Category Archives: drawing

Extra credit (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. 

3. Pencil bouquet: a posy of potential.

4. Hey, teach! Can you pronounce “floccinaucinihilipilification”?

5. Turning leaves, time and time again.

6. Never did find X and Y.

7. Overrun by road blocks, they flew.

8. Extra credit: colour outside the lines.

9. “The big leagues called.” “They what?”

[September prompts: pencil bouquet, hey, teach!, turning leaf, unsolvable, road block, extra credit, big leagues.]

Unstoppable (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 an old sketch of the Moeraki Boulders at Koekohe Beach which I went on to paint again here.

27. Dark days prompted a necessary reawakening.

28. Her heart’s desire resonated with him.

29. A mother’s drive negotiates many roads.

30. Total body spa: no assembly required.

31. Unstoppable, tomorrow rushes impatiently towards us.

  1. The occasional clash woke them up.

  2. They scrambled at a cracking pace.

[August/September prompts: fresh start, heart’s desire, mother’s drive, total body, unstoppable, clash!, scrambled.]

Wednesday

“They didn’t want it good, they wanted it Wednesday.” Robert A. Heinlein

I tend to thrive on deadlines, creating them for myself even if I don’t have to because it makes me more productive, but this month I have no projects demanding urgent attention. And I’m still managing to get a few things done.

Here are three little drawings I’ve just finished:

Anna Cull The Return 1

The Return #1 — ink and watercolour, 90 x 90 mm, 2016. Sold.

Anna Cull The Return #2

The Return #2 — ink and watercolour, 90 x 90 mm, 2016. Sold.

Anna Cull Worth the Risk framed WP

Worth the Risk — ink and watercolour, 128 x 128 mm, 2016. Available for purchase.

Elements

I’ve been getting reacquainted with working in pen and watercolour. It’s been ages. Too long, really. So I thought I’d ease back into it with a few abstract patterns. One thing led to another and the four mini (3″ x 3″) artworks below are now for sale have sold on Etsy.

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The talent of the poet

WIP — photo references

WIP — photo references for my next two paintings

“The painter needs all the talent of the poet, plus hand-eye coordination.” Robert Brault

I read an article last month that changed my mind about working in series — it’s something I haven’t been interested in doing… until now. Here’s an excerpt from ‘Reasons for Artists to Make Art in Series’ which I found on www.artbusiness.com:

“In a way, you can compare making art to writing a novel or composing a poem. Very few ideas can be adequately expressed in single chapters or verses as compared to how thoroughly they can be treated in entire novels or poems. The same holds true for art.”

The author, Alan Bamberger, went on to talk about a series providing context and taking viewers on a journey, and I had one of those ‘a-ha’ moments. How many times have I seen a work of art and then visited the artist’s website only to be confused by seeing artworks that have nothing to do with the one I first saw? Don’t get me wrong — I love variety. There’s definitely a point at which, for me, seeing art that is too much the same turns me off. Fortunately there are many different ways of working in series so that a body of work tells a story or appears connected, and that’s what I’m interested in exploring.

I’ve spent the last few years painting all sorts of things in a variety of different styles and I have a pretty good idea of what wakes me up and holds my attention, creatively speaking. So now, as well as going off on my experimental tangents, I’m going to start organising my art into novels and poems — two metaphors that make complete sense to me. And that brings me to today’s post. I’ve started working on a series of aerial landscapes based on photos I took on a memorable flight over the Canterbury Plains in 2013. More WIPs to follow soon.

WIP — sketches

WIP — sketches (please click on the image for a clearer view)