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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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These are a couple of quick little sketches I painted up a while back now, to get my handback into painting after the massive break I had from it at the start of the year.

They’re kind of a carry on from my Tanager and orchid pieces I started on last year, but in a more relaxed, sketchy style.

I love how bright these little ones are – A splash of rainbow colour.  They make me really happy to look at… I think I need to do more!

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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.

Katies birds-2

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.

Katies birds-3

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.

Katies birds framed-1

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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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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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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