Sunday, March 27, 2011

Fading Afternoon

I struggled for a title for this one. Started out simply as "The Florist", then I thought about "They don't know you anymore" - inspired by a song lyric.
Finally settled with a simpler title, Fading Afternoon, to evoke that time of day as dusk threatens to settle on the landscape, and daylight will only linger a little while longer....

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Soft Pastels

With just under a month left till I head overseas, I find myself desperately trying to finish these last few drawings. When really I should be worrying about the fact that I do not yet have a back pack, or suitable pants for farm work (infact, I do not own any pants, only silk dresses.... a bit worrying)

I also like to participate in Marie Antoinette themed nights with the beautiful creatures that I know, just for fun. Because we're young and like to dress up. And unlike me, all my friends are amazing at making the most amazing sugary pink food to delight the eyes as well as even the most extreme sweet tooth....


Sunday, March 13, 2011

As Dusk Falls

Completing this particular piece was a huge relief. I now only have 3 unfinished drawings left till I complete my challenge. Initially I was going to then give myself full permission to start on all the new ideas that have been jostling to be put to paper, but now it's a bit more like a mad race to finish before I go on my long overseas adventure - this is in less than 4 weeks now!!

Here are a couple of the progress shots I took along the way, enjoy!!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Abandoning Ship - Important Announcement

After a very difficult deliberation, extensively weighing up my options, and seriously questioning my resolve and determination, I recently made a big decision that is going to drastically change my life for the next half a year or so.

This past week I resigned from my glamorous position managing high-end luxury boutique Victoria Buckley Jewellery. Since first coming across the delightful window display inhabited by tiny silk creatures and precious gems reminiscent of budding flowers, I was smitten with the pretty world Victoria has created in Sydney's Strand Arcade. It was by eery chance that we met, brought together by a shared love for a little porcelain doll.....

After a turbulent few years in my personal life (that I have very rarely mentioned here online) I felt a new direction and chance to break away was needed, to allow for a fresh perspective on my goals and aspirations.
Europe beckoned, and in a month's time I am deserting this lovely island called Australia for a while, deserting my little family for the uncertainty of the road, deserting the gorgeous denizens of The Strand Arcade in favour of gypsies, backpackers and vagabonds.
Excitement mingling with sheer terror, I'm trying to tie up all my loose ends and organize all those strange and unfamiliar things that will be so vital before I leave.

With this comes the announcement that my little Etsy Shop will be CLOSING it's doors for an indefinite period of time, maybe 6 months or more (depending on when I return).

So if you've ever thought about adopting one of my prints, originals, or art-objects, now is your absolute last chance for quite a while!! Not that I'm begging, but every cent will definitely count on my end. Absolutely anything purchased in my Etsy Shop between now and April 15th will be sent out with deepest gratitude... and presents, I'll include presents!!!

I will continue to update here on my art blog during my travels, as I plan to sketch and document my adventure extensively. If you don't know already, I also have an official FaceBook Page for my art, which you can follow. Search for: Monika Viktoria (artist)

Oh... and if you're in Europe at all over the next several months, and you would like to catch up, please let me know :-)

much love, --monika