White on a black ground

I used some black Fabriano 300 gsm to try out my paint pen.  The result was crisp and I added some crayon over the top. Gives a good balance of texture and line, the things I always try to achieve, even on a small scale.  More Lockdown magic.  Level 1 here we come.

Dots and dashes. . .

From Level 2 – Pasquale

Trying out black oilstik on Pittura 300gsm  and then adding colour with acrylic.  Gives an interesting effect on this ridged paper.  I quite like it.

Another small piece only 15 cms square.

People are asking is it because of the Lockdown that I am working small and tight.  I don’t think so.  But I like the idea of having a body of work which relates one to another, and which I can show in due course as   “this is what I did under lockdown ”  –  Level 2 now.


Colour……… and more

coloured crop

After ‘printing’ with oilstik I worked back into the print with oil pastels and moved the colour around.  Then I scraped back in places to get back the lights and added some brights for contrast.  Once again line and texture are an important part of the overall effect.

This method adds some new tricks to my tool bag and could hold promise for work in the future.   Have to graduate to something larger in due course.

At Level 2 now in the Lockdown scenario – 7 weeks indoors more or less. The country begins to move again.

On a wet Sunday in Level 3

A good day for playing in the ‘art room’ as the drizzle falls outside.  Rain is welcome and we need more still.

Another experimental piece from the Lockdown series.  Many layers of acrylic with some saturated colours, some transparent overlays and light printing and stencilling onto the paper.

cropped saturated colour

Monoprint on Day 32

# 32 in Lockdown

Working on canvas for something completely fun, trial and error but still another learning  –  bit messy though.  Not sure how this could be sealed as it is acrylic paint and crayon.

Moving to level 3 of Lockdown after 33 days, in some ways a relief and in other ways not much will change.  Stay home, break the chain.  New Zealand has done amazingly well in these dire times.

So the river runs… still in Lockdown @ Level 4

Lockdown Daze # 25

Another small fun piece.  Losing track of which day we’re in as far as the lockdown goes so no number for this one.  It will have a sibling in due course.  Using the paint pens I bought a while ago, tracking over many layers of paint.

A quote I found attributed to one Neil Gaiman..  “The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before”

ain’t that so

Day 19 Lockdown Daze

Lockdown # 19Working in acrylic paint to print with recycled plastic bags onto standard  110gm cartridge paper  –  not bad for a first effort.  I want texture and line in my work, that’s a given, so this pleases me, but it’s only a start.  The process can be frustrating, but hey, it’s a learning.

# 15 in the Lockdown series

L.D # 15   This is a relative of the previous piece, a bit more structure and linear approach here. Getting the balance. Could make a diptych in due course.  The graphite gives the underpainting a slight sparkle, hard to see in this pic.  Using a palette knife and the edge of the card as I often do, and scoring the straight lines with a sharpened  stick.


Lockdown Daze # 13


So we’re in lockdown, with all the time in the world to make art.   YAY. !!!

Getting a  bit of free space in my art room now that I have had a good shuffle of the materials on the bench.  Trying out some new techniques, and some old ones which are still unique to my process.  This is smallish, on heavy paper which is a common way of working at the moment.  Gesso, paint, rubbing back, stencil etc.  I like the way the underpainting shows through in patches, and I am loving the orange – a GO FAST colour for the best of times.

I’m not expecting to do one of these every day of the lockdown, but today was cruisey and peaceful.

Lockdown Daze # 13

A Changing World

It’s times like this that we need all the art inspiration we can get…………..and give.

KIA KAHA    to all my artist friends out there.