16 May 2015

17-5-2015

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 ;-)


Enjoy!
..e^)



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
erika

21 October 2014

100 days project

One thing every day for 100 days.. how hard can it be?  Well, not too hard as I've signed up for the same thing for a second year.

I've learnt that it has to be something really easy and quick to do - the longer it takes and the harder it is, the greater the possibility that you won't complete the 100 days and drop out along the way.  And me being compulsive and a wee bit driven find it really hard to say I've lost the battle.. competitive I think, is what some people might describe it.

So I handmade a book with exactly 100 spreads and decided to do some drawing on each spread, then add some acrylic paint in watercolour technique and Bob's your uncle, not mine ;-) To make it a little more interesting I decided to start drawing a line and then close my eyes, keep going, and then try to end on the exact spot where I started, eyes still closed.  Then I would open me eyes, study the line, add some more drawing and then some colour.  I tried to visit the colours of the rainbow for around 15 pages each, with some transition in between.

About the hit rate of landing on the starting point, well you will have to page the book to find the answer... ;-)

It is for sale on trademe for a while and here is a one minute slideshow:


Thanks for your visit - till next time
erika

12 October 2014

odds and ends, this and that

October is proving to be a busy busy month what with three paintings on 'commission' and an Art Swap to run.  On top of that I've signed up again for the 100 Days Project as I did last year - don't know why I do this to myself - but what fun it's been!

I've done some work on one of my 'recycled' paintings, acrylic work done on an older oil painting called 'home' ;-) - here is a one minute slideshow of the process so far.




And yes, I like to recycle things as consumerism is hurting this earth.. need to recycle, reuse, refuse refuse ;-) small footprint and all that
thanks for watching
erika

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

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