I've recently started working on miniature paintings. I've always worked relatively small, but being forced to move around a lot and having to live in a very small apartment with no space (long story involving earthquakes and insurance companies) has led me to explore working in miniature. I have to say I love the challenge of seeing how much detail I can get into a small space! And I actually find it easier in a lot of ways too. I can include a lot more detail that I would get bored with if I was doing larger paintings.
Two teeny tiny beach paintings on teeny tiny easels. Acrylic/mixed media. ACEO size - 63mmx89mm.
Some figure drawing studies drawn from photos. The first drawings of 2012. (Pretty slack of me considering it's February already). These are drawn from photos volunteered by a kind life model on the Wet Canvas forums.
First one is pencil on paper, about 2.5 hours work in total. The longer I look at it the less happy I am with it, but I had fun doing it. I had forgotten how much I enjoy doing figure drawing. It's certainly challenging!
The second one is artline pens on paper. About an hours work in total for the 5 poses.
I think this was exactly what I needed to get motivated again.
Posted with permission from the model.
Edited to put the drawings behind a break because I realised they aren't really work safe :p
I've been meaning to upload this for the last two months. This was done as a christmas present for my mother for christmas in 2011. Blue ballpoint pen and letraset tria marker on plain paper.
As it happens this turned out to be the last piece of art I finished in 2011.
Well it's been almost a year since I last posted anything significant to the blog due to a number of factors, not the least of them being the earthquakes and subsequent moving and house dramas, but 2011 is over, and I'm hoping for a better 2012 and I'm planing to be much more active this year.
What better way to start off the new Year than with a brand new Etsy Store!
I decided to do a video of the whole painting process. I had to edit it down and speed it up a lot to shrink two hours of footage down to 3.45 seconds but it essentially shows all parts of the process. Editing the video, and finding royalty free music to set it to, took longer than the painting process, especially when my video editing program kept crashing.
I wanted to show the lengthy process of preparing the canvas. Next time I will just focus on the painting portion.
This is the beginning of a new series. I've been wanting to move in a different more abstract and dynamic direction for a while now, but it took a while for inspiration to strike. I have a lot of ideas up my sleeve now though.
For the longest time there have been three picture hooks above my bed with nothing on them because I couldn't think what to put there. Then I found three matching empty picture frames in my studio and though 'why don't I paint something to go in these for the bedroom'.
Unfortunately I didn't think it through very clearly because in my head the composition went something like this:
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Whereas in reality the spacing of the picture hooks was more like this:
Still I'm quite happy with it. Even if it loses some of it's continuity with the segments being so far apart.
It's not any particular sort of lizard, it's meant to convey a general sense of lizardyness.
Mixed media on card. (Acrylic paint, graphite, coloured pencil, matt medium, gold paint)
I have been on a brief break due to the relatively major earthquake we had in Christchurch on the 4th of September, and having started a new job last week.
Thankfully there hasn't been any damage to my house or workplace, but the aftershocks have been continuing since the earthquake, and it's been rather unsettling, so I haven't felt much like being in my (second floor) studio.
I hope to get some things started on my next day off.
I am a Mixed Media artist from Christchurch, New Zealand. I work mainly in paint, but dabble in all sorts of things from time to time. A lot of my work is experimenting with the use of texture in painting. Follow the evolution of my work, and my ramblings about art and life.