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Recently, I was given a stack of cast-off scratched, or just really bad House records – Yaya… Talk about score!

So here’s my newest work created using one of said records as the support :

I really wanna do a series of these now… Just got to find the time/ motivation between the moving and sorting out the mess which is my life of late.  They’re about all I’m up to creative wise – A bit of bright, slightly warped colour to take me away from it all.

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I painted these little abstracts up recently when I ended up at home on my own on a Saturday evening :

Inspired by Paua shells and others such treasures found in rockpools, I opted for blues, greens and purples. With a soft tea stain as the background base.  They’re a bit different from my usual works, but perfect considering the headspace I’ve been in lately, which feels rather rough and turbulent – The way waves pick up small objects to toss them around and discard at random along the shore.

I’ve just put them up on my Felt Sale shop if you are interested. Enjoy!

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Purple Honeycreeper – Gouache, ink and resin on handmade cotton rag Khadi paper, 148 x 210mm – A5 NZ$95.00 (Unframed)

I added another little painting to my Tanager series I’ve been working on, on and off over the second half of this year – This is the Purple Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes caeruleus). Another member of the South American Tanager family.  I just love the gorgeous bright colours of these little birds… Really fun to paint.

Also spent the weekend updating my Felt shop which I’ve been neglecting a bit of late – So this little painting is actually up on there now, along with a few of my other recent works I hadn’t gotten around to posting up.  Enjoy!


Note : Available UNFRAMED NZ$95.00 – Please contactvincenteknight@gmail.com in regards to the sale of this piece.

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Apparently my Native New Zealand bird series have been a bit of a hit. …I currently have six different requests for Fantails, Tui, Huia and Saddleback birds.  I think this is fantastic – These wee birds are going to help fund my winter boot addiction.

I’m trying to make it a habit to paint up a couple of test birds first – To get my hand used to the fine detail on the feathers if I’ve had a few weeks away from painting. And its a good way to try out positions so the birds look natural too.

This is my Saddleback bird perched on a yellow Flax branch – Its A4, and is the first of two I’m painting up to see how they look.  I reckon it works… What do you think?

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Here are the finished pair of A4 Tui paintings that I tried out on a landscape positioned paper, after seeing how well my fantail turned out :

They’ve been good practice for the commission piece I’ve been working on, which is a bush scene with a couple of native New Zealand birds.  I’m just up to pouring its resin topcoat now – So will post it up in the next few days once the resin has dried.

In the meantime, I’ve added these two up to my shop page on Felt.

Hmmm… I wonder which little birds I should have a go at painting next?

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Finally got around to finishing off the detail and line work of the second little Tui that I originally painted up as part of my A5 paired native birds I was working on before I got that last big commission painting which steamrolled everything else.

Well the first Tui sold, along with my little fantail pair, but it was good to get this one finished off with the top detailing all the same – My current commission piece is all about native birds, so practicing a couple more Tui before hand is all good.

Anyways – I loved how these little ones turned out so much colour wise, and also what my bigger A4 fantail looked like in landscape form, that I thought I’d try another couple of Tui at this bigger size too.  Will post an update in the next few days when they’re all done and dusted… But I think they’re gonna look good!

Have popped it up on my Felt page for sale here.

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I’m currently working on a commission painting that involves native New Zealand birds.  So I started with a few sketches.  I thought I’d try out these little 10x10cm canvases to see if I could make use of the sketches after I was finished with them :

I began with a two tone background made with a print from a vintage embossed wallpaper I’ve been saving. I then built up some texture with a crackle medium that I worked back into with a chocolate gouache which I rubbed back – It gives them a bit of a worn, distressed look when you see them up close.  I added the sketches and sealed them onto the canvas with a clear layer of gloss resin, before working over top with gouache for the white highlighting on the birds and the Manuka branches.

Sweet. I like the subtle muted colours of these little pieces. May have to try out a few more with the other four pages of bird sketches I currently have!

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So after the success of my Red onion jam I thought I’d add to my cupboard with some spiced Nectarine chutney.  I made up Armadillo labels up this time round.

Decided to add to the cartoon series inspired by these little labels too.  So here are my Armadillos with their stacked up chutney hoard :

And Llama Llama sauce for the Spiced plum rocket fuel I plan to make up tomorrow… As I’ve left it way too late tonight to start anything cooking now.

I like the simplicity of these pieces. With the handmade brown fibre paper showing through where I’ve left the Animals, borders and jars raw and unpainted.

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Inspired by my Narwhal jam labels.  I wanted to keep the natural brown look I had with the tape labels I made for my Red onion jam, so painted this cartoon on a natural handmade paper with raw fibre, leaving the narwhals and borders clean.

Picture measures 252 x 370mm – Its up in my Felt shop here.

I have three more sheets of this paper at the same size… Thinking I may have to use them make a series of four in this style.

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I was going to save posting this Tui for when I had the second complete too… However yesterday I picked up a commission piece for an anniversary present, that needs to be completed and sent off to the courier in less than three weeks.

Its a good challenge to make things interesting at the moment, especially as its of a subject matter I wouldn’t usually choose to paint.  But it also means putting my personal projects on hold, so I’ll just post the first Tui in the mean time… Which I’ve actually already had the pleasure of selling, along with the previous Fantail pair in the set, just this morning!

Have to say, I’m going to miss this little one thats temporarily sat in my hallway this past week – When this commission paintings done and dusted I’m definitely going to start a new one to fill its empty place in the frame… That is, if I can squeeze it in before the April one is due!

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