Grey Ghost ~ extinct or still a mystery

Jun 26

The Grey Ghost (Kokako)  2015

The Grey Ghost (Kokako) 2015

The South Island Kokako (distinguishable by it’s yellow instead of blue wattles) was classified as extinct a few years ago, but there have been unconfirmed sightings in the misty South Island forests……

I tried to reign in my palette for this one (tough for me!), and added a bit of smoky white acrylic over the tree silhouettes. I’ll be working on a North Island Kokako pair very soon.

The Kokako makes one of the most beautiful calls, in my opinion.

http://www.southislandkokako.org/

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The Wolf

Apr 12

The Wolf. I’ve been in the mood to do more masculine pieces lately – and might be going through a blue period.  This one was tricky and took me much longer than usual – i wanted him to look slightly threatening and intense, but not scary!

I am loving this slightly desaturated grey blue palette. And i used white acrylic for that smoky feeling around the edges.

This was one of my 4 pieces for the Soul Gallery exhibition in February. The original happily sold, and i am doing limited edition prints, email if interested :)

Wolf in Progress

Wolf in Progress

Also here’s a pic of him at about the messy halfway stage :

Grey Wolf 2016

Grey Wolf 2016

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Pair of Silvereye

Jan 06

And a pop of my favourite colour, Raspberry Red !

This piece was for a group show at Inspirit Gallery late last year.  Framboise is French for Raspberry. Also, here’s a pic of my framing process, i do most of it myself – after having a builder Garth pop the simple wood frames together for me.

Silvereye Framing Pic

Silvereye Framing Pic

Silvereye & Framboise  2015

Silvereye & Framboise 2015

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Rarebird – painted labels for PARROTDOG brewery

Nov 27

Cool little job – worked for the #nice Matt Kristofski on one of their series of rare and native bird themed beers and labels. A different artist for each – i was given the Saddleback / Tieke. Cheeky little fellas. Never seen one in the wild.

Parrotdog is a very cool local Wellington brewery. http://parrotdog.co.nz/rarebird/

Craft beer is good.

And, always fun to see your beer art on tap at Hashigo Zake bar.

Rarebird Saddleback/Tieke

Rarebird Saddleback/Tieke

Taste Testing at Desk

Taste Testing at Desk

Rarebird_Tap_Badge

Rarebird_Tap_Badge

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Parrots and secret commissions.

Nov 27

Alpine Parrot/ Kea  (cropped)  2015

Alpine Parrot/ Kea (cropped) 2015

I’ve been a bit quiet on the old website lately – but not for a bad reason ! Lots of really cool commissions which i can’t show you yet.

Anyhoo, this is what i finished today – a pair of Kea, New Zealands alpine parrots. Such epic Scarlet underwings. This is one of my new pieces going up at Quirky Fox Gallery next month, i am having a little solo exhibition.

And in case my process is of interest – here’s a shot of it at the halfway mark – i like to use a lot of masking fluid and make a splashy mess before refining everything with ink.

Definitely going to do limited edition prints of this one, i’m pretty and pleased with.

Alpine_Parrot_progress

Alpine_Parrot_progress

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Watercolour Tiger

Sep 16

On the little island of Sumatra, less than 400 of this species of tiger are left – the Dusk of their kind, if you will.

Sumatran Tigers Dusk   2015

Sumatran Tigers Dusk 2015

Sumatran Tiger 2015 closeup

Sumatran Tiger 2015 closeup

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Castlepoint Landscape and an Epic Wedding

Sep 16

As a gift to my lovely newly married friends Peter and Charlotte, i painted the location of their ridiculously scenic wedding in Castlepoint in January. It was so much fun, especially as a bridesmaid! I wanted to capture the sizzling heat and the dreamy feeling …..  I also did the little coastal invitation.

Castlepoint landscape 2015

Castlepoint landscape 2015

Wedding Invitation Design

Wedding Invitation Design

The Glorious Day!

The Glorious Day!

Charlotte & Peter Wedding BW

Charlotte & Peter Wedding BW

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New Zealand Art Show 2015

Jun 22

I was accepted into the show again this year, and these are the 3 works i created for the general exhibitor section …..  I’m enjoying the floaty underwater things lately.

Kingfisher Kotare 2015

Kingfisher Kotare 2015

Coral Bouquet  2015

Coral Bouquet 2015

Sea Turtle Still  2015

Sea Turtle Still 2015

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Tattoo Design Loveliness

Jun 01

Moon Tattoo 2015

Moon Tattoo 2015

Snap of part of a recent tattoo i’ve designed, it’s for an inside upper arm. Love it. Mix of styles, patterns, paisley, art nouveau, kakabeak flowers …..

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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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