Friday, 28 February 2014

Flashback Friday

1990 - High School, 7 colour screen print on handmade paper. 

1990 - High School, Collagraph on paper.

1990 - High School, Monoprint and 2 colour lino print on Japanese rice paper.

1990 - High School, Etching, ink drawing, pencil, thread and collage on paper.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Just Popping In...

I'm just popping in for a little minute. I have been painting non-stop lately, trying to get a few big artworks done. These photos were taken last week at the beginning stages of this particular painting, I'll post some updated ones in a few days. I'm calling it "Coast" at the moment. It's 54 x 44 inches, a pretty big one.

I'm a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to my own painting. I tend to paint flat colours, like when you separate colours for a screen print. I think my brain works a bit 2 dimensional. When I look at something I want to paint, my brain breaks it up into small areas of colour. When I draw it onto the canvas, it resembles a paint by numbers canvas without the paint and the little numbers. It seems to work for the effect I want to get, I guess this is my style. These next couple of photos are previous paintings that I have done that were chosen for group exhibitions. See how they're similar to paint by numbers?

Right now though, it's back to painting, oh how I love to paint!

Friday, 7 February 2014

Flashback Friday

While going through all my old drawings, paintings and prints, I chose this one to show today. It's a charcoal and watercolour crayon, on watercolour paper. Its a pretty big one, around 30in x 44in. 

I remember doing this one in drawing class at Uni in about 1992-ish. I spent ages on it, using the rubbing tool, water and an eraser to create different effects. We had a different exercise/task to do every week in class. This one was obviously perspective and tone, from large to small and back again, and from dark to light.

One week we could only use our left hand (or right hand if you were left-handed) for the entire class. Another was to draw our favourite song. Week after week it kept you thinking outside the box, that's why drawing class was one of my favourite classes at Uni.

The edges are a bit crushed, but I think I might flatten them out somehow and get it float framed under glass, I have the perfect wall for it!

"Circles", by Monique Tyacke
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Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Artist Series - Jonas Gerard :: Rejoycing Rhythm III

I absolutely love how Jonas Gerard throws himself into his painting, so much fun. Listening to my favourite music while painting, is always a must!

I also love what the handwritten sign on his studio wall says, PAINT AS IF YOUR LIFE DEPENDED ON IT!! Sounds good to me!

Check out this video of him in action...

Monday, 3 February 2014

My (Art) Instagram - January

I hope you had a great weekend! We just relaxed after the boys first few days back at school last week. A technology free weekend, a bit of shopping, lunch at a cafe, haircuts, and a few walks down to the beach for a swim was all we needed to recuperate. This week will be a challenge for the kids though, a full week at school, I'm sure there will be tears by the end of it. I'll have loads of time this week to start making those canvases and start painting. Look out for some pics on my Instagram feed!

I'm a big fan of Instagram, a bit obsessed really. I upload photos almost daily to my IG account, from everyday stuff, like my kids first day at school, to a day at the beach, or something funny I might see. I love it, it's a great way to connect with friends as well as like minded people. I post quite a lot of photos of my drawings and paintings on IG, these are from this last month, January 2014.

The first four I drew while up at my Sister's home in the countryside. I only took with me a few Posca Paint Pens, gold and silver Sharpies and my trusty black Micron Pens, as well as my sketchbook. I pretty much just let it flow, as I sat outside with the flies swarming around me, watching the kids play in the pool. And because my sister has a love affair with quilting, she wanted to see these on fabric right away!! Maybe soon Sis...

I had some studio time on Friday and I did the same thing again, this time with acrylic paint and some printmaking paper I found in my stash. The two styles are quite different, but both still have geometric shapes, which seems to be consistent in everything I do. I'm not sure what I will do with these two below, I may just pop them in my Etsy Store, we'll see...

I follow a lot of other Artists on Instagram too, I had to start culling some because I wasn't seeing the feeds of all the ones I like the most.
My favourites include:
(click their name to see their IG pics)

Erin Flannery


You can find me on Instagram here...

Let me know what your Instagram address is in the comments, so I can follow you too.