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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