Not long to go now!

On the 7th August ‘Retold’ opens to the public at Toi Poneke, Wellington. It’s exciting times as Toi Poneke is celebrating it’s 10th birthday as well, so on Saturday the 8th of August from 10-4pm all sorts of events are planned. A performance as the fox from ‘The Golden Bird’ fairy tale by Kenneth Männchen at 12pm (he modeled for the painting). There are open studios, craft and dance workshops, photo shoots all sorts check out the schedule on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/834097863349641/

Countdown to ‘Retold– Paintings from the Grimm Project’ exhibition launch

It’s 3 weeks out from the launch of ‘Retold – Paintings from the Grimm Project’ and it’s been all action stations in the studio as I’ve been busy finishing off the body of work for this exhibition. Retold will be on show at Toi Poneke Gallery, 61 Abel Smith Street, Wellington, NZ from the 7th – 29th of August. I have been fortunate enough to receive a grant in support of this exhibition from The Emerging Artists Trust which I am immensely grateful for. A big shout out goes out to them – thanks! An exciting addition to the exhibition…

Shaping up

Preparations are in full swing as I get ready for my exhibition at Toi Poneke in Wellington, NZ in August. The exhibition title is ‘Retold’ a most fitting title for a visual retelling of these tales indeed. Of course the paint is drying slower than I’d like, the cold winter months reek havoc with certain colours. But hey if I have to take a heater to it I will! This has been an immensely enjoyable journey interpreting the Grimm’s tales and one that I aim to continue for some time yet. Playing with painterlyness, drawing, texture, scrapping I love what…

So what’s been happening with this Grimm Project?

I know it’s been an age since a posted about this project. But there is good reason for this, it’s what I call ‘The call of the studio‘ or perhaps better still the ‘Pull of the paints‘ in other words when the studio beckons you not much writing happens! I’ve been so enjoying creating the paintings for this project that it’s hard to find enough hours in the day to satisfy my need to paint. I sneak away to the studio in the evenings as I just can’t get enough of it during the day – oh it so beckons…

Sand in the Apricot Jam – the paintings explained

If you would rather make your own reading of the artworks that form Sand in the Apricot Jam read no further, just look at the pictures! But if you’re curious to the hear the artist’s explanation of the works then read on as I explain each panel and why I represented the things I did, in the way I did. Evacuation of the wounded from Gallipoli/Being reunited with his horse in the desert (Panel1) This first panel of ‘Sand in the Apricot Jam’ portrays the NZMR at Gallipoli and later a soldier being reunited with his horse on his return…

The Artist’s Residency at Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre, Upper Hutt, NZ

Between July 12th and 15th August I was artist in residence at Expressions working on Sand in the Apricot Jam. It must have been a rather worrying sight for the Director and Curator of the gallery to have an artist turn up with only one of the four 3m panels complete and with only the assurances of the artist that it will all be finished within the month! But if they were concerned they didn’t let on and left me too it. Creating the work onsite offered quite a different way of working in that not only could I work…

Watch out for flying paintbrushes

Oh dear! I thought I’d be able to manage running my blog and paint the Sand in the Apricot Jam series ah but as always the paintbrushes take priority. The paintbrushes are currently swishing at speed. But shortly I’ll take a brief respite from the smell of oil paint and share my experience of this artist’s residency which I can say now has been a fantastic! Bare with!