Sunday, May 19, 2019

Fi Wilkie artist in her studio

If you love seeing women’s creative spaces and artworks (like I do!) then you’re going to enjoy my Art Studios series featuring the working studios of talented artists from Western Australia.

In beautiful May, I was fortunate to visit Margaret River Region Open Studios with friends. It’s the biggest art event of its kind in Australia, an annual festival that invites the public, over two weeks, into the studios of visual artists throughout the region.

It was my first time at Open Studios and it was sooo satisfying. I felt my creativity awaken in me, especially since I am planning to open my own studio. Thanks to artists Fi Wilkie, Emily Jackson, Jenny Sanderson, Molly Coy, and Lauren Wilhelm for the magic!


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Fi Wilkie

The Open Studios series begins with artist Fi Wilkie, an acrylic painter, workshop facilitator, and board member of Margaret River Region Open Studios.


Fi Wilkie's studio at Toot Farm


Fi Wilkie’s studio is named Toot Studio. The property, Toot Farm, backs onto an old rail line. Toot. Toot. Its location at 7 Wilkes Road is a three-minute drive south of the township of Margaret River.


Fi Wilkie's dog Milo


Upon arrival, we were greeted by her furry companion, Milo (very Zen-like), and a few chickens. Toot Studio adjoins Fi’s gallery (right); these are separate from her home which is nearby (left).


Fi Wilkie's studio entrance


Toot Studio is a dreamy rural setup with views of sky and pasture, kangaroos, and cows. If you like, you can stay at Toot Farm throughout the year (2 guests). Toot Farm Accommodation


Fi Wilkie in her art studio


Toot Studio is an old, converted farm workshop. That is, it’s a big open space with lots of interesting things to look at. Fi creates her masterpieces here and teaches epic classes and workshops.


Fi Wilkie's art supplies


Fi paints with acrylic which is an excellent medium for layering (no cracking). Magic abounds in Fi’s creative spaces. Like her art, the more you look the more you see!


Fi Wilkie's art table


This little nook is Fi’s imagination table, where she works on her designs. Drawings, pictures, and photos are stuck up on a wall for inspiration.


Fi Wilkie's art supply trolley


Fi is a master colourist. Her abstract style is flat yet intricate; multi-layered, highly patterned, and emotive. Energising!


Fi Wilkie's studio exit


There is a fabulous interplay of colour, shape, and line in her paintings and prints. The effective use of white in the background of some of her pieces allows for intense movement and vibrancy.


Fi Wilkie's studio garden


Since she was a child, Fi has always loved the Australian bush and so her paintings delight with the spirit of untamed nature. Native birds and fauna feature largely.


Fi Wilkie's art gallery


Fi sells her original art and reproductions – canvases, prints, cards, cushions, and scarves- from her gallery and website. Come visit and play! Fi Wilkie’s Website | Art PortfolioFacebook | Instagram

Linda Cull is an artist, author, poet, and blogger at Spirit my way® covering spirituality, inspired creativity, and transformative experiences. Keep up-to-date with her latest posts and offerings plus receive your FREEBIES > Join Email List!