Thursday, May 31, 2007

New Series

What is the Chief End of Man?
May 2007
Mixed media on canvas

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Ink Blots

One of my favourite things!
I like their energy.
This one was created using Indian Ink.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Use of the Image

Mother's Legacy (20)
March 2007
Mixed media on canvas

Taking photos of my work sometimes helps me to judge if the piece is finished. In this case I look at this image & think...I wonder what adding red to the line of pattern that runs through the middle of the work would look like? Sometimes I will use the computer to make the proposed changes. In the studio I will just lay a bit of coloured paper down.

So what will it be?

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Heart & Soul

LOVE Hearts (46)
May 2007
Mixed media on canvas
NZ$45 reserve
For sale by auction

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

NZ Artist Bloggers

LOVE Hearts series
June 2006
Mixed media on canvas

To complete my tagging venture, here are a few New Zealand artist links to look at...
Moira Marshall
Paintings that look like I could reach in & touch a sculpted form.

Paul Hutchinson
Small paintings of almost everyday objects with titles I enjoy reading.

Heather Lister-Cook
Clean, strong lines in both sculptures & paintings.

Helen Weigel
Beautiful textures & colours - mixed media.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Tagged by The Colorist

Oil on canvas

This was my first oil painting...& my first painting on canvas. My friend, Timaru artist Christeena MacDonald, stretched some heavy canvas onto an old frame & said to go home & paint something. Up until then I had been working on paper with a focus on pointed-brush lettering. I remember enjoying the buttery oils & the wonderful smell...

I have never signed this piece to discourage myself from selling it.

This brings me to the reason for this post...
I have been tagged by American Artist,
Casey Klahn. Casey likens a tag to chain letters. It is a way for bloggers to increase links. Thanks to Casey I have had a lot of new visitors to my site. Welcome!

What I have to do is write 7 random facts/habits about me...what will I write?
1. My first oil painting, as pictured above etc, etc. Make that facts 1-3.
4. A (bad) habit...I do not remember to watch my vehicle temperature gauge when driving & that is why I no longer have a van to transport my larger paintings around in. A very recent happening.
5. I wear a lot of black.
6. My first career at 18 was with the NZ Army RNZDC as a dental assistant. I would like to make contact again with two of my Majors - at Papakura, Simon Holdgate; at Ohakea, Ross Murray. These two men were supportive of my art when I was in the military. Ross even made me take an aptitude test to make me see what he knew my strengths were. Simon commissioned a piece of work for his surgery in Waiouru.
7. More facts/habits may be obtained by writing directly to

Now I have to tag 7 others. Probably everyone has been tagged by now...yes...I was going to tag Tracey Helgeson but she has already written...

Confessions of a NZ Road Worker
I see this road worker has recently mentioned painting as yet another of his many workplace skills.
Teri Martin
Artist, calligrapher and designer.
Each day I get a quote e-mailed through from Teri. Check here to see my favourite piece of her work...a piece titled Dream.
Daniel Sroka

Fine art photographer. I enjoy looking at Daniel's work & also reading his thoughts...
Our culture holds onto a myth that artists need to be filled with grief, stress and turmoil in order to create great work. That work that made about depressing topics is “better” or more serious that work made by happy, well-adjusted artists. But I don’t buy it. DS

4 more links later...

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Mother's Gift

Scattered Fragments (III)
May 2007
Mixed media on canvas
Triptych: each piece 100x100x35mm

Although this work has been created as a triptych, each piece is able to stand alone as an abstract mark. This enables the work to be symbolically 'scattered' among friends/family.

New Zealand celebrates Mothers Day today.
This work was commissioned by a mother so she could give a piece to each of her three adult children today...the youngest is in her first year out of high school.

Her children arise up, and call her blessed...
Proverbs 31:28

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Be Thou My Wisdom

Soul Hymns (VIII): Be Thou My Wisdom
Mar 2006
Mixed media on canvases, mounted on board

This piece was painted as a message to a friend, for the occasion of his 50th birthday. Incorporated in the design are the letters of his name - JOHN.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Be Thou my Vision - Stanza 2

Words: At­trib­ut­ed to Dal­lan For­gaill, 8th Cen­tu­ry (Rob tu mo bhoile, a Com­di cri­de); trans­lat­ed from an­cient Ir­ish to Eng­lish by Mary E. Byrne, in “Eriú,” Jour­nal of the School of Ir­ish Learn­ing, 1905, and versed by Eleanor J. Hull, 1912, alt. Music: Slane, of Ir­ish folk or­igin.

Friday, May 4, 2007


Mary's Window (V)
June 2006
Mixed media on canvas

Mary's Window (V) detail

Last Friday I met Mary Horn at the York Street Gallery celebrations. I will visit her soon at Teschmakers.