the old & the new
For those that know me, they know that I have an equal love of the new just as much as the old, and I love placing the two together.
I'm always spellbound by contemporary pieces that express an ingenuity of design and break new ground in their aesthetic.
I also have a great big heart for pieces that are worn and weathered, anything that has character, that has a soul and brings with it stories that we may get a glimpse of, or stories that we can only ever conjure in our dreams...
a tasmanian adventure
Recently I was lucky enough to travel back to the apple isle, to picturesque Tasmania. Such a stunning landscape, crystal clear waters, such pure air and wide bright skies.
We lunched at Moorilla Estate's restaurant The Source, which was divine. The tasting at their cellar door was also a treat. Check out their site MOORILLA and be sure to stay tuned for the opening of MONA their museum of old and new art set to open in January 2011 with an amazing collection of pieces from around the world - "MONA will be a secular temple. 6000 square metres is a lot of space to worship materialism. The views are stunning if you have X-ray vision. When the museum opens your beliefs will be battered. Until then, come and have your senses assaulted."
If you feel like staying in a little lavish luxury, there are also the exquisite PAVILLIONS decked with divine art and irrational views.
“Painting is silent poetry.”
“Mum could’ve done that!”
blooms & beginnings
Welcome to a very shiny new edition to our site - the LISA MADIGAN blog!
I hope to bring plenty of interesting and inspiring bits and pieces. Looking into the old and new - great design, beautiful styling, amazing interiors, the best blooms in season, thoughts on travel, life, art and love...
I've just had Nicky from South Coast Style here for a shoot at the house and studio for their Autumn edition - great morning - a few sneak peeks below.
Along with some pics of the amazing flowers I picked up from Michelle Collison at Shady Fig in Nowra - how I adore to flutter in for the pickings after I know she's been to market!
an interview with lisa madigan
A few words that best describe you? Creative, complex, passionate, driven, warm & loving, generous.
What is your most treasured possession? I would have to say our home as it stands for so much and holds so many treasures, I love my childhood photographs, special gifts from those I love, our two louis chairs, my giant clam shell, feathers and shells that I've found, tokens from travels. I don't think I can hold one thing above another, the pieces that have meaning for me are the ones that I love and connect with.
What’s your proudest career achievement? I honestly don’t think it’s happened yet, but notes to date are being a finalist in the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, and hanging in the studio, it's wonderful, encouraging and humbling to have the fruit of my art acknowledged. Also the building of the LISA MADIGAN platform and the projects and opportunities that have come through my painting and now store. There’s definitely a graitification seeing fruits beginning to ripen after many years of hard work and late nights. Simply having people tell you that they love your work is so humbling too, they’re the nice ‘quiet smile’ moments and are just lovely and definitely make me stronger in what I do.
What’s been your best decision? To truly follow and live my dreams and creative vision, to go it on my own with my work and give it my 100% focus and commitment. Also to shut the door to the outside world and lock myself in my studio, there's no greater indulgence than the time I spend with a brush in my hand.
Who inspires you? People with a certain sense of charisma and authenticity, a monk, an artist, a chef, a friend, so many. People who live with integrity and substance and are knowledgable and passionate about what they do, those that add to the rich fabric of humanity on our planet.
What are you passionate about? So many things - life - and celebrating it! My studio and inspiring travels, blank canvases open to anything, champagne, ART, galleries, stunning design and craftsmanship, antiques, things with stories and a richness to them, caring for those that touch my life, loving my friends and family, exotic places and new adventures. The smell of oil paint, the ever adaptive act of painting, fresh cut flowers, no. 5, beautiful interiors, post cards from exotic places, cooking, entertaining, being grateful and putting heart into everything I do. Being real and true and authentic.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt? To follow my heart and my instinct, being true to myself.
What are you reading? I always have about a dozen books at once, on the top of the pile ‘Essays in Love’ by Alain de Botton along with ‘Venetian Dreaming’ by Paula Weideger, ‘The Fabric of the Cosmos’ by Brian Greene and 'The Tibetan Book of Living & Dying' by Sogyal Rinpoche, I'm also a bowerbird for great quotes, I love it when an artist, a creator, a spiritual seeker can sum up existence in a sentence.
- Collated & collected moments + memories of experience, creating & making manifest.