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Water lilies – ink drawing and digital colour, 2011

Water lilies – ink drawing and digital colour, 2011

‘I have learned that what I have not drawn I have never really seen, and that when I start drawing an ordinary thing, I realise how extraordinary it is, sheer miracle.’ Frederick Franck

Give us what you’ve got

Louis — student project — ink, watercolour and digital, 2011

Louis — student project — ink, watercolour and digital, 2011

“Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor.* It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.” Steven Pressfield

*actor, artist, photographer, designer, craftsperson, writer, architect, singer, dancer, jeweller, florist, chef, poet, potter, musician, storyteller…

Shoot it, Sketch it: Pier review (WIP)

New Brighton Pier, original photo, 2013 — Cropped and Photoshopped, 2014 (click to embiggen)

New Brighton Pier, original photo, 2013 — Cropped and Photoshopped, 2014 (click to embiggen)

New Brighton Pier, Christchurch — work in progress

New Brighton Pier, Christchurch — work in progress

Yes, another phone-photo has received the Photoshop treatment. I really like the reflections in the wet sand. So far, so good…

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!

Shoot it, Sketch it: Southern Alps, Oxford

Southern Alps, Oxford – acrylic on canvas, 204 x 204 mm, 2014

Southern Alps, Oxford – acrylic on canvas, 204 x 204 mm, 2014  (SOLD)

Southern Alps, Oxford, original photo, 2012 — Cropped and Photoshopped photo, 2014

Southern Alps, Oxford, original photo, 2012 — Cropped and Photoshopped, 2014 (click to embiggen)

Question: when is a bad, low-res phone photo a good photo? Answer: when it’s the only one you’ve got. After opening my horribly pixelated image in Photoshop, I lightened it a little and messed around with artistic filters until I had something I didn’t object to looking at, printed it, and painted it. The details you would normally expect to see in a ‘good’ photo were slightly blurred and kind of painterly even before I started working on the canvas — which was an unexpected bonus because it meant not having to squint (a time-honoured technique for getting rid of unnecessary details). I really like not having to squint.