New Limited Edition Hand Embellished Prints for Sale..

Hey some good news!
I am finally able to offer ‘Limited Edition – Hand Embellished Prints’ and they look absolutely amazing. :)

After many years of searching for an excellent printer company that could create the most lush, durable and outta this world gorgeous reproductions of my work I finally found a place that does exactly that. I’m over the moon therefore that I can now offer these very special unique and hand embellished prints.

I have made a few of my most popular images available as limited edition prints which you can now purchase and be hung in your home! The reproductions are beautifully produced on acid free paper with fine, durable inks and look like an exact replica of the original drawing except with additional hand embellishments (watercolour, ink, pencil etc).

Limited edition and hand embellished signed prints now available. 

From $100

DETAILS

Printed on fine art paper with archival pigmented inks. These inks not only provide vivid color, but are also designed to last hundreds of years. A selection of prints are being hand embellished with a Limited edition of 20 of each at size A3.

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Are all of the O'Malley art images available as Embellished Prints?

I have a select amount of images that are currently available as embellished prints, but if you have a particular image in mind, please email me at leithomalley@gmail.com and let me know which image you would like printed and I'll try and make that happen!

How are the Prints shipped?

I ship my work everywhere in the world! :) 
Please allow up to 1-2 weeks of time to prepare to ship, as I am custom printing and hand-packaging these to get them to you in good shape and time. By default they will be shipped in strong/ sturdy cardboard tubes, if you would like your print flat packed please let us know, shipping costs may then be increased somewhat.

What does *hand embellished* mean?

To make your art print a one of a kind, I add hand embellishments to the print with paint, pen, ink, charcoal, pencil.. whatever looks awesome :)

Do the prints have a white border?

Prints have a white border of approx 1-2 cm to allow for framing.

Are O'Malley's Prints Limited Edition?

Yes, the prints are limited edition up to 20 depending on the image and will be signed and numbered.
Thank you to those who are already ordering via email. I'm so grateful for your support!

Cheers!

Leith O'Malley (leithomalley@gmail.com)

BEFORE and AFTER

BEFORE and AFTER

Transcendental As Anything..

It's very rewarding when someone buys your original artwork and especially so when you know that it will go to the home of a real art enthusiast.. someone who has a shared appreciation of what it is you love to do albeit from an often more personal, subjective view point.

Everyone enjoys a particular type of art for their own reasons right? Like the young lady in the painting, a chord is struck and you know you want that artwork in your life. 
On the part of the painter there's also a sense of strange sadness attached to any sale. You spend so many solitary hours in front of a work in progress, chipping away towards an unknown finish line.

My recent painting 'Transcendence' a large oil on poly vinyl was harder to let go than most.

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That said, I eventually said my goodbyes a few days ago however and like most work that I pack and ship off - once they leave the studio I am already working towards the next picture and always.. I mean always.. thinking about how to improve on the previous.

There's this conundrum I have.

Advertising oneself online or otherwise requires that I present myself as a 'Visual Artist' but frankly I have never really been comfortable with the word 'artist'. I think that if I really believed such a thing I would never improve.. that I may as well stop now.

That word sounds a bit pretentious to me. It's for others to wear, painters long gone that I have read about in books.. but nonetheless something to certainly aspire to.

I am completely comfortable with other people describing themselves as such though. 
I just have so much to learn, so much to improve upon and work towards. Not just in technique but in all the other disciplines that form a human existence, an art experience, a creative life. 

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Look, all this is probably another blog post but all I am trying to say is that I am in the pursuit of realising my own idea of what art is.

I still don't understand or comprehend the compulsion to spend so much time on creating images on paper, canvas or screens. All I know is that there is wonderment within it, just as there was when I was ten years old.

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So where was I... yes, I sold another painting.

All that was left was to pack and protect it for the customer (oh god I sound like a fricken salesman).

I'm a bit of a stickler for detail so spent time making sure the work (framed and behind glass) was going to look great upon unpacking. I carried it to my kitchen table where I could move around it freely whilst wrapping it all up.

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I almost always include a Certificate of Authenticity with artwork. I have it printed on an A4 sheet, hand signed and placed inside a plastic sleeve before finding a spot on the back of the work to tape it.

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For artists, bubble wrap is the best thing since sliced bread right?
Hang on.. no. That would be a toaster.
A toaster is the best thing since sliced bread.
The longer I type this blog out the hungrier I get.

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After bubble wrap (in this case) comes a nice protective covering of thin plastic. This painting doesn't have to travel too far and because I will be delivering it in person, I don't have to worry about wrapping the whole thing in cardboard.

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Well one must always add a final little trinket so to speak.

I decided to stick a couple of my business cards to the packaging. Hey It's the bird brain in me :)


So that's it.. painting to packaging. Riveting reading right? :) 

As a postscript, I delivered the painting to her new home and she looked very happy hanging on the wall. The owners were overjoyed and we had an interesting conversation about art whilst I was introduced to many other works in he and his wifes collection. 

I drove home a little while later, all the while thinking about what might eventuate next.
Let the wonderment continue. 

On illustrating Bonnie Raitt..

It’s one thing to be asked to illustrate a musician you admire, but another to have the drawing so well received that it is showcased on the cover of a national music magazine. There's an Oz slang expression that comes to mind right now which is rarely used these days.. Bonza!

Edited cover art for Rhythms Magazine.

Edited cover art for Rhythms Magazine.

Original drawing.

Original drawing.

Rhythms Magazine has just released the 25 Year Anniversary edition of their Roots, Rhythm and Blues magazine and my illustration of American musician “Bonnie Raitt” is their chosen front cover art. So that’s something to talk about, right? So here goes..

Editor Catherine Britt a prolific and successful Australian recording artist in her own right, gave me the good news soon after I initially emailed her the final art preview. What a great surprise!

It's actually the second time for me as far as cover art goes, with the magazine also publishing my rendition of Billy Brag and Joe Henry a few months ago. It's very humbling and complimentary at the same time. I love art and music.. especially the opportunity to meld both of these together in some way.

A previous cover I produced for Rhythms Magazine - "Billy Bragg and Joe Henry"

A previous cover I produced for Rhythms Magazine - "Billy Bragg and Joe Henry"

Hey I got to see Bonnie play live in Australia once. It was some years ago now and as opening act for Bob Dylan.. and as much as I loved Dylan at the time, I was equally excited at the opportunity to hear Bonnie play.

As for Dylan, well.. he seemed kind of preoccupied on the night, shuffling lyrics and rearranging songs to an almost unrecognisable state. It didn’t make it any less interesting mind you, and amazing to witness in person. I didn’t care. There was something about being in the same space as Bob Dylan that night.. breathing the same air as him. It tasted good, sounded good. He's an enigma, and still puts the eclectic in electric as far as I'm concerned.

Anyway, I shared the experience with my brother Shaun and as I recall wide, amber smiles were the order of the night. Bonnie sang some beautiful ballads behind keyboard as well as shredding on her trademark electric slide guitar throughout the evening to a rapt audience.

Suffice to say Bob Dylan had a hard act to follow after Bonnie left the stage. She really was fantastic that evening in so many ways and I’ve continued to follow her music. Come to think of it, I've even blown a little blues harp along to her tunes in one or two of the bands I’ve messed about in over the years. Music is art too right?

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In fact, for this drawing I referenced my own Shure 55SH microphone (which the small bird is sitting on) as one of the budding flowers in the foreground amongst the flowering Shure 58s.

Like many good blues recordings, Bonnie’s songs carry a little darkness along with the light so I thought a few ravens or crows drawn flying about in the distance might add a little subliminal colour (blues) to the piece.

As for the names etched into her guitar, from my research they are several of Bonnie’s inspirations including BB King, Sleepy John Estates, Chaka Khan. Little Feet.. and I also included her Dads name (John Raitt) on the head stock.

Like all illustration commissions I like to watch as many videos, listen to as many interviews and read as much as I can about the musician before picking up a pencil or piece of charcoal and where music is concerned, these things feel so much more like a labour of love and I hope that some of that passion is evident in what I do.

So there you have it, a short, enthused ramble about this drawing and a little trip down memory lane for myself in a way. The magazine is the March/April 2017 edition and is likely to be in most good Australian news agencies now or very soon.

Bonnie Raitts new album 'Dig in Deep'  is also out now and I believe an Australian tour to be on the cards.

Fingers crossed she comes to South Oz!

My two Bobs worth.. A recent portrait of "the man in the long black coat".

My two Bobs worth.. A recent portrait of "the man in the long black coat".

 

 

 

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