Nobody is watching

Monarch – acrylic on canvas, 405 x 510 mm, 2015. For sale at The Christchurch Art Show, June 2015.

Monarch – acrylic on canvas, 405 x 510 mm, 2015. For sale at The Christchurch Art Show, June 2015.

“Paint like nobody is watching and paint like you don’t need any money.” John Ferrie

Monarch – original photograph, 2014

Monarch – original photograph, 2014

Begin it now

Warm Night, Southern Sky – acrylic on canvas, 605 x 910 mm, 2015.  For sale at The Christchurch Art Show, June 2015.

Warm Night, Southern Sky – acrylic on canvas, 605 x 910 mm, 2015. For sale at The Christchurch Art Show, June 2015.

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” W. H. Murray

As I mentioned last week, I’ve started preparing for this year’s Christchurch Art Show. It will be my first exhibition* and all artworks will be for sale. I’ll be surrounded by talented artists and awesome art (there’s a video of last year’s event on their website) and I’m a little nervous about it ― but when the opportunity presented itself last year (a nice lady from the show contacted me, having seen my work on this blog, and suggested that I apply), it seemed like the right ‘next step’ for me and my art. I’m now doing my best not to stress about it but I have quite a few large and large-ish canvases I need to paint in order to have enough work for the four-day exhibition. I’m telling myself: one painting at a time… and the show isn’t until June…

‘Warm Night, Southern Sky’ is the first of those canvases ― one down, (at least) six more to go.

THE CHRISTCHURCH ART SHOW  11th–14th June 2015
Tickets on sale now : )

My thanks to Kathie Pugaczewski for making me aware of the W. H. Murray quote.

Red sky at night, original photo – Christchurch, 2012

Red sky at night, original photo – Christchurch, 2012

This is the second time I’ve used my ‘red sky at night’ photograph as a reference for a painting. The first was an ink and watercolour sketch (click here to see the post).

* Strictly speaking, I have had student exhibitions and I did take my work to a mini market last year — this event, however, is much (much) bigger. And scarier. Onward and upward.

Interview for Australian Wandarrah

Australian Wandarrah Anna Cull Art interview 2015

[No, I’m not Australian… Wandarrah is an aboriginal word meaning ‘meeting place’ and Australian Wandarrah is group of Etsy* sellers and buyers from Australia and New Zealand. One of our members has started a WordPress blog and my interview has just been posted.]

If you’re interested in reading about me and my Etsy shop, here’s the link: Anna Cull Art interview.

*Etsy is an online marketplace that specialises in handmade or vintage items and supplies.

A rose by any other name…

French Lace, with thanks – acrylic on canvas, 102 x 102 mm, 2015. For sale.

French Lace, with thanks – acrylic on canvas, 102 x 102 mm, 2015. For sale.

French Lace – reference photograph, 2014

French Lace – reference photograph, 2014

I took a few liberties with this one ― it’s really more of an abstract impression of a rose.

As you probably know, every rose colour has a meaning, and peach-coloured roses can mean gratitude or appreciation — hence the title of this mini canvas. : )

Also now for sale: The Purple Garden and Fly By.

The red gate

Cashmere Road business card 2015

The brief was to design a business card to advertise a self-contained studio flat for rent in Cashmere, one of Christchurch’s prettiest suburbs. The flat is separated from the main property by a fabulous wrought iron gate. I was asked to make this gate the main feature of the design.

One of my photographs of the property.

One of my photographs of the property.

For the curious, this is what the gate and geranium sketch looked like prior to adding the red and green watercolours (painted, scanned and edited) in Photoshop:

Cashmere Road sketch 2015

And for those wanting to visit Christchurch and stay in a beautiful location with friendly hosts, here is the link to the Cashmere Road Studio Flat.

Time warp (pen vs earthquake)

Pen vs earthquake #7 – Jubilee Clock Tower, 2014

Pen vs earthquake #7 – Jubilee Clock Tower, 2014

This coming Sunday will be the fourth anniversary of the magnitude 6.3 earthquake that rocked Christchurch (22nd February 2011). Four years on and we are still the City of Orange Road Cones. One sign of progress is the restoration of the Jubilee Clock Tower ― the road cones are now gone and the clock is no longer frozen in time!

Jubilee Clock Tower, 2014

Jubilee Clock Tower, 2014

Other pen vs earthquake updates:

The deconstructed band rotunda Retour is still in a sorry state. I have no idea what they plan to do with the dome that has been salvaged.

As far as I know, Christchurch resident Peter Croft is still planning to restore Shand’s Emporium but progress has been slow, apparently due to new city council rules and regulations.

The Octagon is being repaired and earthquake strengthened, and work is finally underway on Mona Vale Homestead. If all goes according to plan, Mona Vale will re-open in June 2016.

My pen vs earthquake sketches are originally from a student project. Ben Heine’s ingenious Pencil Vs Camera images inspired the series.

Shoot it, Sketch it: Fly by

Fly by – acrylic on canvas, 230 x 305 mm, 2015. For sale.

Fly by – acrylic on canvas, 230 x 305 mm, 2015. For sale.

I finished my galah painting over the weekend and finally uploaded the photos this morning. There are so many layers of paint on it (which I hope you can see in the close-up below) that I’ll have to wait a few days for it to dry properly before varnishing it. I posted the reference photograph and sketch here last week.

Fly by – detail

Fly by – detail

P.S. This is what became of the blank canvas featured in December’s Anything can happen… post.