20 August 2014

almost there..

had fun making a quick slideshow of the progress of this painting, it's almost finished, but will leave the final work for the gallery to reveal ;-)

Big show coming up in Hamilton, New Zealand on 5-6 September 2014 and I have five works packed to courier.  This is the first time for such a grand scale art show in Claudelands Events Centre, Hamilton - all the best for a great turnout The Art Sale !

two's company - mixed media on stretched canvas, 1020 x 1020mm

15 August 2014

a tart start

starting a new painting with drawing and first layers of paint.  sometimes I feel like stopping right there! had the fun, it's fresh and new, so I'll contemplate and enjoy it for a while before I continue ;-)

1000 x 1000 x 32mm, mixed on 12g fine weave canvas and hard wood stretchers - untitled




29 July 2014

It's done!

When is a painting done?  I always say it's done when I start believing what I see.. and it wasn't different with this work.  As it was developing it moved through the usual creative steps which I think is not new to the creatives: excitement, play, joy at being busy with the stuff, looking, thinking, wondering, doubt, disappointment, despair, rejection, recklessness, doggedness, keeping on keeping on, standing back, thinking, hoping, looking, thinking, relaxing, tweaking, seeing, believing, little more tweaking, then stop and look, I might even be in love a little :-)


title 'urban dwellers', acrylic and graphite on stretched canvas, 760mm x 1020mm x 35mm available from Black Door Gallery

21 July 2014

WIP

and how typical... starting to doubt everything about the work.. colour, shapes, orientation and subject matter, and feeling the need to 'start over' and cover the whole thing in gesso.. trying to find 'worthiness', looking desperately for something to hold back the 'destroy' urge

inner thoughts telling me 'it's always good to give it time, turn it to face the wall for a while.. might even take it to the mirror for an inverted look.  sometimes there's a surprise there'

so here it is, title for now: "on ice" ;-)


14 July 2014

update

and here she is again, progressing towards something solid.  thought I'd share this WIP that started out with no plan.  still working with no plan, just going with the flow ;-)


760mm x 1010mm house paint, acrylic, graphite on stretched canvas

9 July 2014

permission to paint

How hard can it be to start a new painting?  Hard, I tell you, when you're all painted out and with nothing more to say.  Then the loyal painter will turn up at the easel, squeeze out, grab a tool and get busy.  Well, that's what I did today, with the added freedom I allowed myself of "no rules, no regulations, no theory, no nothing" just an open palette, an open mind and an open canvas ready to receive with thanks and no complaints.  So today there were no "ugly, mistake, wrong, poor, weak, purposeless" in the vocabulary and slowly on my easel something happened - this totally free, uncomplicated, unplanned, un-overthought and -overworked song started to find a voice. I'd stopped thinking, intuitively scrubbing in colour and just enjoying the freedom I gave myself.  I'm now convinced (anew) that it's all about the process of making, with me just turning up.  That's all that's needed.  Simple.


unfinished, acrylic and graphite on stretched canvas 760mm x 1010mm

17 February 2014

Arts in Oxford 2014

A quick visual update on the current show in Oxford, New Zealand - compliments to the curator.

On the wall is "Mary's One" and "My Little Lamb" on the right.  The beautiful bowl is by Neil Hey.





LTR: Blue Bird, Sleep my Baabaa Sleep, Dawn, People of the Land, The Composer, and the ceramic work by Hugh Ricard and Stephen Robertson.

On till 12 March 2014 - with Lauryne Hart and Donna Massey.


4 February 2014

Exhibition time

So January has come and gone.. and it's time for this lovely big show at Arts in Oxford, 42 Main Street, Oxford - opening this Saturday the 8th of February and running until the 12th of March.

People, Places & Pigment has been a work in progress for the last 4 months and more, and it's been lovely to work together with Lauryne Hart and Donna Massey on this one.

The first 9 works on my website are the works that will be available through this show.

Dawn - oil on canvas, 610 x 610 x 35mm $1090

Back soon with more news.. e^)


8 January 2014

CS50 et al

Sometimes life takes interesting turns and this new year has me excited about a couple of creative things.  I feel strongly that my life was plotted out long before my birth and that I'm slowly, piece by piece, making decisions and discovering the puzzle that was always there.  Like a Wasgij?  :-)  

There is this CS50 course that has just started online - so lo and behold I'm studying Computer Science at Harvard this year, sitting comfortably in my studio in Auckland, New Zealand.  MOOC (Massive Online Open Courses) is an exciting way of dipping these old toes in unfamiliar waters.  

Also excited about  the NZ Art Journal swap organized by Cath Sheard for a small number of NZ artists.  Each artist works on a double page spread, then send the art journal on like a round robin. At the end it is bound to be something out of this world.  Here is the start of my one..

my first 'spread'
Working hard still on the rather large exhibition in Oxford NZ next month, but more about that in a next post.. In the meantime, I have work in Gallery Helena Bay and Monterey Art Gallery, as well as two works in The Garden Art Studio

And the year is just one week, and a bit, old..

See soon
erika

1 January 2014

2014 is here..

..and suddenly another year has gone by, never to return again... catching me asking all sorts of questions about life being short and sweating the small stuff.  Again.  New year's resolutions?  Pass.  They don't work.  But I do feel like chopping and changing my pattern though, such as spending more time on here..

Working on a three woman show opening February in Art in Oxford gallery - showing with Lauryne Hart and Donna Massey.  Here's a sneak peek of one of the paintings I'm working on




With 9 plus paintings per each of the three artists it's a big exhibition and should be colourful at least :-)

Happy New Year to all my family and friends, may 2014 be a great one for us all.

till next time
erika

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