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…Read More
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 …Read More
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 …Read More
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!Read More
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 …Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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…Read More