Just before Christmas I had the pleasure of decorating a friends office wall with a quick chalk sketch. Fast forward three months down the track and well, that decorated Pohutukawa tree is a little outdated calendar wise… So they asked me back in to create them a new scene for the wall. This is what I came up with :
Initially the idea was to do something to do with the changing of the seasons. However here in New Zealand we don’t really get any of the colour changing trees, or a fall harvest of pumpkins. So I thought I’d go with a beach scene with Toi Toi and other such grasses in yellows, browns and oranges. Only, after sketching in the Dunes, it was looking a little too much like the dry farmlands up and down the country thanks to the drought thats been going on… Bit of a problem really.
After a quick colour change to swap the orange out for greens, I was left with a much fresher image – Something to remember our wonderful summer by instead. Personally I would love a beach in my office, if I was going to have to work in one…
Just picture friday drinks, beach picnic styles with a couple of blankets on the floor and maybe a beach umbrella or even a palm tree thrown in for added tropicalness!
And yeah, those are a couple of sneaky easter eggs you see hiding down there at the end. Decided to throw them in, what with easter hitting us right around the corner… Strategically placed so they can be removed once the holiday has passed.
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It was a friends birthday last week, and nothing in my stockpile of currently finished work seemed quite right. So I finished off this baby thats been sitting in my half formed to-do stack :
Its one of four I started way back in Melbourne last year, as a carry on from my first colour blocked Sugar Skulls – Which I then got a little sidetracked from when my print class at APW hit. The aim was to do a more detailed set, but it meant more time involved in the finishing layers. They somehow never got completed.
Well this one gave me the kick I needed to finish off the others :
I love the bright blocks of colour. Glad I’ve finally got around to getting them done!
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Way back when I picked out my frames for the work I put up in Sketch and Tulip, I also managed to get my grubby mitts on a set of three extra blank frames of the same type, that I could fill later at my leisure. Well my little Tanager and Orchid pieces got me on a bit of a roll, and the next obvious course to take was to combine the two together.
This is the first piece completed. I wanted an off-white background, so used the tea stain method I usually use with the handmade Khadi paper, only this time on Stonehenge hot press printing paper. Its given it a lovely soft tan colour which complements really well with the pink tones in the orchids.
Blue-winged Mountain Tanager – Anisognathus somptuosus (Above). This little bird is found in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.
Western Tanager – Piranga ludoviciana (Above). This little one can be found in coniferous woods across western North America from the Mexico-U.S. border as far north as southern Alaska – They are the northernmost-breeding tanager. However, they also migrate, wintering from central Mexico to Costa Rica.
Heres a pic of it all framed up. I have one more on the go awaiting the top feather detailing and linework, and as yet one more frame awaiting the right inspiration – Though most likely another on this theme. So loving how they are turning out!
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