Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Selfie on the way to wonderland

 "Starr’s work shows the journey a modern woman takes as she struggles to hold on to traditional values. iPods, Facebook,coca cola and the twilight phenomena are all intertwined as she navigates her way through an ever changing technological world." 

Well thats a little from the official statement and this the latest installment in the Alice series carries on with lots more twists and turns . I am keeping things in house with this one as it features my pink corvette for the first time and this baby will be turning up in a lot more of my series down the track . When i was a little girl i always wanted the barbie car but never got one so when i got older one day like magic it arrived in my drive way ....................i am very loved and spoilt . So of course it was going in the alice series . 

  Now lets talk about disney's Fairytale castle , its quiet frankly like a dream and is what i think happily ever after is all about . I grew up loving disney and princess's and how can u not like a symbol of love as large as the magic kingdoms castle . Yes i realise its based on the german one which is also gorgeous. I think Fairytales are to girls what superheros are to boys ..............I am a girly girl i love pink all the way ok and every other colour but pink mainly. While some think disney is a tacky beacon of love i certainly dont . You can choose to  create your very own fairy tale or in my case paint it .  

Of course no Wonderland fairytale painting would be complete without an enchanted forest and dancing flamingos. Ok and all the usual nods to wonderland like the white rabbit , stop watch , queen of hearts card and a beautiful floral foreground that the magic mushrooms pop up from . Here is a sketch featuring the flamingo and foreground flowers that were used in the painting . Its great to sketch up your ideas for major works like this i find . The SELFIE bit is just the crazy current phenomena most of us are guilty off . I am a vain creature and admit to doing this regularly . I am sure there will be a few selfie photos at my current exhibition WANDERLUST that opens on the 7th of november at the redhill gallery.  

What makes me super happy about this painting is that my imagination has been taken to a new level along with this series . I find the courage in this series to be me and let you see inside mind of an eccentric artist and she journeys down the rabbit hole and beyond . lol 

s xox  

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The creation of the modern still life .

The modern Still life is finally cool , There was a decade ago when it was just a bunch of flowers or a bowl of fruit on a lovely table nothing however wrong with that but those days are over . Well for me they certainly are and to the delight of my clients . I always keep it personal and use items that are mostly mine and in my studio or home . I find many of them on my travels and get so excited when i do, knowing they can feature in my latest still lifes . Flowers are still a big part of my works and i am always falling in love with a new one or shade . Roses however are always a bit classic aren't they . Something old with something new keeps the still life modern , books and even shoes . Tea cups , videos , skulls and the lonely apple also paint up a dream.

Now nothing is nicer in still lifes than the classic wine or champagne bottles or even absinthe my personal favourite. Yes i do drink my lovely champagne tthat'salways part of the fun.  I do admit to being a bit of a hoarder with my china and glasses it was a nightmare when i moved into my new studio with all the packing of fragile items . I will never be able to be a minimalist lol . The joy of travel and the constant search of inspiration in found objects is a wonder really . The magical way odd items can paint up on a canvas is awesome . I love nothing more than working from life but will also set up scenes when i am overseas in my hotels or out and about .

Thanks to my camera which i must say my skills are getting better with or my trusty ipad ........I have a love affair thats endless for my ipad .Here is DREAMING OF PARIS my most recent painting and yes its a still life thats classic but also modern . A bit of spray can technique and bang its instantly cool . WANDERLUST my exhibition opens on the 7th of november at the redhill gallery in brisbane this painting and many more will be on display then .

Sunday, October 12, 2014



‘a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world.[1]

My latest exhibition ‘ Wanderlust’ explores the desire to travel and the often-magical journeys we take in life.

Whether it’s New York City or London, Paris or even my own hometown of Brisbane there will always be some new undiscovered aspect to fall in love with. As a visual artist my inspiration comes from these global adventures and the need to satisfy my abundant curiosity and strong desire to share the beauty of this planet.

As an incurable romantic, love can be my greatest inspiration. I am lucky to be able to paint the things that I myself love in my own inimitable style. Cityscapes that capture the heart such as the Eiffel Tower and Empire State building or passions closer to my soul such as the ballet, the female form or even just a great pair of shoes, all things that I find in my adventures and travel are set to feature in this exciting exhibition.

‘Wanderlust’ is my ultimate fairy tale splashed across the canvas, capturing my freedom and passion as an artist in the brightest and boldest colours imaginable.

Starr X

ok Well thats the official statement !!!!!!!! but it says it all i think . I am so excited to be having my latest exhibition in my hometown of brisbane at the REDHILL GALLERY .Opening on the 7th of november from 6 till 8 . RSVP is essential via the gallery . 
here is a pic of my nephew posing with my HERO painting "WANDERLUST"