Tuesday, September 29, 2009

'Duffman', Bone Carving, 2009.
Still needs another sanding and was difficult adding that detail on a smaller scale, but nice to work with a good piece of bone. Starting some new paintings tomorrow.
P.S. Sweetman.....best entrance music for a hero has to be Yello's 'Oh Yeah'!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

'Kynance Cove, England', 2003.
Another piece from a road trip to Cornwall in 2003.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

'Virginia Lake, Wanganui', 2001.
During the five years I spent in Wanganui, I took many trips up to Virginia Lake to draw and sketch, not the pretty birds and lake, but the dark sinster corners leading off into the trees. I enjoyed giving the shadows some colour and this led to a series based on obscure little streams in the bush around Wellington.

Friday, September 18, 2009

'The Yes Guy', Bone Carving, 2009.
This needs a final sanding and I'm a bit disappointed that he is a little cross eyed. This will be the final bone piece for a while so I can concentrate on painting for the upcoming holidays. I will be getting some new bone soon too as I have had to use curved and stained scraps for a while now.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

'Otto', Bone Carving, 2009.
This piece of bone has a mottled red stain through it but I am still reasonably happy with it.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

'S.B', Cardboard and glue. 2009
For a class at school we are going to make pinatas and I made this as an example for the kids. I had intended to get all of the joints perfect, as a good example should be, but came to the the conclusion that it didn't matter if we were going to beat him into pieces anyway. Because of the shadows in this picture it looks like he has a mo' Flanders would be proud of. The idea came from Matt Couper's 'Hugs and Kisses' series.

Monday, September 7, 2009

'Nelson', Bone Carving, 2009.
This piece of bone is quite curved so it is difficult to get his hunchback and over-bite in the same photo. Everytime I want to move on and do something else I get another idea for a character to do but with holidays coming up, the focus will switch back to painting.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

'Sunrise, Mt Sinai, Egypt', 2004.
In 2004 I spent two weeks in Egypt with a tour group travelling around by train and truck. Easter Monday we woke up at 4am and walked up to the top of Mt Sinai with other assorted pilgrims to watch the sun rise. The warm sun was welcomed by our frozen bones and the trek back past the monastery was just as spectacular.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

'Worm's Head, Gower Peninsula, Wales', 2004.
Another piece from a little road trip around the U.K. The Gower Peninsula was very beautiful with its little bays and stone-walled, lined country lanes. Not far from the top of the path to this viewpoint was a quaint little tearoom, where I enjoyed a well earned cuppa and Devonshire scones.