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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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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