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.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

A Little Countryside Scene

Just over the ridge of our valley is a lovely series of hills with little farm houses and small fields of sometimes colourful crops. What does remain constant is the hedging of each field with large trees of various shape and size. Its always a wonderful thing to sit and paint.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Landscape Recycled Plastic Bowl

I have been experimenting with some new ideas for little landscapes. This one has been created as a bowl. Again its inspired by the village landscapes of Tawa Wellington.

The main structiure is papier mache and the center colour is a orange gold.