Monday, December 28, 2009

More circular ornaments

Some more freebie circular ornaments for you to use as you wish in your artworks. Please do not sell as digital downloads. All work © S. Peterson.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Happy Holidays!

Well another year is drawing to a close! Looking back to this time last year, I can honestly say I did not expect to be where I am now. After a redundancy, partner's job loss, family health scares etc, it's been a challenging year. However, I got through it all and have come out stronger and happier than I've been in a long time.

My love of art and creating art have been a constant throughout this time. I've gained so much from viewing the works of others on flickr, various blogs, Etsy and numerous websites. This has been an endless source of inspiration, and I am truly grateful for the many creative friends and contacts I have made over the last couple of years. I love sharing my work with them as much as I love seeing their work.

On that note, I thank all of you and wish you a very safe and festive holiday and a wonderful, creative New Year.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Currently for sale

Hi everybody!

These prints are from old artworks I created in August/September this year. I thought they might look cute in a little girl's bedroom with shades of pink and purple. Again, vintage inspired! Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Altered vintage portraits

My fascination with vintage images has led me to create more digitally altered portraits. I'm mad about roses, so you'll see them pop up in many of my digital pieces. I'm hoping to sell these portraits as art prints in my Etsy shop in the near future, stay tuned! Enjoy, and feel free to leave a comment.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Xmas specials - Noah's Art

Introducing Noah’s Art Quality Art Supplies. This store is located at Holden Hill in the North Eastern suburbs of Adelaide and carries the largest range of art supplies in this area. Noah's art caters for students through to professional artists and even conducts art lessons for all ages. Below are some Christmas specials
currenly on offer to Australian buyers.

Christmas specials:

20% off all pre-stretched canvases

30 - 35% off all Rembrandt Soft pastel sets

Also on offer will be an assortment of easels (will be arriving in a weeks time) AS oil and watercolour sets.

New product line:

Noahs Art will be stocking from mid December Winton Oil colours as our student quality oil colour.

Noah's Art also take telephone and email orders and send to any part of Australia. Orders can be paid over the phone by credit card.

For any enquiries just call 08 8261 3072 (within Australia) or email If you're in the area, pop in and have a chat to Con, he'd be more than happy to serve you.

Noah's Art -
5 / 646 North East Road, Holden Hill 5088

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Freebie circular designs

Hi everyone!

I've been playing around in illustrator and photoshop and have come up with these circular ornamental designs. They are free to download and use as you please. (Not to be sold as digital designs please.) Enjoy!

PS. Find more downloads HERE

Monday, November 16, 2009

And the winner is.........

Hi everyone,

The giveaway draw has now ended. Before I announce the winner, I just want to say thank you to all who responded. I now have over 60 people either following my blog or on my mailing list - not bad, considering I had none a month ago! Stay tuned for more giveaways and sneek peeks of any new products or works in progress.

As creating art is a labour of love, I can only get to it in my spare time, which sometimes means staying up way past my bedtime! I've become quite a night owl. My most creative ideas come to me at night, usually after I've switched the lights off, so a pen & paper on my bedside table come in handy. I'll try hard not to neglect this blog, now that I have an audience!

Enough rambling. Wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year. My husband made for an unusual barrel girl for this draw!

And the winner is......Jessica J from NC, United States!

Congratulations Jessica. I'll be in touch soon.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Sneak peek - NEW Xmas artwork!

Hello everyone!

A BIG THANK YOU to all the lovely people that have joined my mailing list or are following this blog. It's not too late to join up and go into the draw for a FREE gift. (Details in the previous post). The draw ends this Friday 13th November at midnight (GMT), so tell your friends!

These Xmas card designs will be appearing in my Etsy shop over the next few days. I had fun creating them. The Angels set is quite traditional, while the other set has a more modern feel. Hope you like them!

All artwork © Stella Peterson

Saturday, October 24, 2009

November FREE giveaway!

Hi everyone!
Be in the draw to win this Free gift! It is a framed print of my most popular digital piece. This floral beauty has received at least 600 views alone on my flickr photostream, more than any of my other pieces. She measures 125x85mm on archival gloss photo paper and is protected in a pale wooden frame measuring 210x170mm. She is signed and dated on the back.

You can enter the draw in 1 of 2 ways:-
• Join this blog as a follower (existing followers automatically go into the draw), or
• Join my mailing list by sending an email to Be sure to include your first name (if I don't know you) and mention the mailing list.

All information will be kept strictly confidential and not passed around. By joining, you will be informed of any future promotions, sales or free giveaways I may have of my work. You will also get a sneak peek of any new work or products before I list them online, so you get first chance to buy.

Feel free to invite friends or family to join, as they too will go into the draw. The draw ends Friday 13th November and the winner will be announced Monday 16th November on this blog, and notified by email. So don't delay! Looking forward to hearing from you.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Hello again!

This is my first attempt at any artwork related to Halloween. Although it's not really celebrated here in Australia, it's HUGE in America (and I have many contacts in the US.) Another reason for focusing on Halloween is because October 31st is my birthday! I was so preoccupied with creating this new set of cards, I almost forgot.
I've tried to keep to a vintage theme (as I always do), with a gothic touch. I'm trying to tie my products in with global celebrations and holidays.This set is available in my Etsy shop.

All artwork © Stella Peterson.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Romance series

I've managed to create more pieces which incorporate my original figure sketches. This set has been printed on blank notecards and can be found in my Etsy shop, under the title 'Romance series.' Please be sure to check them out.

All artwork © S.Peterson. All rights reserved.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Happy Fathers Day

Today is Fathers day, and every Fathers day my sisters and I gather at my parents house to give my dad his presents. A keen gardener, I know he'll appreciate a $50 voucher from Australia's largest warehouse chain, Bunnings. I'm giving him a card with one of my own photos on it, a view of Henley Beach Jetty here in Adelaide. This place is of special significance to us all as we have many childhood memories here. Even as an adult, I frequent Henley beach and marvel at our beautiful and everchanging coastline. Here's to lovely memories. Happy Fathers day're the best.

Photo copyright S. Peterson. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Shop Announcement

Well, I've finally got my act together and launched my new on-line shop! And on the first day of spring too. The birds are chirping and I can smell the blossoms in the air. Spring would have to be my favourite season. A perfect time to launch my range of note cards, printed with some of my most popular vintage artworks from flickr. As the paper and ink are archival, the cards are even suitable for framing as mini prints; an affordable alternative to the larger format printing around. For more details, visit my Etsy shop via the link to the right. Thanks for visiting!

All artwork copyright S. Peterson. All rights reserved.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Last day of winter

I can't believe it's the end of August all ready and the last day of winter here in Australia! So it's quite fitting that I post a recent work called 'Winter solitude' as a tribute to the official end of winter.
The next piece, 'Magic in the conservatory' had been a work in progress for a while, which I nearly abandoned. I had placed more modern looking models in both pieces and they just weren't working until I replaced them with vintage figures. Then everything just fell into place. It was easier to gauge the mood of each piece and visually tell a story.

All artwork
copyright S. Peterson. All rights reserved.

Thursday, July 23, 2009


Well, I'm feeling heaps better since my last post. A big THANK YOU to those of you who offered encouraging thoughts and well wishes for my future endeavours (since losing my job). All much appreciated.
I must say, I've been busy, busy, busy! I've scored some freelance work and given out a couple of quotes for graphic design work, and the thing is, I didn't have to chase it. It came to me by word of mouth. It's a real luxury to be able to make money from the comfort of my own home! It may not be a fortune, but it's enough to keep me happy for now. Plus I have enough time to do this and post more pieces.
Very soon I'll be posting some items for sale in my new online shop. I'm starting small with a series of blank note cards. They'll be printed on archival 100% cotton rag paper which has a beautiful texture and makes the colours look glorious! Stay tuned for these...
In the mean time, enjoy this last series of pieces I created a while ago. They were inspired by poetry, heroines and everyday people from the past.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Change for the better

Well it looks like my life has taken a drastic turn! Through circumstances beyond my control and due to the global financial crisis, I no longer have a regular job. Without mentioning the institution responsible, this decision was a financial one.

Being made redundant on the spot is not a nice feeling. It's as if the rug has been pulled out from under your feet. No one realizes until it happens to them. The hardest part is fear of the unkown. But rather than wallow in it, I take a philosophical approach, a spiritual one even. I've been given an opportunity to follow my heart, start afresh and live a more fulfilling life. For years people have been saying I should put my art out there and do more of it. Well, now I have some time! I have skills, I have knowledge, and a creative drive that's unstoppable. This change was necessary, a re-awakening of sorts, an unexpected launch into a new direction that would not have otherwise happened. The Universe has definitely worked in my favour.

Thank you to my flickr contact and good friend Mary Ann Wakeley for providing the link which enables the gallery illusion shown here. See her work at

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Fun with Marie Antoinette & co.

I was invited to join the Marie Antoinette pool on flickr a couple of weeks ago. This posed a challenge as up to now, I've been using mainly photographic images in my work, not old paintings. Since photography wasn't around in the 1700's, I didn't have much choice. All imagery is public domain or donated by contacts. I hunted down some info on both ladies as I knew very little about them.

Marie-Louise, princesse de Lamballe, born in Turin, Italy, 1749, was a member of the House of Savoy. After her marriage to a French nobleman, she became the confidante of Queen Marie Antoinette of France. She was appointed Superintendent of the Household, the highest rank possible for a lady-in-waiting at Versailles, which earned Lamballe the resentment of many other aristocrats. Her brutal murder during the French Revolution sparked a movement of anti-revolutionary propaganda, which ultimately led to the development and implementation of the Reign of Terror.

Marie Antoinette, born in 1755 in Vienna, Austria, was the ill-fated child princess who married France's young and indifferent King Louis XVI. Feeling isolated in a royal court rife with scandal and intrigue, Marie Antoinette defied both royalty and commoner by living like a rock star, which served only to seal her fate.
During the Reign of Terror, at the height of the French Revolution, Marie Antoinette's husband was deposed and the royal family was imprisoned. Marie Antoinette was tried, convicted of treason and executed by guillotine on 16 October 1793, nine months after her husband.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Naked Truth

Not much to write about today. A few of my flickr contacts suggested that I don't keep my figure sketches of long ago hidden in storage. As I cannot bear to part with the originals, (many are yellowed with age), I vowed I would incorporate them into my digital work - at least that's a start. So here are a few. I kept with the vintage theme, using oldstyle fabric backgrounds or antique looking imagery. I'm sure I'll come up with more - inspiration is all around, plus I have many years worth of figure drawings!
Copyright S. Peterson. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Internal Garden

I've just realized how hard it is to commit to a blog. Time has got away from me yet again. Thank goodness I don't work full time – I couldn't dream of doing all this online stuff. I'm really hating time at the moment, everything I do lately revolves around the clock; catching buses, crazy work deadlines, doctor appointments, chiro appointments, veterinary appointments, running errands for my partner, grocery shopping, household chores, etc, etc,'s a wonder I have any 'me' time at all. I think I need a change of scenery. A short getaway sounds good.

In the meantime, I'm trying to find ways to switch off, to still my mind. I remember a yoga teacher saying "Your mind is like a caged monkey" It's so true. The same thoughts can keep going round and round if you let them. It takes great discipline to sit in meditation and try to clear your head. The practice itself appears simple - just sitting still with your eyes closed - yet, to many, this is one of the most difficult challenges. Yes, we can all sit still, for hours even, in front of the television or at the computer. But to sit alone with oneself, with nothing but your thoughts, can be quite confronting. The feelings you try to ignore or push away, the bad or sad feelings, the unresolved feelings, have a way of surfacing during meditation. This isn't a bad thing, they need to come out, to be released. I've seen women start weeping during yoga relaxation, when their bodies are finally relaxed enough for them to tune into their emotional state. I've read that meditation is as good as therapy - confronting, resolving, strengthening and calming your internal world, nurturing your spirit. I like the simplicity yet transformative power of meditation. It's time I got back into it! I want to feel balanced and centred and internally calm, no matter what is happening in the external world.

My posts this week revolve around serenity, relaxation and regeneration. I've always visualised myself in a garden during relaxation, in the elemental surrounds of earth, wind, water and fire(sun). How humbling it is to think of forces greater than oneself, the very sources of life and renewal, and to feel connected to them, at one with nature.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Where it all began

Today I am celebrating almost 1 year of posting artwork online. This time a year ago, I searched the internet for any visual art/design competitions I could possibly enter. My search led me to the Re-picture Australia project – not so much a competition, but an invitation for artists and photographers to submit digital montages using historical photos from Australia's archival records. As I have an interest in anything vintage, and this project allowed for total creative freedom, I gave it a go. "The Old Ballroom" was my first creation and includes images from 4 different sources. The images remain the copyright of the Australian Government archives but permission was granted for their use under a creative commons license. Click here to go to Re-picture Australia Pool on flickr.

Saturday, March 28, 2009


Welcome to The Lucid Image.
This blog grew out of a need, not just to create my own artwork, but also to be able to talk about it. And what better way to do this than through a blog! Previously, having paid for a website on another server, I felt very limited in what I could say about my posts. None of the templates were to my liking and the only reasonable one didn't allow for much text input. This site, however, is free (yay!), and allows me to do both. Also, it looks nice. It's clean and simple and does not distract from the photos that are posted.
I will be posting new artworks as I create them, as well as some earlier pieces from my old website. I'm excited also to be able to share with you the amazing works of the many talented fellow artists (many global) that I have come to know over the past year. I can honestly call these contacts good friends and would love to meet them all in person one day. They have provided the creative inspiration for me to continue with what I do, and to grow as an artist. I feel this is only the beginning of my creative journey. I have a long way to go and never want to stop.