Saturday, April 28, 2007

Friday, April 27, 2007

Pecked Pear


Pecked Pear
Oil on gessoed board
$200

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Not nearly as many pears on the tree this season, and the birds get there first.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Mt Taranaki - Western Summit


Mt Taranaki - Western Summit
Oil on gessoed board
60x60mm
NFS

This tiny postage stamp sized miniature was a commision for someone who wanted a small painting of the Mountain. It was to be painted on a 60x60mm size support to fit a specific frame, but the image size to be only 40x40mm! I found it quite a challenge painting this subject at that scale. It occurred to me that painting on that tight scale is a bit like a sport such as shooting. It's a combination of intense concentration, controlled breathing and muscle control. When you get a critical brushstroke in just the right place it's like scoring a bullseye!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Monday, April 16, 2007

Two Blue Bottles and a Matchbox


Two Blue Bottles and a Matchbox
Oil on gessoed board
aprox 150x150mm
$200

I aquired two "new" old blue bottles and this is the first painting of them. No doubt they will feature in future compositions! I do like blue glass bottles and always enjoy painting them. I understand that blue bottles were always conventionally used for poison products. They don't have that conotation for me when I paint them.

Just a snippet of news for any local followers of my blog. I will be giving a talk on this painting a day project at the Real Tart Gallery in New Plymouth this evening April 16, at 7 pm. All welcome!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Three Strikes


Three Strikes
Oil on gessoed board
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It struck me that the shadows were reminescent of smoke vapours.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Kina Shell


Kina Shell
Oil on gessoed board
120x120mm
$200

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The New Zealand Kina, a type of sea urchin. This is the underside of the shell.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Evil Eye Brooch


Evil Eye BroochOil on gessoed board
95x112mm
$100

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As an artist who spends all his time looking at things, I am fascinated by the evil eye superstition. The idea that people can unintentionaly bestow a curse on a person by looking with envy at something they have. This symbol of an eye in a hand is supposed to ward off the evil eye. I felt the sharp point of the pin made an uncomfortable juxtaposition with the eye!

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Blue Birthday Candle


Blue Birthday Candle
Oil on gessoed board
60x95mm
$100
sold
As of today I have been doing this project for one year now. So I felt I should celebrate the occasion somehow. I'd like to take the opportunity to thank all those people who have supported and encouraged me to keep going. Thankyou.

Wine Goblet


Wine Goblet
Oil on gessoed board
60x50mm
$100

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Another postage stamp sized miniature. When I finished I was allowed to fill the glass up! If I was painting bigger paintings I guess it wouldn't matter that much...

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Golden Egg


Golden Egg
Oil on gessoed board
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A little golden foil wrapped chocolate egg.

Bumblebee


Bumblebee
Oil on gessoed board
60x60mm
$100

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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Two Small Paintings April 3


Two Little Pills and a Capsule
Oil on gessoed board
60x60mm

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Two Citalopram pills and a "Joint Food" capsule. The perfect way to start your day. I liked the way they made a "neutral" emoticon.




Red HB Drawing Pencil
Oil on gessoed board
30x130mm

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Monday, April 02, 2007

Three Capsicums




Three Capsicums
Oil on gessoed board
230x300mm
$900
I spent the last few days on this one.