New original fine art – the Presence collection

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I’m brimming with pride and exhilaration to release my latest fine art collection ‘Presence’.

 It feels so right to be releasing this new art in my signature black and white under my true name, Sophie Melville.

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‘Out of reach but not out of sight’

This collection is a culmination of a lot of simply ‘being’.
Sitting and being comfortable in my stillness.

The realisation of the total acceptance of myself.

Choosing to focus on the journey not the result.
To me this is all the awareness of presence.

 

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‘Seeking Presence’

My style has become more refined through reflection, consideration and now my process is immersed in clarity and foresight. But more than ever I take a lot longer to complete a painting as I feel a deeper connection to myself and this is visually expressed in my paintings. It’s my thought processes while creating that are making me observe, consider and just be.

 

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‘Silent Presence’

I hope you enjoy reading the inspiration behind each work and a supporting quote in this collection in further detail within each artwork on my website.

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New work – The Sunset Collection

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The Silence of Reflection – Watercolour on French ARCHES paper, 72 x 53cm

I’m proud to release my latest original fine art – The Sunset Collection, a small range of watercolour works on paper in my signature black and white but with hints of dusty pinks, peach and blue. They are inspired by sunsets at the beach and the exhilaration of watching the last of the light for the day bathe the headland, beach and sea in it’s warm glow before disappearing to greet the other side of the world.

I’ve been inspired to paint in colour since winter but have had a few art projects on for group shows that meant my focus needed to be on the local mountains that I usually paint and also in black and white (see the work in my current group show at the end of this post).  But, I believe that good things come to those that wait and I knew I needed to have patience and trust in myself to let the day come where I would empty out my entire watercolour paint jar on my art desk, instead of just plucking out the black tube.

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Existence of Mystery – Watercolour on French ARCHES paper, 71 x 52cm

‘The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.’ Piet Mondrian

It was with this quote in mind that I started seeing colour as something I could indeed interpret.  All I had to do was start with what I new in the way of black and white, then experiment and play with colour from there. Fundamental to this new challenge was to enjoy myself, to immerse myself in creating, to feel my sense of purpose for this unexplored coloured territory and to acknowledge but push aside all fear and doubt and just be, just paint.

Illumination at Dusk - Watercolour on French ARCHES paper, 72 x 53cm

Illumination at Dusk – Watercolour on French ARCHES paper, 72 x 53cm

 

I had been gathering a lot of inspiration from various sunset captures that either I had taken during walks in the mountains or from friends on Instagram as well as those that my husband had taken for me from his work in the mountains.  The colours in the evening skies started to fill my mind with potential colour palettes and I new it was just a matter of time to when I would finish my current projects and would then allow myself to start dabbling in colour. The way the light combined a bright blue sky into midnight blue with a soft, golden light that covered everything in it’s path was enough for me to know intuitively what colours to choose.

Last of the Light - Watercolour on French ARCHES paper, 52.5 x 33.5cm

Last of the Light – Watercolour on French ARCHES paper, 52.5 x 33.5cm

 

So while the visual inspiration for these works came from the sun’s last light the internal inspiration came from a place of trying to calm the overwhelm and to cope with stress during a very busy time in my life. During this time we were selling our house privately and I had a long list of cleaning and tidying jobs to get the house up to scratch for sale and then continuous open homes and viewings not to mention still having paintings to create for 2 shows and only working 3 days a week.

While I am very much an advocate for not being so busy that I can’t enjoy my daily life and I take great pride in not filling my days with so many things to do and subsequently living in the past or fear of the future through stress. But sometimes life is busy and I realised I had to accept that. I spent far too many years consumed by stress prior to returning to painting that my life now is incomparable to what it used to be.  I have learnt some great strategies for fighting the overwhelm and stress of busy times and they’re surprisingly easy to implement.  All it took was prioritising increased self care and instead of the usual ‘I’m too busy to go to yoga or meditate or walk the dog’ to realise that this is EXACTLY what I needed to help calm the feelings of inadequacy and fear of never being finished.

‘Stress is caused by being ‘here’ and wanting to be ‘there’. ‘ Eckhart Tolle

Last of the Light

 

I came to realise that procrastination (disguised as self care) was key to winning the stress battle. It couldn’t be any old ‘oops, I’ll just browse my feed or check my emails then start reading the latest news from my favourite blogs.’ kind of procrastination.  It needed to be built into the busy schedule and adhered to.  So much so that I coined the term ‘creative procrastination’ for myself.  All I had to do was schedule and make the time for a little drawing or meditating or reading before launching into my day and ticking off the tasks. It only would take half an hour each morning to sip my coffee and enjoy the silence of drawing and I then would feel like I had started the day off calmly and with intention. To be completely honest I found I enjoyed and relished this time so much I would often stretch it out to an hour and then really start my day feeling inspired and filled with contentment.

Later on I would once again prioritise a good few hours in my studio to meditate, ponder and of course paint. I truly feel that because I allowed myself time amongst the chaos to reconnect with myself that I have managed to produce these new colour works quite freely and with great success ( and surprisingly no failures!)  Failure though is something I believe very strongly in and advocate for learning and growth but I won’t elaborate on that now, I’ll save that for another post!

Below are photos from my current group show, The Wanaka 8 at Central Stories Museum in Alexandra (Central Otago). It is an exhibition featuring eight notable Wanaka artists each with their own distinctive style.  I chose to focus my work on interpretations of the Wanaka landscape but not distinctive landmarks.  I also felt drawn to creating work that was of a very minimal nature allowing the silent white areas space to contrast with the textured and deliberate black areas.

At the Wanaka 8 group show opening at Central Stories Museum, Alexandra. Show on until Sunday 27th November.

 

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Works left to right: All Watercolour on French ARCHES paper

 

Top Left: ‘Believe in yourself’ $950 SOLD,

Bottom Left: ‘All that you need is inside you’ $950,

‘The Fulfillment Within’ $1500,

‘Happiness Found’ $750

‘Resounding Calm’ $750

Contact Maurice for a show catalogue if you are interested in purchasing any of these works maurice@centralstories.com

 


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A new direction for 2017

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This year has seen my art develop and go from strength to strength, interestingly enough, I’m the happiest and calmest I have been for years. This is by no means a co-incidence, but I’ll elaborate about that later on…

Next year will see exciting changes to the mini Grandi Artist by Sophie Melville range of art. My latest print range, the Finding Quiet series will be the last one available as an open edition range as next year I will be upgrading to only selling limited edition (numbered) fine art giclée prints.  This year my original fine art sales have dramatically increased and I’ve been securing new stockists and galleries for only my original fine art so this has encouraged me to take this next step.

My art and business have grown so much in the last 2 years and I’ve realised to further establish myself in the fine art market I need to only sell the highest quality prints I can. This means that as of 31st January 2017 I will no longer be selling any of my current open edition prints. These include the widely popular Storm at the Beach prints and my other best sellers, Marble and In the Sand as well as Linear Escape. What this means is ALL prints currently on my website will no longer be available (but you might be able to find them at some of my stockists after this date).

This decision is one that I have taken careful consideration to come to. It means exciting things for my art’s future as I seek and hope to secure greater representation in galleries through out New Zealand and Australia and only selling limited edition prints instead of open edition is the way forward I believe.

I will be releasing my first limited edition print range in February next year and there will be a slight movement away from my traditional black and white art. The range is still in the exploratory stage but I am aiming to include hints of colour combined with my usual tonal blacks, something I have courageously and thoroughly been enjoying working on recently.

The Storm at the Beach set - to be discontinued in 2017.

The Storm at the Beach set – to be discontinued in 2017.  Styling: Hayley French, My Little House. Photo: Larnie Nicolson for Homestyle Magazine

 

Marble and In the Sand - to be discontinued in 2017. Styling and photography by Oh Eight Oh Nine.

Marble and In the Sand – to be discontinued in 2017. Styling and photography by Oh Eight Oh Nine

 

Linear Escape - sadly to be discontinued in 2017. Styled and photographed by The Design Chaser

Linear Escape – sadly to be discontinued in 2017. Styling and photography by The Design Chaser

 

Impromptu meditating spot

An impromptu meditating spot on a warm winter’s day reinforced to me that I really do love my life.

I’ve worked hard to establish balance in my life, ( a word that was completely foreign to me a couple of years ago when my health coach at the time said I should think about balance and she was met with a totally puzzled and screwed up face ). My life now is incomparable to what it used to be as I now constantly remind myself to slow down and seek out the enjoyment of a process or task rather than feeling the stress and letting it consume me or being focused solely on an end result. I really am so happy with my life right now, I feel enormous contentment each day for all that I have, my health, my wonderful little souls of children, a husband who deeply supports me, a cute little home which is about to offer us a new lifestyle if we are able to sell, and of course my pride in my art. I’ve come to realise that the balance I now have and my ability to prioritise self care over my to do list is what is shining through in my art and inspiring others towards a calmer, more grateful life.

One last thing you might be interested to know that has been keeping me quiet on the blog and social media recently is that we are seizing the opportunity to sell our house in the middle of a very hot market and are hoping to buy and build on 10+ acres 10 minutes out of Wanaka soon.  I of course already have my large light filled studio planned with countless pot plants, white and natural plywood walls as well as a mezzanine for keeping my computer away from the creative zone but while I am excited I do like to ground myself with the thought, what will be, will be.  If it works out, it will be all we have dreamed of, but if not, it wasn’t meant to be. It just means a better opportunity awaits us.

Thank you so much for your support and encouragement of my art through your emails, social media comments and of course simply through choosing to purchase my art.

Our home of 10 years currently showcasing 'The Hope Within'

Our small home of 10 years currently showcasing ‘The Hope Within’. I get so much satisfaction from sitting on the couch at night and admiring how on earth I created this work as well as pondering what will be created in my studio next….

 

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New print range: The Finding Quiet Series

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I’m excited to release and share with you the inspiration behind my latest print range the ‘Finding Quiet’ series.

The Finding Quiet series was inspired by discovering that through being kind to myself I had gained acceptance and subsequent inner friendship. The quiet that filled me was the gift I had given myself.

‘The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.’

Marcus Aurelius

 

This is so painfully obvious but something we don’t necessarily always see that clearly or even remember as sometimes that inner negative voice creeps into your mind discouraging you. I only discovered it’s importance since starting mini Grandi Artist almost 2 years ago. My days are now often a lot happier since learning to be kind to myself and taking consistent moments of quiet time for self care.

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Storm over the Water and Storm over the Mountains fine art giclée prints.
I discovered stillness through meditation early on in my art journey but have come to realise that I now don’t have to search for it like I once did as it has quite simply found me and has become an established part of my life.  I live my days often with inner quiet and a resounding feeling of calm that helps me enjoy the process of each day as well as getting me through difficult situations.  Finding Quiet is something I always yearned for unconsciously but never knew how to reach until I was there. With this series I wish to inspire you with how I found my inner quiet through acceptance and kindness.

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Rise from Defeat – fine art giclée print

‘You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from and how you can still come out of it’
Maya Angelou

This work ‘Rise from Defeat’ was inspired by experiencing loss and afterwards extended illness but instead of dwelling on it I chose to not let it define me and decided to get back into painting and from that I felt lifted and fulfilled.

The Finding Quiet series is a collection of 4 fine art giclée prints ranging in size from A4 to A1 all printed using archival, non fading inks on heavy German etching watercolour paper.

Prints are available from my shop www.minigrandiartist.co.nz

 

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Noticing my thoughts and how it helps my creative process

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I’ve been busily painting new Wanaka inspired work in my studio a lot recently and the more I’m there the more I feel connected to my thoughts. Or rather, feel like I don’t have to get carried away with them and instead just notice them and simply be.

I have quite a schedule in place for the remainder of the year to create work for several group shows and new stockists so I’m in my studio most working days ( 3 days ) at the moment.  I’ve spent long periods this year unable to paint either due to sickness or other commitments and now I’m relishing every day I get to be greeted by the morning sun streaming into my little converted sleep-out now art studio.

There’s something about my workspace at the back of our property that quietens my breathing and makes me slow everything right down. The moment I walk into my studio I am either filled with a placid yet excited anticipation about the potential painting I’m about to create or it simply welcomes me with the comfort of organised chaos.

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Normally I have prepped my watercolour paper or wood days before allowing it time to dry. Watercolour paper needs to be stretched to allow it to stay flat while painting and adding water to it.  Stretching is done by soaking the sheet of paper in water and then smoothing it out and taping it down onto a large board then allowing it to dry.  Once it’s painted and the work is complete I have to trim the paper away from the board so I lose the beautiful raw edge but I have a very flat smooth artwork without the slight curving received from the work drying unevenly when not stretched.
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My current series of work is all distinctly Wanaka inspired landscapes and I work from mostly all my own photographs that I have taken while out walking or running. Sometimes I have my phone with me so can capture the moment exactly as I witnessed it, or sometimes I have to quickly run home and grab my good camera and come back hoping that the clouds and light are still the same as when I left!

I normally have quite a stockpile of photos that I’ve taken from my explorations printed out in my studio so  I never need to plan what to paint each day, rather I choose a few moments before beginning. I have found that I can’t have any expectation of an artwork as it never turns out with the same level of spontaneity if I have thought about the photograph over an over.  I simply need to print out my photos and tuck them away in the drawer ready for when I feel inspired.

My best work is produced either mid morning or mid afternoon, working at night is not an option, the light is never right. When starting a landscape I draw the horizon line in with a ruler and pencil and then after a mini meditation of several centring deep breaths I begin by contemplating what the strongest part of my composition will be.  I always paint this first as it’s the base from which to grow the clouds and lake around. If I don’t get this right the whole composition isn’t successful.

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Despite all this quiet I talk about, when I’m painting my music is turned up loud and I often have a little dance around my studio as no ones watching and of course it’s just me. I love painting to Adele or Broods, either way, it needs to be loud.  The quiet, contented feeling surrounds me once I’ve finished and the silence is all the more blissful I think!
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The work above is watercolour on wood and illustrates how I add the mountains in first, then the clouds, it’s still a work in progress. Sometimes it takes me a few days or week to come back to a work and finish it simply because I have several other works in progress. I find the time away from a work manifests in giving me clarity for how to continue and ultimately finish a work. I seldom have works that I’m not happy with now due to understanding how my process works.
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This work was inspired by the first mountain photo at the beginning of this post and at the moment it’s one of my favourites, I think purely for it’s spontaneous interpretation and mixture of techniques. I’ve found that winter and snowy mountains are the best for helping me distinguish contrast and for aiding simplicity.

Friendship with oneself is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world’

Eleanor Roosevelt

I’m in such a happy space at the moment with life and work in balance and I keep finding gems like the quote above to remind me where I’ve come from and it motivates me to just keep painting and to relish the friendship I have given myself since returning to creating art and doing what I love.

I hope you have a wonderful week and that reading this it might help inspire you to notice your thoughts at some point today. I’d love to hear from you if you have any discoveries about your thoughts so please do get in touch with me! sophie@minigrandiartist.co.nz

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Featured in Homestyle and Your Home and Garden magazines (NZ)

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This month and last I have been thrilled to discover my art has been featured in two excellent New Zealand interiors magazines in 3 different issues.
The image above from the latest Homestyle magazine features Another Storm at the Beach & Storm at the Beach prints in the incredible home of Hayley and Darryl French. I had a small idea that one of my prints might be included in the August/September issue but I didn’t know it would be two prints in the home of one of my customers! Hayley’s style is very much Scandinavian inspired with a strong compliment of New Zealand textures and my ultimate, hints of greenery in all the right places. No wonder Hayley is a talented interior designer with her own business, My Little House

 

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Blueberry muffins and a turmeric almond milk latte while enjoying the surprise of seeing my work in Homestyle.

I also was lucky enough to be included in the August ‘For Art’s Sake’ feature in Your Home & Garden alongside some talented and inspiring New Zealand and Australian artists.

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Finally and maybe most proudly I also had one of my paintings seen in the home of last year’s Block winners, Brooke and Mitch who moved to nearby Queenstown last year featured in the July issue of Your Home & Garden magazine. Brooke and Mitch used two of my prints in one of the Block warehouse challenges so were already familiar with my work when they came to my solo show The Stillness Within in March.  They then fell in love with The Contentment Within and decided it was a necessary spend for styling their new home.

When I delivered the painting to them at their new house (Queenstown is only an hour’s drive away from where I live in Wanaka) I was thrilled to discover why they chose The Contentment Within as unbeknown to me part of the view from the north facing side of the house mirrors the mountains in my painting.

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Brooke and Mitch’s beautiful light filled home in Jack’s Point, Queenstown beneath the Remarkables.

YH&G The Contentment Within

 

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for abundance.’

Eckhart Tolle

More fond of sharing my musings and wonder at the world via my newsletter I’m not normally one to shout so loudly about my successes so I hope you have enjoyed sharing in this slightly different post.  I really am so appreciative and grateful of just how far my art has come in the last 18 months. But key to this I feel is simply enjoying painting what inspires me, not painting for the market or a recent trend, just painting authentically for me.  It’s through this I notice people connect with my work and then want to know and understand more about the story behind it.

Maybe further good will come one day but for now I will continue to be grateful for what I have already and keep painting what I love. I’ve found so much happiness by just accepting things the way they are. By choosing to highlight the good that fills my life instead of wishing for something else I’ve found it easy to feel contentment. It makes me wonder what my next discovery will be. I’ll let you know when I find it…

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New work – The Quiet Collection

‘Perhaps the greatest opportunity to connect to what really matters lies in the silent spaces of our day. When we resist the urge to fill every minute with noise and activity, we open the doors to our heart, mind and soul to let the joy come in.’ Rachel Macy Stafford, Hands Free Life

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The Peace Within – watercolour on French Arches paper, framed

I am excited and proud to be releasing my latest work, The Quiet Collection, an abstract landscape range that evokes a sense of contentment and peace from within while being inspired by imposing mountains, reflective water and illuminated clouds. This collection is a continuation of the Stillness Within exhibition and tells a new story of wonder and fulfillment from having found stillness.

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Calm – watercolour on French Arches paper, framed

In creating these works I have found a new sense of freedom and appreciation from simply letting things be as they are. It was from being quite unwell with a sinus infection for almost 2 months earlier this year and only being able to get the absolutely necessary daily things completed that I learnt that I had to accept that I would eventually get better, I just had to give it time and continue to be positive and optimistic about the future. I had to believe in myself that I would get to paint again and that I wasn’t missing out on underachieved goals, they simply would take a little longer and that I would get there in the end.

Acceptance I have found is not defeat and it doesn’t make me complacent, it is very much a foundation upon which to build on. The more I accept and just be, the happier I feel and this then creates space for me to see the quiet, in between moments more and more, not just as something set aside and scheduled for Sunday.

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The Hope Within – watercolour on wood, framed

‘You can’t calm the storm. So stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass.’ Timber Hawkeye, from The Connection

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Calm the Storm, watercolour on French Arches paper, available unframed or framed.

It is in quietening down my life to only allow myself to focus on the priorities that I feel I have evolved into enjoying and really living each day rather than having it pass by in a blur. I have then found that I am the most productive I have ever been as feelings of clarity and fulfillment guide me through my day and I don’t feel the weight of being busy.

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Linear Haze – watercolour on French Arches Paper, unframed.

I hope that my new collection fills you with inspiration to live the best life you can simply by accepting yourself and letting things be. It is then that you can easily find inner quiet and fulfillment.

If you feel a sense of connection to any of my works I’d love to hear your thoughts, please email me sophie@minigrandiartist.co.nz

All of these works and several further new works are available in my shop www.minigrandiartist.co.nz

Thank you!

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‘The Stillness Within’ solo exhibition

Focusing on finding that quiet place inside myself while continuing to navigate through the busyness of life has inspired new works for my first solo show.

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My journey through my return to art has found me enveloped in a sense of contentment and peace that I have only ever caught small glimpses of before. It has been through discovering and practising meditation that I’ve learnt to find the stillness within and it has empowered me to grow into the artist that I am today.  My life is still busy, I’m still a mum of 2 young children with a husband that often works overseas or long hours while in New Zealand but I relate differently to my life now that I regularly meditate and this in turn centres and steers me back to what is most important to me – living in the moment and appreciating each day for what it offers. Life flows with fulfillment and appreciation now and I hope that this is reflected in my art as I seek to create a visual language of calmness and content.

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I’ve found it difficult to articulate to my friends and family how meditation is such an incredible tool that you can easily implement into your life with powerful health, wellness and relationship benefits so I hope that my art in The Stillness Within becomes a visual language to convey this.

 

The Stillness Within

The Stillness Within – watercolour on paper, 75 x 55cm. The first work created for my show that inspired the title and the desire to create more works that focus on the power of stillness.

The artworks in The Stillness Within have a strong horizon and mountain influence with an implied linear theme as I seek to evoke differing states of calm through panels of texture and subtle colour. My work continues to be inspired by my home, the mountains and lake surrounding Wanaka as this is where I feel the strongest connection and a sense of belonging. I hope that with this series of work I can express the empowering feeling of balance and calm that you gain from being able to find that quiet place inside yourself.

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Look Within – watercolour on plywood, 120 x 80cm

When you slow your thinking down your body follows and you are able to take the time to notice the beauty that surrounds everyday life. It’s like your whole day just got a little longer and more fulfilling through the moments paused to reflect becoming like full stops that help to define and slow down the day.

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Feelings of rushing through your day and feeling overwhelmed slowly become replaced with clarity and connection to yourself and purpose.  I feel I am only a small way through this journey to consistently and easily find the stillness within while also living the best version of myself. I encourage you to make contact with me if you feel a sense of connection to my works, I’d love to hear your thoughts or if any of my words or images resonate with you.

sophie@minigrandiartist.co.nz

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The Contentness Within

The Content Within – watercolour on plywood, 120 x 80cm

The Stillness Within: Opening Friday 4th March 6 – 8pm at the Front Room, 10 Memorial Street, Queenstown, NZ and continuing until Wednesday 30th March 2016.

If you are in Wanaka or Queenstown I would love to meet you and invite you to the show opening or to have you view the show Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm.

 


Painting isn’t a job but I’m going on holiday

I actually really look forward to Mondays.

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It doesn’t even feel like going to work when I get to do what I love 3 days a week. But having said that I know that this wouldn’t be the case if I hadn’t discovered that the key to happiness in ones life is balance. Balance in work, balance in family life, balance in relationships, balance in exercise and balance in me time.  If one of these things starts taking priority then everything else quickly falls apart and then I can’t produce the art I want to make let alone consider being happy. This year I’ve put in place some great strategies to help me retain balance and for the most part I’ve stuck to them – listening to my body and resting if needed, meditating regularly, going social media and email free in the weekends and trying to go to bed at a reasonable time!

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As it’s just about Christmas and the end of the year is drawing to a close I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting as well as planning for the future. Probably the biggest thing I’ve learnt this year is to take things a lot slower and to be as present as possible in what I’m doing, yes mindful. After all, if you are constantly thinking of what comes next how can you possibly enjoy what you have? I truly believe that my best art this year has been created when I have started my day off calmly and stress free (and this translates to my family so incredibly profoundly) and that I haven’t rushed anything, rather that I just methodically worked my way through my to do list as well as taking the time to enjoy each process. Much to my delight some days slow living has taken such a hold of me I scrap the to do list and just go to my studio and paint for me, not for anything in particular. The magic happens when I least expect.

The Hope Within - watercolour on plywood

The Hope Within – watercolour on plywood

Christmas giftwrapping

We have family coming to town this week to celebrate Christmas so are planning a few hikes of the local mountains as well as lots of time by the lake and then in early January we are heading away to the Coromandel for a beach holiday.  I’ve been wondering if I should set myself another art challenge during this time but have decided that maybe holiday time isn’t the time for projects and deadlines and what will be will be. But I do plan to take my new watercolour pencils and sketch book away with me and maybe just open them when I’m feeling rested and content (but secretly I’m hoping I will feel that way almost every day……)  When the mind is quiet great ideas appear. So if I can possibly sneak a half hour of quiet drawing in I know that my art will benefit greatly from it next year when I return to my studio.

So I’m closing my shop for just over a month from Tuesday 22nd December to Monday 25th January 2016. Eeek, over a month!  I will still check emails and love hearing from people inquiring about my art, I just might not reply as quickly as usual.

I wish you and your family the happiest of Christmas’ and that like me you are looking forward to what next year might hold.

Thank you so much for your support of my art this year, whether you have commented on social media or emailed me or even just enjoyed reading my blog, I truly feel very grateful to be able to make and sell art that people like and that is wholly and completely me.

Sophie x

 

Artist photos @beljones_


The launch of the Indigo Series fine art print range

After focusing on monochromatic watercolour works for a good part of this year while still trying to develop my style and enjoy the process I have now started adding a little indigo into my works and I’m thrilled with the results.

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The Quiet Within – A3 size fine art print
Paired with the Stillness Within the set was inspired by finding that quiet place inside yourself.

The Indigo Series is a range of 4 fine art giclée prints inspired by the lake, sea and clouds but with deeper meanings and reflection upon states of emotion and feelings.  Some have subtle indigo hints to the black and white base and some are predominantly blue hues. I envisage that they are a gentle reference to our upcoming summer with their dark blue colours hinting at deep, refreshing lakes and vast, ocean beaches.  The new series is a prelude to my solo show at the Front Room in Queenstown next year 4 – 30 March as it has introduced my interest in the power we have inside to learn to be still and calm through meditation. The title of my show is ‘The Stillness Within’ and one of the prints in the new series has this name and was inspired by finding that quiet place inside yourself while continuing to navigate through our busy lives.

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The Stillness Within – A3 size fine art print

The Indigo Series prints differ to my current print ranges as they are of superior quality due to the printing process, inks and paper used. They are printed with archival inks that won’t fade for 100+ years on German Etching 310gsm acid free quality watercolour paper. The quality is incredible, the colours are vibrant and the paper is simply beautiful. They look like a smaller version of the original.

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Transition – A3 size fine art print
Inspired by a heavy, dark cloud within having passed and the feeling of a shift towards light and clarity.

The Indigo Series is available in a range of sizes – A4, A3, A2 and A1 in my shop www.minigrandiartist.co.nz

Styling and photography by @refine.design