Emu ~ Art for Australia

Emu — acrylic on canvas, 150 x 150 mm, 2020. Available.

What a face! ‘Emu’ is the new member of the Art for Australia family of paintings. Created to raise money for people and wildlife who lost their homes because of the recent bushfires in Australia, 50% of the sale of these artworks will be donated to the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund and Wildlife Victoria. 🇦🇺

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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Kangaroo ~ Art for Australia

Kangaroo — acrylic on canvas, 205 x 205 mm, 2020. SOLD

This little kangaroo road sign is officially one of my favourite paintings. Ever. I love the curves and the colours and the sign and the shadow falling across the road. I’m a bit tempted to keep this one… So if you are interested in buying it (and supporting a good cause), I suggest hopping over to my Etsy shop before I change my mind.

‘Kangaroo’ is the latest painting created to raise money for people and wildlife who have lost their homes because of the out-of-control bushfires in Australia. I will be donating 50% of the sale of these artworks to the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund and Wildlife Victoria. 🇦🇺

Koala ~ Art for Australia

Koala — acrylic on canvas, 150 x 150 mm, 2020. Available.

This little Koala is the second in my series of small paintings created to raise money for people and wildlife who have lost their homes because of the recent bushfires in Australia. I will be donating 50% of the sale of these artworks to the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund and Wildlife Victoria. 🇦🇺

You can probably guess what the next painting in this series is going to be… but be prepared for a bit of a twist : )

Art for Australia

Superb FairyWren — acrylic on canvas, 150 x 150 mm, 2020. Available.

It has been heartbreaking to watch the bushfires wreaking havoc day after day, week after week, month after month. We watch the news from the safety of our living room in New Zealand, more than two thousand kilometres away, and feel completely helpless. I have family over there. My mother grew up in that beautiful countryside. We spent many Christmases in Victoria when I was young…

How do you paint when the world is on fire? What do you paint? Why even bother? And then I found my answer in a Maxine Hong Kingston quote:

“In a time of destruction, create something: a poem, a parade, a community, a school, a vow, a moral principle; one peaceful moment.”

This little Superb Fairy-wren is the first of a series of small canvas paintings I’m creating to raise money for people and wildlife who have lost their homes as a result of the devastating fires in Australia. I will be donating 50% of the sale of these artworks to the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund https://www.gerf.org.au and Wildlife Victoria https://www.wildlifevictoria.org.au. 🇦🇺

“the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognised as your own”

― Mary Oliver

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.

The Black Canvas

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“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

‘Chinatown’ (Melbourne) is my first ever painting on black canvas. I bought four little 4″ x 12″ canvases more than a year ago but I haven’t had the confidence to paint on them. Until now. I have no idea what flipped the switch that suddenly made it the right time but I’m so glad I did. Picking up a few tips from tutorials posted online definitely helped and it turns out that I absolutely love love love ❤❤❤ painting on black canvas.

There is a second black canvas diptych waiting in the wings, another Melbourne night cityscape. I have also bought some black gesso so that I can make my own black canvases and continue exploring this new way of painting. Happy days.

What colour is a blackbird?

Flinders Street Railway Station, Melbourne — ink and digital colour, 2016
Flinders Street Railway Station, Melbourne — ink and digital colour, 2016

“Drawing makes you look at the world more closely. It helps you to see what you’re looking at more clearly. Did you know that?”
I said nothing.
“What colour’s a blackbird?” she said.
“Black”
“Typical!”

David Almond

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