Week 18 ~ You cannot use up creativity........

You cannot use up creativity. The more you use, the more you paint
— -Maya Angelou

The journey continues.....

Week 17 ~ The Beauty of Layers....

"From an intuitive approach, my art making is created in layers. Through the playful and spontaneous acts of pouring, drawing, mark making, experimenting and manipulating paint and mediums, these processes help create windows which can be perceived as gateways to the subconscious mind and intuitive philosophies".

Follow the journey.......

Week 16 ~ Baby Birds

Are you setting up a nursery for your first baby, or planning a new addition to the family? Rathenart Designs Nursery Collection is now available. From wallpaper to home décor prints. The choice is yours......


Week 15. - Wallpaper Collections

Another thing that I love to do is creating digital works from my drawings and paintings. This current wallpaper collection is inspired by my son. This collection is called "Jax N".

 "Jax N Dot"

 "Jax N Blue"

"Jax N Jade"  

Week 14 ~ Inky Blue

Continuing with what happens when you let the paint speak for itself and let the layers of wash transform into its own creation. I introduce "Inky Blue".

At my work station .................

Week 13 ~ Inky Owl

What happens when you let the paint speak for itself and left the layers of wash transform into its own creation..... Here a few images of my Inky Owl design. Also available in prints.


Week 12 ~ Mandala Illusions

Definition of MANDALA

1:  A Hindu or Buddhist graphic symbol of the universe; specifically :  a circle enclosing a square with a deity on each side that is used chiefly as an aid to meditation.
2:  A graphic and often symbolic pattern usually in the form of a circle divided into four separate sections or bearing a multiple projection of an image.
Taking the ideas of the mandala and having fun with pattern........


Week 11 - The Olgas Experiment

What happens when you experience one of the most amazing experiences of a lifetime and then when you come home, you need to recreate that beauty on a canvas. The beginnings of my Outback experience have begun. Here is a little taste of the process I took to develop this painting. Although not yet complete, you can travel with me of this creative adventure. Using mixed media as a base, the development of layer took this image to another place......


Week 10 - Cellular Factory of Discovery........

Week 10 was about completing some more experimental work before I progress into my large body of work based on Central Australia and my recent trip to Uluru. What I love about experimental artworks is not knowing the end results until it looks complete. This process is in direct opposition to my early work were care and consideration was taken for every layer, brush stroke and dot.

This is "Cellular Factory"........


Week 9 : Beauty, Culture, Creation and more........

Words cannot express my time in Central Australia. The power of its beauty and discovering a creative energy I was not aware of is making these coming months an exciting artistic adventure of new endeavours. I thought I would share a few images from my time. From art classes to camel rides, road trips and cultural tours. My mind is ready to express everything in paint!!!! The creative journey has begun!!!!!!!

 Let the creative adventure begin..........

Week 8 - Central Australia Escape

Weeks 8 of my 52 weeks of Creative Madness looks at my AMAZING travels to Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Alice Springs located in Central Australia.

Uluru is probably Australia’s best-known natural landmark. The ancient monolith is pretty impressive close up and boasts intriguing statistics. Uluru is better known as Ayers Rock. The rock was created over some 600 million years, and the Aborigines have been in the area for the last 10,000 years. It originally sat at the bottom of a sea, but today stands 348m above ground. Uluru lies west of the Simpson Desert, not far from the ‘Red Centre’ of Australia.

Here are some amazing photos from the beauty.....

Kata Tjuta is the companion to Uluru (or Ayers Rock) in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. A collection of monoliths rather than a single entity, it resides to the west of Uluru.

 Different days different colours.....
That's what beauty is all about.
Cannot wait to paint my experience!!!!

Week 7 - Patterns that Hoot!!!!!

Turning art into fabric is my most favourite thing to do. As I begin my next collection on animals I thought I would share my latest endeavour. Although this is not the final motif. The ideas and composition have taken shape and now its up to me to pull the rest together. Creativity is limitless.....


Week 6 - Wallpaper Inspiration - Art to Wall

From first idea to completed project, colour schemes play an important role in my art making practice. I love how everyday images can become the inspiration for a new creation. Below I selected a few different colour palettes that have influence "Tropical Bloom"

Below is coloured samples of my design which were created from sketches. A completed painting was then graphically redirected into this composition.

"Tropical Bloom"


Week 5 - "Cellular Flower Bursts"

Totally in love with my first collection of the year based on cells and flowers. From mood board inspiration boards to drawing illustrations. "Cellular Flower Bursts" showcases 10 individual designs with can be mixed and matched with other co-ordinating pieces from the collection to give you a designer feel which is unique and modern.


Week Four - Creating My First Collection......

Patterns are all around us and the more you pay attention to them, the more you will notice them everywhere. With patterns and creating motifs, the research behind the ideas is an important step in my creative journey.

Whether using pinterest, photography, or taking your own visual notes, I find it extremely valuable to collect and record what appeals to me, to later use as artistic inspiration. Personally,  I always have my sketch book with me and when I become obsessed with a particular image or motif I love to explore its appeal in quick sketches and detailed drawings so I can later come back and further explore its potential. The beginnings of this collection I am currently working on are based on flowers and cells, particularly the two images shown below. 

From these images I have researched and created a number of drawings and sketches which symbolise my style. Below is a sample of my art journal.

From these ideas I have created two patterns......

"Cellular Flower" 2015
"Beneath the Surface" 2015

Week Three - Collage of Flowers

I love everything about collage and mixed media. I love filling backgrounds with washes of inks, cut up papers, stencilling and drawings. Having this technique as a beginning surface layer allows creativity to bloom as mistakes are part of the process and can become an interesting trait of the work in the final layers. No fear or expectations are in these initial layers. I usually begin with a mixture of warm and cool colours for balance and add whites and darks for contrast later.
 Add spray paint and collage sheets for design and balance.
I love to draw over the layers to add my personal touch and to begin to consider composition.

A waterproof Sharpie or Art liner in different sizes can add these effects.

 Layers of watercolour and inks are layered to build up further layers and change colour scheme.
Past layers become evident through texture and design.

 Considering design and adding more layers.....

Have fun and experiment.......

 "Still Life with Vase"
  "Still Life with Vase II"

Week One

Having just arrived back from holidays I thought it would be great to showcase my first work that I created as a teaching demo at Smokey Cape Retreat, South West Rocks. I was given the opportunity to showcase my techniques to an amazing bunch of beautiful people who also inspired me and helped out with the project. The completed work is being raffled with all funds going into purchasing a Water Well in Africa.

However, lets get back to Smokey Cape. Smoky Cape Retreat is a neo-tuscan style homely retreat situated in a beautiful bush setting surrounded by a wonderful selection of wildlife. Smokey Cape is a headland in Australia on the New South Wales Mid-North Coast. It lies just east of the town of South West Rocks, and within the Hat Head National Park. Smokey Cape Retreat is run by Mary and Ken Markwell, an amazing duo who I am blessed to call family. You can find more information about Smokey Cape here at http://smokycaperetreat.com.au/

Apart from the heat wave, it must have been over 35 degrees, the day was an amazing success. However, I will let the photos do the talking. Here are a selected few images to show the different processes I went through during the demo.

 Four Layers
 Seven Layers
Twelve Layers

 Five Hours Later........
Happy First Week.......
Fifty-One to go ..............
Rebecca xo

Happy New Year - 52 Weeks of Creative Madness

Welcome to 2015. When it comes down to it, 2014 was a year of experimentation. Learning new techniques, teaching demos, attending classes and having fun. My work has grown and developed so much in twelve months that I decided to step it up. A personal challenge that I have always wanted to do but decided 2015 was the year!!!!

I have been wanting to do this for so long, but the timing never seemed right. Well how about the start of a new year… perfect! Yes, that's right 52 projects every week for the whole of 2015. From painting to sketching, small collages to pattern making projects. This year I will blog my creative processes and weekly status updates about what's happening in my world.

Stay tuned Week One was Amazing............ 

"Wonderland" Exhibition

"Well! I've often seen a cat without a grin; but a grin without a cat! It's the most curious thing I ever saw in my life!" - Alice In Wonderland

 Picasso once stated that every child is an artist, the problem is staying one when they grow up. 
"Wonderland" looks at the intuitive process of art making from its original state and how ideas can be generated from simple marks.