Starting the year right!

Starting the year right!

When I planned a weekend workshop called “Shiny Happy Flowers” I hoped it would attract lovely people and they could go home with two bright, floral paintings that they were super proud of.

And oh, the weekend met my expectations and so much more.

Twelve delightful painters joined me on Saturday morning, each with their own backstory on how they had arrived there, and each with an enthusiasm to throw some (Golden) paint on a canvas and make magic happen.

We talked about hero flowers, colour wheels, brights and neutrals (and mixed our own!), brush techniques, finding darks, ‘waratah tadpoles’, and line drawings. We ‘learned by doing’ complimentary colours, ‘golden rule’ composition and glass vase reflections.

Every person that attended was a delight and every painting they finished (or have almost finished!) is a fabulous explosion of colour and joy.

Quite simply, WOW!

Huge thanks to everyone who came along. Special thanks to the fabulous Debbie for bringing and sharing her legendary potatoes (and her legendary happiness) and to gorgeous Linda for all her help setting up and packing away each day. A total gem.

Steffi’s catering was top class too, I’m sure all would agree!

I hope all my weekenders made friends as well as art and that the paintings they’ve taken home are the most wonderful souvenirs of our time together.

If you are interested in a Shiny Happy Flowers Workshop, I may offer another in the second half of the year. It’s very different from a Paint Along as you order or bring your own materials, and you finish with original paintings that are all your own. I give you all I have and together we make gardens of colour. Just make sure you’re on the mailing list.

If you don’t want to wait, join us for Wednesday Wonder Workshops this term – we’re discovering ‘Fish’ for the first four weeks, and then ‘Faces’ for the last four. We’ll be learning a bit of anatomy and then completing a range of projects around each theme, studying some amazing artists, learning by doing and enjoying the fine company! The morning session is almost full, but the 6-9pm session still has a few places. Starts Wednesday 8 February for 8 weeks and all supplies are included. Click here to find out more.

I’m having an art show with my mum next week!

I’m having an art show with my mum next week!


Hot on the heels of a very successful Downlands Art Exhibition, Mum and I are having a small, joint exhibition from next Saturday!

We’ll be trying to capture the fun of the Carnival in our paintings, and you’ll see them (and us, and possibly Dad, and maybe my kids because it’ll be school holidays) at the Rep Theatre Gallery on Margaret Street, here in Toowoomba.

For a special preview of the exhibition (and first dibs!), pop by on the afternoon of Friday 16 September, between 2 and 4, and say hello – there may be champagne, I’m just saying.

See you there!

I’m well and truly back

I’m well and truly back

What can I say? It was a truly fabulous trip! 

Just over 2 weeks in Germany with friends and then 6 nights in Paris by myself… I can’t believe it either. And the 3.5 years in the planning definitely added to the excitement.

And I got to draw, and draw and draw!

Thanks so much to all the lovelies who signed up to my Postcard Project. I found that I wanted to send the best pics, so the project has continued once I arrived home, but oh, it was so nice to have a drawn record of some of the memories this time (something that’s hard when you’re travelling with kids!).

I will post more about the trip and insights in the weeks and months to come, because when I got home the jetlag got me. So it was a mad scramble to get ready for this term.


Here’s what’s been happening:

So please keep your eye on Facebook and Instagram – I’ve got plenty to share over the next month or two and I’ll be sure to add in some timelapses and tutorials.

I really really appreciate your interest in, and support for, my little business.


The Postcard Project

The Postcard Project

I’m heading overseas this week – which sounds just incredible because this trip has been 3.5 years in the making (and saving!). One of my dearest friends is German so we’re heading to Germany for a couple of weeks to celebrate her 50th birthday, and then, because I’m SO CLOSE, I have a week to explore Paris. Crossing fingers and toes that the weather plays nice in the days and weeks to come.

I plan to do a lot of sketching and painting, which is something that’s more possible when travelling with grown ups rather than children, I find, so whether the weather is wet or dry I’m sure my ‘artist’s eye’ will always find something wonderful to notice and draw.

When I first planned the trip, I had a ‘real job’ and this was my side hustle. Of course, now, things have changed in wonderful ways, but I need to be creative with paying the bills while I’m away (my husband will be being creative with the school run while I’m away, that’s for sure!) so I thought up ‘The Postcard Project’… mainly because it’s been AGES since I received a postcard in the mail and gee it’d be lovely.

So if you’d like that smiley feeling, take a look at the info here and think about those 3, 5, 6 or 10 happy trips to the letterbox you have coming up over the coming weeks, building a collection of beautiful prints for your wall (or the fridge!).

You can join up for the project any time while I’m away. I have my lovely sister on the ground here at home helping with the logistics and adding addresses, so all will be well.

Thanks so much!

Purple Rain in my studio

Purple Rain in my studio

I just realised that I hadn’t yet shared the timelapse of one of my recent paintings, ‘Purple Rain’. 

I was painting on the day Prince died, and while I was planning to do ‘all the colours’, for this one, purple flowers with gold foil berries seemed appropriate.

This painting has been varnished and is now available for sale on my website here and is similar to the style of painting I’ll be teaching at the McGregor Spring School in Toowoomba in September.

Custom Medal Painting

Custom Medal Painting


I first thought to paint my husband’s medals last ANZAC Day.

They’re part of our lives, but it wasn’t until he did a talk at a local highschool about military colours, including the ribbons on medals, I realised that I really wanted to paint them. I then framed them for his Mum for her birthday!

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I then went on to paint my father’s medals as well, and my father-in-law is next on the list. I have also been honoured to paint two more sets for a lovely servicewoman who stumbled across my images on Instagram!

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If you are thinking of getting a medal watercolour done, do get in touch! I’d love to do a painting for you. Or perhaps you’re thinking of gifting a friend or relative a medal painting? Either way, you know where to find me!

Each painting includes a $25 donation to Legacy.

Braidie Bell FOR WEB