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.

Life is too short to blend in

Galah, Australia – original photograph, 2014; Galah, pencil sketch – study for painting, 2015

Galah, Australia – original photograph, 2014; Galah, pencil sketch – study for painting, 2015

Sometimes the only opportunity to take photographs is from the back seat of a moving vehicle. No time to think ― just point and click. It helps if you are really quick and a little bit lucky. When you see the original shot prior to cropping (below), you could be forgiven for thinking that there was nothing much in this scene worth painting…

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…but I zoomed in and used the scribble sketch to figure out my composition. I’m now painting the landscape and building up lots of lovely textures, and then I’ll have to figure out the best way to paint the cockatoo — too realistic and he won’t have the sense of fun I want to create; too abstract and no one will know he’s a bird. Wish me luck : )

Be yourself

Little fluffy clouds, original photograph and poem, 2015

Little fluffy clouds, original photograph and poem, 2015

“Be yourself ― not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.” Henry David Thoreau

Anna Cull Melbourne Artscape Montage 2015

On the streets of Melbourne

A little slideshow of some of the art we discovered while wandering around Melbourne…

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Diamond Creek — ink and watercolour, 2015

I can see for miles and miles

Diamond Creek sketch, ink and watercolour, 2015; photograph of the view that inspired the sketch

Diamond Creek sketch, ink and watercolour, 2015; photograph of the view that inspired the sketch. This is where we stayed over Christmas for two glorious weeks in Melbourne : )

The key

Baby Grand, Melbourne — ink sketch, 2014

Baby Grand, Melbourne — ink sketch, 2014

“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” Bill Cosby