Eight…

Eight years on WordPress! I’ve written more than 650 posts, uploaded well over 1800 images, and completely lost track of the number of canvases I’ve painted : ) And so it’s time for my eighth Happy Annaversary retrospective. Here is a collection of eight paintings created over the last year that represent my (current) favourite subjects and styles: the abstract floral, the do-over (that’s a style, right?), the experimental diptych, word art, New Zealand landscapes (of course), and Art for Australia.

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Spring Sale

🌸 To celebrate the arrival of SPRING 🌸 I’m giving NZ and Australian art lovers 20% off the price of everything in my Etsy shop when spending a minimum of US$15 ~ offer valid for all of September 2019 🌸

Departure and Arrival

‘Departure’ — acrylic on canvas, 200 x 200 mm, 2019. Available.
‘Arrival’ — acrylic on canvas, 200 x 200 mm, 2019. Available.

Art does not reflect what is seen, rather it makes the hidden visible.Paul Klee

These small abstracts are a continuation of what appears to be becoming a series of sunrises with windows — beginning with my two recent paintings — and although ‘Departure’ and ‘Arrival’ are available separately, I think they look even better as a diptych.

There’s something about a sunrise

‘Day by Day’ — acrylic on canvas, 355 x 460 mm, 2019
‘Changing Planes’ — acrylic on canvas, 355 x 460 mm, 2019. Available as a diptych.

Whatever happens next, it won’t be what you expected.
If it is what you expected, it isn’t what’s happening next.”

Brian Eno

Treetop family home

Treetop family home. Open-plan. Great views. — acrylic on canvas, 405 x 405 mm, 2019. Available.

My latest six-word painting is more ‘rough art’ rather than fine art. It has lots of texture and touches of iridescent white and shiny gold (which aren’t really showing up in the photos). The nest wasn’t part of the original concept but just sort of appeared while I was working on the composition. Painting this reminded me that when I was very young, I wanted to sleep in the branches of our walnut tree, underneath the stars. Who am I kidding? I still do.

Treetop — Drawing Room mock-up

 

Unplugged

She unplugged and instantly felt better — acrylic on canvas, 405 x 505 mm, 2019. Available.

In my last post, I mentioned my plan to make good use of the body of work I have accumulated as a result last year’s six-word story challenge. I painted my first six-word painting a little over a month ago. Here is the second: She unplugged and instantly felt better. True story : )

She unplugged and instantly felt better — Drawing Room mock-up

A Single Day

Everything Centred Around a Single Day — acrylic on canvas (Drawing Room mock-up), 405 x 405 mm, 2018. Sold.

I’ve been experimenting with my six-word stories again. Several months ago I created a couple of small mixed media versions by transferring printed words onto painted canvases. This time I’ve painted the words so that they are an integral part of an abstract landscape. I’m so pleased with the result that I’m already planning the next one…

All Together Now…

Four freshly varnished lily pond paintings are now looking for good homes. Extra points if you know where the titles come from : )

Here, There and Everywhere — acrylic on canvas, 405 x 405mm, 2018. Available.

We Can Work it Out — acrylic on canvas, 405 x 405mm, 2018. Available.

All Together Now — acrylic on canvas, 405 x 405mm, 2018. Available.

There’s a Place — acrylic on canvas, 405 x 405mm, 2018. Available.