Friday, August 11, 2017

Tawa Valley Large Work

This is where I have got on my large Tawa valley image. The photo doesn't do it justice. I am looking at adding a lot more golden and bright colours to the trees. The scene is of the valley just as autumn is coming to an end. The gold is always a delight to see on the hills high up on the other side of the view. It changes within minutes to make another small hillock glow with a pink or a light green. I am really enjoying working on this painting.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Old Books As Canvases

I have been doing my art onto old books. Surprisingly they make very good recyclable objects to turn into art with my plastic technique. About 3 weeks ago I was talking to a friend telling her how was doing this. I told her I'd do one for her and she should try and find an old children's book that her kids no longer read. A day or two later she turned up with a little semi hard back book. She said she wanted a Wellington view so I did this one and finished it today.  I hope she likes it.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Lux Pax Clutch Art

My Lux Pax range of fashion accessories is starting to show some promise. These clutch bags are starting to sell. I'm sure its to do with the now sensible prices being asked for them. I plan on getting as many designs up there as I can. I would have really loved getting involved in this type of product sooner in my design career. But I guess anytime is a good time to see your art on products.

Friday, June 9, 2017

New Work In The Rough

I am roughing out a large artwork of the Tawa valley. It is one of a new series of Tawa inspired works. I recently completed a diptych of the view from Takapu Road looking back at "The Bucket Tree". I also intend on doing a plastic painting of the Arohata prison from the Countdown car park.
But for now this Tawa inspired work is taking form. The small painting bellow is one half of The Bucket Tree diptych to show how I will treat this larger painting.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

My Designs Now Selling On Vida

I have been very interested in using my artworks in a range of clothing and accessories lines. So having looked around for a quality online outlet, I have decided upon Vida where I sell using the Lux Pax label. I am excited at the prospect of building up a range of beautiful garments based on my recycled plastic artworks.

Larger Work For 2017

I am slowly getting better at my recycled plastic technique. I have some larger works on the way and feel now I can get one done over the course of 3 weekends. I will frame these to sell eventually but for now they are more about my learning what can be done with plastic and pigment. The bottom image here is the artwork being blocked out. I'll post it again once it is finished.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Tawa Has Been Inspirational

I live for the moment, in a beautiful village suburb outside of Wellington New Zealand. My picturesque surrounds have been a real inspiration for my art. I can see large forests of pine spread above native bush and manicured gardens that change colour throughout the day with the ever changing light in the valley. I have been busy in my garage studio creating these small works. They aren't actually framed yet, these have just been mocked up for me to get an idea how they will look. I am considering framing them with a method mentioned to me by artist Merry Sparks. I recently met her while in Queensland for my daughter's wedding. She suggested using a simple floating frame and after some research, I am thinking that I could probably build these myself. I'll let you know how it goes.