I have also started a new series. It's hard not too, I have so many ideas tucked away. But this is a very special project to me, and I hope I can effectively express what I'm trying to do.
I am calling it my 'Love for all' project.
I put a call out on social media this week asking for women to model for me. I don't care about your age, race, or size, I want to paint real women. And share how awesome you are for the things you do, the things you have overcome or are struggling with, for just being yourself. I want to show that it doesn't matter that you don't look a certain way or conform to a percieved social norm.
You're unique and we're all made of the same stuff on the inside. You're you. And that's awesome.
I was hoping I would get one or even two women brave enough to step in front of the camera (because I know deep down I would not be that brave myself!) but I was blown away with the response.
I even had to start taking bookings for next month.
Turns out its a subject a lot of us believe is important and want to help out with.
I photographed over a dozen women this week, and though I wasn't planning on starting this project for a few weeks, the energy from meeting you all has got me amped and ready to go!
If you don't follow me on Instagram or Facebook, I really suggest you do to keep up with this project. I am painting and uploading two - three new portraits of awesome women each week and I'm going to be asking for more models at the beginning of each month.
If you'd like to be a part of this project, or want to support it in any way, please let me know.
I'm not 100% sure where this project will end up yet, (I have a few ideas) but I don't want to shape it too much - I want to explore the idea with the community and enjoy the journey.
I know from personal experience, that too often anxieties and fears hold us back from enjoying and loving our lives. Let's show the next generations that they are joining a proud community of strong women who love and support one another.
I'm going to be at CRAFTZILLA!! Roar! Haha, yes I'm a dork sometimes, but I'm really excited to be a part of the second Craftzilla in two weeks time.
It's held @ the Common Room in Hastings on Sunday the 24th of June, 6pm - 9pm. $10 door entry and you get a drink and buffet supper with entry. I know it's going to be a blast so I hope to see you there.