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Begin it now

Warm Night, Southern Sky – acrylic on canvas, 605 x 910 mm, 2015.  For sale at The Christchurch Art Show, June 2015.

Warm Night, Southern Sky – acrylic on canvas, 605 x 910 mm, 2015

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” W. H. Murray

As I mentioned last week, I’ve started preparing for this year’s Christchurch Art Show. It will be my first exhibition* and all artworks will be for sale. I’ll be surrounded by talented artists and awesome art (there’s a video of last year’s event on their website) and I’m a little nervous about it ― but when the opportunity presented itself last year (a nice lady from the show contacted me, having seen my work on this blog, and suggested that I apply), it seemed like the right ‘next step’ for me and my art. I’m now doing my best not to stress about it but I have quite a few large and large-ish canvases I need to paint in order to have enough work for the four-day exhibition. I’m telling myself: one painting at a time… and the show isn’t until June…

‘Warm Night, Southern Sky’ is the first of those canvases ― one down, (at least) six more to go.

THE CHRISTCHURCH ART SHOW  11th–14th June 2015
Tickets on sale now : )

My thanks to Kathie Pugaczewski for making me aware of the W. H. Murray quote.

Red sky at night, original photo – Christchurch, 2012

Red sky at night, original photo – Christchurch, 2012

This is the second time I’ve used my ‘red sky at night’ photograph as a reference for a painting. The first was an ink and watercolour sketch (click here to see the post).

* Strictly speaking, I have had student exhibitions and I did take my work to a mini market last year — this event, however, is much (much) bigger. And scarier. Onward and upward.

My little autumn sunset is now for sale

Through the trees — acrylic on canvas, 100 x 305 mm, 2014

Through the trees — acrylic on canvas, 100 x 305 mm, 2014  (now SOLD)

I’ve just popped this up on Etsy and I’m already having second thoughts about selling it. I do hope that letting go of my favourites will get easier ― but I suspect it won’t.

A little light relief

Through the trees — acrylic on canvas, 100 x 305 mm, 2014

Through the trees — acrylic on canvas, 100 x 305 mm, 2014

This is one of the smallest paintings I’ve ever done! It’s based on this painting and this photograph that I posted last year. It may still be autumn (officially) in Christchurch but this month has felt a lot more like winter ― the sunny glow coming from this little canvas has been very welcome here in the art cave.

Shoot it, Sketch it: Riverbank

Riverbank (the Avon River), Christchurch, 2013

Riverbank (the Avon River), Christchurch, 2013

The riverbank – ink on paper, 145 x 210 mm, 2014

The riverbank – ink on paper, 145 x 210 mm, 2014

Serious scribble therapy!

The riverbank, detail

The riverbank, detail