Larger Than (my present) Life

The last few months have brought a few opportunities to literally expand my boundaries. Not pants just paintings thank goodness. Murals aren’t something I’ve been drawn to (haha) until this year.  I did a few months work with a local chalk artist, which dumped me in the deep end with the speed/size ratio. These murals aren’t related to any of that particular work, it’s just that the offers came at the right time for me to take them on with a bit more confidence 😉   I’ll have a few more pics of this job in a few weeks – Liam and I made a whole lotta signage for The Heads Hotel which included this head-in-the-hole board. There’s a first time for everything! It was a big job with a tight deadline so massive thanks to Liam for helping me out with this one.         This next one is definitely for funsies! My good friend Carrie felt the need to brighten her wall in the back garden. She’d seen some wall art in South Brisbane that she liked the look of and wanted to replicate it, so we spent New Year with a few drinks, a few paint brushes and lots of smiles 😀 We’re still not finished so these count as progress shots. They’re also a little dark – we only stopped when we couldn’t see anymore! Carrie has done a little more work to the flowers since our New Years Eve session. As soon as it’s finished I’ll be posting the final shots. I’m dead excited to see it completed 😀                       And last but certainly not least, my bro and I worked together on this cowgirl mural for the upstairs bar at Johnny Ringo’s in Brisbane. Again, this was part of a bigger job so I’ll be sharing pics of the chalk boards alongside the signage in NSW. The pic had already been chosen (we didn’t design it) so it was just a matter of getting it up on the wall. I got a nice storyline of progress shots for this one 😉 Most of this was spray paint and stencil rather than all brushwork, although the details...

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Bit the Big Apple

Well, it was a flying visit and worth every penny ;-D With just one week -and the exhibition smack bang in the middle- there was so much  to see and so little time. Luckily our hotel was central to everything so it was a case of picking a direction a day. I think the walking juuuust about balanced out the food and drink! If you ever fancy a pedicab tour around Central Park I highly recommend Richie’s Central Park Tours – http://www.richiecentralparktours.com/ Richie knows EVERYTHING there is to know and is a lovely lovely gent. Truth be told, it took until near the end of the week to really start to feel any of that NYC magic that I’ve heard people talk about. Having grown up in London it just felt like being back in a big city. But after a few bits of pizza, that crazy awesome chiming clock in Central Park, and a visit to the Met I was sold!   And I’m stoked to report that the exhibition was a night I’ll never forget. The gorgeous Mr and Mrs Ruggles (pictured right) bought ‘Bee Line’ for their children’s room, and stopped with me long enough to have a good chat 😉 All in all it was a hectic evening. The Agora team obviously do a smashing job with publicity because for a huge gallery it was packed, and I didn’t manage more than a glass of water all night for talking! ‘Green’ and ‘Sweet Dreams’ looked like the crowd favourites with a few people getting their pictures taken with them, and lots of people stayed with me to ask lots of questions about various pieces, as well as voluntarily share what they got from some of them. Sweet. The week suddenly felt way more relaxed after the bubble of  exhibition anticipation had burst and I had a post-opening wine in me 🙂 I’ll leave you with a few more piccies of opening night. Work has been far from quiet since returning so expect a few more posts soon(ish) – there’s a fair bit to share!...

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Belated Happy 2015!!

HAPPY 2015!!! Better late than never 😉 The selective blogging of late has been due to a lack of decent pics to post. Seems silly posting on an art blog with no pics – and even sillier posting with terrible blurry ones. Many thanks to Liam for the loan of his camera. So while I have a hold of this sexy Nikon, with it’s huge lenses, I’m gonna get busy capturing as much as possible. This festive season Santa bought me the gift of time, which was just what I needed. And no lump of coal even though I drank all of his brandy. And whisky. Maybe some gin………..   This one is the latest finished commission for Miss Carla Benzie, which (hopefully) captures one of her childhood memories. It’s a sister to ‘Just Out of Reach’ from a year or two ago. She’s fully cured, and I’m in the process of lacquering her as I write this. For a clearer look go to the commissions section of this site. There are two new commissioned pieces on the go – one is a wedding portrait for the beautiful Anthony and May Lau – pics will have to wait till next time; the other is a piece for two special little girls (Cedar and Josie). The girls chose rainbows and unicorns as their happy thoughts, and daddy Liam asked for a ‘happy place’.     This sketch is pretty darn loose, but I’m lucky enough that (so far) Liam trusts me with a lot of freedom regarding the finished painting. He’s not even keen on seeing progress shots – much like Carla! So in both cases I only needed to sketch out enough for me to get my bearings. Lucky me!       Of course there’s always my own paintings slowly progressing in the background. These two have been growing all year and are almost finished – I’m still managing to squeeze in mini sessions on them in between the commissions and finishing the frames for the paintings due for NYC. This is it for me today though – this little English girl can’t take the Queensland heat without air con, so I’m going to lay in front of the fan until it cools down...

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Monsters and Braaaiiiins

History would suggest that I’m a ‘quarterly” blogger. Although I would love to update the website more – I’m sure I’d feel a lot more efficient – every 3 months-ish seems to be my natural cycle. It’s been an intense few months, the majority of my time going towards my last scheduled job with Draw Shoot Move. Making up monsters has been aaaawwesome fun, Dave and I had a blast working these out! They’re intended for a kiddies workshop. It’s the first time I’ve ever been asked to design anything for 3D animation, so I had no real-time concept of exactly how much work was involved when we took this on. Which, in hindsight I’m kind of glad about because there’s a fair chance I would have been overwhelmed and had brain meltdown 😉 As well as designs, the final 4 monsters all required a front, back and sides sketch as well as two action shots. A LOT OF SKETCHES!!!! The pics are a few of the action shots. As much as this was a dream job (many thanks to Dave and Ty), the number of hours involved in completing it gave me some clear perspective on what art means to me. Working with Dave gave me the opportunity to contribute to a) kiddies book illustrations, also b) make up monsters, and c) be involved in the birth of a stop animation project. All possible careers I’ve thought of fondly, and now had a little experience in seeing what it takes to bring these things into the real world, molding them around work and cash flow and all of the things that normally get in the way of doing all the things we want to do. It’s been a whirlwind combo of giggles and hard work, to end up back where I began in a sense- confirming that painting and drawing on my own terms is where my true happy place is. In the meantime, the lovely ladies at Agora Gallery in Chelsea, New York sent me an e-mail inviting me to submit my portfolio. Of course I jumped at it (after checking out the gallery) and have spent most of the first half of this year working my skinny butt off to pay the...

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It’s About Time

Ok, so there hasn’t been a blog for a while. But did you see there’s not one but TWO new sections to the website?! We’ve got the catalogue – all the nitty gritty details of the portfolio available at the mere bat of an eyelid, and the Published section. This one’s been festering in the background for a decade or so and is finally big enough to go out on it’s own 😉 It’s not really been a specific intention of mine to have my work published, as you may know I run a hospitality based business for myself (which funds the art projects) and my art has always been purely my own – aside from commissions of course. Although I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a soft spot for kid’s books, and I had recently decided that I’d like to have a bash at some illustration work, so it’s been hella fun working with Dave on the illustrations for Frankie Dupont. Of course the Published section will be updated accordingly, we’re expecting around August at the mo. And all of this on top of the animation thang has given us a fine excuse to get some shared studio space. It’s taken a while to move in, get settled and get pics, but I finally got there. It’s about time. So this is the technical end where clean stuff gets done. We like whiteboards a lot, and after a bit of research found that a cheap option is sheets of melamine board. They need a bit of waxing and there’s a possibility of some discolouration but they’re a quarter of the price!! As all of my messy stuff is at Dave’s in the animation studio, my space is freed up for a relatively zen painting experience. Cleanest painting studio EVER. The most clutter that ever happens is CD’s and food wrappers. We’ve got a spare room to store all the canvasses I’m not currently working on. Woo-hoo! That white board is a list of paintings in various stages of completion, and some yet to make it into a sketch. There’s easily a good few years of work there and the list is constantly growing- needless to say that there WILL be some ‘work in progress’ updates coming. After the best part of...

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Pencils and Ply

With only a few weeks to go till I’m off overseas for Family Christmas (!!YAY!!) it’s full steam ahead with every. single. project……….. As well as my everyday job, Dave and I have been collaborating on some of his jobs for Draw Shoot Move. Pics of these are on their way- I’ll set up a new page for them as they’re quite different to my own work. It’s a completely different experience having briefs (that aren’t a regular painting commission) and seeing Dave work his computer magic with our ideas- fun times!! In the midst of this and continuing the hunt for a permanent joint workspace, we’ve been persistent with our set building and we’re making steady progress. We LOOOOVE this project. There’s already ideas brewing for the next one but we’ll keep those under wraps for now…. Dave’s 3D drawing and printing saved us a bunch of time measuring out the ply pieces for our first building, which will eventually be a school. As far as I can tell it’s also narrowed our margin for error, which beats the hell out of me trying to measure them up accurately with a pencil and ruler 😉 We’ll find out for sure when we put them together hehe! And I’m freakin’ ecstatic to say that even though it’s been a good while since I used a jigsaw, I did a damn fine job.                       As we only have access to a normal A4 printer, the entire cutting guide printed out on 16 A4 sheets and we lined them all up, tacking them in place with spray adhesive. Being a 3D drawing there were a few extra lines where we’d made windows and doors, so to save any mistakes we highlighted the cutting lines with red. And that’s our progress so far!   And don’t think for one second that all of this is keeping me away from my artwork!! Despite not having a settled space- let alone painting or studio space- there’s still new pieces popping all up in my head, and goodness knows I go a bit loopy if I don’t get them out. The pencils have been great to work with because my time...

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SURPRISE PROJECT!!!

All’s been a bit quiet on the blog front for a while. Partly due to a lack of readily available internet, and partly due to a bit of refocusing and a SURPRISE PROJECT!! Die Empty – last year’s baby- is still being carefully nurtured. Although currently on the backburner there is still progression happening – albeit in the background for the moment. If you’re not familiar with what Die Empty is about, please visit http://www.die-empty.com The SURPRISE PROJECT was recently born from meeting Dave Blackwell from Draw Shoot Move animation – http://www.facebook.com/DrawShootMove?fref=ts We hung out for a bit, and realised we had a common love / obsession with stop motion animation. So we decided to make one. We figured that between my minimal modelling skills, Dave’s ninja-like animation skills, and our combined explosive enthusiasm (which for the most part is fairly focused) WE CAN DO THIS. So we’ve started. We cleared out Dave’s garage and now we have a stop motion animation studio. We have character designs. We have stories. And soon we will have a tiny town.  ...

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Spreading the Love

2013 just seems to be getting busier and busier! What with the Shady Characters group exhibit just gone up at Shady Palms bar in Stones Corner, that makes 3 Brisbane venues currently showing Yallope art! Steve Falco (Procreativ Art https://www.facebook.com/Procreativ?fref=ts ) and I had a ball hanging this exhibit, and the bangin’ staff at the Palms made it such a cruisy process 😉   This exhibit also features work by: Renae Awen –https://www.facebook.com/RenaeAwen?fref=ts Minou Art –https://www.facebook.com/missminou.art?fref=ts Carla Benzie –https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carla-Benzie-Artist/123625501171246?fref=ts Lucks Schaare Marty Baptist Shady Characters is showing until mid November, all the details are HERE: http://www.facebook.com/events/677393535614387/?notif_t=plan_user_invited The pic (courtesy of Shady Palms) is just a taste of what’s on offer, the whole bar is filled with an amazing array of diverse talent-there is literally something for everyone. And EVERYTHING is for sale!! We also have permission to repaint one of the walls in the beer garden, so that will be an ongoing process over the month as we’ll all be rocking up at different times to add our bit. The stunning geisha piece on the back wall sets the standard pretty darn high- I’m sure she’ll be inspiration for us all 😉 My solo exhibit is still rocking at The Hutch Bistro in Grange, until Andy and the crew have had enough of them- all their details are here: http://www.facebook.com/HutchBistro?fref=ts And last but by no means least The Spring Hill Delhi  – http://www.facebook.com/springhilldeli?fref=ts  – is home to the odd piece on rotation. I highly recommend brekkie/lunch/brunch if you’re heading out this way! All three venues have a limited few prints available, and if you can’t find the print you’re after then please contact me! It’s as easy as using the contact page on this website and I’ll go about getting you what you...

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The Bees Keep Her finished and exhibited!

She was finished and lacquered just in time!! The portfolio will be updated as soon as I have my pro pics from Rita Rose. She took some beautiful shots of the night, so when they’re all in they’ll be going up on the Die Empty website at www.die-empty.com After all of this excitement I must admit I’m ready to get back to some more speed drawing and impulse drawing. I do love that these paintings grow over months and months but we all need a quickie sometimes! In order to share my quickies with the world I’ve just (literally) set up a Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/samanthayallopeartist Here I can link all of my extensive kingdom of web homes into a pimping mansion of an art hub in one place 😉 So I’ll be sharing sketches, process shots, links to the other sites as they’re updated- and most importantly hoping to gain a little more feedback on my work and get to know a few more people. And in case you didn’t make it to Die Empty, I’ll leave you with a few happy snappies of opening night x Heading the crowd: Jamie Yallope (exhibiting artist) and friend-the lovely Ange. Artwork by Carla Benzie apart from the piece on the far right by Katie Lee Gretch. Skateboard decks by Hendrix Travis. Sik....

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Work in progress- The Bees Keep Her

In the spirit of sharing the creative process, this is the story so far of one of the pieces I hope to have finished for the upcoming exhibit. The essence of her was concieved in a dream I had about a year ago- I woke up feeling devestated. I was in someone’s living room and there was a human ortopsy on a wooden desk, and two people were examining these little bone growths on the ribcage. One asked what they were and the other replied (quite flatly) that we had started to form them to protect our hearts as a matter of evolution. I felt like I’d been punched in the heart. Imagining the generations and generations that we’ve been blindly desensitizing ourselves to the point that our bones are changing. We go about our daily lives and barely spare a thought for what we ARE- spirit, kindness, love. And when we try to be these things we have to fight for them. We’ve made a world so harsh for ourselves to live in, that to come back to ourselves HURTS physically, emotionally and mentally. So we try, retreat, try, retreat, but that’s not enough to change the direction we’re all headed in.     The bees came about through reading a metaphysics essay, which I did have a link to, but seems to have disappeared and the domain is up for sale. Dammit. Bees were given as an example regarding tuning in to communal/universal consciousness, given how each individual bee acts together with the other members of the hive to produce a highly effective whole (swarm). I recently heard about Japanese bees cooking monster hornets by making a bee ball around them- cool example. I imagine that as we move closer to being ourselves, in finding our happiness and shedding our weight, we will work together like bees. We could have not one thing, thought, belief or obstacle in the way of the synchronicity of  just being…….. In that way I see bees as being an earthly reminder of where we are now and where we could be. Cooking monster hornets. The ‘letting go’ aspect arose from some sessions at The Lightworkers Cottage in New Farm. Going through the process of letting ‘stuff’ go, and...

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