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

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

9 May 2013

Winter Fuzzies

At last winter has arrived, with rain, wind, cold and lots of indoor opportunities like eating, drinking, painting, eating and did I mention drinking?  Tea of course.  So it's all about getting the layers on, getting nice and toasty and then squeezing out.. mixing.. and slapping it on the canvas.  Nice and slow. And if you know me there will be lots of wiping off and trying again LOL...

Good opportunities too for taking part in a couple of group shows, the first of these is the Original Art Sale 17 - 19 May 2013 and it's held annually in the Vodafone Events Centre, 770 Great South Road, Manukau, Auckland.

Four oil paintings are waiting in the stock room..

 Good Book, 760 x 500 x 35mm oil on stretched canvas $600
now sold

Knit Knot Tree, 1020 x 510 x 35mm oil on stretched canvas  $900
now sold

 Done and Dusted, 600 x 600 x 35mm oil on stretched canvas  $850
now sold

Pearl Tree, 1016 x 760 x 35mm oil on stretched canvas  $1200

There are bigger pictures on my webpage .. thanks for visiting my blogspot ;-) ..till next time

PS The troublesome 'project 2013' has finally crashed.. woe is me.  So in it's place I have some exciting things happening - watch this space :-) !!  ..e^)

1 April 2013

week 14 - another grateful journal

and here she is... another scrumptious leather bound book ready to use as a grateful journal.  Just add your own sentiments and chimera and make it your own..

It's available from felt.co.nz - and will ship anywhere in the world.

Thanks for watching my blog - my oil paintings are here if you'd like to see what I do apart from play around on this blog ;-)  - see soon ..e^)

29 March 2013

week 11, 12 and 13 rolled into one..

with these 'fortune cookies'.  These are done in mixed media on little canvas blocks of 4" x 4" or 100mm x 100mm x 35mm.  They are all sealed with a good number of gloss varnish that will make them last a lifetime.  The quotes come from real fortune cookies, of the kilojoules sort.  Guess what happened to them..

A similar set of 16 blocks is hanging in Mega Cafe, Mitre 10 Mega, Oteha Valley Road, Albany and are available at $20 each.

 Thanks for following my blog ;-)  ..e^)

11 March 2013

week 10 - nothing...

Art is about making, yes?

When you make nothing, is that something too?  If it is something, then why can't I photograph it and post it up here??  On the other hand, if I made something, but you can't see it, is that nothing?  Or is there no thing like nothing, some thing that is something... ;-)

Ok let's get to the point: art is a fickle thing.. and after having my feathers ruffled by a puff of wind from Taupo I sort of found myself in a windless spot, just couldn't get airborne again and sat in the same spot for a while.. licking my wounds, and finding creativity out of the question.  See, you have to be in that 'zone' to really be creative otherwise it's a waste of precious paint.  No good.

So there's really nothing I can show you for week 10 and week 11 is upon us already.. so see you later, have some serious catching up to do ;-)

25 February 2013

week 9 - more leather bound mini journals

I'm so enjoying making these little leather bound books - ready to use as art journal, travel journal, mini card book, or whatever..  I can just imagine what wonderful little artworks they can turn into.  So here are two more for week 9 of 52:

This is the first one, 57mm x 48mm with 58 little pages, Bockingford paper 110gsm, acid and lignin free.  There are small pieces of paper collage included on some pages, leather bound in chocolate brown genuine buffalo leather off-cut and bound with with deep yellow thread.  Looking just a tad scruffy and so ready for some action...

The second one is 60mm x 53mm with 90 little pages in Bockingford 110gsm paper.  The cover is from real buffalo leather off-cuts in black and the little book is looking sharp and neat.  The end papers are seagreen 70's wall paper.  This little journal means business.... ;-)

And that's it for this week, all loaded onto my quaint little shop on felt.co.nz if you're interested and feel like some journalling... it's all yours!  ..e^)

21 February 2013

week 8 - grateful journal

I heard Oprah talk about a 'grateful journal' in which she used to write down all the little things that made her happy, and how, after a couple of years, she was amazed to read through this journal again.

So I set about making one such a 'grateful journal'.  Only this one is empty and will become the property of someone about to become a 'grateful journal' artist...

I think I need one too, so will be making another for moi also ;-)

Bockingford 110gsm paper, acid and lignin free, real buffalo leather (recycling off-cuts) with tie in chocolate brown, end paper in sea green is from remnants from 70's wall paper, some embellishments - the expandable leather cover is generous in proportion and will hold substantial additions to this journal.

Now it's over to you - available from felt.co.nz and shipped anywhere in the world.
Thanks for following my weekly journey ..e^)

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