Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Randomly Dropped Matches


 

Randomly Dropped Matches
This little quartet was painted consecutively with the idea of them being framed together as a single work. Rather than artfully arranging the matches I wanted to try a random approach, and for each new arrangement I picked up the same matches, all with their heads upwards and held them about an inch above the surface, before dropping them. I didn't cheat and re-drop them or rearrange them. I did however, allow myself the liberty of framing them visually in my compositions, so that some outlying matches were omitted as they would not have fit my small square format. I am fascinated by the nature of randomness, and the way that following a few simple set parameters in a process can create patterns and a kind of order. I was also aware of the similarities of dropping sticks or other objects - dice or cards for example - to divine fortunes, As in the I Ching

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Dead Center



Dead Center
Oil on gessoed aluminium panel
approx 75x75mm

I found this packet of unusual yellow headed matches.

Sold

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Komene Beach

  

Komene Beach
Oil on aluminium panel
220x350mm
POA 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

South Taranaki Coast



South Taranaki Coast
 Oil on aluminium panel
175x180mm

Monday, May 16, 2016

Over the Rocks at Stent Road



Over the Rocks at Stent Road
 Oil on aluminium panel
200x300mm approx
 $300

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Seagull and Rocks Stent Road


Seagull and Rocks Stent Road
 Oil on linen on MDF
150x200mm


Thursday, May 05, 2016

Quartet of Coloured Pencil Points

                                                                                                                        sold


A quartet of coloured pencil points. All painted on recycled ivory piano keys and mounted on wood. Ebony and sapele. $90 each if anyone's interested.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Self Portrait on a Matchbox


Self Portait on a Matchbox
 Oil on  MDF
 $130

I see that is almost one whole year since I posted anything here. I have been giving the smaller format paintings a bit of a rest, while I concentrate on some larger scale work.

However this one just popped out the other day and I realised just how much fun and exciting it is to paint on a micro scale! I actually find it liberating rather than limiting and although it is small this is painted very expressively, I feel. 

It is not literally painted on a matchbox, however it is on a piece of MDF of the exact dimensions, including thickness,  of a larger box of New Zealand Beehive Matches Made in Sweden. The moral, if there is one, is don't believe anything you are told at face value....

Monday, December 22, 2014

Wooden Penguin - Trojan Series


Wooden Penguin - the Trojan Series
 Oil on Plywood
200x200mm
 $old


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Toy Wooden Dog - Trojan Series


Toy Wooden Dog
 Oil on plywood
200x200mm
 $0ld

 They say that every dog has it's day. Well this dog is still patiently waiting...

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Wooden Elephant - Trojan Series


Wooden Elephant
 Oil on plywood
200x200mm
 $old

Friday, December 19, 2014

Wooden Donkey - Trojan Series


Wooden Donkey - Trojan Series
 Oil on plywood  
200x200mm
sold

This is from a mini-series I painted of toy wooden animals called the Trojan Series, for a gallery exhibition.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Two Bottles With a Pepperpot


Two Bottles With a Pepperpot
230x195mm
 Oil on mounted linen
 $400

I forgot to add that these last two paintings are framed. If that is of any consequence.