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.

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 I was going about 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.

Friday, April 14, 2017

After a few more processes.

Here is the finished image after 11 secret herbs and spices have been added. Thanks to Inkscape and Fotosketcher. Suitable for cards, posters and maybe even a kids book.

Illustrating with Blender3D

For a year now in Wellington, I have been drawing on the train in the mornings on my way to work. Recently I have had an idea that I should experiment and use 3D software in conjunction with hand illustrated textures to build interchangeable objects that can be used to create a multitude of images for illustrated works. I use Blender 3D for a lot of my animated commercial work and I thought why not build a library of illustration objects to use as textures on 3D objects. On the train I seem to have a regular following of observers who discretely look at what I am drawing. But with this current drawing trend I believe I am confusing my regular train viewers who are used to me drawing complete images. I now draw these types of images instead.

I have added these texture maps ( that's what they are called ) to a 3D model I roughly base on the images. I also draw trees and buckets and grass tufts to eventually add to the 3D scene. I render these out and the result is a sweet scene that is able to be staged and dressed differently each time.

The final render is looking good so far. I'll add more images as I go.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Large Mural For a Pizza Shop

Last year I was pleased to get the opportunity to design a large mural of the Cowboys football team mucking about at Smiles Stadium. The client was very clear about what they wanted, which is always a good thing. I really enjoyed the caricature aspect of this mural having fun with details like the two mascots and the geckos placement. This all took about 6 weeks to get right and the customer says they are over the moon with joy.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Other Than Plastic 2017

Recycling plastic is not my only passion, I have also always enjoyed doing cartoon caricatures. When I was young I used to do cartoons of my father and his workmates in the drawing ( drafting ) office that he work in. I would do caricatures of the Christian Brothers teachers at the school I went to, often in an unfavorable light as it won me approval with classmates. Over the years I have occasionally done caricatures of my friends and family pets. Recently I have been getting lots of commissions and contract work to do caricatures of sporting identities and corporate teams. Today I finished a set of seven drawings for managers of a New Zealand Gov't organization. I hope I nailed their likenesses.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Other Little Projects For 2017

For a good while now I've been interested in the fetishization of robots by modern society. From an early age I was fascinated by famous robot characterizations like Gigantor, Astro boy, the robot from the Forbidden Planet and Invisible boy movies and of course Silent Running and Star Wars. These pre-real robots, I feel are an homages to a technology we don't quite know or understand as social phenomenon. I find myself asking what sort of waste and refuse will be left by them as they become obsolete like mobile phones from the 90's are now. Also I tend to think we have strange expectations of robots, will they bring with them happiness and new hope or be as co-modified as computers and their peripherals. In a way, I think that the modern artistic ideology of what a robot will be, is similar to that of the Cargo Cult natives of New Guinea and their building of effigies of airplanes with the belief that these likenesses would bring prosperity and plenty. The sculptures here, are a start to a theme I would like to pursue in my art. It is a mix of the cargo cult iconography, African fetish and that expectation of our modern culture that robots will bring solutions to many needs that we find it hard to address in society like pollution, war, elderly care, loneliness and the need for growth in economy.

I am calling this theme my robot fetish.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Some New Year New Zealand Works

Seeing in the Christmas / New Year period in New Zealand, I've have had time to finish off some colourful artworks. Though the last one is unfinished by a whisker but I still wanted to post it.These are not actually in frames but I believe that I should find frames as close to the ones I have mocked up here.