Category Archives: mixed media

Small Reminders

Open the Door — mixed media on canvas, 100 x 100 mm, 2018. Available.

Pause — mixed media on canvas, 100 x 100 mm, 2018. Available.

“…it is part of the artist’s function to pay sudden attention to… the details the world is constantly offering us, and then, if adequately arrested by them, to give them a singular existence, transforming them without falsifying them to reveal the capacity that all ordinary things have to become suddenly remarkable when picked out by human vision.” Margaret Mahy

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Shoot it, Sketch it: My autumn almanac

Autumn calling, 2013

Autumn calling, 2013

Autumn calling (blue, detail) – mixed media, 2013

Autumn calling (blue, detail) – mixed media, 2013

Today’s Shoot it, Sketch it is yet another experiment. The inspiration was a photograph taken at our back door last April. Something about the dry, curly leaves and the tiny, creamy white petals really appealed to me.

Autumn calling – acrylic on canvas, diptych: each panel 125 x 175 mm, 2013

Autumn calling – acrylic on canvas, diptych: each panel 125 x 175 mm, 2013

I painted it three times ― twice with brushes (above) and a third time with a palette knife (using the leftover paint for the background) and acrylic paint markers (below).

Autumn calling – acrylic on canvas, 165 x 215 mm, 2013

Autumn calling – acrylic on canvas, 165 x 215 mm, 2013

Then I combined the three paintings in Photoshop and tweaked a few filters to create the series below.

Autumn calling – mixed media, 2013

Autumn calling – mixed media, 2013

Autumn calling, orange – mixed media, 2013

Autumn calling, orange – mixed media, 2013

Autumn calling, blue – mixed media, 2013

Autumn calling, blue – mixed media, 2013

Dear diary, part four

Beat book cover design – sketches and layout ideas  Visual diary, two-page spread (student project, 2011)

Beat book cover design – sketches and layout ideas
Visual diary, two-page spread (student project, 2011)

'A meme that launched a millions trips' – final cover design

‘A meme that launched a millions trips’ – final cover design

For this project we had to use found images and a limited colour palette to design the cover of a book about the beat poets. My cover is a paper collage of photographs, censored texts and deconstructed poetry. The background features excerpts from the works of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs that I have retyped, rearranged, printed, torn into pieces and transferred on to paper using an acetone printing technique (the same technique I used for my book without boundaries). The acetone transfer produced a wonderful, imperfect, aged sort of effect which you can see in more detail below.

Final cover design, detail

Final cover design, detail

The diary pages are from a journal I put together for my Design & Arts College exhibition in 2012. Two years of research, ideas, word maps and sketches had to be reduced to a mere 72 pages. It was no easy task but I now have a beautiful, professionally bound diary that I’ll always treasure.

Fireflies

Fireflies – mixed media (acrylic, paper, ink and digital), 145 x 235 mm, 2013.

Fireflies – mixed media collage (acrylic, paper, ink and digital), 145 x 235 mm, 2013.

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