Handdrawn ink frames

Jul 28

Loved designing and inking these up ! Although the ink-nib hand really aches after a while.  I gave them a little art nouveau, little gumtree feeling.

They’re going to be used in  a still-in-progress makeup artists website gallery ( Belle Blue;  i’ve previously posted my other designs for her ) So pretty. Will update when she’s up and running.

Frame Designs inked up

Frame Designs inked up

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The Watercolour Yet Staunch Bull

Jul 28

That’s right. And here he is. Who could ask for a cooler commission. It can be a bit difficult to paint a black subject in traditionally translucent watercolours, so i built up his mid/light tones with colours from the surrounding desert, and a bit of a blueblack sheen, but used my black ink pot for his darkest areas.

Oh, and for some reason i love that hoof kick and signature close-up, delicate layery bits etc.

Salud, Mr Hall.

Signature with Kick

Signature with Kick

Lone Bull

Lone Bull

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Underwater Elephant

Jul 13

Water Elephant 2014

Water Elephant 2014

Well, wading in the water. I wanted to try something different, breaking the painting into two halves; one all ink and one watercolour …

Elephant close-up

Elephant close-up

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Te Mata Peak : having a go at landscape

Jul 13

Te Mata Peak 2014

Te Mata Peak 2014

I was pleased to be commissioned recently to paint a local Hawkes Bay landscape feature; Te Mata Peak. Landscape painting is new to me so it was a bit of a different process. I made as much mess as i could, trying to add lively splashes and layers to make a plain grass-and-rock coloured subject a touch more exciting and summery…

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Triple Creature: Tui, Gecko, Butterfly

Jun 10

Prestage Gecko close-up  2014

Prestage Gecko close-up 2014

Recently i was commissioned to create something including a few local New Zealand creatures – the Tui, the Forest Gecko, and the Longtailed Blue Butterfly.  It was one of my favourites to work on this year.  At first a challenge yes -  a good composition idea was tough with 3 focal points – so i decided to put the bold focus on the Tui and have the gecko do what geckos do best and blend into their surroundings (I used textured white acrylic underneath the watercolour to get a mossy/scaly effect on the branch).  Lastly i applied light washy butterflies, being careful not to put them in the line of sight / menu of the bird.

The blending and camoflage on the Gecko was fun – i am thinking that a big Chameleon should be on my list.

Prestage Tui  2014

Prestage Tui 2014

Triple Creatures  2014

Triple Creatures 2014

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King of Animals ?

Mar 24

Lion in Progress headshot

Lion in Progress headshot

This time i’ve gone for one of the most famous predators out there.  When i spent my few months in France i chose to paint a glorious rooster : the rooster is the national animal of France. Would you guess that the Barbary Lion is the national animal of England ? No, i wouldn’t. But it is so. Grandeur.

Specifically, it is the Barbary / Atlas lion, which is now extinct in the wild. This especially long maned and shaggy dark lion was native to the Atlas Mountains in Morocco and Algeria, at the very top of Africa. Prized by Roman Emperors, Sultans, and English Kings, this huge mountain and desert roaming lion slowly faded into extinction, with the last male dying in a concrete zoo.

There are interbred part-barbary lions in some zoos around the world – and so, some efforts have been made to save the Barbary by breeding it back using these genes. Will that work ? How ? Very interesting.

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More Strange and Carnivorous Plants

Mar 13

Next is the Carnivorous Rose – otherwise known as Pinguicular Florian. This one uses tiny sticky droplets to trap insects unfortunate enough to land on its’ delicious petals, and promptly dissolves and absorbs them. Perhaps a big enough flower could digest a bird …..

This first photograph was taken when i propped the finished painting up against the windows, and the light beamed on in through the blinds and made magical.

Pinguicula Florian (Carnivorous Rose)  2014

Pinguicula Florian (Carnivorous Rose) 2014

Pinguicula Florian Closeup  2014

Pinguicula Florian Closeup 2014

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Strange and Carnivorous Plants

Mar 13

I find them quite bizarre. So this year i plan to paint a series. First up is ‘Carnivorous Globe’ which showcases a collection of plants twisting together – there is Nepenthes (the cuplike trap which bugs are lured into and digested) and the Venus Flytrap ; and a few dotty petals of the Pingicular Florian down below.

The world eats itself.

Carnivorous Globe 2014

Carnivorous Globe 2014

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Polar Bear Lost …

Feb 25

Here is ‘Ursus Maritimus Morocco’ , my first piece for the year.

Ursus Maritimus is the scientific name for a polar bear; the polar bear therefore is also the Maritime Bear as it spends a great percentage of its life in the ocean.  Today the polar bear is an animal symbolic of climate change and habitat loss. My bear is displaced; he roams the rocky desert landscape of Morocco in North Africa.

(I spent last December in Morocco and it is a beautiful and strange place – really inspired by the colours – Chefchaouen painting in the works yes yes.)

Ursus Maritimus 2014

Ursus Maritimus 2014

Ursus Maritimus Background closeup

Ursus Maritimus Background closeup

Ursus Maritimus Morocco 2014    (close-up)

Ursus Maritimus Morocco 2014 (close-up)

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Cold London and a new Buffalo

Dec 10

Buffalo closeup

Buffalo closeup

I’ve been working on this lonesome beast lately, playing with hazy white acrylic layers. London has such old and ominous/beautiful buildings, i stroll through them while the cold tries to bite off my fingers.

Buffalo 2013

Buffalo 2013

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