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.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Old Bottles and a Lemon


Old Bottles and a Lemon
 Oil on mounted cotton
230x195mm

Monday, December 15, 2014

1001


Burnt Paper Match 1001
 Oil on linen on MDF 
100x100mm
$120

1001

 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

New Light Through Old Glass

New Light Through Old Glass
Oil on mounted cotton
 $POA

This will be the 1000th post here and this seems a good painting to celebrate that numerical milestone with.

This also happens to be  Black Friday, which in case you live under some kind of cyber rock, you will know is the day of mass sales after Thanks Giving in the US, and I thought to celebrate I would have a sale of my own!


I don't post to this blog very often, and regard this project on hiatus. I have been painting though and have begun work on a series of larger paintings that is all very cloak and dagger at the moment...

I would like to thank everyone for your support and interest over the last few years and wish you all a happy and healthy Christmas and New Year!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Muse

Muse
 Oil on mounted cotton
330x330mm

Apparently, according to feminist writings that I've read in the past, the mirror in art represents the "male gaze". I am not above such weakness and debauchery and this is the closest thing I can get to the real thing nowadays.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Still life With More Bottle


Still life With More Bottles
 Oil and pigment mixed to a coloured mud and applied to the surface of  thin cotton stuck onto some kind of  corrugated plastic stuff
Something by something similar in mm or inches
 $ several pieces of printed paper or circular metal tokens

Well, I wanted to call this one "More Bottle". It's always a challenge coming up with interesting and relevant titles for still lifes (lives?)  I was trying to paint this one with more gusto and vitality, and the saying "more bottle" popped into my head. It's funny how certain phrases resonate from our past and I'm sure I'm familiar with this as a saying, meaning to give something more life and vitality, or "more balls" - a turn of phrase that seems to be in more common usage in these parts.  Anyway, I ran it past "She Who Knows" or "My Better Half",  and she had never heard of it and suggested I "ask Uncle Google". Well, Uncle Google doesn't seem to have heard of the expression either, so I'm wondering if I just made it up myself. The closest I could get was "bottled out" or "not much bottle" from the Phrasefinder:

"...that is, 'useless; no good for anything'. This usage is recorded in a glossary of 19th century street English slang The Swell's Night Guide, 1846:
"She thought it would be no bottle, cos her rival could go in a buster." "

Well it may be archaic, but if you can have not much bottle surely you can have more bottle?

Anyhoo... It gives me something to write about and I have bottled out and called it prosaically "Still life With More Bottles".

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Narcisi in Cut Glass Vase


Narcisi in Cut Glass Vase
 Oil on mounted cotton
200x172mm
$300

Bouquet of Narcisi


Bouquet of Narcisi
 Oil on mounted cotton
300x275mm
 $POA


Every year I have a go at painting narcisi and I always feel like I never get the delicate beauty of them.

Some news: I currently have an exhibition of my self portrait paintings form the past four decades, on the Virtual TART site. I have called it Mirror Mirror.




This is a self portrait from the early 1980's

I have also got a more recent large diptych self portrait on exhibit at Puke Ariki in the Homework show.