The Sound of Things

The Sound of Things — acrylic on canvas, 205 x 610 mm, 2019. Available.

“Whoever wants music instead of noise, joy instead of pleasure, soul instead of gold, creative work instead of business, passion instead of foolery, finds no home in this trivial world of ours.”

Hermann Hesse

The High Country

The High Country — acrylic on canvas panel, framed, 205 x 255 mm, 2018. SOLD

If you’ve ever been through Springfield on your way to the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island, you would have seen this view of Mt Torlesse, Korowai/Torlesse Tussocklands Park. It is one of my favourite parts of the country. It’s also a landscape that I painted in 2014 which you can see here. I found it interesting comparing the two paintings ~ four years has gone by in my art journey and I hope I’ve learnt a thing or two along the way.

‘The High Country’ is the first of a number of landscapes that I’ve decided to revisit and paint again, this time as part of my ‘black canvas experiment’.

And I’m not going to get tired of painting on black canvas any time soon.
🏔🏔🏔 Onward and upward. 🏔🏔🏔


Canterbury art card 2015

‘Canterbury’ is a new note card/art card available from my Etsy shop. The original was painted a couple of years ago and has always been a bit of a favourite. It began life as a digital background for a student project in 2011 (see below) and I liked it so much that I decided to paint it. And print it. And frame it.

The landscape is based on several different photographs rather than a single location but it is still a typical Canterbury scene, even if I did leave out the rivers, the houses, and the sheep.

Canterbury poster background – original digital illustration, 2011
Canterbury poster background – original digital illustration, 2011
Canterbury – acrylic on canvas, 405 x 305 mm, 2013
Canterbury – acrylic on canvas, 405 x 305 mm, 2013

On the road again

On the road again – acrylic on canvas, 455 x 610 mm, 2015
On the Road Again – acrylic on canvas, 455 x 610 mm, 2015. SOLD

Here is the final painting (click here to see the original post). Yes, the colours are a little unusual ― it makes me think of old photographs and also the way memories can play tricks on us.

On the road again in more detail
On the road again, motorbike detail


On the road again, WIP/underpainting – acrylic on canvas
On the road again, WIP underpainting — acrylic on canvas

“The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you’re an artist.” David Hockney

I’m not sure I agree with Mr Hockney on this point but I do like the quote… and I did ‘cheat’ a little with this composition by removing the car in the background and changing the colours (see photographs below). I hope to have another WIP ready to show you later in the week.

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