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I’ve been slowly working on a new series of works for a while now – I’m looking at pushing my orchid mash-up pieces forward more, trying to coax them into something greater than the contained tangle of plants which is their current state.

I want to increase the scale of these pieces.  Growing them bigger with the addition of many, many more malevolent elements.  I want to feed them with clutter and random objects until they become wild and overgrown and sprawl across large scale sheets of watercolour paper…

on white

But I find myself lacking.  Lacking time and space and energy to fill these large sheets of paper with the overgrown tangle of plants I see in my head.  Lacking the discipline to stay up and create, in the darkness when everyone else sleeps – Or to stay home when my friends are out having fun… I’m really not very good when it comes to missing out.  And discipline would definitely be needed to push through such a large project to completion… Not be sidetracked by the bright monsters and birds who also call for attention in my head.

Instead, I’m letting it branch off to the side.   Keeping it smaller and more achievable.  Same same, but different.  Playing with moving my paintings away from my safe and comforting paper and onto beautiful reverse linen canvas.  Simple, and yet a challenge for me – Still working with the paint I love, but in a new way : Gouache is water-based, used in a similar way to watercolour.  When painted onto an unprimed porous surface it sinks in and bleeds out – A nice effect if you were doing a silk painting… But not what I want.

Deaths head in progress

So I’ve changed up my process : I’m layering it between heat sealed flat acrylic – Like the white base layers below images on screen printed tee-shirts.  Carefully carefully, so the gouache doesn’t bleed off the edges and onto the unprimed fiber.  And then there is the issue of binding the layers of gouache – You see, if it builds up, it has the tendency to flake.  Another layer.  Varnish.  But only on the painted area.  To contrast with the matteness of the natural linen.  Slow.  Like watching paint dry.  …But I have to say, I’m loving these new steps in the process!

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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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I took a break this weekend from the new series of paintings I’ve been working on to build up my folio, and instead finished off a poster piece I’ve had sitting in my to-do pile for a while now.  I’m slowly sorting through my incomplete paintings and either culling, or working on completing them.  I’m a bit over having so many half finished ideas.  Expect to see a couple more lighter feeling poster pieces like this up soon.

This is an A3 poster version of a couple of characters from my Monster Run cards – Originally part of Fearsome friends, as can be seen here in 28for28  … A bit of larger scale brightness for the wall

 

Note : This work is currently available for sale via my Nz online Felt shop  or contact me via vincenteknight@gmail.com in regards to the purchase of this piece.

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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

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

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I spent my Friday evening, while I was waiting for D to get home from Brisbane, finishing off this little pair of A5 paintings I’ve had sitting in my ‘To do’ pile for the last few months… Finally managing to find small bites of free time to complete all these little works I haven’t had a chance to finish off because I’ve been so flat out with commission pieces / Too exhausted after days with Tui on my own to work on.

Hopefully this starts the ball rolling, and I’ll manage to get a few more completed over the next few weeks. This little pair are up on my Felt page now too.

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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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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 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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So my creative checklist at the mo has about 12 different projects that all need to be wrapped up by mid November or earlier – As in, like before I head back to Wgtn.

And it wasn’t until Thursday evening, when D informed me his contract in Brisbane means he flies out this Sunday that I realised that November actually starts this Tuesday… And that actually, my flight back to Nz is also then and not another week away.  Gah!  So now all the things I was slowly working through at a snaily pace of f@#k all have become super-urgent-must-finish.

Luckily I’ve had today free to actually work on these and have now been able to cross three things off my list.  These shadow pics being one – They’re the first of a new series I’m working on, and I’m really pleased with how they’ve turned out.  The silhouettes are drawn from the swallow photos I took a while back.  I like the simple block colours and incorporating cut away bird shapes to show the handmade flax paper.  Heres the second one :

Now I just need to stock up on some more flax paper back while I’m back in Nz!

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The railings in my lounge are covered in drying paper today…

My lunchtime was spent tea staining some new paste-up posters to get that old coming-apart-at-the-seams ephemeral look that I love.

The last set I did was with a shellac top coat, but it worked against me when it came to actually putting them up as it stopped them from absorbing so much paste and so they ended up quite bubbled and dog eared… Though this sort of added to the tatty worn imperfect image – So maybe not such a bad thing if you look at it that way…

This series is gonna be Know your Orchids and there is two copies of each – One for Fitzroy, and the other for Wgtn next month.  Now just to add the colour!

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