For every person who finds pleasure in the smaller, everyday things in life.

Welcome to Mamamia’s art endeavour, the Voulez-Vous Project. It’s our corner of the internet where we celebrate emerging artists, designers, illustrators, creators and women who knit out of their vagina. (Kidding. Maybe.)

The aim: to make the internet a slightly more beautiful, or captivating, or thought-provoking place. To find out a little bit more about the Voulez-Vous project, click here.

This week Mamamia is featuring Bethany O’Donnell, a Melbourne-based artist and graphic designer. Bethany’s intimate, petite watercolour paintings are delicate – but with a sense of emotional complexity. The types of figures that appear in Bethany’s artworks have a sense of fragility about them. They’re a little weird, and little kooky, and a lot vulnerable.

Bethany creates her art from home, – not a studio – and she says, “I always find myself drifting off and drawing the flowers on the table, usually emerging out of some part of the body or my small collection of porcelain birds perched on amputated fingers like a branch. I am a homebody and I am very attached to my keepsakes. I find inspiration in the smaller, everyday things.”

“I create art because I need to. Drawing for me has always been an instinctive, therapeutic outlet; a source of pure escapism and pleasure.”

For more of Bethany’s work visit, browse her shop at, like her on Facebook at and get in touch at [email protected]

Do you know an artist who creates beautiful or thought-provoking work, and whom you think should be featured on Mamamia’s Voulez-Vous Project? Send an email to [email protected] 

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