Wakeless

May 06, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

3 more artworks.

Wakeless - Features a yacht drifting timelessly under it's own dreams.

Sopwith and Steam - Is a derived abstraction of my Tsunami artwork. The traction engine I photographed back in 2002 and the Sopwith triplane was from the 2014 Wanaka warbirds airshow. Attempted to try to create a sense of the 1910 to 1920 period with a softer touch than I would usually use.

Grotto ll - Is an expanded abstraction of Grotto. This time adding in a lone vagrant who comes out at night. The small bush symbolises something to burn to stay warm. Inspired by the many homeless I see in my own town on my way home from my real job.


Out of Bounds

February 20, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

3 more artworks.

Out of Bounds - was inspired by the super competitive nature of two horse polo riders I photographed last year. In this artwork, no matter the consequences of the likes of a huge storm and other distractions, the players can be seen obsessively competing against each other out of bounds off the field they should be playing on.

Flightless - A kiwi within a volcanic terrain. Finding food, surviving and beating extinction can be tough in a difficult environment. While kiwi's don't really inhabit volcanic areas, volcano's are a part of the New Zealand (Kiwi) landscape.

Urbanoxity - just a fun abstraction representing how urban environments can sometimes be intoxicating and fun.

 


Unwanted Advice

February 05, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
Finally a rainy morning, so time to dabble. In the zone and 4 artworks.
 
Kibitz - is about the unwanted advice children get from their elders. If you look closely at the child's face at the bottom of the artwork, the face is both looking toward and away from the advice.
 
 
Kura Tawhiti - is about the amazing rock formations out at Castle Hill also a part of the area known as Kura Tawhiti.
 
 
Kaitiaki - represents the way Kiwi's are getting behind being guardians of the land and taking more care of it for the future.
 
 
Urbanisation #3 - is simply a depiction of an urban landscape on a new day.
 

Climatic

December 23, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

If you are like me and you are frustrated with all the confusion, information, misinformation and over zealous worst case scenarios around global warming alias climate change alias a dollar on every horse alias ... then you might start to understand where climatic is trying to go.

Hence the erratic look to the artwork. The winter look represents my disdain for justifying every extreme weather event hot or cold or whatever as global warming. The darker tones also represent this frustration.

I don't doubt the earth is warming, I don't doubt we need to rein in our impact on the planet. I also don't doubt the earth has also naturally gone through these cycles in the past. I do however, get frustrated with exaggerations and over stated worst case scenarios and claiming every extreme event as global warming, as if extreme weather never happened naturally in the past. It ends up undermining any effort we need to make.

So we now also have farmers depleting the ground water from the land and we are now also in for rising sea levels. Desalination plants could solve two huge problems for the price of one. Does anyone else think that desalination plants and pipelines will become as precious a resource as oil is today? International wars, economics and politics over water. You heard it here first.

 


Defoliation #2

December 11, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Just created this artwork titled defoliation #2. Here goes my attempt to explain it, without getting too carried away.

The artwork represents the diminishing food supply for the birds in the urban areas. The black and white with the leafless trees help to represent the lack of food. The birds flying around represent the effort to find food.

The pattern merge comes from looking at too many MC Escher images and loving his metamorphosis type images.

The trees and the cloud lines are from a photo I shot in a local park, on a cold winters day. The shags flying around were shot at Napenape beach.

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