Location: Melbourne, Australia
One word that best describes your style: Intricate
1. What does a typical day in your life look like?
I am usually up by 6am, our Greyhound pup Aria is a good alarm clock! I do my meditation (via the brilliant Headspace app) and yoga to warm up. The morning routine keeps me grounded and is an integral part of my day. I do work part time, but the best days are spent in the studio, accompanied by podcasts or audiobooks. My favourite at the moment is a brilliant podcast by Krista Tippett, called ‘On Being’. I work in short bursts, and through the day I take time out to walk the dog, chat to friends, and immerse in things that I find beautiful and provocative, and to learn something new about the world. I get the essential admin side of my artwork projects, like emails and invoicing, all done before dinner time. Cooking is therapeutic for me, and an important way to ease into the evening. I try to get 1-2 hours of studio time after dinner most days. By 10.30pm I am quite ready for sinking into my soft pillow!
2. What does your studio look like?
I am fortunate to have a new work space, thanks to a generous and handyman husband! I am currently settling into a sunny, spacious studio room, with clean white walls, wooden floors and a huge window, which lets in streams of morning sunlight, and overlooks the back yard. Space and light are the most important features for me, and this room certainly ticks both boxes!
3. Tell us one unique thing about you / your art
I sign my pieces with discreetly tiny signatures. See if you can spot them.
Commissioned piece titled Jolene's Flora
4. What do you love most about being an artist?
I love the limitless nuances of emotion that visual art allows us to express. Even the simplest gesture of line can convey so much - and in such diverse ways - depending on the context of the artwork and the viewer’s understanding of the world. It’s empowering, and very freeing. I believe anyone can be an artist - a good artist is simply one who has discovered, and become fluent in, their own vocabulary to communicate how they see the world.
5. Which is your favourite art piece so far and what is the story behind it?
Behold. This was the first piece I drew in my series Aetherios (2012), and marks a small turning point in the style and approach to my artwork. I seem to always go back to this drawing…There’s something about the circular composition that comforts me, and I think this is the piece which embodies the most of my own spirit.
Aetherios by Lucy Lawes
Nature is a constant source of inspiration for me...being close to the natural elements is incredibly rejuvenating and grounding for my spirit and body.
6. What are 3 things you can’t live without in a day?
Sunbeams and fresh air, cuddles with my hubby and our pup, doodling time (with hot tea!)
7. Where do you get inspiration when you need it most?
Nature is a constant source of inspiration for me. Whether it’s a quick break for a 10-minute walk, or a day trip to the mountains or beach, being close to the natural elements is incredibly rejuvenating and grounding for my spirit and body.
Conscience by Lucy Lawes
“How we spend out days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” I hope to make this life one filled with good days.
8. What does success look like to you?
I believe success is a constantly evolving definition, and should be a personal endeavour rather than defined by society or other people. At the moment my idea of success is waking up each day, inspired, energised and with gratitude for what I have; and going to bed each night feeling accomplished, loving, and loved. Sounds a bit fluffy I know - but I believe it is the intentions we hold that shape our thoughts, our decisions and actions. As Annie Dillard famously said, “How we spend out days is, of course, how we spend our lives,” and I hope to make this life one filled with good days.
For more of Lucy Lawes, or to chat with her about the vision in your head, hop over to her artist page.