Better days

Tin roof rusted – acrylic on canvas, 505 x 760 mm, 2015
Tin Roof Rusted – acrylic on canvas, 505 x 760 mm, 2015. Available for purchase.

Better days, hot meals,
laughter and tears ― I wonder
who used to live here.

We discovered this wonderful old building in Christchurch a few years ago. The house has been around for a hundred years and has, no doubt, seen better days. It made me think about the family that grew up here and saw this house as their home — years ago, before the paint peeled and the roof rusted and the weeds took over — and that’s what inspired the haiku.

Connal Street, Woolston – original photograph, 2012
Connal Street, Woolston – original photograph, 2012
Tin roof rusted – roof detail
Tin roof rusted – roof detail
Tin roof rusted – door detail
Tin roof rusted – door detail
Tin roof rusted – roses detail
Tin roof rusted – roses detail

Black rose?

Black Rose – acrylic painting with haiku title, 102 x 102 mm, 2015
Black Rose – acrylic painting with haiku title, 102 x 102 mm, 2015. SOLD

The faint impression
of a black rose at midnight:
real or imagined?

Underneath several layers of black paint (and quite a few layers of varnish) is a painting of a gold rose I didn’t like. Now that it’s almost completely black, I’ve decided I quite like the texture and the way the light catches the flecks of gold… I’m just not sure if it’s still a rose.

The very small painting with the really long title

Where shadows grow long at the foot of the mountain, ghost trees shine like gold. Acrylic on canvas, 102 x 102 mm, 2014
Where shadows grow long
at the foot of the mountain,
ghost trees shine like gold.
Acrylic on canvas, 102 x 102 mm, 2014. Sold.

Ghost trees, Arthur’s Pass, original photo, 2013 — Cropped and Photoshopped, 2014 (click to embiggen)
Ghost trees, Arthur’s Pass, original photo, 2013 — Cropped and Photoshopped, 2014 (click to embiggen)

The really long title is also a haiku. I’m thinking it may be the first of a series of mini canvas + haiku combinations.

The painting is based on another phone-camera image edited in Photoshop. Good old Photoshop!