Give us what you’ve got

Louis — student project — ink, watercolour and digital, 2011

Louis — student project — ink, watercolour and digital, 2011

“Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor.* It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.” Steven Pressfield

*actor, artist, photographer, designer, craftsperson, writer, architect, singer, dancer, jeweller, florist, chef, poet, potter, musician, storyteller…

Something interesting

Reflection reflection, 2014

Reflection reflection, 2014

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” Elliott Erwitt

Cliché

Sun and Moon — ink illustrations, 2011

Sun and Moon — ink illustrations, 2011

“The secrets to life are hidden behind the word cliché.” Shay Butler

The green, green grass (and the red, red hills) of home

The green, green grass of home — acrylic on canvas, 305 x 405 mm, 2014

The green, green grass of home — acrylic on canvas, 305 x 405 mm, 2014

Sergei Bongart’s advice to study nature, exaggerate light and be less inhibited (the quote I posted here on Friday) is more than a little to blame for this painting which I started on Friday morning and finished off on Saturday afternoon. It is based on one of the photographs I took during our DC-3 flight over Christchurch last year.

View of the Port Hills from a DC-3, Christchurch, 2013

View of the Port Hills from a DC-3, Christchurch, 2013

Because I wanted to exaggerate the landscape, I decided to go with a fairly adventurous palette (inspired by, among others, the late, great Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s ‘Blobs grow in beloved gardens’ 1975 and ‘Green town’ 1978.

But where did the red hills come from? Well, the bright red is my complementary exaggeration of the dark green trees. And the sheep? That was my way of introducing a calm focal point ― something to suggest that perhaps the hills were not on fire : ) It will be available for sale by the end of the week.

The green, green grass of home, detail

The green, green grass of home, detail

Study

A green Christchurch — digital illustration, 2011

A green Christchurch — digital illustration, 2011

“Study nature. Exaggerate light; overstate — the less inhibited you are, the better.” Sergei Bongart

Here’s another old project… This goes back to when I was learning about  vector graphics in Illustrator. It was inspired by this Tuts+ tutorial. Revisiting the image for today’s post, I thought it looked much too ‘clean’ and so I added a little extra texture in Photoshop.