The Earth Kitchen logo is a project I have been working on for a vegan and organic private dining restaurant in Kajang, Malaysia. The final logo, above, is entirely vector (which is a little unusual for me), although the leaves were drawn on paper and then reproduced in Affinity Designer to add something organic to the design. The circle represents the Earth as well as a dining plate, the colours are fresh, and I’m particularly happy with the circular e, a and c because they go so well with the other elements. Mmm, yes, designing logos is still one of my favourite things to do.
“Design is the method of putting form and content together. Design, just as art, has multiple definitions; there is no single definition. Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that’s why it is so complicated.” Paul Rand
“You enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path. Where there is a way or a path, it is someone else’s path. You are not on your own path. If you follow someone else’s way, you are not going to realise your potential.” Joseph Campbell
I’ve been busy making digital art prints for my Etsy shop… the first ones make use of a leafy ink doodle that I drew a few years ago (the prints are available here) — and even though I enjoy working on the computer, it’s been weeks since I held a paint brush and now I can’t wait to get back to my easel…
As You Like It – acrylic on canvas, 102 x 102 mm, 2015. Sold.
“There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about.” Helen Frankenthaler
This is a quirky little something I made with paint left over from ‘Ebb and Flow’ (I hate to waste paint once I’ve mixed it). I’m calling it ‘As You Like It’ because I’m not sure which way up it goes (see the slideshow below for the options) and also because I think it looks a bit like the backdrop to a Shakespearean play…
Ebb and Flow – acrylic on canvas, 150 x 305 mm, 2015
“There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.” Pablo Picasso
I have just finished a large abstract painting commission (this isn’t it ― I’m saving that post for another day). I love commissions. It was, however, quite an intense experience. I don’t know why but I find abstracts a lot more challenging than painting landscapes or birds or flowers… I guess that’s because the painting itself is the frame of reference rather than a photograph or something you can see in front of you. Which means that anything is possible. And I find that difficult, possibly because there are too many options. Some people are happy to start with an idea, a mood, a colour, a texture… I guess I’ve discovered that I like starting with an image. Of something. Anything. Anything at all.
Nugget Point, original photograph, 2013
Nugget Point, reference image (cropped, edited and flipped 180°)
So I decided to work on a little abstract just to move some paint around : ) and used a photograph taken a couple of years ago on the Otago coast as my starting point ― a photo of waves crashing against the rocks. It’s an image I’ve been wanting to paint for ages because the place left such an impression on me. I’ve called the painting ‘Ebb and Flow’ and it will be available for purchase in the very near future.