{ design for mirabel 2014 }

Island Banksia – watercolour on paper 

This is a piece I did recently that featured in the ‘Design for Mirabel’ event held in Melbourne a few weekends ago. It is an annual benefit held in Melbourne showcasing the work of ten high profile Australian designers, and my great supporter, friend (and now sister in law!) Anna Spiro was asked to decorate a room for the event.

Image courtesy of Anna Spiro’s Instagram

Anna put such a beautiful room together – her amazing way of bringing vintage, modern and classic pieces together in a surprising and just-plain-beautiful way never ceases to amaze! From all reports it was a wonderful opening night and weekend; plus all proceeds of sales went to the very worthy Mirabel Foundation. It was a pleasure to be able to contribute to such a great cause.

Thanks for stopping by!
Pip x

{ an australian icon }

If you’re Australian then these boots will need no introduction. 

To everyone else,  it’s a pair of R.M. Williams boots; and these proudly adorne the feet of Australian men from cattle stations to rugby games to weddings and boardrooms alike. So there wasn’t a moments hesitation when a friend commissioned me to to create this piece as a gift to her RM-wearing husband.

I painted these a little while ago but thought I would share something different for a change, and also some progress shots of these with you…. The initial intention was actually to be a black & white ink drawing; however they just didn’t feel finished without that signature rich reddy brown licking the glossy leather. It was such a pleasure to brings such an Australian icon to life, and knowing that they live in such a lovely and happy home makes it all the sweeter. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Pip x

{ new exhibition work: redcliffe city art gallery }

Frangipani on Fruitboxes II – watercolour & gouache on paper
Frangipani on Fruitboxes I – watercolour & gouache on paper

Laying Pandanus – watercolour & gouache on paper

Birds of Paradise – watercolour & gouache on paper

Hanging Gumleaves – watercolour & gouache on paper

I am so excited to now share my latest work with you, which is currently exhibiting in the foyer space at the Redcliffe City Art Gallery during the month of March. The space is dedicated to emerging artists from the Moreton Bay area and surrounds, which is in the south east corner of our ‘sunshine state’. It’s a very temperate, sunny and beautiful part of the world and as as such I wanted this work to have a distinctly Queensland feel to it.
Having been born and lived in Queensland for most of my life, I am enamoured by the beautiful native flora that surrounds us as well as the vivid – almost blinding –  Australian light. I think it’s this presence of light and colour that I am always trying to capture in my work, and for me, the combination of the beautiful washes of brilliant watercolour on clean, crisp white backgrounds is my way of taking the world around me to paper. To me, these folds of pandanus, floating boughs of gumleaves and of course the cheeky pops of the fruitbox colour feel just like a summer afternoon at home; with the easterly breeze rolling off the bay.
If you happen to be in the area then these works will be displaying at the Gallery (470- 476 Oxley Ave, Redcliffe) until the end of this month. Artworks are also for sale with all enquiry to me at pip_boydell@hotmail.com.
Thanks again for stopping by.
Pip x
All images original artworks copyright of Pip Boydell 2014

{ adventures with hydrangeas }

Happy 2014 to everyone! Again it’s been such a long time since my last post, but I thought I would start this year’s posts off with a piece I did at the end of 2013 as a wedding gift to my best friend and her now husband. It’s a collection of things very much ‘everyday’ on their own; but together, they represented the beautiful adventure that their life together will be. I hope it can be part of their family and home for the many years of wonderful ahead.

See you soon.
Pip x

{ flowers : an exhibition }

Section of The Fountainhead 2013. 72 x 54cm; Watercolour on Arches paper.

Cymbidiums 2013. 1120 x 78cm; watercolour on Arches paper. 
King Protea & Gum 2013. 1120 x 78cm; watercolour on Arches paper. 

Pink Lilies 2013. 72 x 54cm; Watercolour on Arches paper.

Cymbidium II 2013. 30 x 37cm; Watercolour on Arches paper.

New York 2013. 72 x 54cm; Watercolour on Arches paper.

Last week marked the opening of an exhibition that I have been working towards for the last little while. ‘Flowers’ is a collaborative show of four artists showcasing our works of all things floral; hosted at the very beautiful Black & Spiro showroom and store here in sunny Brisbane. 
The exhibition opening last Thursday was the perfect Spring evening. The store was not only brimming with art but also hoards of fresh flowers and happy people; all enjoying their mid week champagne amidst the Black & Spiro fabulousness. Look at all that colour!
For those who are able to make it, the exhibition will be on show for the next three weeks (until mid November) so be sure to pop by the shop as there is just so much to see – I promise it won’t disappoint! I hope you like these pics and seeing what I have been up to lately. Thanks for stopping by and I promise to not leave as long until the next post!
Pip xx

{ sail away… }

Image via Jetsetter
A custom commission I did last year for the ever-stylish Alex, owner and head designer at AP Design House.
Though my sea legs are actually not that sturdy, any travel daydreams I have inevitably seem to come back to wooden-hulled boats slicing through jewel blue seas; thickly coiled ropes; breton stripes amassing and windswept, salty hair. Don’t these pics make you want to slip on your espadrilles and set sail?! I thought I would share a few to get you through the end of the week – plus some commissions I have completed, some old, some new – but all reminding me of that sea-faring feeling I love so much. Enjoy!
Image via SPRING
‘Le Premier Poussin’ – a snippet of a marlin I did for a dear friend,
which in turn became a wedding anniversary gift for her mad-keen-fisherman-husband.
Image via my Pinterest
This piece I completed for my sister – it was a wedding gift to some great friends of hers that have a real style about them. She wanted something gender neutral but also with an underlying sentiment – and she came up with idea of a big, chunky knot. I was thrilled to do it as I really enjoy doing the monochromatic pieces every now and then, and the textures in this one were perfect to sink my teeth into. And yes there are multiple puns intended indeed – not only did they ‘tie the knot’, they also live in Knott St!

{ a beautiful contrast }

Image via Art in Picture
I just stumbled across this image and thought it was so beautiful. A black & white Monet with that great white beard; I imagine him humble yet distinguished with his shining shoes and French tweed. Such a contrast to the beautiful expanse of those ethereal, watery, pastel waterlilies he is painting…
Claude Monet’s  ‘Matin’ (troiseme panneau). Musee de l’Orangerie, Paris.  Via Intermonet
Both stop me in my tracks. Both so arresting.
I took this last picture the first time I visited the Musee de l’Orangerie in Paris in 2009. This old French man was very stylish, and the two of us sat and wandered these rooms for what was possibly an hour. I remember thinking we were two strangers from opposite sides of the world but could share in an understood silence – both just enjoying the wonder and beauty that surrounded us. 
I love this picture and the memories it holds, it always makes me smile. I hope it makes you smile, too.

See you soon,
Pip x

{ autumn tones }

Painted gumleaves curling…
And another kind of gum….
A snippet of a recent magnolia watercolour & ink commission.
More leaves…

I am well overdue for a post, and in scrolling through my recent work, my pictures felt very much like the change of season we are experiencing in Australia at the moment. I am always enamoured with the way flora ages and changes and decays…. but I am sure that the shift from the colour and brightness of Summer to a cooler, muted palette is certainly inspired by the beautiful world around me.

Thanks for stopping by!

Pip xx

All images copyright Pip Boydell 2013

{ botanica 2013 }

Grevillea ‘Loopy Lou’ – watercolour on paper – by Pip Boydell 

You may remember a month or two ago I posted here about a new botanical piece that I had begun? Well, I’m pleased to let you know that it has been selected to exhibit at Botanica – one of Australia’s most preeminent botanical art exhibitions, curated and hosted by the Royal Botanical Gardens of Sydney each year.

With all the exhibited artist’s work appearing by invitation only, Botanica is held in high acclaim in Australia and internationally so I feel extremely humbled to have been asked to submit, let alone accepted and hung as part of this prestigious collection!

I still can’t quite believe I made it through but in doing so I am really looking forward to heading down to Sydney for the opening which is tomorrow evening; to meet the other artists and of course see all the amazing work that I know will be just awe-inspiring (for me, anyway!).

For anyone that is in Sydney I highly encourage you to head along. Here are the details:

When: Saturday 13 April – Sunday 28 April 2013, 10 am-4 pm daily
Where: Joseph Maiden Theatre & Moore Room, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
Price: Free Entry. All works for sale
Enquiries: 9231 8182

All works are for sale (including my grevillea!), by enquiry through the Foundation & Friends at the Botanical Gardens at the phone number above (or you can contact me directly by email pip_boydell@hotmail.com).

So I’ll wish you all a happy weekend early now – and I will check back in with some pics next week!
Pip x

Image – original artwork copyright Pip Boydell