Well, wading in the water. I wanted to try something different, breaking the painting into two halves; one all ink and one watercolour …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
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.)Read More
‘ Living On The Stegosaurus ‘ is my new piece for the upcoming Gallery 33 exhibition ‘Feathers’ . It’s a group show where a range of artists were invited to create work involving dinosaurs ! Impossible to decline. And my first piece of work exhibited in Europe !
Here is the flyer :Read More
A rare and crumbling creature. Not usually spotted in a French sunflower field.
Although, the Wooly Rhino did graze throughout Europe in the Pleistocene until it was (proposedly) hunted into extinction by Neanderthan and early Human peoples…
I really love the strange, empty horizoned halfway point of this painting , so will show that here .Read More