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Trying out a new layout style with a mashup of native New Zealand plants and birds

Step up – Gouache, ink and resin on Stonehenge 245gsm print paper – Available (Framed) AU$240.00 from Sketch and Tulip, North Melbourne

Love love love how it turned out.  Its led me to a new series of works in this layout style, featuring a mashup of that oh so lovely plant the orchid – With an emphasis on my most beloved : The Slipper.  I’m slowly pulling in other features to the work, so that the series grows ever more lush and bizarre the further along track it gets.

Its the first series of work I’ve been excited about enough to want to publicly show in a while now – And I’ve found myself the perfect little venue at Sketch and Tulip close by to my place in North Melbourne!

 

Note : This work is currently 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

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Yay got to go pick up all my prints today from AWP so exciting getting to bring them all home and unwrap them!

Pretty tired tonight… Tui was kind enough to wake me up at 5.30 by shaking cold water all over me from the doll she’d just washed in the sink. Not in a very fun way to wake up, though quick… Really hope my yelp of shock has put her off doing it again!  Anyways. Means I’ll post up the rest of the pics with close ups tomorrow. Night x

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I’ve just completed a short relief print class at Australian Print Workshop on Gertrude street in Fitzroy, running every Tuesday evening over the last four weeks.

It was a really fun little workshop, giving me the opportunity to make Vinyl, Linocut and Woodblock prints using the various printing presses they have on site.

These are a few pics from the first print I made using a vinyl block to create a single colour image. Printed using their beautiful Columbian printing press.  (Below)

I need to wait until next week, when the ink on the rest of my prints will be dry before I can go pick them up – And post up pics of course… So can’t wait!

Tui in Wgtn Wind – Edition of 3 onto Stonehenge 245gsm Printmaking paper 255 x 278mm.  I have decided to sell one print only – Check it out on Felt.

UPDATE : So I managed to press another two of this print the following week – This time on a handmade flax paper I’ve been hoarding since my mother sent me over a stack for my birthday. I love seeing the Tui on a handmade paper derived from the plant its perched on in the print. Also how the paper colour works with the black ink.

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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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So here’s the latest panting I’ve been working on – A native bush and bird scene on handmade flax paper.  It was commissioned as a wedding present for a couple who got engaged at Pukaha Wildlife centre at Mt Bruce in the Wairarapa.

Above is the finished painting, before adding the resin topcoat.  Because the flax paper I used as the support was unsized, I needed to start with a base coat of acrylic before applying gouache.  This prevents the gouache from soaking straight into the paper and bleeding through the layers – Which also makes this particular paper feather and break up.  However, the acrylic layer means the gouache just sits on top without binding, and would slowly crack and flake off over time.  The resin I use as a top coat stops this, and still keeps the paper flexible.  Here it is with the resin :

It adds a beautiful crystal gloss finish and deepens the colours up too – Back to what they looked like when I mixed them up wet. Le Franc gouache dries lighter.

The resin has also brought out different colours in the layers of the flax paper as its absorbed more in some places than others.  At first I thought I’d add a second layer of resin to try and even this out, but when I looked at it again after the resin had set, I decided to keep it as it is.  The flax border is matte, with slight sheen in some places where the paper has absorbed less and the resin is sitting on top – It’s rather reminiscent of tree sap on bark and also contrasts really nicely with the shine on the painted area.  I’ve decided it fits really well. Better than if the whole piece was gloss.

*If you click on each of the photos, it should bring up an enlarged image to view.

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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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