Barcelona, reworked !

May 03

I felt like this old painting from my time in Europe in 2013 needed a little bit of tweaking and a few more layers, so i pulled it out of the folder and got into the sky area with white acrylic, added small figures under the archway, and generally punched the colours a bit more. And now, i love ! And it’s been sold to a new home ;)

Oh, and this was loosely based on the Arc de Triomf – worked in with pattern from other architectural styles i photographed around the city. Spain has to be my favourite, building and colour wise, oh man.

Barcelona Rehashed

Barcelona Rehashed

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The Pianist’s Pet Chameleon

May 03

Chameleon Ball 2015

Chameleon Ball 2015

This gorgeous little reptile now belongs to a musician friend of mine, and i am so happy that it will grace the walls of his studio.

I decided at the start to make it wildly colourful and just splash the layers down, build up some pattern, and see where it went. I love the way chameleons change colour and it’s very inspiring – i might actually do another one when i get time, with wilder and more unusual colour combinations…..

For this piece, i used black spraypaint to put in the branch – as it’s nice to mix up the textures sometimes.

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Red underbelly of the Kaka

Jan 18

Kaka Red (closeup)  2014

Kaka Red (closeup) 2014

The Kaka – an extremely handsome giant parrot native to New Zealand. I went out to the Karori Sanctuary near Wellington to get a good look. I just love red and grey together. This one has lots of grey , black, and red ink and multiple layers of grey, pale blue, mustard watercolour…. Must use this palette again.

And it will be on show at Soul Gallery, Hamilton, from Feb the 5th.

Kaka Red 2014

Kaka Red 2014

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The Moody Kotuku Heron

Jan 18

This has become one of my favourites from the year. Kotuku / Great White Herons nest in only one place in New Zealand – the lower West Coast of the South Island. I love that area. So misty and moody, with weird old trees and relatively empty roads. I actually prefer the faceless version, something quite ghostly about it.  I’ll update with the finished version when i’ve scanned it. The face turned out to be quite delicate and pencilled.

This piece is due to be shown at Soul Gallery in Hamilton, from the 5th of February.

The Faceless Kotuku (unfinished)    2014

The Faceless Kotuku (unfinished) 2014

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A little bit of Tuatara

Nov 26

Tuatara Switch  2014

Tuatara Switch 2014

Just finished a set of little 30×30 paintings for the December group exhibition at Quay Gallery in Napier. I think this guy is my favourite …. i really enjoyed playing around with poppies and wildflowers too…

Wildflower + Poppies  2014

Wildflower + Poppies 2014

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Morepork – Full Size Pic

Nov 17

Blue Morepork, 2014.  This one has to be one of my favourites, i particularly loved inking in his big yellow eyes…

I have limited edition prints available of him, 45cm tall, on lovely quality giclee paper, so please do email me if you are interested in one.

Morepork closeup

Morepork closeup

Morepork Blue  2014

Morepork Blue 2014

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Suspended in the deep – A Humpback Whale

Nov 17

Here is my new ‘Barnacled Whale  2014′.  A large Humpback Whale floating through the murky sea. This time I wanted to try using darker and deeper colours, and really build up the layers – i threw down quite a few different techniques – eggcups, acrylic stamping, the kitchen scrubbing brush, hose …. (techniques of my own inventions of course, ha ha.)

I hope he is enjoyed. I might actually do another one, with even more barnacles and some more surreal colour …

Barnacled Whale 2014

Barnacled Whale 2014

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Kārearea / New Zealand Falcon Swoop

Oct 15

See him fly . This one i finished a little while back , it will be heading towards Soul Gallery in Hamilton in a couple of months for a still-in-the-works group show.  I wanted to add a lot more colour and excitement to the usually-brown-and-white falcon, and got carried away with a full on watercolour bouquet flourishing/swoop behind him …

Falcon Flourish    2014

Falcon Flourish 2014

Falcon Flourish Close-up

Falcon Flourish Close-up

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French Alps, Ultramarine Blue, and White Roses

Oct 15

This one was inspired by my recent trip through the French Alps -and a cabin called Les Roses Blanches (The White Roses) in St. Gervais. So majestic. So fancy. End of summer, so only a little snow, and we could climb right up to the glacier.

I love the quaint French Style, so many flower baskets, crusty churches, and blue and white!

Les Roses Blanches  2014

Les Roses Blanches 2014

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Tui and Huia Watercolour Diptych

Oct 08

I finished this double-native-bird diptych a few weeks ago, and it looks fairly impressive in frames. I wanted to do a really large piece at first (it’s a commission for a big empty wall) but the watercolour paper i like to use doesn’t come big enough; so i decided to have two adjacent paintings that are held together by the textured branches twisting through both papers.  It works! You may notice that i used spraypaint for the leaves and a few of the feathers, its good for mixing up the textures and the gold spray picks up the light at certain angles …

Tui bird closeup

Tui bird closeup

Huia Tail close-up

Huia Tail close-up

Huia Diptych 2014

Huia Diptych 2014

Tui Diptych  2014

Tui Diptych 2014

Tui Huia Diptych 2014

Tui Huia Diptych 2014

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