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work 22 - hats away

Yep, hats off to you for returning to this blog ;-)

No seriously, if it wasn't for you beautiful people coming back here to see more of my scribblings on canvas and paper, where would this be?

Hats hold a special place in my heart.. that very special piece of clothing without which an outfit would just not be the same. Hence my fascination with royalty, and just for their hat flair!!!

Big ones, small ones, wide brims, small ones, straight, curved and then the decorations.. oh my heart. Flowers, bows, little floaty feathery tendrils that move with every subtle movement of the head.

I do think I belong to the previous era, just for the sake of the hats LOL! Winter ones, summer, autumn and spring, in all colours of the rainbow, but especially pastel ones...

And then when the wind picks up and lifts it off your head, pin 'n' all, then catch, baby, catch! :-)

This is available on trade me for this week.
Pop in again soon, ok? erika

work 21 - to the moon and back

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I haveprophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 Forwe know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like…

work 20 - four plus one

work 20 and I've lost count of the weeks LOL!

the reference for this painting is rather personal
coming from a family of 4 girls and a boy
happy childhood, loved by the most wonderful parents one could wish for

the process for this painting is a recipe I often follow - with a good shot of chance in there as well
many layers, painting, drawing with different media, sealed with a satin finish

the work is 400mm x 600mm on stretched canvas, ready to hang, with previous layers of graphite and acrylic informing and influencing of the final layer

and sometimes it's clear that this way of work is leading somewhere - and I have no idea where, or whether I'll arrive anywhere

what I do know is that this process takes me to another place and fills my heart with joy

available through trademe for this week and a bit

I also have a website if you're interested in similar, larger works

thank you for following my blog!

see soon


work 19 - schmetterlings

This is 'schmetterlings' - in oils, acrylic, graphite and coloured pencil on stretched canvas. Size is 510mm x 510mm or 20" x 20".

Loaded with scribbles and doodles, drawings and mark-making reflective of a life well lived. A little bit of history, dreaming, storytelling and testing of those materials.

Can you hear the wind rustling through the grass?
Can you see the silky threads I hold?
Those schmetterlings are mine
They don't know it yet but
They lead the way
As always
I follow


Thank you all for watching my art - your support is what makes the wheels go round ;-)
see soon


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 ;-)

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

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.

thank you for taking a look at the auction
till next time :-)


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..

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

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 ;-)

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

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

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'

the original painting is available on trademe for this week only.

thanks for following my blog ;-)


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? ;-)

Thank you for taking a look

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

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..

Take care

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

More soon ..e^)

week 8 - petroglyphs, hieroglyphs, semitic and asemic writing..

.. plus ramblings about my own scribblings :-)

Writing goes back a little more than 5,000 years and could it be that petroglyphs lie at the root of that? Those beautiful rock and cave paintings which I discovered for the first time, quite accidentally actually, when we were gathering wood for a fire while camping - I was 12 years old, captivated and in awe.

Hieroglyphs we know as those pictorial inscriptions one would associate with Egypt, with the Rosetta Stone casting an explanatory light on translating them, and much more..

While semitic writing usually happens from right to left, and my own language associated with Romantic languages written from left to right, we are just scraping the surface of philology...

So to add to this very interesting subject the fact that some symbols with special meaning only to me and my particular art making have been surfacing in some of my work - now, am I painting, or am I writing? These marks have been practiced, done again and again, so that the…

week 7 - ephemera

Ephemera (ἐφήμερα) is a noun, the plural neuter of ephemeron and ephemeros, Greek and New Latin for ἐπί – epi "on, for" and ἡμέρα – hemera "day" with the ancient sense extending to the mayfly and other short lived insects and flowers and for something which lasts a day or a short period of time.

A short period of time..  They say 50 is the new 40. They also say 60 is the new 50. And 100 is the new 90.. and it's all to do with longevity or the lack thereof. Life is precious and we think we're bulletproof untill we strike those 'new' ages and suddenly we realise that we're so not. Little mayflies, all of us living on this magnificent planet, all following the same path and coming to the same river.

Eccles 3:19-20  For the fate of the sons of men and the fate of beasts is the same. As one dies so dies the other; indeed, they all have the same breath and there is no advantage for man over beast, for all is vanity.20All go to the same place. All came f…

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

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

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.. …