was already cleared and our designer has worked the house beautifully into the space.  Unfortunately one, small tree had to go, to provide access to the back of the block.  This morning we cut it down and it became our first wood pile for the new fire place.  It was quite satisfying to spend the time out there working in what will become our yard. 

I’m looking forward to more time spent out there this weekend, but this time planting!  We picked up a nice little collection of natives, free from our council.  They are destined for planting along the dry creek bed that our deck will overlook.  I can’t wait to live there! 

Friday, October 1, 2010

Painting my way into Blogtober…

Happy 1st of Blogtober!  I’ve enjoyed a quiet painting morning, to ease me into what is going to be a huge month for me.  

This piece is the third in the “Namaste” series.   Sometimes painting is a hard slog, but Tuesday’s painting “Grace” and this morning’s painting, have just flowed so effortlessly from me to the canvas.  I don’t have a title for this one yet.  I have been toying with “Embrace”, but that doesn’t seem quite right….  Any ideas?

Well that’s one post down for Blogtober – just 30 more to go!  I wonder how well I will meet this challenge???