Friday, June 29, 2018

Dusk - Piko Road

I always wanted to find a frame for this painting but I have never wanted to pay a lot for it. I wanted a glowing frame one that suits the dusky glow that was there when I painted this little scene. Its funny how just today I found the perfect one. I was saying to my wife this morning I think from now on I will not be just grabbing any old frame from the thrift store. Instead I will be looking for standout frames, ones that suit the paintings I already have painted. We had some grocery shopping to do and decided to stroll down to the village shops. On our way there as usual we stopped off at three of the four opp shops in the main street. My wife went off to look for china for her photo-shoots and I retreated to the back of the shop to rummage through some of the frames I am sure I had seen the last time I was in this particular opportunity shop. I past some old couches and a desk and sitting on the floor behind them was this little gem. Immediately I knew the Piko Road painting had a home.

Here it is a real standout I think. Its now sitting in the lounge room being admired by all. It's definitely one for exhibiting later.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

New Art New Techniques.

So I just had delivery of an art work I had printed on a canvas by a company called the Canvasfactory. They are an awesome company and I recommend them to any artist wanting a canvas printed version of their art. The process I am using now is to digitally design my paintings and then get them printed on a large canvas. I will then use my plastic technique to cover the canvas in my reinterpretation of the image. I am using only originally designed images so at the end of the day the final canvas print works more like a colour rough of my final plastic painting. The other bonus is they come ready framed.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Sometimes You Get Lucky

I am often scouring the local opportunity shops and markets on the look out for old frames to revamp.
Last weekend I was lucky enough to buy these beautiful frames. I believe they are French in origin and of an 1880's era. They all have gilded plaster decorations. Already I can see the potential artworks I will be creating for each. I am over the moon with excitement.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Old Frames Revamped

As I have said before, I find old frames and dress them up a little by distressing them and then hitting them with gold or silver paint. Its great recycling and it gives me the incentive to create a new work to put into them. Here is a couple I have done recently.

Small Works of Tawa

Its a Labour Day holiday this weekend and I am back into my studio. As you probably know I enjoy pottering around and making art and today is no exception. My current material to recycle is old wooden pallets left at a local factory for people to take, its about a 1 minute walk from my house. I got the big plastic pallet for the last large artwork there.Initially I used the old wood pallets to make some seed boxes for the garden. I collected the off cuts thinking they are big enough to do art works on. So now while I do the large pieces, I've been setting up these off cuts and using any left over plastic to make these. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Yes that is the same frame for each...I cheated.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Finished Large Tawa On Plastic Crate

I have completed the large Tawa image for my future exhibition I learned a lot as I went and am about to start another one. I have also been playing with smaller works on books and on little bits of wood. Soon I hope to open an Etsy shop or some other to sell these online.

For now I'll enjoy playing with new ideas and seeing where they lead.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Now Just Buying Frames and Filling Them

Opportunity shops are great places to find old frames and old paints. Some of the pigment I use comes from acrylic and oils that people throw out. Mostly its when an art student finishes an arts course. The frames range in sizes, though I do try to get ones that are roughly equal in size. I have selected a few of these, removed the glass and then created an artwork for each. I just finished this one today.