13 August 2016

work 18 - tūrangawaewae


Tūrangawaewae is one of the most well-known and powerful Māori concepts. Literally tūranga (standing place), waewae (feet), it is often translated as 'a place to stand'. Tūrangawaewae are places where we feel especially empowered and connected. They are our foundation, our place in the world, our home.

So I've painted this in oils on stretched canvas, questioning where one's feet may be, where one is standing, one's view of the world, of people in the world, of this world we live in.. this road we're travelling ;-) Have you figured it out? Maybe the important thing is to keep on figuring ;-)


tuurangawaewae - oil on canvas, 610 x 610mm (24" x 24")

There is a gallery up North in the hills, 20 minutes north of Whangarei - Gallery Helena Bay - worth a visit, as they have a great restaurant next door, the seafood chowder is yum.. Do pay them a visit for a great art experience and wonderful food :-)

see next time
erika

31 July 2016

work 17 - cat content

right, let's make that 'work 17' of 'work a way' project for 2016 - who said anything was set in stone anyway? things are flexible in this floating studio.. yes, we're still living the dream in our boat for now ;-) and working away on this arty thing (more info a little later as promised). which means that there isn't much time to do the oil or acrylic on linen type work at the moment. so here is an older work to keep the 2016 project going on the side. this one is from my own collection again, oils on canvas 500mm x 250mm or 20" x 10" and stretched, ready to hang.

cat content - (girl with cat)
oil on canvas 500 x 250mm
thank you for taking a look at the auction
till next time :-)
erika
xxxx

13 July 2016

week 16 - bug tales

Stuff happens, so here is a not so new work to keep this work a week thing going..
From my personal collection comes 'bug tales - a little bug told me', acrylic, graphite on stretched canvas, 500mm x 250mm x 35mm - completed a while ago and now ready to go home ;-)

I'm always fascinated by flying bugs, well some.  They have the most beautiful wings.. cicadas, dragonflies and of course butterflies..


Bug Tales

Bugs can fly.. don't you wish you could too?

Available and on auction for a while here

1 June 2016

week 15 - last of the dreamcoats

here she is: the last one in the mini series of four paintings with a dream coat and a pair of red shoes..
these have all been done on reworked polyester canvas that I stripped down to the canvas. the last one has darker undercoats (no pun intended) with the end result being more dramatic - she's done the dream coat and red shoes, now she is thinking about things of a more lasting nature, like the moon and stars, and family ties, things onwards and upwards..

dream coat and red shoes - moon and stars, acrylic and graphite on stretched canvas 280mm x 280mm x 15mm, ready to hang

Available on trade-me for a week.

Thank you for visiting my weblog - and allowing me to blow my own little horn here ;-)
till next time - take care
erika
xxxx

23 May 2016

week 14 - another dream coat

week 14 has the third little painting in the mini series within the series (;-)) of this amazing dream coat with those must-have red shoes.. and it's about making memories.

those are the building blocks of the self, little snippets of people, good times, thoughts, photo's, memorabilia, stuff that has meaning beyond its meaning.

string them up, polish them, feel them, hold them, cherish them - even the ugly ones, as we all learn from them, and you know what? sometimes they acquire a singular beauty of their own..

I've binned a few of my broken ones - no use polishing the pieces and they can't be strung anymore ;-)

dream coat and red shoes - memories - acrylic, graphite on stretched canvas 280mm x 280mm x 15mm, ready to hang

do pop in again as there is one more in this series ;-)
take care
erika




15 May 2016

week 13 - dream coat, read shoes and scarf

a lady needs a dream coat that will stand the test of time.. as well as a pair of red shoes which should be worn whenever possible and not.

together with that she would need a variety of scarves, just in case.

in case nothing matches anymore, she'd obviously need to shop for more shoes or scarves..

here's the second painting in the mini series of four, featuring said timeless dream coat and red shoes but struggling to find just the right scarf this time ;-)


Here's the process: cover the whole canvas with crazy, vibrant colours. Play and interfere with those while they're still wet. Draw. Now paint the negative space in white, taking care not to kill the previous layers completely.. add the fleshy parts and face. Shoes. Red. Leave it alone - leave the graphite marks still visible :-) DON'T paint over it...

have fun

share the end result :-)

thanks for the visit
erika
e^)x

14 May 2016

week 12 - dream coat and red shoes

week 12 and falling behind badly.. due to exciting stuff happening which will be revealed soon (don't miss!!) BUT we will carry on with this "work a week" project even if it takes two years.. lol .. hey, how about we just keep going till we drop? There's a thought..

so I've started a mini series of 4 little paintings all about glam clothing - a dream coat and red shoes

this one is called 'dream coat and red shoes - catch the rain'

dream coat and red shoes - catch the rain - acrylic, graphite on stretched canvas 280mm x 280mm x 15mm, ready to hang
the original painting is available on trademe for this week only.

thanks for following my blog ;-)

erika


24 April 2016

week 11 - tweet tea

The Treaty of Waitangi (Māori: Tiriti o Waitangi) is a treaty first signed on 6 February 1840 by representatives of the British Crown and various Māori chiefs from the North Island of New Zealand. It resulted in the declaration of British sovereignty over New Zealand by Lieutenant Governor William Hobson in May 1840. - Wikipedia

And that is only the beginning - still a much debated document (English translated into Maori at the time - the translation causing much debate as being 'different' to the original in English)

So let's rather have a tweet tea for two - much easier don't you think? ;-)

tweet tea - acrylic, graphite on stretched canvas 18" x 18" or 450mm x 450mm x 30mm

Thank you for taking a look
erika

PS this is on auction for 10 days here.. e^)

30 March 2016

week 10 - balanced diet

Suffering from a chocolate brain freeze and seriously thinking about healthy eating again.. what we do to ourselves sometimes!

So here is "balanced diet" - very timely after the Easter weekend with all the holidays and letting those good habits slip. Slightly!

I am what I eat, so today I'm sweet and sticky. But tomorrow I'll be getting back to fresh, green, raw and earthy ;-) and I'm sure the brain will be ever so grateful..

balanced diet - acrylic, graphite on stretched canvas 450 x 450mm (18" x 18")

Take care
erika

12 March 2016

week 9 - white flower

Is there anything as pure and innocent as a white flower?

This little painting is made up of many many layers - acrylic, drawing in graphite, more acrylic, modelling paste and more acrylic. Tools used were brushes, pencils, painting knife, fingers and lastly a bamboo skewer to add a centre to the little white flower.

I never intended to paint a flower, it sort of presented itself and demanded to be included in the little picture. Who am I to object - was that a pun?

It's been a long time since I've done a complete work (albeit small) using my fingers as last layer. How lovely to be so closely in touch with the material, and what a freeing experience for me to let it happen and not to control the outcome too much. Lesson learned - free up, loosen up, let it go, and enjoy the moment

white flower - acrylic, modelling paste, graphite on stretched canvas, 300 x 300 x 15mm

More soon ..e^)

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