Thursday, July 24, 2014

Narcisi in Cut Glass Vase


Narcisi in Cut Glass Vase
 Oil on mounted cotton
200x172mm

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.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Barren Land


Barren Land
 Oil on linen on MDF
150x197mm

I haven't ever been witness to this small amount of snow on our mountain for this time of year. It's been very warm and mild.  This view is from the beach at Komene Rd where I walk every day, rain or shine. The farmer who runs stock there, has been clearing new ground and put in water troughs.  It occurred to me as I painted this that it is a very elemental image : air - the blue sky, earth, water - the snow and the trough, and fire being the volcano, Mt Taranaki.

Regular visitors to this blog will have noticed I haven't been posting much. I have been working on larger paintings. Also, I'm finding that the small works are no longer selling like they used to. However, I enjoy painting them anyway, and will continue to do so as long as I can afford to. I got quite a shock when I went to order more paint supplies recently and found that the price has literally gone up by 100% here in NZ! In fact, for the first time it was cheaper for me to order internationally and pay the freight and import tax. This is a long round-about way of justifying why I've decided to put my prices up!  I've kept the price of these paintings deliberately low over the last eight years or so , so that anyone can afford them. But I'd rather not sell them for a reasonable price than not sell them for a pittance. This is also a good thing for my collectors who have supported me, as their collections are now officially worth more!

Another bit of news:  I am part of the Taranaki Arts Trail which takes place this weekend, for those living in or visiting Taranaki.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Two Small Bottles in the Light



Two Small Bottles in the Light
 Oil on linen on MDF
93x152mm

I was trying to capture some of the iridescent quality that I observe in these clear glass bottles.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Cracker Biscuit


Cracker Biscuit
 Oil on linen on MDF
NFS

This was a commissioned painting.

Friday, February 28, 2014

New World Banana


New World Banana
 Oil on aluminium panel

A while ago New World Supermarket were running some scheme involving miniature reproductions of their products, presumably to indoctrinate children into growing up to be good little consumers. I was especially fascinated by the banana which although of rather modest proportions was still vastly out of scale with the other products. It is difficult to tell the scale of the banana in my painting, indeed it is difficult to tell the scale of the painting itself from this image, and if I put this image onto Facebook it will be automaticly rescaled to some proportion that I have no control over. For some reason I find this amusing. It brings back schoolboy memories...... I recall being in hysterics over a gag by Kenny Everet a comedian of the times (1970s) who sang "you say bananas and I say bananas! Bananas! Bananas! Bananas! Bananas! Let's call the whole thing off!"

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

D is For Dale

D is For Dale
 Oil  on MDF
246x246mm
 $500
sold

This is a postcard within a postcard or a painting within a painting if you like. The one pinned to the wall behind the bottles is from my colleague Marianne Muggeridge, and is a view of Mt Taranaki.  The yellow D on the childs block is my partner Dales's initial. There seemed to be a lot of male/female elements going  in this work and I toyed with the idea of calling it Anima Animus which is Jung's names for the male and female principle found in all of us. I can never remember which is which. A problem that only seems to get worse with age...

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Brass Tack

Brass Tack
 Oil on ceramic tile
25x25mm

Time to get down to brass tacks.  Actually it must be some other metal as it is rusted, but I like the sound of it.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Wildflowers IV



Wildflowers IV
acrylic on MDF
200x200mm
NFS

I painted this small series of wildflowers in November for a show at Kina gallery where all the paintings sold. They were painted quickly using acrylics.

Wildflowers III



Wildflowers III 
Acrylic on MDF
200x200mm


I painted this small series of wildflowers in November for a show at Kina gallery where all the paintings sold. They were painted quickly using acrylics.


 

Wildflowers II



Wildflowers II
Acrylic on MDF
200x200mm
NFS

I painted this small series of wildflowers in November for a show at Kina gallery where all the paintings sold. They were painted quickly using acrylics.

Wildflowers I



Wildflowers I
Acrylic on MDF
200x200mm
NFS

I painted this small series of wildflowers in November for a show at Kina gallery where all the paintings sold. They were painted quickly using acrylics.