Hello, welcome. I am Charleigh, Monica’s 14-year-old daughter. I am writing my mother’s blog because she asked me to and writing isn’t really her forté. But art most definitely is.
I’ll be providing tips & tricks for literally everything (including: art, mindfulness and how to be creative) that my mother has taught me. And a bit of an insight into an artists’ life.
My mother has been a full-time artist since she was 20 years old. She opened her own art gallery called “Indigo” and was showing in numerous art galleries in Melbourne by the end of 3rd year in University.
My mother has this process with her artwork, once they are almost finished she hangs them up in the lounge room. While we all watch TV, we talk about what could be added or taken away from the painting, she then takes it back to her studio and works on it some more. It’s a simple process but she manages to get a lot out of it. It also gives us a feel for what the painting would look like in a home.
Mum has always drawn women, to her it’s like a self-portrait, not just of her, but of all women. The patterns symbolise the stories that go with the women, because we all have unique stories. Her grandmother always told her stories and that’s where it all originated from.
To be honest-and I’m not just saying this because she’s my mum and all-but, her work is unique. She really loves what she does, and it shows through her work. In my opinion, I think things are just 1000 times better when someone is doing what they love. Don’t you?
We live down on the Mornington Peninsula in Australia. We are surrounded by the ocean and it is a very quiet and small place. We are a very creative family, my sister dreams of being an actress and she sings and dances. On school holidays we all go into mums’ art studio and paint, I usually walk out with paint on my face because I get bored of painting on paper.
Well this is my first blog done, I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.