All of the things that I have been making

I know, I'm tardy. Again!

But, better late than never! Here's all my newses from the last few months, and a veritable explosion of colour that you've possibly come to expect from me...

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I have been uncharacteristically stationary on the farm here in Aus these last 9 months, busying away in the studio on all sorts of things, and applying for 5 arts grants (with no success unfortunately). That's all going to change soon as I'm off to the UK and possibly Europe this summer for some travel inspiration and ideas-gathering and friends and family catchups. Until then, here's some of the things I've been creating. (I've actually surprised myself with how productive I've been - sometimes I don't stop to look back down the trail of art I've made and consider it for long enough before starting the next thing...)

Firstly, I have tied a ribbon around 2 ongoing series inspired by Coney Island. I now have a set of 17 works on wood veneer bringing together my favourite bits from my Coney Island sketchbooks. Here are the final 5:

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I also revisited a photoshoot I did there back in 2016, on the tenth anniversary of the London Clowns series I created with Jonathan Kyle Farmer . This time we enlisted sideshow superstar Wendy Blades as our 3rd clown, and the wonderful Laure Leber to shoot the remarkable photographs. I finally got around to feeling ready to cover the prints and polaroids with art, which has taken several months to complete. As with the original series, I was hearing the lyrics from a Placebo song throughout, this time "Pierrot The Clown", hence it found its way into the art. Here is the full series of 23 works:

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There have been a bunch of rather exciting commissions coming in too, beginning with these e-greetings cards for bespoke gift company Oparix.

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And then there was this fabulous collaboration with Sydney swimwear label FOX and CLO:

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I also created a really fun virtual storefront GIF for their homepage, below - or see it in action here.

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Just before Christmas last year I decided I would make presents for my nephews and nieces. 7 year old Wynton is always asking me to draw him a dinosaur - hence this colouring book was born in which he is riding upon one! Each kid got a poster size colouring sheet of themselves doing something they love, plus a smaller A4 book containing all of their cousins.

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It was really lucky that I got Christmas organised early, because on the eve of Dec 21st a dream project landed in my inbox! I was absolutely honoured to be asked to create bespoke lettering for amazing UK charity Comic Relief, for their Red Nose Day 2019 campaign: Come Together. Here's some of my work in progress plus the finished design, which made the Comic Relief social media pages as well as being shown on British TV! You can see the animated version here.

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Another client I am super proud to have worked with lately is Big Issue AU. Having been technically homeless back in London in my early 20's, this charity is a cause very close to my heart, so I was delighted to illustrate stories for 2 issues of the magazine. I even got to buy my copy from Brisbane vendor Dom.

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Most recently, I just finished this large scale 2.4 metre wide mural for my local independent restaurant; Deep South Chicken. The concept was to create a modern appropriation of 'The Last Supper', using musicians from The South, past and present, plus Anthony Bourdain because food. Left to right you have: Johnny Cash, John Lee Hooker, Childish Gambino, Leon Wilkeson (Lynyrd Skynyrd), Juicy J, Anthony Bourdain, Ludacris, Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant (Lynyrd Skynyrd), Master P, T.I.

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Chad and I are set to hang the art in the restaurant this weekend.

Another thing I am working on right now is turning some of my favourite recent work into fabric prints on silk. Here's a sneakpeek at some of the new fabric:

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Plus I am also working on a very limited edition run of silk scarfs.... here is a peek at some of the designs! There will only be 1 of each and only around 30 produced - so once I put them onsale they will go quick! Keep an eye on my shop links for more info soon!

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So that just about wraps up this massive 'What I've been creating' list - next up - I am going to be looking at creating art inspired by the School Strikes for Climate. Sneakpeak of initial ideas below!
Then, off to Europe!
I will update you again upon my return...
TTFN!
Love and Rainbows,
Sarah xxx

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Mermaid Parade, New York Magazine And Everything In-Between

Howdy doody beautiful people!

I am back on the farm in sunny 21 degrees Queensland winter, slowly taking apart and digesting all the overseas inspiration of the past few months. In all honesty, both Chad and I are a little exhausted after the last 2 weeks spent flying around the UK attempting to catch up with as many friends and family members as it is possible to squeeze into 1 long haul. By the time we finished, our bed and the chickens were calling us!

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So where do I begin? I just looked back at my last, rather long ago post from Wollongong, the awesome all-girl group show CounterCulture I did last winter, pic below!

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So literally on the train back to Sydney I received an awesome commission from New York Magazine (and proceeded to fall on the floor in a feignt!) for their fantastic online culture site The Cut - I illustrated an article about 'Hatfish' - those guys you see on online dating apps hiding their hairlines under hats. Super fun project, can you guess who my model was (hint, he lives with me!)

There have been a variety of other nice editorial and other commissions whizz in and out of the studio, including the MAC Art OF The Lip Campaign which hit The Gold Coast Airport to coincide with The Commonwealth Games - and I got to see my artwork on display for the first time in the flesh!

Speaking of Comm Games - I was totally delighted to be invited by Gold Coast Water & Waste to create a mural at one of their pump stations, in advance of the events. I submitted a proposal, in which I would cover the site in local tropical birds and foliage, and was delighted when I received the commission. Around 12 sites around the city were painted by different artists, and mine took 14 days to complete, with Chad assisting, working up to 18 hours a day and covering all the details with a size 4 paintbrush! Here are the results, which were honestly worth all the effort!

After all that work, mostly done in 31 degrees humidity and over the Australia Day holiday, it was totally amazing to see the finished result - I even got to show my parents who popped over from the UK for a visit upon completion:

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Huge thanks to Callie Marshall for these beautiful photos!

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Aside from commissions, many of which I still cannot share due to campaigns not yet being Live (sorry!) I have been working on my ongoing Coney Island series, focussing on carrying my favourite drawings from my 2 bulging onsite sketchbooks onto these wood veneer panels. I am hoping to exhibit the full series, along with all my other Coney art, in 2019, somewhere on the globe (I will keep you posted on locations as I know them....)

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This year I also got to go back to my beloved New York City for a blissful 2 weeks, my main excuse being this commission for The 2018 Coney Island Mermaid Parade Poster! When I last visited in 2016, having illustrated The Dresden Dolls Coney Island Show Poster, I was honoured to introduce Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman and their friends to my amazing friends at Coney Island USA - who asked them to be Mermaid Royalty! So it was rather apt that I got to illustrate their likenesses along with their darling Merchild Ash for the poster:

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Here are the glorious Royal Mermaid Family in their Mermaid drawn chariot on The Coney Island Boardwalk, on Parade Day.

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This was the first time I had marched in the parade and my sailor friend Kyle and I got the full VIP service - which began in the ampitheater dressing rooms with the royal fam, saw us marching behind the royal chariot and sitting on the judges stand getting free beer courtesy of Coney Island brewing Co:

Mermaid Parade was literally one of those dreamy lost days of summer where everything was so magical it all just seems like a distant dream. I can't believe it really happened!

Oh, and whilst I was in NYC I also got to house sit for my dear friends Marck and Lawrence at their glorious Greenpoint abode - look at the view from my studio window! Chrysler building, tick! Here's a sneakpeak of some of the secrets I worked on whilst I was there, and of course more live drawing in my favourite place in the world!

I also got to visit London whilst I was away, and Chad came too. My best friend Becky got married on a hot summer day in the picturesque Northamptonshire countryside, in a church dating back to the 1400s, and I had the honour of both being her bridesmaid and helping to illustrate the wedding invites, paint the signage and design these fabulous bridal party kimonos!

Kimonos are now available to order here, and you can choose from a heap of designs or custom design your own - plus there are discounts to order your own bespoke set of bridal party kimonos! 

Just for you, my dear subscribers, I'm offering **10% OFF SITE WIDE** until 14 August (over £20), just enter code: SUBSCRIBE10 at checkout.
You can use the code on my fabulous flipflops/thongs/jandles too!

With that, I must get back into the studio to get my teeth stuck into painting Coney. I'll just leave you with this one last thing - the latest in my Superheroines series, and my all time favourite cartoon/rainbow-inspiration - Rainbow Brite! TTFN my loves!

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Illustrated London and Counterculture Wollongong

Hey Everybody!

I am way overdue in updating you on GPP London antics.... 

So Illustrated 2017 was awesome, here are some snaps of my stand which featured the easiest/neatest hanging system ever:

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The exhibition opened the day after THAT general election result with the hung parliament and the youth of Britain singing "Ohhhh... Jeremy Corrrrr-Byn!" and I wasn't sure if people would be politically exhausted - but - it turned out everyone was really into my Garbage Pail Politicians and I WON BEST IN SHOW!!! Here I am with my £100 voucher for Great Art UK Supplies in Shoreditch:

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which I spent on this delicious Swiss gouache:

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Which I haven't tried out yet - as it's currently sailing the high seas in a tea carton with all the other show goodies on its way home to Australia (I had limited baggage this time!) 

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Next week the stickers and posters are off to Wollongong for this fabulous group show:

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Really looking forward to showing my art in a new city! If you are is the Greater Sydney Area COME to our opening!

I currently still have about half the print run of the GPP stickers left (though Trump is selling faster than Obama - WTF?!), plus 2 Maggie May Posters and a handful of Trump ones. 

Check out sarahbeetson.com/products to order a pack.

Love to you all!

Sarah xxx