Monday, February 28, 2011

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Full Moon

Full Moon
Oil on linen on hardboard
sold
I was trying rather hopelessly to photograph an impressive fullmoon rising up last night, and eventually I thought - I'm a painter, not a photographer, so I blu-tacked another little board up on the door and then of course the moon hid behind the cloud. This is the first time I've atempted to paint the moon since I was about eighteen.

Late Summer Cloud Over the Back Paddocks

Late Summer Cloud Over the Back Paddocks
Oil on linen on hardboard
102x103mm
$150
sold

Fragment of a Landscape With Red Barn

Fragment of a Landscape With Red Barn
Oil on linen on hardboard
37x62mm

I love giving tiny paintings long titles!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Second Shot

Second Shot
Oil on linen on hardboard
155x110mm

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Dandilion Clock in Shotgun Casing

Dandilion Clock in Shotgun Casing
Oil on linen on hardboard
202x154mm
$400
sold

Nature often favours the shotgun approach.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Kaitakes From Puniho

Kaitakes From Puniho
Oil on linen on Hardboard
64x102mm
sold
This is the view from my studio looking out at the Kaitake Ranges beyond Puniho Road.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Small Banana

Small Banana
Oil on linen on hardboard
60x80mm

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Large Glass Marble

Large Glass Marble
Oil on linen on Hardboard
100x100mm

Friday, February 11, 2011

Paper Match on One Dollar Coin

Paper Match on One Dollar Coin
Oil on linen on MDF
55x62mm

This was painted during the same session as the Nutri-grain and was inteded to be another $1 auction. However, it took a bit more time and energy than I expected (it always seems to be the case), and I'll see how the other ones go in the meantime.

Nutri-grain Cereal

Nutri-grain Cereal
Oil on linen on MDF
40x55mm
$1
sold

This is what I have for breakfast to make me grow big and strong...  It's another $1 auction on TradeMe for anyone interested.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Grubby Little Match

Grubby Little Match
Oil on linen on MDF
41x56mm
sold
I've listed this one as a $1 auction on NZ TradeMe. Click here to view.

Old piece of Meccano

Old piece of Meccano
Oil on linen on MDF
58x200mm
$130
sold

This subject is very nostalgic for me as I have many fond memorys of constructing things with meccano as a child. 

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Haybales in The Paddock





Haybales in The Paddock
Oil on Linen on MDF
98x167mm

Another landscape painted from my studio back door, or I should say, painted on my back door.  I stick the small support  directly onto the door using blu-tac.  I enjoy the fact that I have got the perfect  painter's landscape complete with a cliché and mandatory red barn, right at my doorstep!  I wonder if the farmer is concerned about putting his hay in a living cliché...? I would think that the tradition for red comes from the fact that red oxide is a very permanent and weather resistant pigment.









Monday, February 07, 2011

Misty Landscape

Misty Landscape
Oil on linen on MDF
100x130mm
$130
sold

A view from the back door looking over the paddocks. We've been having warm humid mists the last week or so. The visibility kept changing every five minutes and oddly enough, the painting actually ended up being clearer than the weather warrented..!

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Black Twistie Tie With Shadow

Black Twistie Tie With Shadow
Oil on linen on MDF
80x184mm
$180
sold

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Drum Sticks

Drum Sticks
Oil on linen on MDF
150x150mm

I recently took up drumming as a kind of therapeutic activity. It probably drives other people mad in the process...

My initial idea for the composition was for the drum sticks to be  vertical, and "square on" , a format I seem to favour in my paintings.  However, it seemed a bit dull, and the diagonal aspect seemed to suit the dynamic nature of the subject.

Friday, February 04, 2011

Novelty Matchstick Pencil

Novelty Matchstick Pencil
Oil on linen on MDF
230x75mm

This was given to me as a joke gift by someone who knows I have painted both matches and pencils.  It's taken me a while to finally getting around to painting it, and I think it is because it's like someone else's joke. But I like the fact that the act of painting it gives it one further level of irony. Like Maggritte's famous painting of a pipe "ceci n'est pas une pipe" ie "This is Not a Pipe", this is not a novelty pencil....

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Nearly Empty Pill Packet

Nearly Empty Pill Packet
Oil on linen on hardboard
100x132mm

Like many people living in these times, I measure out my life with these things.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Old Wooden Clothes Pegs

Old Wooden Clothes Pegs
Oil on linen on MDF
150x150mm

My mother always called these " gypsy" clothes pegs . I suppose that is now regarded as being un PC?

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Cobalt Pencil

Cobalt Pencil
Oil on linen on MDF
37x165mm
$100
sold

Long ago when I was asked that children's perenial favourite question "what's your favourite colour" I always answered "blue".  I have a clear memory of clutching a large ultramarine blue wax crayon associated with this. I have always loved all colours equally and always found it a strange question, so it's likely that I just answered with the colour I had literally at hand and so typecast myself for the rest of my life. Anyway, this one was a nice excuse to use the beautiful cobalt blue (the genuine pigment - don't accept cheap imatations kids...!), and it's got my name on it. The phisical pigment's colour in the painting is a lot nicer than the pixels of light you see on your screen, of course.

Three Bright But Blunt Pencils

Three Bright But Blunt Pencils
Oil on linen on MDF
122x134