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 Show at Maddox

Current Exhibition
Layout at Maddox Jewellers

For the months of August and September Unlimited Palette will be showing their works at Maddox Jewellers in the main street of Katikati, Bay of Plenty, right on SH 2.  Stop for a look and maybe cross the road to relax with a coffee at the Talisman Restaurant

A Day with the Beeart Man

Recently we took a short road trip to visit Ron Hall –  who assembles composite 3D art pieces out of recycled beehives.  Such time- consuming and dirty work, and skill involved to produce the mostly abstract assemblages, which are a celebration of “the unexpected beauty and cultural traces, that are found in industrial waste.”

Ron gave us several hours of his time.  Our visit coincided with him having finished a large number of pieces for an upcoming one-man exhibition in Wellington New Zealand.   We toured his large workspace, which ranged over two levels.  Lots of room, plenty of light and untold areas filled with machinery for grinding, cutting and welding.  A gloriously dirty place where highly structured objects are made.

I do enjoy the look of plenty of texture which in this case is a natural by product of the many layers of repaint that have occurred over time.

Thank you Ron for an informative, enjoyable and fun day out.

This piece is mine

Keeping abreast of the times

Greetings from Middle Earth, (or pretty close by)   –  37 degrees South actually, in New Zealand.

I have been reading on the blog of one of my favorite mixed media masters Seth Apter     how he has struggled to find the time to keep up with all his online accounts – blogging, facebook, instagram and so on.  It would seem that sitting at the computer writing screeds of what is on your mind, is no longer the thing to do.  Especially if you are a creative wizard who runs an online shop selling your own lines of mixed media supplies, along with touring the country taking workshops.  Can’t be all things to all people.  So he has finished with his blog  but retained his website because that is where his core business is.  I don’t blame him.

Where is the joy in being creative when you are up til 3am answering multiple feedback responses.  I had reason to ask a question of him not so long ago, to do with items in his shop, so it was business related.  He gave a response within 12 hours, and I thought at the time …’this guy must be awake 24/7 or he has a backup staff who do the menial tasks while he gets on with his creative life.’

So my question is this:  How can we be creatively engaged with the wider world while still being true to our artistic selves.  Do you have the answer?