The intention of this blog is to act like an online journal. A place to record musings, have work book pages, show case sources of inspiration; to help enrich the context of the work that we are about to make.
This gorgeous beauty was seen in the streets of Melborne, Australia. I don't think that he flew there of his own accord. What a gorgeous piece to put into a grey old urban envrionment. Thanks to Wooster Collective for this treasure.
As I was researching images on the net, I came across quite a few images of birds actually being held. In the process of monitering and assisting them, of course it can't be helped. It got me thinking about different notions around the saying 'A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.'
a peeved piwakawaka
How old fashioned the values are behind that expression. With regard to endangered species and ecological ideals, it is completely the reverse now-a-days; we want them to be free and to be reestablishing themselves in our forests.
a beautiful kokako
I have to admit that I was silly and didn't record where I got these images, so if I 'borrowed' them from you. Please let me know and please may I use them :)
The darker a painting is, the more washes of paint that went into it. Tui in particular take quite a bit of working up to achieve the depth of colour that creates a similar lustrous effect like that on their feathers.
The first couple of layers rough out the shape, while the next ones start defining the tui's form.
Once the form is starting to take place, the planes of the feathers are worked up; until lastly the details within her plumage.
Finally she is finished, with the addition of her poi and collar feathers.
Attempting to tidy up my studio, I came across some old letraset that I had forgotten about. In the pile was this sheet of flourishes of used on old copperplates.
They are just fantastic referencing Victorian printing and publishing. Previously motifs I have used have been based on kowhaiwhai and whakairo patterns. There is potential mabye for them to be combined?
'Korimako Iti' 2011
Gregory Euclide, one of my favourite artists uses swirls wonderfully within his work. They have strong calligraphic references, and add an energy and dynamicism to the compositions, often framing smaller scenes; vignettes within the larger work.
'Sea no Evil Benefit' Gregory Euclide
He too explores ideas relating to the environment and his work successfully fuses traditional painting techniques with contemporary drawing techniques; including using 'trash' materials like stickers and felt markers.
'Shook Suspension on Hidden Marsh' Gregory Euclide
This work has a rather unfortunate connection to recent natural disasters within New Zealand. Euclide produced it in 2005, so quite some time ago.