thedairy.com under my name, Paula Mills in collections. I think they have come out beautifully!
Friday, May 13, 2016
Sunday, May 1, 2016
here . I have had lots of fun putting this range together - enjoying pattern, colour, texture and an inky illustrative style. If you live in Melbourne, pop in and see this new work at Markit on Sunday the 8th of May.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Sweet William will have a new range of prints available at Markit on Sunday the 8th of May at Federation Square, Melbourne. Always a brilliant, creative shopping event, not to be missed!
Saturday, March 12, 2016
For 5 days only, head over to hardtofind.com.au for an end of season sale - 30% off Sweet William Art Prints from Friday11 to Wednesday 16 March 2016!
Monday, February 22, 2016
|Entrance way when we first bought our home.|
|Beautiful old red brick revealed under cracking plaster.|
|My girls outside our entrance.|
|We hired painters to help patch up walls and refresh the paint job.|
|We have wonderful Art Deco lead light windows.|
|As it looked when we bought it.|
|Beautiful textures on the old walls.|
|Original Edwardian tiles|
|Finding places for all our things in our new space.|
After many happy years of living in semi-rural, beautiful Warrandyte (24 km east of Melbourne CBD see previous post here). Where our primary school aged kids benefitted from a tire swing in the yard and the Australian bush, we decided on a complete change. With our three girls growing up, recognising their need for independence and wanting to embrace all that Melbourne has to offer as one of the most 'livable cities in the world', we set our plan to move in, in motion.
We chose a very good co-ed state run high school and started looking for a family sized home in the zone. Not an easy task. We marched through poky, little dark houses, clambered up and down stairs of modern town houses. Sighed over beautiful homes way out of our price range and bumped shoulders with the throngs of eager buyers at live auctions. One Saturday morning, just as we walked away from another auction that we were unable to bid on, we discovered 'Milverton' on Errol Street. Being on a busy corner it was almost scratched from our inspection list but as we stepped into the entranceway, the busyness of the city subsided. The high ceilings and grand proportions of this crumbling, red brick Edwardian stopped us in our tracks. The traffic noise became a quiet hum and we found our inner city sanctuary.
Our new home is a work in progress, we plan to bring it back to it's former glory bit by bit. Although, actually, I think it is rather glorious just as it is.
Monday, November 9, 2015
here. I am moving home in a few months time which has led me to sorting out my studio and I thought it would be a good time to sell some of my original works on paper that I tend to hang onto and feel quite attached to. Each piece is a one of a kind, painted either on watercolor or canvas paper, predominantly in watercolor, ink and acrylic paint, which will be signed and dated by the artist - me, Paula Mills! Please check each listing for sizes and price. I will keep adding to this section as I continue to sort out my studio and make room for lots of new work!
Friday, October 9, 2015
|My still life acrylic paint exercise in tone and self portrait painted in oils|
|My Morandi inspired still life|
|Self portrait working from a reference by Anne-Sophie Tschiegg|
|Adriane's work bench in the Fitzroy Studio|
|Detail of my self portrait in acrylic paint.|
|Beautiful Fitzroy Studio|
With all that in mind I decided to have a go at learning a little more about painting. Once a week I have been going to a painting course in Fitzroy through www.fitzroypainting.com run by Adriane Stramp. The environment is wonderful - a big, beautiful old studio at the top of winding stairs in an Edwardian building on Brunswick Street, in Melbourne. So far I have learnt so much about mixing paints, colour themes, tones and shades. I have had a go at painting a few still life set ups and a self portrait in acrylic and for the next chapter I think I am going to learn to work in oils which feels so far out of my comfort zone but I am loving it! Learning is so exciting.
Monday, September 14, 2015
We are so excited about a very successful collaboration with Lalaland. Sweet William has designed a whole new range of everyday cards as well as a very special foil card range. These cards are now exclusively available through Lalaland - you may view foil range here and view the everyday range here. Yay, so pleased with them all!
Monday, September 7, 2015
Friday, September 4, 2015
|Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.|
The Design Files, Country Style Magazine, The Age and The Herald Sun. I am very grateful that our Warrandyte home has been documented in this way as we will be moving on and leaving it soon. I have mixed feelings about this; excitement as Pete, the kids and I face our next big adventure of moving into Melbourne city for a more urban lifestyle and sadness as we leave behind our much loved Warrandyte cottage, local friends, community and amazing natural beauty. This cottage has served us well and I am sure the next family who is fortunate enough to dwell here will love it just as much as we have. Our home has been listed with Fletchers if anyone is thinking of living in this beautiful part of the world - here's the link.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
My brother, Myles, is a wonderful chef. He is married to a lovely Irish girl called Jane. They own and run a very successful cafe in StrandHill called Shells Cafe, they have won many awards, they have also published two cook books and successfully renovated a beautiful cottage. Their latest and most admirable accomplishment has been the addition of Arlo, their first child and my gorgeous nephew! Of course I traveled from Australia to Ireland to meet him. I love this quote by Anthony Brandt: 'Other things may change us, but we start and end with family.'
|Myles and myself with little Arlo in his baby sling, taking selfies|
|Beautiful collections in my brother's home|
|Their very clever cottage renovation|
|Myles and Jane|
|The beautiful view from their living room|
|Little baby Arlo!|
|Summer flowers in their garden|
|A walk in Esky, Ireland|
|Jane, Arlo and myself|
|The wild West Coast of Ireland|
|Can't go by with out taking a snap - so pretty|
|Artwork I created for Arlo, available as an art print here|
|My lovelies - Myles and Arlo|