Small Reminders

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

“…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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Self-portrait in progress

Anna Cull Work in progress

Here is a little something I’ve been experimenting with as a way of making use of an old (vintage 1970s), much loved and sadly threadbare tea towel.

Work in progress #1 – using gel medium as a glue, I covered a piece of artboard with the teatowel to make a linen canvas
Work in progress #1 – using gel medium as a glue, I made a linen canvas by covering an artboard with the tea towel (I have enough fabric left over to make another canvas)
Work in progress #2 – I began painting with acrylics thinned with polymer medium and used a photo of myself as a child for reference
Work in progress #2 – I began painting with acrylics thinned with polymer medium and used an old photo of myself as a reference
Work in progress#3 – I continued to build up the layers with thicker, more opaque acrylics to unify the different elements
Work in progress #3 – I continued to build up the layers with thicker, more opaque acrylics to unify the different elements

I’ll post the finished painting tomorrow.

Shoot it, Sketch it: City lights

City Lights, original photo – Christchurch, 2012.
City Lights, original photo – Christchurch, 2012.

Today’s Shoot it, Sketch it offering is based on a photo I took on my way to LUXcity last year. For one night, Christchurch was illuminated by 16 light installations created by architecture and design students from across New Zealand. The event provided an opportunity to visit a part of the central city that many of us hadn’t seen since the earthquake in February 2011. An hour before the event, the Great Airbrush Artist in the Sky painted a breathtakingly beautiful sunset and stole the show.

City Lights – mixed media, 2013.
City Lights – mixed media, 2013.
City Lights – chalk pastel and tinted charcoal, 210 x 297 mm, 2013.
City Lights – chalk pastel and tinted charcoal, 210 x 297 mm, 2013.

Also participating in Shoot it, Sketch it are Clouds of ColourThe Little LeafLunch SketchPoppytumpTwo Scamps, Breana and 30 Minute Art.

Shoot it, Sketch it: Uncharted waters

Uncharted waters – acrylic, ink and digital, 2013.
Uncharted waters – acrylic, ink and digital, 2013.
Acrylic Islands, 2013 – there be treasure buried here...
The Acrylic Islands, 2013 – peeled acrylic paint

I ventured into unfamiliar territory to produce today’s Shoot it, Sketch it. Well, it’s really more of a Shoot it, Sketch it, Peel it, Shoot it, Sketch it!

My inspiration was the leftover paint from last week’s random texture. When I lifted the dry paint off the plate I use as a palette (it just seems a bit more environmentally friendly than rinsing it down the sink), I thought the blobs of acrylic paint (shown in the photograph) looked quite beautiful and wondered if they could be used in a kind of Rorschach inkblot kind of way to inspire a new painting. And the answer is yes. Yes, blobs of paint CAN be remote islands on an old map — if that’s what you want them to be.

Also taking part in the Shoot it, Sketch it experiment are Clouds of ColourThe Little LeafLunch SketchPoppytump and Two Scamps.