Venerdi in Venice: Princess and the Wisteria-Pea


ink & watercolour weensy meep miniature, 3.5" x 2.5" [9 x 6.5cm] ACQUIRE
As we venture into the weekend, let's put an eensy weensy twist on an old fairytale, The Princess and the Pea.  This Princess is Venetian {just run with it} and the pea is a flowering member of the pea family, commonly known as wisteria.  Rather than being poked somewhat rudely under the Princess's mound of mattresses, thus causing an irksome night's lack-of-sleep and wan circles under her eyes, our wisteria-pea is allowed to frolic and clamber playfully outside her window.  Being a wisteria-pea of the fragrant kind, each night, its soporific purple perfume wafts gently into our Princess's bedroom, tickling her nostrils briefly before allowing her to enjoy hours of deep slumber that chamomile tea can only dream of achieving.  {Inpiration for today's Meep Miniature illustration is thanks to the talented Alain Hamon of Destination Venise, via dear Pierre of Venice Daily Photo.  Grazie mille to you both!}   As we enjoy the hospitality of our well-rested Princess this weekend, here's to sweet dreams for all of us.  And on that note...

Happy Venerdi in Venice to you!

Chaise-ing Valentino


ink & watercolour illustration, 5.5" x 5.5" {14 x 14cm}

Brisbane’s stylish sorts have been all kinds of dizzy over the Valentino Past, Present, Future exhibition that launched here a couple of weeks ago at the Gallery of Modern Art {GoMA}.  La dolce vita and champagne have been breeding like rabbits.  Considering it’s the first outing of the collection since the expanded version opened in Paris in 2008 ~ one can forgive us our parochial state of chuffedness.  I haven’t been yet, mostly because I’m still trying to decide what to wear.  

Today’s illustration is inspired by a Valentino Haute Couture evening gown from Spring/Summer 1993.  {You’ll find it here.}  Since juxtaposition is my word of the month, I also took inspiration for today’s illustration from a purple velvet sofa currently lounging around my local thrift shop for the princely sum of $75.  Tempting, but it doesn't quite look like this one.  If it did, I’d have strapped it onto a couple of skateboards {on sale for $10 all up} and walked it home... aah, two juxtapositions for the price of one.

Francophile Friday: Wearing Rouge to the Epicerie


ink & watercolour weensy meep miniature, 3.5" x 2.5" [9 x 6.5cm] ACQUIRE

It feels like we've had a sweet tooth here lately.  Not that there's anything wrong with that.  {Denial can be a happy place.}  Nonetheless, I thought we'd spice ourselves up a bit and take a ride on something red for a change {albeit faded.  Baby steps}.  This vintage scooter will do nicely, and as all good fashionistas must do, we shall stop in wherever we see a matching door.  This one belongs to an épicerie, so we're bound to find something interesting inside.  And on that note...

Happy Francophile Friday to you!

The Doo-the-Macaron-ron-ron...


ink & watercolour illustration, 7" x 8.75" [18 x 22.5cm]

This is me in my kitchen.  My real kitchen doesn't have those curtains, or a mixmaster, or a mouse.  Or me looking as tall as that, but it's my drawing and I can stretch myself if I want to.  I don't have pierced ears, but I do have an oven, a tea towel, freckles and a fringe, and I did bake my very first batch of macarons on the weekend.  Hoorah!  They are pale pink with dark chocolate ganache filling, and while far from perfect, have a delicate crisp shell and lightly chewy texture ~ and aren't too shabby at all.  No, they don't come out of the oven ready-assembled, but ~ well, I don't really need to explain it again, do I. 

The kettle's boiling {"One lump or two with your déjà vu?"} so here's your white damask napkin and I'll assemble the mismatched Limoges...

Venerdi in Venice: Meep, Meep, We're Here


ink & watercolour weensy meep miniature, 3.5" x 2.5" [9 x 6.5cm] ACQUIRE A MEEP
Buon giorno!  Here we are in Venice.  It seems we've been invited to stay in this teensy home, with its even teensier garden overlooking the Grand Canal.  {Grazie mille to Pierre of Venice Daily Photo for his magnificent photo inspiration!}  Did you remember to bring a hostess gift?  Not to worry, I brought enough toy koalas and souvenir spoons to cover all of us. Mind your step ~ the gaps on the private footbridge are merciless on stilettos.  Here, let me give you a hand with that Vuitton steamer trunk.  Don't worry, we'll revive ourselves momentarily with something refreshing in the shade of those trees.  And on that note...

Happy Venerdi in Venice to you!

A Bird in the Hand


graphite and watercolour pencils on paper, 3 x 2.5" [8 x 6.5cm]

It's grey and drizzling.  Good weather for ducks, and the bluebird of happiness: chirpy no matter what the circumstances.   This little one was offered shelter under the fluffy purple parasol, but preferred to take advantage of the complimentary shower opportunity.  Some smudgy pencils seem just right on a day when the edges outside are blurred.  So does a spot of tea and some brown-sugared oatmeal and raisin bikkies.  Care to join us?  I've gone for the bird-healthy choice, but there are some macarons tucked away for emergencies if you prefer...

Francophile Friday: Vintage Paris Vintage


ink & watercolour meep miniature, 2.5" x 3.5" [6.5 x 9cm] 

Meep, meep!  I'm still consoling myself over the untimely partial demise of this other little weensy {please don't ask: it's far too traumatic but involves a pair of scissors and a tidying session gone horribly wrong}.  So as part of my self-therapeutising, I've hit the pens instead of the Pimms and drawn a variation on the theme.  The Citroën received a grease, oil change and a fresh paint job while I was at it.  Luckily for us, this vintage number is not a fashionable accessory left in situ à la Merci ~ so we can tootle off for a Friday drive.  Or you can come back in a couple of days and we'll go for a Sunday drive.  Wear your best bonnet.  {Our chauffeur has just left the illustration in search of his.}

I wonder if this is where our Tuesday redhead bought her gown?  And it seems the Russian Cossack look is going to be big this winter.  I have no idea why, but you saw it here first.  And on that note... 

Happy Francophile Friday to you!

Brisbane Substations are Fashionable Again


 ink & watercolour illustration, 7" x 8.75" [18 x 22.5cm]

Dotted in and around Brisbane, you'll find old powerhouses and substations that used to power our trams back in the glory days when they ran here, until the late 1960s.  {Spoken with the affection of someone who has never had to share the roads with them...}

Several of these buildings have been revived to house arts programmes and the like, as covered nicely in a recent Brisbane News, a lovely {and free!} local magazine I enjoy retrieving from the driveway each week.  You can read the story here {click Feature in the dropdown box towards the bottom right of that window}

With a deft touch, the fashion spread and front cover were shot at the Paddington substation ~ and inspired today's post.  To check it out, head over {yes, again}, click Fashion and the magic of online publications will transport you there, to one of my favourite Brissie suburbs.  In honour of my two dearest Leos who just celebrated their birthdays, I turned the six foot 13 inch model into a redhead.  And I figured a poodle wouldn't go astray with that gown...
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