New year, New Art, New Projects

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It’s been a long time between blog posts. An all time personal record of which I am not proud.  But you get that sometimes.  Ahem..Many times.  Anyway, time to start a fresh.

What I have started is a brand new 365 photo project, except it’s actually a leap year. So 366, here we come!

I do enjoy tackling a photo project every second year but with my three person exhibition imminent, I’ve allowed a few concessions this time around.  March will be ridiculously busy with all the last minute stuff involved in a show and April. APRIL. Omg…I can barely even allow my thoughts to meander there.  It’s going to be CRAZEEEE.  It would be ridiculous to even think I could manage a perfect daily photo whilst setting up and holding a two week show, …so…this years project is allowed to be a photo taken on current day OR from the archives, posted daily or whenever I can get around to it.

Yep.  My rules, my whatever.

Win, win.  I get to indulge in my favourite pastime of daily photography and I get to find  favourite  photos that have only ever seen the inside of a hard drive.

Find a beautiful, meaningful quote, BAM,  we are all happy.

Anyone else doing a photo project?  Let me know…I love seeing what others are up to.

Anyway…News from the studio…Christmas holidays have given me a few images that have potential as paintings. I’ve just about finished painting toward the exhibition (opening 1st April)  and am now focussing on the annual art prize events around Perth.  Exciting, busy times but with school holidays still on for another 3 weeks, the studio time for a mum that paints juggle struggle is real. Aside from the fact that its been as hot as Hades and my little portable aircon has been struggling to keep me from damnation.

copyright Mia Laing 2016
WIP – Yet to be titled or finished!! Oil on canvas. 24×30′

As you can see, I’ve already used one of my daily photos to paint from  ,  taken on our recent Christmas holiday in Esperance.   Amazing Western Australia and her stunning beaches.

The beauty of doing a daily photo project is the super abundance of reference images it gives me.  I will often take a photo with a painting, or at least an idea in mind and snap away until I think I’ve got something to work with.  My poor girls…”just one more, just one more.”

It’s good to be back at the easel, my blog and at the beginning of a super exciting 2016.

Say Hi and let me know your art/photography plans for the year…

Mia x



5 thoughts on “New year, New Art, New Projects

  1. Beautiful beach, beautiful girl, beautiful painting, beautiful words. I’m looking forward to your exhibition—good luck juggling the workload, and sending good wishes for 2016. I’m sure it will be a great one for you. x

  2. Thank you Mia for sharing your incredible journey to date. It is a blog that will I feel sure encourage friends and followers to return often to view and read and re-read details of your journey.

    Looking forward to your April exhibition.

    Much Love


  3. Leone Martln-Smith January 11, 2016 — 12:42 pm

    I can feel the sun on skin, the hot sand, and treasure found!! A great painting dear Mia, Good Luck for the Exhibition…hope it is a sellout!!! Lee

  4. Leone Martln-Smith January 11, 2016 — 12:51 pm

    I Can feel the sun on skin, the heat rising from sand, a painting which tells a story, Mia, a lovely study indeed. Your exhibition will be a sellout, for sure!!! Love, Lee

  5. Hello,

    I’m Jo and I’m an artist and writer. I’m rebuilding my life after 30 years on and off of depression and anxiety. Two years ago I suffered a medication crisis and a brilliant mental health team got me to the point where, aged 62, I feel better than I’ve ever felt. So I’m building the life of creativity, fun, adventures, travel and friendships that I always wanted!

    This includes finishing my novel, getting back to my big hobby as a wild westerner (, being more creative and doing some of the things I always wanted to do. I’m doing a sculpture course and a surface pattern design course, and I’ll be putting some work into a local art exhibition. So it’s all go! I’m also hoping to return to archery, an old hobby, husband and me are planning more trips abroad, and I’d like to do some archaeology.

    I’m a bit of a renaissance woman, and love being so.

    Jo UK

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