Well hello there!
After considering the challenges posed by The Dreaded Algorithm™ on Instagram, I've decided to move my newsletter to Substack. This will allow me to create a more interactive and community-driven platform for sharing my art, life, and other musings with you. Although change can be difficult, I am aware that it's important to stay current and adapt. I'm calling this newsletter 'Notes from My Studio’ because I want it to to provide you with more behind-the-scenes content and fewer sales pitches (although, let's be honest, selling art is still essential for me to continue creating!)
By moving to Substack, I hope to provide a more effective way of reaching you and creating a space where we can connect and engage with each other. Yay!
Thank you for your continued support, and I hope that you'll enjoy joining me on this new journey!
So what have I been up to lately?
It’s been the school holidays here, so for the past few weeks I have mainly been parenting and have not had the chance to do as much painting, aside from finishing off a couple of small commissions and painting a few landscapes on paper (which I have been selling via my stories on instagram).
Its been a bit frustrating not getting in my studio as much, as there are a few bigger works that I really want to finish that will hopefully be heading somewhere quite exciting - I can’t say anything more about that yet though so watch this space!!
If you are interested in chatting to me about a commissioned artwork, please reach out. You can contact me on the form below to let me know what you are interested in, and I will send you some info around pricing and time frames.
A couple of recent commissions of a glass with lemon slices & some juicy oranges.
What else is new?
Talking of those bigger artworks, there are four paintings that I recently finished. I have absolutely loved painting these, and they feel like my babies, so its going to be very hard to part with them! But sadly I can’t keep them all, so I am going to be able to offer them to you, yes YOU! My wonderful subscribers first!
These paintings, like most of my work, are influenced by my love of light, finding beauty in ordinary moments and nostalgia. In particular these hark back to my childhood, a time of eating sweet treats both home grown and shop bought with pocket money! All of the titles of these artworks are lines pulled from songs by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - a band that I grew up listening to as they were one of my Dad’s favourites. I cannot hear one of their songs without being transported back in time to my childhood…
Here they are!
(Cherries) "Maybe It's The Time Of Year" $990 Size: 30x30cm
(Cola bottle, egg & heart) "Time Stops Here" $1290 Size 40x40cm
(Lollipop) "Love Is An Anchor" (50x50cm) $1590 Size 50x50cm
(Strawberries) "Feed Them On Your Dreams" $1590 Size 50x50cm
If you are Interested in owning one of these paintings, please click on the inquire button and let me know the name of the piece you are interested in. I'll also ask for your name and email (and postal details to save me asking you a second time later on.) It'll be first in first served, and I'll email you to confirm with an invoice if you're the first one to claim the artwork! Once the invoice is paid, your work will be sent and send you the tracking details.
Coaching for artists…
I’m very excited to announce that I am now offering creative coaching for artists! If you’d like some guidance or help with figuring out your next steps as an artist, please click here to find out more.
Another exciting project that I have been working on is my podcast Fail Like An Artist, which has been number one in the Visual Arts charts in both New Zealand and Australia! If you enjoy listening to podcasts, please take a listen here!
Thank you for reading if you got this far! If you’d like to help me continue as an artist and you have to means to, you could but me a virtual ‘coffee’ I really appreciate your support.
Thanks for reading Phoebe’s Substack! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.
I love your art, Phoebe, wonderful updates! And for someone who isn't that much on Instagram it's really great to see more and more artists on Substack 😍
Excellent Phoebs. Love the Substack format and your writing style. See you soon. It’s been ages. Xb