I think this has to be one of my favourite pieces I have ever created. It has a vibrancy, an energy about it,.. its so alive and raw. I have reluctantly let it go to a gallery , but I wont be disappointed it it doesn’t sell (lol!) Id love to keep it 🙂
Its a mixed media piece: collage, ink, acrylic.
This, just finished, is a commissioned peacock from a wonderful friend of mine
from my school days.
There is something really liberating about using these colours, something uplfiting
and joyous. Reminded me of a carnival.
I was honoured to be asked to be feature artist at the Whitianga Art Centre Annual Exhibtion for the month of January 2016.
Below are the paintings I have on display. I have sold four of them, so feeling very pleased with how it is going. For any New Zealanders reading this, the Srt Centre is on School Rd, at the end of the street. Exhibition runs for the month of January.
in other news, colouring book is going really well,
the regional paper did a feature piece on me and it spurred alot of interest
resulting in many sales of the book, so very happy about that! 🙂
Im also helping students at Tairua School do a whale mural for the school pool wall.
We have cut it into ’tiles’ and they will be mounted slightly apart…
progress is going well, with only detailing left to do, here is a part pic of it, not complete.
And last week, I had a stall at the Whitianga Art and Craft Fair… again, very successful, and alot fo fun.
Met some awesome local artists, and sold plenty of prints, colouring books and cards.
I also got 3 commissions out of it, and sold a mini board and 2 paintings…
cant really ask for more than that really, very pleased with the results.
So happy to be telling you all that not only was I given a four page spread with 12 images and a fantastic write up….
…. but also, my owl painting, ‘Guardian’, was also featured on the COVER of The New Zealand Artist Magazine!
(EDIT: I have since been told that this issue was their biggest selling magazine to date!)
A little while ago i had an intense desire to incorporate some sacred geometry into my pieces.
whilst I didnt want a perfect symmetrical statement, I did want the feel/energy of it to come thru.
Combining this feeling with my style, these 2 pieces emerged,
New Zealand has many native flora and fauna.
We are blessed with some of the most stunning native bush in the world.
We live between native bush and the sea, so I get to go bush walking when ever I want to.
I could load up 100 pics 🙂 of my walks if i wanted to, but i wont , (collective sigh of relief lol)…
here are 3 to show you where i get my inspiration from………
and, right outside my bedroom window in spring, are gorgous wee chaps like this Tui bird,
(another native of New Zealand),
talking away, clicking and singing with what sounds alot like a bell bird at times.
The stunning ‘metallic’ colours on this bird are mesmerising to me, these pics dont really show the deep gun metal grey, emerald greens and deep turquoises…the subtle nuances of them are what fascinate me, not a blaring vibrant “look at me” type thing, but more, an elegance, (esp with that ‘cloak’ of feathers around its nape), and a slight arrogance in a way. They are quite naturally tame, you can get within a metre or so when they are feeding and they dont mind at all.
this is a bit of something different from me.
mixed media for a start, decided to use some stuff i havent touched for a while so dragged out my old stencils, some spray enamel paints and some pastels.
Ive been reasonably ‘disciplined’ the last few months with the Mercury Bay Art Escape studio tour,
but now that that is over,
I let myself just do what ever i wanted with no plan or thought, no agenda, nothing.
First of all a bright coloured background with all my favourite tones and shades,,,
and incredible urge, probably carrying on from my scared geometry pieces, to draw some circles, random placing, didnt matter as long as it felt ‘right’ when i looked at it….. then some stencils with spray paint….
Ive been working on it on and off for a few weeks now, and ONLY picking it up when i feel like i really want to do something on it, not because i need to, have to or because there is nothing else.
SO its had a dedicated purpose, its been unfocussed focus.
Sometimes i spend 2 hours on it, sometimes 5 mins and Ive had enough.
Its big, about 40″ x 36″, and i know, i do my best work on ‘big’. (not REALLY big tho…yikes, i had a commission the size of a dining room table once, it was like a workout everytime i worked on it, phew! lol!)
anyway… i dont know how close to ‘finished’ i am, might be tomorrow, might be in 6 months… will keep you posted. 🙂
This is a cropped piece of a Tui bird tail (Native bird of New Zealand), I have painted 3 of these birds now and I always start with the tail and complete that first, then I build the rest of the painting around it. I will post the whole three complete soon.
Been wanting to paint something with an angelic feel for quite sometime, but wasnt sure how to proceed.
A lovely client asked me to paint her some angel wings, and after I had done those, I suddenly felt inspired to paint the three paintings Im posting here. There is something very serene about the process in painting these, I was inclined to turn the music donw (I normally have it blasting) and didnt cope well with the phone going or anything distracting me for that matter. 🙂
I created this wordart using my images/paintings, I used words that are in tune with the animal/creature I have paired them with, or the feel of the image/painting I have used. The result was better than I imagined, and the resulting sales of prints and cards means Ive done something pretty spot on I think 🙂
So, we have 3 butterflies, an elephant, an angel wing, an owl, a peacock, a dolphin & a whale.
I will most likely be adding more to the collection as time goes on.
ALL WORDART AVAILABLE IN PRINTS ON CANVAS, PHOTOCARD & GREETING CARDS.
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Finally finished Tribal moon Goddess. Phew.
That is the first face I have painted and, whilst I got the shape ok, the shading was a different story altogther.
Very happy with how she turned out, I didnt want her to look real, but I did want her to have a realness about her essence.
Currently working on 8 paintings, have completely 2 whales, have a dolphin going, a lotus, and another frangipani painting.
Of course, I love it, and can only operate this way, if I only have one or two paintings on the go, I feel listless and bored & it never feels enough.