I seem to have gone to the chickens lately with regard to my paintings. For my entry for The Art Extravaganza at The Festival at Pukeora, Waipukurau I painted this little black hen in acrylics onto watercolour paper. I was thrilled when this sold.
When it came time to paint an entry for Art Hawkes Bay's annual exhibition I was still in a poultry state of mind so took a great many shots of my own flock before settling on my big Rhode Island Red rooster "Jock". With such a poser it was going to be an enjoyable experience translating him into art.
Using acrylics again this time I painted on linen paper. At one point I decided painting chicken wattles was a bit like doing a Sudoku puzzle. The more you do the easier it is. Unfortunately Jock didn't sell at the exhibition but hopefully he will soon find a new home.
I've been having fun painting tiny mandalas for the past few months. The very action of painting them is calming and a form of meditation compared to the constant over thinking I need to do on some of my other creations.
Mandala pendants before stringing.
As a change from working on such small surfaces I have also been making meditation stones which can be held in the palm of the hand when someone is, um...well meditating. Some are quite small like these examples which sold at the Christmas Market at the Hastings Community Arts Centre last December.
Small meditation rocks that can be held in the palm of the hand.
Then moving up to paperweight sizes which means I can add much more detail. These have been selling well at the CAN in Napier. It is fun to see what designs and colour combinations people like the most although it really does come down to personal taste.
An Art Deco themed stone in pinks and greens.
As I am constantly working on these you can check out my year-old Facebook page for new work for sale. There is also a price list for commissioned work and a way to message me if you would like to know more.