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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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I’ve just finished framing a few of my paintings to go up on the walls in Sketch and Tulip this week.  And I’ve got to say, I’m really pleased with how they’ve turned out!

Malevolentia – Gouache and ink on 245gsm Stonehenge printing paper, 250x250mm AU$240.00 (Framed) Note: Available from Sketch and Tulip

Veneficus – Gouache and ink on 245gsm Stonehenge printing paper, 250x250mm AU$240.00 (Framed) Note: Available from Sketch and Tulip, North Melbourne

Step up – Gouache, ink and resin on 245gsm Stonehenge printing paper, 250x250mm AU$240.00 (Framed) Note: Available from Sketch and Tulip

Originally I was planning on putting them in larger frames with more space around the edges.  But I ended up doing a rethink as Sketch and Tulip sell the artwork they display on a cash and carry basis.  So I decided smaller, more portable box frames might be the way to go.  Cant wait to go in and check them out when they’re up!

Note : These works are for sale framed, directly from Sketch and Tulip in North Melbourne.  Please contact Huda Sleiman in regards to the purchase of paintings. Prices are in AU Dollars.

Sketch & Tulip
364 Victoria Street, North Melbourne
(03) 9329 9665

Hours
Tues & Wed 7am–4pm
Thurs to Fri 7am–late
Sat 8am–4pm
Sun 8am-4pm

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So here’s a look into the beginning of my latest series so far…  Going to be interesting watching them grow and evolve

Orchid bomb 1:1 – Gouache and ink on Stonehenge 245gsm printing paper. Private collection

Orchid bomb 2:1 – Gouache and ink on Stonehenge 245gsm printing paper.  Available framed AU$240.00 @ Sketch and Tulip, North Melbourne

Orchid bomb 3:1 – Gouache and ink on Stonehenge 245gsm printing paper. Available framed AU$240.00 @ Sketch and Tulip, North Melbourne

Orchid bomb 4:1 – Gouache and ink on Stonehenge 245gsm printing paper  280 x 364mm  Available UNFRAMED NZ$260.00 – Please contact vincenteknight@gmail.com in regards to the sale of this piece.

 

Note : Framed works are available directly from Sketch and Tulip in North Melbourne.  Please contact Huda Sleiman in regards to the purchase of these paintings. Prices for these pieces are in AU Dollars.

Sketch & Tulip
364 Victoria Street, North Melbourne
(03) 9329 9665

Hours
Tues & Wed 7am–4pm
Thurs to Fri 7am–late
Sat 8am–4pm
Sun 8am-4pm

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Here are the first two little A5 illustrations in a new series I’m working on featuring South American Tanager birds perched on coffee plants.

These little birds are all so bright and colourful I just couldn’t resist having a go at painting them… And pair up nicely with the simplified coffee leaves.

Super cute little birds that come in so many different colours… I just need to decide on which ones to paint up next!

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Just finished an edition of four New Zealand Tui perched on a red flowering flax branch, commissioned by the Auckland council Environmental services team.

I don’t usually do a lot of edition work, so it was a bit of a challenge to paint up four pieces to look the same.  Pretty stoked with how they’ve turned out though.

Now that these are complete and ready to send off to te courier I can finally spend some time planning the two colour wood block I need to make for the relief printing workshop I’ve enrolled in at Australian Print Workshop on Gertrude street in Fitzroy!

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Remember the Paper garden I pasted up in our little brick courtyard last year?       Well it was getting a bit weathered and old – I decided to scrub it off and start fresh.

Enter my new fascination with pitcher plants… I’m determined to hunt me down one of the Nepenthes variety.  I’ve got such a thing for hanging plants at the moment!

I learnt a bit from the orchid cut outs I put up last round – This time I went for brighter, denser colour. Plus I cut right down to the image edge rather than leaving a white border.  They def. jump out at you from the bricks way more.

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This was Tui at 4am yesterday  *Well, apart from being the being a cat bit*  …Fun…

Vomit cat is actually a rather old character I came up with back when I was 19 or so.

This is how he looked the first time I drew him, on the whiteboard in the flat of the boy I rather liked at the time… Probably not so surprising that things didn’t go anywhere with the boy, though 10 years later he still remembers my little cat sketch in all its projectile glory – Even though vomit cat has never again featured with said byproduct anywhere outside my sketchbooks up until now.

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I’ve spent the last three weeks on an urgent commission piece, and have finally been able to get it finished and off to the couriers. As its a gift for someone, I cant actually post any pics up until after the 26th or so.  Until then, It’ll have to be info…

This painting contains 41 different colours. Most of them are varying shades of greens and blues.  I ended up having to make a numbered chart that matched with numbers on each paint glass I mixed so I could tell them apart on a day to day basis

*Gouache dries darker or lighter, depending on what colours you are mixing into it – So the wet paint is pretty hard to colour match with its dry counterpart on paper.

It took me 12 days/36 hours to complete… Not including the 4 days/14.5 hours I spent on the original, before I ruined it with spilt paint and had to re-do from the beginning again.  (This also doesn’t include two days I know I spent working on it, but where I forgot to record any of my hours… Gah!)

I had trouble finding a message tube wide enough so that it wouldn’t squash my painting too much when rolled, but still keep it safe when couriered between countries – So I ended up constructing my own.  I went with a triangle shape for strength. Then covered the outside with grey silk and added a bright turquoise paper lining… I figure something practical can still look good too, and this way it can be kept safely until framed.  Wish it had been flecked grey linen like the last box I made, but the fabric store were all out.  Ah well, silk did ok as a substitute instead.

Hmmm… I wonder how many of those large Toblerones you could fit in there?

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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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Ooh my little pink orchid painting is currently up on Felt’s homepage this week :

Lately Felt has been great to me, sending through lots of surprise emails notifying me that I’ve sold paintings and even a couple of my newer swallow brooches.

Its always a nice feeling to know there is someone else out there that also loves those pieces of work too.  Yay. Thanks Felt… And all the lovely people who use this site!

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