Improvised (word prompts)

These six-word stories were prompted by the Page Flutter Six-Word Story Challenge. The background is a detail of a new mini abstract (below) created with some of the paint left over from ‘The High Country’ and a little added purple.

6. Studied. Tested. Passed. Celebrated. Tested again.

7. The overburdened workhorse summoned the cavalry.

8. The inventor improvised, creating pure fiction.

9. Her instincts were hardly ever wrong.

10. The summit wasn’t their high point.

11. Her big break was not “lucky”!

12. The grind required fresh beans daily.

[August prompts: tested, workhorse, the inventor, instincts, summit, big break, the grind.]

XXXs — acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100 mm, 2018. Available.

XXXs — drawing room mock-up

Supermoon at Twilight

Supermoon at Twilight — acrylic on canvas, 305 x 405 mm, 2018. Available.

‘Supermoon at Twilight’ is a revisiting of my study of a supermoon over Moorhouse Ave, Christchurch, in 2013. The new version was painted on a black canvas (of course!). The work-in-progress images (below) show i) work on the composition (mainly tweaking the city silhouette) and ii) changes to the underpainting colours prior to adding the final layers. Go, moon, go!

It is now available on Etsy.

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The High Country

The High Country — acrylic on canvas panel, framed, 205 x 255 mm, 2018. Available soon.

If you’ve ever been through Springfield on your way to the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island, you would have seen this view of Mt Torlesse, Korowai/Torlesse Tussocklands Park. It is one of my favourite parts of the country. It’s also a landscape that I painted in 2014 which you can see here. I found it interesting comparing the two paintings ~ four years has gone by in my art journey and I hope I’ve learnt a thing or two along the way.

‘The High Country’ is currently waiting to be framed and will be available on Etsy in a couple of weeks. It is the first of a number of landscapes that I’ve decided to revisit and paint again, this time as part of my ‘black canvas experiment’.

And I’m not going to get tired of painting on black canvas any time soon.
🏔🏔🏔 Onward and upward. 🏔🏔🏔

Pistols at dawn (word prompts)

These six-word stories were prompted by the Page Flutter Six-Word Story Challenge. I’m also posting a few favourites on Instagram. The background is a detail of a landscape painting that I will write about in my next post.

30. A sudden downpour drowned them out.

31. School supplies are not purely academic.

1. Step by step, slowly but surely.

2. Dusting herself off again revealed grit.

3. The fighter’s toughest opponent was himself.

4. Pistols at dawn. Heartbreak at daybreak.

5. The pep talk addressed their get-up-and-go.

[July/August prompts: sudden storm, school supplies, step by step, grit, the fighter, at dawn, pep talk.]

City Lights

City Lights diptych — acrylic on canvas, 2018. Private collection.

“It’s only impossible if you stop to think about it.” Pirate Captain.

‘City Lights’ is my second black canvas diptych inspired by Melbourne at night. The photograph (below) that inspired the painting was taken somewhere near Lygon Street. The photo of the painting (above) doesn’t really do it justice. As much as I love painting these black canvases, I’m finding them almost impossible to photograph properly. 

I’m already on to the next one… : )

City Lights reference photograph, Melbourne, 2015.