About

Mia and her newest MuseMia Laing

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Email:  miasart@iinet.net.au

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 Where do I begin? I’ve lost and found myself a thousand times in the 6 years this blog has been alive. I’m a full time artist and a full time mum,wife and daughter. I’ve had a love affair with oil paint for the last 9 years and have tried just about very single genre that has ever been known to the art world; still life, figurative work, landscape, pet portraits and though at this stage I am yet to throw myself madly into abstract, I will never rule it out!

I’m a multipotentialite, with an inability (just yet) to dedicate myself to that one thing that will bring me fame and fortune. Haha! Im an artist…fame and fortune is very far off my radar! Regardless of my complete lack of focus on one area, I’m very happy to say that I have won awards (and more importantly, sold) across all of these genre, so I guess I just need to keep on keeping on until something takes over from the rest!

My goal with this blog is to bring advice, knowledge and support to other artists and to showcase my work to collectors. I’ve got a decade of paint under my fingers nails, callouses on my paint brush holding fingers and a heart for art and all the emotion and commitment it takes to navigate the creative life.

I’m not the best artist you will ever follow…I am humbled daily by the wealth of talent out there, but one thing I can offer is tenacity and the ability to keep striving in a very competitive art market. I am here to help. Ask me questions, ask for tutorials , ask me to ponder the various reasons we make art. I don’t always get it right, but I’ll give it a bloody good try.

I’ve struggled over the years with insane levels of doubt and anxiety over my art…is it good enough? Will people buy it? What if I do this and it doesn’t work? What if I do that and it does work? Believe me, I could write a book on the psychology of the artists brain! This blog is my way of giving back and helping others and of reminding myself why I’m an artist in the first place…for the love of art and paint and general creativity.

If you are here because you’ve stumbled across my paintings online or at a local art show or via a collector, this blog is for you too! I’ll give the stories behind my art and all the juicy bits of the paint process and most importantly, the gallery of my works, past and present.

Joyful, heartfelt storytelling, crazy meanderings, pondering and ramblings are my aim. I’ll tell it like it is, with an occasional woohoo when something great happens, tears in the low times and general chitchat for most of the time. I’ll blow my own trumpet and help others blow their own too and I’ll occasionally go quiet cause I’ve got nothing to say.

Follow along via my newsletter signup…a once a month (sometimes not even that!) newsletter giving a debrief of the month; sharing news, what’s on and any giveaways or fun stuff just for newsletter followers.

A few more details that you must know…

I have Instagram mialaing_artist , Facebook and Pinterest.

I’m THAT crazy dog lady. Yep, that one. Covered in dog hair and madly in love with my furriest golden child. You can follow her on her very own Instagram page goldengirl.gracie

My two human daughters are my greatest joys, my muses and my inspiration behind everything I do. I try to respect their privacy as young women but every now and then I just have to show my proud mama side!

I like walking and do so daily…it’s where I clear my head and think up my best ideas…you can see my photography from these walks and from my life in Western Australia on my photography Instagram prettyasapixel.mia

Lastly, I’m open for commissions, gallery representation and collaboration.

I hope you stick around!

Mia x

 

 

 

 Mia has been oil painting since 2009. In 2012, Mia was blessed with a dedicated home studio and the chance to immerse herself fully into oil painting, of which she has taken every opportunity to do so.   Mia was under the tutorage of D’hange Yammanee for nearly 5 years, in 2009 and then again from 2011 until late 2013. D’hange is a well respected West Australian Artist and Mentor, who guided Mia to an understanding and strength with oil painting.

 Mia has won a number of awards; is a founding member of ‘Women in Art Western Australia and is dedicated to pursuing an ongoing career in fine art and photography.

 www.facebook.com/mymiasart

Instagram – My Mia’s Art

https://bluethumb.com.au  – Mia Laing

Commissions Welcome

 Awards

 

  • 2017 Winer People’s Choice – Mid West Art Award 2017 (‘Electric Blue’)
  • 2016 Winner ‘Best Oil’ – West Australian Society of Arts Annual Show 2016 – ( ‘Drift’ )
  • 2015 Winner People’s Choice – West Australian Society of Arts Annual Show – 2015  (“Reflection”)
  • 2014 Winner Framers’s (Curator’s Choice) Prize – Perth Royal Agricultural Show – 2014  (“Reflection”)
  • 2013 Highly Commended – West Australian Society of Arts Annual Show – 2013  (Peaches and Pottery”)
  • 2012 Winner People’s Choice Award – Town of Mosman Park Art Awards – 2012 (“Look Before You Leap”)
  • 2012 Winner First Prize – SAVE Animal Art Awards 2012 Perth Expo – 2012  (“Girl’s Best Friend”)

Collections

  • 2015 – Permanent Acquisition – Continental Court Apartments, Claremont – 2015  (“Stormy Reflections, Freshwater Bay”)
  • 2014 – Permanent Acquisition – Sock it to Sarcoma Cancer Foundation – 2014 (“Joy”)
  • 2013 – Permanent Acquisition – Hollywood Adolescent and Youth Cancer Centre – 2013  (“Sock it to Sarcoma”)
  • 2013 Permanent Acquisition – Newman College – 2013  (“Summer Love”)

Solo Shows

  • Selected Permanent Artist in Residence Dalkeith Vet, Dalkeith. 
  • 2016 – Selected Permanent Artist in Residence Aube Nouvelle Interior Design and Homewares,
  • Aube Nouvelle Interior Design and Homewares, Claremont, 3 month invited artist 2015
  • Suburban Table Restaurant, 3 month invited artist 2013
  • Solo Artist Wall – Perth Art Expo – 2012

Three Person Show

  • 2016 (With Alicia Gorey, Jan Brown) – Moore’s Building Contemporary Art Gallery Fremantle, 1st – 17th April 2016

 

Group Exhibitions

2018

  • Beverley Art Awards
  • Kalgoorlie Art Prize
  • Churchlands Senior High School
  • West Australian Society of Arts (SOLD) 
  • Cossack Art awards
  • Perth Art UpMarket (Stall Holder) 

2017

  • Newman College
  • Cliftons Art Award
  • Perth College (SOLD)
  • MLC Ladies College (SOLD)
  • Beverley Art Prize
  • Mandjar Art Prize
  • West Australian Society of Art
  • Churchlands Senior High School
  • Mid West Art Awards (PRIZE WINNER – People’s Choice)
  • Kalgoorlie Art Awards
  • Melville Art Awards
  • Royal Agricultural Show Inaugural Landscape Prize Finalist (SOLD)
  • St Marks College (Featured Artist)
  • Bencubbin 100yr Celebrations Featured Artist

2016 

  • Newman College Art Expo (invitation only) (SOLD)
  • West Australian Society of Arts Annual Show (Prize Winner)
  • Army Art (invitation only – August)
  • Claremont Art Awards – (pending August)
  • Finalist Clifton Art Awards (Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, HongKong-  100 finalist only)
  • St Marks College art awards 

 

2015

  • Newman College Art Expo (Invitation only)
  • PUBLIC Salon 2015
  • West Australian Society of Arts Annual Show (Prize Winner)
  • City of Wanneroo Art Awards
  • Perth Royal Agricultural Show

2014

  • Newman College Art Expo (Invitation only)
  • West Australian Society of Arts Annual Show
  • Perth Royal Agricultural Show (Prize Winner)
  • Natural Environment Exhibition, ENEX100 Perth City (SOLD)
  • City of South Perth Emerging Art Awards

2013

  • Newman College Art Expo (Invitation only) (SOLD x 2)
  • West Australian Society of Arts Annual Show (Highly Commended)
  • Perth Royal Agricultural Show (SOLD)
  • City of South Perth Emerging Art Awards

2012

  • City of Mosman Park Art Awards (People’s Choice Winner)
  • Perth Art Expo – University of WA  (Animal Art Award 1st Prize Winner)
  • Perth Royal Agricultural Show
  • City of South Perth Emerging Art Awards

 

 

 

Mia has been selling steadily from her studio collection since 2012.  Collectors have described her work as ‘emotionally uplifting’.

You can find Mia sharing her thoughts, artistic pursuits and general ‘Life at the end of a paintbrush’ on her blog – ‘My Mia’s Art’ and her ‘My Mia’s Art’ Facebook page.  (Links below)

 

miasart@iinet.net.au

Blog/Gallery : mymiasart.com

www.facebook.com/mymiasart

Instagram – My Mia’s Art

Artwork Archive – https://www.artworkarchive.com/artwork/mia-laing

 

Memberships

West Australian Society of Arts (WASA) Member since 2013

Women In Art WA (WAWA) Founding Member 2015

I am an award winning West Australian artist, wife, a mother of two children (Bel -21yrs and Bon -17yrs) and 3 pets (Connie, Tessa and Gracie), a lover of oil painting and photography. I work in a colourful, realistic way using premium artist quality materials, canvas and paints.  I paint Still life, pet portraits and  life portraits, especially of children. My paintings are sensitively painted portrayals of family life.

Please, respect my copy right.  Enjoy looking at my photos, share with your friends but please do not take them with you when you leave!  If you like any, contact me…most photos I will be able to sell as prints or better still, commission one as a painting!

PS. In my early blogs, the girls are known by their ages, eg Miss 11, Miss 15, but it was just getting too confusing.  So Bel and Bon it is!!

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22 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Mia, I’ve been enjoying your blog a lot and have nominated you for a couple blog awards! If you’re interested you can visit: http://ltclifeonhigh.wordpress.com/2012/07/18/the-love-just-goes-on-and-on/

    1. Thank you, thank you! Will see what I can come up with by the weekend….school holidays….so hard…to think..! I’m not actually sure if I even follow enough blogs yet, I’m that new to all this. Finger counting as I type….

      1. You’re very welcome! And no worries, I often wait a bit to get back on awards posts because I discover new blogs all the time. And I often don’t really follow the number of blog nominations that’s listed to be honest. 😉

  2. Hi Mia, first of all let me say how beautiful and just…incredible your paintings are, wow! I’m truly blown away. You have SO much talent! Secondly, I noticed you’re a WA artist, I’m from WA too! So I will definitely be following your blog with much interest and awe from now on. xx

    1. That is soooo funny, for some reason I thought you were from the states!! Not my home town! I’ve followed you for a while, always adored your illustrations because that is my background – tried to break into the children ‘s illustration market for many years and practically lived at the children’s literature centre in Fremantle. Your 365 project is fantastic and I take my hat off to you as I can just imagine how hard it is somedays to be inspired. Thanks for connecting. Mia

      1. I’m just trying to get into the children’s illustration market now. I’ve been a designer/illustrator for an eternity (!!) but never in the children’s/picture book area, more corporate design, but now I so desperately want to illustrate picture books! I just signed up with SCBWI today, are you familiar with them? I’m hoping that might get me started in the right direction…or some direction…I’ll take any direction!

        Anyhow, if you’re ever around Subi and you see a short lady with a red sketchbook (and most probably a two year old in tow), say hello!

      2. It’s a tough industry but your work speaks for itself. Sign up for anything you can and get in touch with the children’s literature centre – Lesley Reece. They are a great help. I got burnt out just trying to get my foot in the door but I may get back to it one day. I love illustration and when my kids were little it was all about kids books!!!

      3. …and yes, I’ll keep an eye out for you! I live at Jackson’s!!!

      4. HA! Me too! I was there on Friday.

        Thanks for the Literature Centre details, just looking at their website now, looks interesting.

  3. Hi Mia, your art is absolutely beautiful; both in subject matter and the skill level at which you paint! -Cindy

    1. Thank you Cindy! A lot still to learn on this never ending art journey.

  4. Great blog and wonderful paintings Mia. You have a talent for painting the ocean.

    1. Thank you Dean. It’s always wonderful to have feedback.

  5. I would love to purchase “a girls best friend”. It represents everything my golden was to me. Thank you.
    Brooke

  6. Hi Mia, It’s me Juliet – friend of Anton’s. I follow you on Instagram. I am just admiring your blog and of course your amazing art work. I am currently attending a modest art school here in Perth and am trying to oil paint (my first ever attempt at ‘painting’) portraits of my four children (and maybe the dog as well ;)). I’m afraid I’m not that good and would love some tips. The style that I like is very similar to how you paint. I would also be interested in looking at buying a painting of yours. Love your colour palette too !! look forward to staying in touch on your blog.
    Juliet

    1. Hi Juliet, thanks so much for getting in touch via Instagram and here on my blog…what a small world it is that you know my brother! Congrats on starting the big project of your 4 kids and dog! Wow. Be brave…it’s just paint and thankfully with oils you can keep on going over it for as long as it takes. I have often gone back to old paintings that are cringe worthy and fixed them…takes a lot of perseverance to learn oils. I would be happy to take a look at your painting if you email me and give some pointers. I don’t teach at this stage but may be able to gently guide through years of taking guidance myself. Where are you doing your lessons and who with? My home email is my best contact…miasart@iinet.net.au

      Now onto business…’Reflection’ is $1900. I use artist quality canvas and paints and it has been professionally framed by ‘art presentations’ in Claremont. It is just over 30x40inches, 76x 101cm. A decent size. If you would like to see it, just let me know.
      Best regards,
      Mia

  7. I’m also interested in your ‘reflections’ painting, can you please email me the price. thanks
    Juliet

  8. Hi Mia, is it possible for you to send me the “Parking at the pub – Thompson Bay” photo as it is a beautful photo with my boat in it. It would be much appreciated.

    1. Hi Jonathan, just found your message when I took a better look…let me see if I can even find this photo, as my computer is in crisis mode and has gone into severe photo meltdown. I’m getting a new computer this week and will need to find it on my external hard drives. I will get back to you in a week or so. Which boat is yours?
      Regards,
      Mia

  9. Dear Mia,
    I just came across your art on Bluethumb and am so delighted to have found your blog. There’s a lot to enjoy here 🙂
    On a non-art topic, I noticed your surname and that you live in Perth, and I was wondering if you are related to Hugh Boyd Laing, the Scottish schoolmaster? (I’m writing something about him for a Celtic Studies conference, so when I saw the name, I wondered!) Hope you don’t mind the question.
    Best wishes,
    Katherine

    1. Hi Katherine,
      Thank you for saying hi! I’m in Perth Western Australia just in case there’s any confusion to Scotland! My husband is Scottish, from Perth, Scotland. I will ask my father in law if there is any connection and get back to you.
      Nice to have you following Australian artists.
      Regards,
      Mia

  10. Hi Mia,
    Thanks for the reply 🙂
    If your husband comes from Scotland (I was born there too) then it would probably be a different Laing to the one I’m researching. In case you’re interested, this is him:
    http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/laing-hugh-boyd-10772
    Anyway, I think your art is lovely and I’m glad it’s going well on Bluethumb!
    Will keep reading your blog.
    Best wishes,
    Katherine

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