Taking Time with Tiel of Tsk Tsk – Collecting Nature

by Jenny Butler
Monday 12th December 2011

This week we welcome Tiel Seivl-Keevers to the Guest Blog! Tiel is one of our favourite Australian artists and bloggers and we’re so chuffed that Tiel will be blogging with us all week, sharing some of the things that inspire her and her artwork. It’s going to be a lovely week, thanks so much Tiel! – Jenny x

I’m obsessed with looking closely at natural and organic shapes. Plant life that is, not overweight men at the beach.

I’m a collector, but not a keeper. I mean I keep what I collect for a period of time until I’m bored with it. I pick flowers, put them into vases, forget to add water and watch how they change. Leaves can shrivel and curl, petals will fall and I love how their oldness becomes new. It’s something I try to capture in my paintings and illustrations.

Vegetables and fruit can have the same beauty. The purple leaves of an onion, the seeds in a pomegranate, the shapes of freshly cut shallots.

The structural elements of plants amaze me. So complex, yet so simple.

Tiel x

by Jenny Butler
Monday 12th December 2011


  • Belinda 5 years ago

    So beautiful – thanks for sharing.

  • Mel 5 years ago

    I love the colours you use and the shapes that inspire your work.

  • Linda 5 years ago

    beautiful… looking forward to more inspiring posts throughout the week…
    thank you!

  • Meg 5 years ago

    Very inspiring, I think I may do some nature inspired art with the three children I am babysitting today!

  • Bella 5 years ago

    Love the use of the plant life and the subtle colours.Gorgeous

  • Sharon 5 years ago


  • liz 5 years ago

    So beautiful!

  • sophie travers 5 years ago

    I love those natives- the shapes and subtle colours. Beautiful.

  • Kajsa 5 years ago

    Wonderful artwork; shapes, colours and balance. Love!

  • Alexa 5 years ago

    These works are so beautiful that I’ve already purchased one within minutes of checking out the etsy shop. I gift for myself for Christmas!

  • Phoebe 5 years ago

    Gorgeous. Some nice inspiration for swapping the tinsel and plastic for more inspired and beautiful decorations around the house at this time of year!

  • Jane 5 years ago

    These pieces are really beautiful. Just gorgeous.

  • Miss Murray 5 years ago

    This could be an interesting unit of work to explore with my
    Art students. I think they will appreciate the organic influence of
    Australian native plants. Thanks!

  • Lucy 5 years ago

    I like the way you love nature for what it is, what ever colour, shape or stage it’s in, and then make something beautiful from it that you can’t stop looking at… much like the overweight men at the beach – you just have to love them for what they are.

  • Alex 5 years ago

    So lovely!

  • Sofia M 5 years ago

    Beautiful work. Congratulations!

  • Natalie Townsend 5 years ago

    Wow… I love the colours. Am going to check out Etsy for Mums Christmas pressy!! :)

  • K 5 years ago

    So pretty!

  • Joanna 5 years ago

    I love your work Tiel and have been a fan and a follower on your blog for some time… it’s lovely to see you here!
    thanks for the inspiration…

  • suse 5 years ago

    they are wonderful organic works, I love them.
    very inspiring..

  • Sarah 5 years ago

    You have such talented people on your guest blog. Tiel is no exception, would love to win.

  • Jodie 5 years ago

    Such beautiful, peaceful pieces of art.

  • Penny 5 years ago

    I love how pretty TIel makes nature look. Gorgeous!

  • Ale Duschatzky 5 years ago

    Tiel’s work is really inspiring… I’m looking forward to the coming posts!!!

  • Mummageorge 5 years ago

    Enjoyed looking at your etsy page. I am also a collector, but I’m often a keeper! So that makes me a hoarder, but how can I throw away those beautiful big gum leaves, or that little bit of smooth wood because I might make something out of it soon…

  • Marjory 5 years ago

    Such beautiful artwork. I love your card range! Inspiring!

  • Jo 5 years ago

    i love discovering new artists – Tiel, your work is just gorgeous!

  • Lauren Hernandez 5 years ago

    absolutely adore the organic colours and shapes that are innate of real found objects in your designs. A new fan, will be checking out your Etsy store and blog immediately!


  • Michelle 5 years ago

    Love your work. I too enjoy watching the changes as plants die. The latest bunch is 3 weeks old and a bud just bloomed. Unexpected and delightful.

  • Sally Cooper 5 years ago

    I can see why you are so inspired.

    Your work is absolutely gorgeous!

  • Clare 5 years ago

    That last photo is beautiful. Something about tipping the flower upside down makes it look all fresh and new and interesting.

  • Nicole 5 years ago

    Striking and simply beautiful. A perfect talent!

  • michelle 5 years ago

    I love Tiel’s work. Not only is the art super-lovely, but she is too. I’ve got one on my wall. Love, love, love it.

  • Danielle 5 years ago

    Am a big fan of Tiel’s beautiful work, looking forward to reading all her posts this week!

  • Ivana Perkins 5 years ago

    As a sculptor working in metals and using botanicals as an inspiration ~ I love your drawings, composition and colours.

  • cathy 5 years ago

    Very individual

  • Sarah Armstrong 5 years ago

    I love how the natural beauty of nature is highlighted by your work

  • Nicole 5 years ago

    I find these artworks to be really calming. They are gorgeous to look at for a while and take in all the different tones of colour and detail. I would love to win one for my home.

  • Jane 5 years ago

    Such gorgeous work & such a beautiful way of seeing & portraying natural elements. Very inspiring.

  • Shelly 5 years ago

    Beautiful work.

  • Lyn 5 years ago

    Beautiful work.am really inspired by your vision and depiction of the world around you. Can’t wait to see more. (Am v.interested in that little peek of the bird pictures – more please!)

  • Leanne 5 years ago

    So delicate and beautiful. A perfect gift!

  • Jane 5 years ago

    Never ceases to amaze me the talents that people have….so inspiring!

  • Gillian 5 years ago


  • Michelle 5 years ago

    so lovely.

  • Chris 5 years ago

    I have followed your blog for a long time and love your work!

  • Mel 5 years ago

    I love the colour palate in the picture of the leaves. I can certainly see how this could inspire artwork…

  • Libby Hart 5 years ago

    How lovely and inspiring. Thanks so much for the Monday ‘pick me up’.

  • cyndi dawes 5 years ago

    those colours are sublime.

  • Lupita Manzo 5 years ago

    Really good! Really inspiring….Whish that I could have them!!!

  • erin 5 years ago

    So natural and beautiful, it’s really inspiring to see others inspired by our environment. Lovely!

  • Heidi 5 years ago

    Must be wonderful to see the world in such a unique and beautiful way!
    You work is really lovely, thank you so much for sharing it with us!

  • leah of sang the bird 5 years ago

    tiel, your work is so beautiful. nature is so inspiring, and i love how you interpret life… x

  • Meg 5 years ago

    Very appreciative perspective on nature and uplifting and beautiful work Tiel – I love how you view nature metamorphing from one beautiful stage to the next and then creating something from it – lovely to share.

  • Leah G 5 years ago

    Beautiful coulours – stunning!

  • julie @ tractorgirl 5 years ago

    I am such an enormous lover of the ephemeral nature of plants. Each form is perfect in its growth and decay. Thank you for sharing your work x

  • Jane 5 years ago

    Lovely work! Gorgeous colours…

  • Nicola 5 years ago

    Tsk Tsk was one of the first blogs I ever read. Love her art work.

  • Priscilla rule 5 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous very inspirational

  • Katrina 5 years ago

    i love people that see the beauty in flowers as they turn and fall. beautiful post.

  • Liz 5 years ago

    ***dreamy*sublime*heavenly ***

  • Liza Zeni 5 years ago

    Tiel I’m so excited to read today that you’ll be guest blogging here this week as I’ve admired your artwork for some time now and love reading your blog posts. I am also a nature lover and am facinated by the forms, patterns and details that can be found all around us and I just love the way you delicately place the inspiration you draw from nature over your warm and beautiful painted backgrounds. Beautiful work xxx

  • Emma 5 years ago

    Saw this this morning, came home and popped over to the big cartel site and just had to buy myself one! Beautiful work, I’ll have to save up for a painting….

  • Dorien 5 years ago

    Tiel, I adore your work. I have been reading your blog for several years now. You still manage to inspire me. Greetings from an illustration-student (or soon to be illustrator).

  • Bec 5 years ago

    amazing, spiritual and quite moving. Wow, Tiel, what a special gift you have.

  • Rachael 5 years ago

    Beautiful, delicate Your work makes me want to start drawing again.

  • lizzz 5 years ago

    I am really taken by your work Tiel…delightful and inspirational! Thank you.

  • Shay 5 years ago

    Lovely reverence for how plants have lived, the time we spend with them, and how they die too. All beautiful.

  • Katie 5 years ago

    It’s so lovely to see Australian motifs done in this feminine and modern way!

  • SonyaMath 5 years ago

    I agree, plants are amazing things – and they keep us alive too. Exquisite interpretations of nature, Tiel.

  • antonia hordern 5 years ago

    Love the prints, there are so many of those plants I have never seen! Love the work!

  • flowerpress 5 years ago

    Hi Tiel, we love pods and leaves and shapes here too, isn’t nature just amazing! Her colour combinations are inspirational too.

  • Ingvill 5 years ago

    Hi Tiel, so very delicate and beautiful, you make me want to pick up my pencil again. Thanks!

  • marion 5 years ago

    Native flowers give such good mileage, from fresh to dried and everything in between

  • Kate 5 years ago

    Hi Tiel, what great prints! As someone who works out in gardens I really understand your inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

  • Su 5 years ago

    I love your abstract art of natives and your usage of colours and composition is beautiful and clever.

  • jasmine mansbridge 5 years ago

    Hi there… I like you have my studio in my room…and an understanding husband so can so relate to todays post! If you are ever in vic you would appreciate the hamilton botanical gardens. One of the oldest in australia.. Thanks. Jasmine

  • Sally 5 years ago

    so glad you’re guest blogging I love your work and the descriptions behind it.

  • Jessamy Miller 5 years ago

    Thank you Tiel for such an inspirational week of guest blogging, it’s changed the way I look at native plants, I now see artworks! Your work is truly beautiful. Also, I love Snugglepot and Cuddlepie too!!

  • Lari Washburn 5 years ago

    I love your photos Tiel….very inspiring to me!

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