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.

New Brighton Pier

New Brighton Pier, Christchurch — acrylic on canvas, 230 x 305 mm, 2014

New Brighton Pier, Christchurch — acrylic on canvas, 230 x 305 mm, 2014

Finished, freshly varnished and now for sale. Click here if you missed the original post about this painting.

I’ve listed a couple of other paintings ― two I’m rather fond of that I painted last year. All are available via Etsy or directly from me.

‘Runner’ and ‘Peace and Love’ 2013

‘Runner’ and ‘Peace and Love’ 2013

Shoot it, Sketch it: Pier review (WIP)

New Brighton Pier, original photo, 2013 — Cropped and Photoshopped, 2014 (click to embiggen)

New Brighton Pier, original photo, 2013 — Cropped and Photoshopped, 2014 (click to embiggen)

New Brighton Pier, Christchurch — work in progress

New Brighton Pier, Christchurch — work in progress

Yes, another phone-photo has received the Photoshop treatment. I really like the reflections in the wet sand. So far, so good…