7 February 2016

Week 5 - happenings..

hi again

This week two things.. first about the monkeys in Parnell!
It's Chinese New Year celebrations and it's the year of the monkey, so there are 20 handmade monkeys in Parnell waiting to be discovered.. and I have been fortunate to be able to paint a monkey for this event. 'Stardust' is exhibited at Black Door Gallery and available through silent bidding on the website. All details here

And second thing is this little painting done for week 5, first one for February. It is about evolution, genealogy, birds and bees, and anything you see in there - all valid. Acrylic paint on modelling paste, sealed with satin finish varnish, ready to hang on stretched canvas, with sides painted black (such a schlepp for me, but it does make the painting pop) How many birds can you see? How many bees? How many faces and profiles? Our brains are magical instruments, don't you think?
Thanks for visiting my blog - see next week ;)

'birds and bees' - acrylic on canvas 300 x 300 x 30mm

29 January 2016

week 4 - conference

Week 4 and a larger work this time, 18" square or 450mm x 450mm - acrylic and graphite on stretched canvas, ready to hang and available on trade me for a while.

I love the tweeting and chatter of birds, especially in the mornings and the evenings as they gather together in a communal tree. Almost like a conferential get-together of birds ;-)

Wonder what they're discussing with such enthusiasm..

I've painted this in many layers, with lots of drying periods in between. It's gone through the exciting, to the ugly, to the maybe, and finally the acceptable stages.. full circle ha!

Thanks for taking a look, blessings

'conference' by erika husselmann
acrylic, graphite on cotton canvas
450mm x 450mm x 25mm

23 January 2016

Week 3 - heart of gold

Week three already, it's motoring already and to be honest, I haven't had time this week to make a brand new little work for this project. But I do have this sweet little work from a few weeks back.. and seeing that I'm the one who makes the rules around here and no-one'll dare challenge me, I'll be sneaky and slip this one in...

It is in the shape of a heart, with some collage elements to add texture, painted in soft colours with some gold accents. And it is about having a heart, spreading the love always. Even making eye contact with someone, acknowledging their presence, could be a life saver.

I was watching a lady caregiver on the ferry yesterday, of an 8 year old little girl with the ability of a 9 month old baby. What love. Angels living among us, both of them.

Thanks for visiting my blog.. heart of gold is available from trademe for this week - size is about 300 x 300 x 15mm, acrylic, collage on stretched canvas, ready to hang

cheers, e

17 January 2016

Week 2 - dreaming

Second work for 2016 done in many layers - acrylic with some graphite drawing, then more acrylic with some coloured pencil drawing, then more acrylic. Slowly the painting developed into something with a rather soft and dreamy feeling.

"Dreams are successions of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that occur usually involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep." - Wikipedia

"Why we dream is still one of the behavioral sciences' greatest unanswered questions. Researchers have offered many theories—memory consolidation, emotional regulation, threat simulation—but a unified one remains, well, a pipe dream. Nevertheless, people continue mining their nighttime reveries for clues to their inner lives, for creative insight, and even for premonitions." - Psychology Today
I've had some recurring dreams which have translated onto canvas before, surreal ideas I know, but very much real and part of my life. Still.
For some world cultures dreams are an important part of their rituals, and in Biblical times dreams were sometimes experienced as prophecies and messages from God.
So here is 'dreaming', acrylic, graphite and coloured pencil on stretched canvas, 300mm x 300mm x 25mm, available through Trademe for a while

Dreaming by Erika Hüsselmann

Thanks for visiting my blog, till next week ..e^)

6 January 2016

2016 and kicking up a storm... week 1

Happy New Year all you beautiful people. Here in New Zealand 2016 started off with some strong winds (good for some serious sailing) and rain fit for a couple of sizeable farms. A country full of sizeable farms at that! Wherever you are, may this new year be packed with good things, happy times, spiritual growth, family and friends to hold dear and shower with love. Above all, may you be the beautiful person you were created to be, carry your weight and bloody rock the boat!

New year, new energy to make new plans to get some art out there. So I thought I'd take up the old exercise of making a little work every week for a year, just because I can (try), right? Off with a bang then in the shape of the earth, a 3D work, to be suspended from somewhere up high via clear fishing line which should not be too visible. The ball was painted beautiful greens, blues, purples and pinks which were then the base for all kinds of butterflies, one of my favourite goggas, up there with ladybugs.. Throw in some fabric flowers for good measure and add some more paint

Then the globe got the "seasonal" treatment, gradually shading it to white on the one side. It does look rather spectacular when slowly spinning in the breeze.. the colours hiding under the butterfly wings growing stronger as it's spinning around, then fading away again.

Size is 240mm in diameter, materials are polystyrene, gesso, acrylic paints, wood, fabric and paper

And here is a very short video of the globe in action :)

Thanks for the visit ;) See soon

22 October 2015

the fascinating work of Carolyn Swart

Beautiful art is everywhere and I have had the privilege to get to know the work of Carolyn Swart quite intimately, i.e. holding it in my hand, flip it over, turn it to the light, set it down and take it up again. 

Carolyn is from NSW, Australia, and for the last couple of years she has taken part in the 'signature exchange' which a small group of artists do once a year. This year however, a broken wrist prohibited her from taking part. But I thought I'd show you a sample of her work in mixed and multi media.. and she likes working with distressed plastic ;-)

Morning tea time - collage on card
'Morning tea time'  was part of the ICE 17 2014 - more here

" I am always thinking "What if.." I am a constant fiddler experimenting with design texture and colour, and as such I don't always obey the rules. " - Carolyn

cocktail waistcoat
"Mostly silk and voile on fine wool background. I also have a cummerbund I made to go with it BUT it is either one or the other you wear otherwise you look like New Years Eve all over....  heheh " - C

pink strips through orange
"I love this one, not sure if I will stitch it over or not. The colours are just so right to be together. I do like the simplicity of it. If I stitch the ribs they will be too stiff.  Not wanting to glue them either. hmm!  " -C

the green girl

"Plastic again, work in progress, I just love distressing it.... hehe The Green Girl is up to no Good!! Oh Oh!" - C

plastic art quilt
 " Picture of little quilt I am just finishing.. Mostly distressed plastic, string, silks all mashed into shape with free motion quilting.  Not quite A4 size " - C

my fave collage - soft and warm
"Unfinished as I love him..... Will not give him away....." - C

You can contact Carolyn through her email - remove the spaces :-) crowngypsy @ optusnet . com . au

Thanks Carolyn for sharing your art with us!

15 October 2015

Hobbs Wharf and its market

Where I now live there is a cute market every Sunday morning from 10am till 2pm. It's a little bit rural, a little bit quaint, with a little warm heart. There are all sorts, with yummy fresh vegetables and fruit some days, and plants, clothing and small little furniture pieces, all handmade. Did I tell you about the pies and pasties, the homemade bread and the semi-precious jewellery? There are also woodwork, woolwork, organic scrumptious lotions in pots all handmade and environment friendly, soaps and art.

It's the Hobbs Wharf Market, 134 Pinecrest Drive, Gulf Harbour, Whangaparaoa, and this time I will have a couple of paintings out just because I can, and will try to demonstrate some poppies I've been doing - seeing it is the centenary year of the battle of Gallipoli - if you're interested in the process of making little postcard sized art on paper.

I've also found this yummy little hall table at the local Hospice shop and promptly gave it a good scrub, then painted the top in a subtle pink. Next I doodled on it and started to colour it in.. so it will be waiting for you at the market to come and make your mark on it for free ;-)

Thanks for visiting my blog :-)
Best wishes

16 July 2015

a residency of a different kind..

For the next year or so I am fortunate to be on a particularly interesting residency.. living and working on a boat in the beautiful Hauraki Gulf! All went well with moving into my new creative space and it should be interesting to see in what ways these new circumstances will influence my work..

Anyway, having retrained my two cats to accept living on a boat, and sizing down the scale of my works just a little for them to fit into the new space, things have settled again into a smooth rhythm.

Just off the easel is this one done mostly in acrylics, with some graphite and a sprinkle of glitter for good measure and just because I can ;-) - called "queen of dotted hearts and green pears".  Size is 500mm x 400mm x 30mm stretched canvas and one of two new works destined for Gallery Helena Bay

Thanks for visiting - see again soon :-)

16 May 2015


There's something very special about the date above - The Riverhead Gallery is now officially open!

Donna Massey is the driving force and the artist behind the venture. Her recognisable style is well known throughout New Zealand and overseas and she has been painting from her own experience of outdoors adventures and trips for years. Always on the lookout for a challenge she has now entered the commercial side of the art world and I suspect it will be a wonderfully successful venture as well as an opportunity for growth and expansion of her art - as she'll be painting in her studio which is part of the gallery.

So if you would like to see an artist at work, experience her work as well as the work of a number of other artists whom she'll be representing also, then do visit The Riverhead Gallery, 1044 Riverhead-Coatesville Highway, Auckland... it is open NOW!  Opening hours are Wed - Sun 11am to 5pm

And there are two little paintings by me included in the current opening exhibition ;-)


20 April 2015

how time flies..

Goodness it's been ages since I've posted anything on this here blog.. Good news is that my art is alive and well and living in my head ;-)

So onto canvas (or something) it has to go and here is the latest little work.. going into a little gallery in Riverhead opening soon.  More news to follow - watch this space

leave no stone unturned

acrylic, graphite, coloured pencils on stretched canvas 600 x 600mm

see soon

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