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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CBD

CBD – note card from an original illustration
CBD – note card from an original illustration

‘CBD’ is another favourite that is now available as a note card. This one sprang from my ‘In the style of…’ drawing experiment and was inspired by the work of Jim Flora. You can read the original post here. It is based on a photograph I took of Christchurch in 2010. The centre of town looks nothing like this now… I really need to go in and take an ‘after’ shot ― I suspect that the only thing still standing will be that tree.

Click on the image to visit my Etsy shop : )

Eight seconds

Eight-Second Exposure – acrylic on canvas, 605 x 910 mm, 2015
Eight-Second Exposure – acrylic on canvas, 605 x 910 mm, 2015

My final painting for this month’s art show was inspired by one of my favourite photographs (below) which I took using an eight-second exposure. It was quite a windy evening and so the kinetic sculpture is moving just as much as the tree, something I really wanted to show in the painting. I’ll post WIP photos later in the week. There are a few more photos of Phil Price’s wonderful sculpture ‘Nucleus’ in action here.

Nucleus, 2010 (photo reference)
Nucleus, 2010 (photo reference)

Anyone who knows Christchurch will appreciate that although the sculpture is still standing, the Majestic Theatre/Majestic House (on the left) and the ANZ Bank Chambers building were damaged beyond repair by earthquakes a few years ago and are no longer with us. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to take lots of photographs in the central city in the months prior to those devastating events.

Eight-Second Exposure, Nucleus detail
Eight-Second Exposure, Nucleus detail
Eight-Second Exposure, ANZ detail
Eight-Second Exposure, ANZ detail
Eight-Second Exposure, tree detail
Eight-Second Exposure, tree detail

Shoot it, Sketch it: Cathedral Junction

Cathedral Junction — ink and watercolour, 240 x 180 mm, 2014
Cathedral Junction — ink and watercolour, 240 x 180 mm, 2014. SOLD
Tram photograph and WIP
Tram photograph and WIP

I’ve been meaning to get around to this one for ages. The photograph originally featured in my In the Style of… Fougasse and became an ink sketch coloured in Photoshop. I’ve redrawn it and replaced the digital colour with watercolour. After a little bit of trial and error experimentation, I decided on the version you see here. I did try it with more colour but it just looked wrong. Overworked and wrong. I may paint it again and colour only the leaves… ‘Cathedral Junction’ is now my first watercolour for sale on Etsy.

Anna’s art is now on Etsy

Anna Cull Etsy banner 2014

A catchy little post title, yes? So I’ve finally done it. It’s been some time coming but I’m now selling my paintings on Etsy. It’s a bit scary (who am I kidding… it’s a lot scary) but it simply had to be done ― I’m nearly out of room in the art cave! I listed these eight paintings this morning (actually there are nine because one is a diptych). I’ll be adding a few more later in the week (once the varnish is dry). As always, I’ll keep you posted here and on Facebook…

I’ve also updated my About page.

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P.S. The pink floral wallpaper background is NOT for sale : )

Honouring our past

Anna Cull Earthquake editorial quote

“If we do not honour our past, we lose our future. If we destroy our roots, we cannot grow.” Friedensreich Hundertwasser

Commemorating the 2011 Christchurch earthquake in which 185 people lost their lives. Many homes, businesses and heritage buildings were destroyed. We are still a city in recovery. This is a period in history which will, no doubt, be remembered as both the breaking and the making of our city.