Steve Molloy and I have started a vlog on our adventures taking our Art to the rest of the world.
You can follow us on FB https://www.facebook.com/Travelling-TArts-626604220867011/ or I will be posting the clips I do here and on You tube.
Here's our 1st ever clip, enjoy... https://youtu.be/Q67tqgsGCgY
I'm on the move again, yep, moving house for the 2nd time in 3months, as well as fundraising for the upcoming Artist trip to Paris. So I am selling the pieces I have available in the studio to lighten the load and help cover the cost of the trip.
Check out the crazy prices on the much loved pieces below and email me if you would like to put one on a wall at your place firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm available if you want to pop by and have a look all of next week, drop me a line on 027 207 6809.
Pohutukawa Sky -a second look
Acrylic on on Canvass.
1800 x 1900 m
Pick Me, Lylac/Grey, Blue or Lylac /Green .
Acrylic on Board
1220 x 900 mm
Acrylic on Canvas
960mm x 1680mm
You can also help support the Paris adventure by checking out my boosted campaign and making a donation. The way it works is I must reach the target in the days remaining. If I fail to do so none of the pledged donations get taken from those people and therefore I determined $0. If everyone who has liked my art page donated $20 we hit that target easily. so check it out.
To those that have already donated, I am so incredibly appreciative, you make my heart sing and I am forever grateful for you generosity and support. Much love xx!
Very excited after hibernating in the studio for a few days, I've finally finished Pohutukawa Sky- A Second Look and just as a wee bonus tried my hand at framing it! Nothing like a small 1950mm x 1680mm size frame in natural pine as an intro to framing, but pretty pleased with the result (excuse the bad photography lighting in my studio).
Think I can officially add that feather to my bow of many.
So I'm heading back to Paris (May 2017) to exhibit once again at Rivoli 59, and this time I am planning to cover Paris in Pohutukawa leaves.
Part of my plan to get myself there is to sell some of my recent creations, Pohutukawa brooches.
Here is the 1st collection for you to choose from, you can be some of the 1st people in the world to own a Linda McFetridge designer brooch! See the below image, its kinda fun wearing them in a not so traditional way and makes a great sound when you walk..They do look just a good in singles or as a duo on a lapel or hat.
Selling the brooches individually drop me an email if you'd like one. email@example.com
If you scroll down to the 3rd image you can choose your leaf. They are numbered to make life easier. just flick me an email stating what number leaf you'd like. firstname.lastname@example.org
They do make very cool presents esp for kiwis living overseas. The are extremely light so easy to post
I also have wall installations for sale. Again brilliant pressies for those overseas needing a little slice of NZ in their world.
So continuing where we left off...
Step five: the undercoat. I tend to do some yellow, red and leave a couple white to add to the different tones that come through in the end result for the batch.
Step Six: adding the the shading and starting to create the 3d effect with slightly different shades and a little black to bring in the shadowing.
Step eight: the multiple layers of glazing. It's here the individual characteristics of each leaf start to develop.
Step nine: the backs...
Step ten: the Stalks...
Step eleven: Dots!!!
Step twelve: the golden rings around the dots.
Finally 2 weeks later and all finished off with a coat of varnish, a pile of leaves.
Thought I would give you an insight into the making of the leaf, the process behind the art so to speak. This was my weekend's work.
Step one : Drawing the shape or marking out the pattern to cut. I often trace around real leaves that fall off the tree in my garden or use other leaves I have already made.
I tend to do a few more than one at a time....
Step 2: Cutting them out on the ol' scroll saw. Far kinder on my back compared to the jigsaw I use to use.
Step 3: The Sander.... Thank god for power tools, I use to do them by hand!
Notice the gloves?...There's Nothing like catching your nail on an electric sander .... or the side of your finger, sending you into 10mins of agony on your knees at your kitchen sink, with you finger under running cold water, followed by another 15 mins lying on you back on the kitchen floor trying not to faint, you good hand gripped firmly around the finger lacking a few skin layers, hoping that if you squeezed it hard enough it would block of the pain. I hate it when that happens.
Hence the new work mantra of safety first esp around those things that can do the best damage.
Step 4: the Priming or undercoat.
Its here that those all important brush strokes need to be carefully put on as they come through all of the pain layers still to come and play into the 3d effect depending on their curve, so it takes a little while, and patience.
And finally voilà, 60 leaves ready to start painting. Not bad for a weekend's work.
Part 2 to follow "the painting of the leaf"
Think I'm going to throw myself into a bit of leaf making and gathering this weekend, (no need for rakes or leaf blowers)....
...well easel more accurately.
Here is the 2nd of the "Pick Me Series. Just completed this morning:
Pick Me - Lilac Hydrangea
Really satisfying working with this form and I love how my technique has developed over the 2 similar paintings in this series.
Hi there and welcome to my page. I'm an artist living in Oakura, Taranaki, NZ.