SELF-PORTRAIT AS SECRETARY // Lol. Here I am in my brand new @francesstachl earrings, my new reading glasses, and my new grey jacket with stitching I love on the collar. Hence: secretary. // I have been lusting after these beautiful hoops for a year and I have been working my butt off lately and so this morning I decided it was time to finally treat myself to them. Lovely Frances opened her workshop for me so I could go try them on/buy them. // I am so thrilled to be wearing them. They make me feel pretty and kick-ass at the same time. // Frances Stachl is such a gifted maker. It ain't easy to make work of such simple complexity. Jeez we have some crazygood artists in this ol' Whanganui town.
WHAT AN ANGLE GRINDER CAN DO // it brought me such pleasure to be taught how to use an angle grinder this morning and then I thought Jesus wept I can draw with it! Check out the raw industrial shiny bling on this work-in-progress artwork. // damn I’m in love with this artist’s life today x
SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL [RED RIVER] IN CAROLYN AND ANDREW'S WHANGANUI HOME // I was thrilled this morning when I came across this photograph of my artwork on @stuffhomed in the gorgeous Whanganui home of Carolyn Nicklin and Andrew Tripe. The scale of it and the masking tape [and builder's heavy duty nails] I used to install it contrast so well with the elegant BoConcept sofa and the clean style of the room. Carolyn is so damn stylish and, if you can believe it, this home is even better IRL than in the photographs. The feeling and light is just lovely, and it's full of beautiful details that reflect this family so well. I was super honoured when C&A chose my artwork to hang here. To see more photographs from the @nzhouseandgarden shoot by Jane Ussher , head to this link. https://i.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/houses/106836526/a-brick-by-brick-renovation?cid=instagram.homed.106836526
SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL AT HONEST KITCHEN // It was just lovely when the designer who created the interior spaces at the excellent new cafe in Whanganui,
Honest Kitchen [ @honestkitchenwangas ] approached me about buying an artwork to anchor this casual seating space. Something beautiful I found it here was the perfect artwork, not only because it's simplicity suited the minimalist space, but because the very experienced team at Honest Kitchen have a fierce reputation in Whanganui for beautiful food! // Thanks to @renata.s.art.and.framing for the gorgeous frame which really makes the artwork sing. // Good luck Honest Kitchen and I can't wait to taste your food! [BTW, there's only one print left in the edition of 5 of this large A1 exhibition print of this artwork... and once it's sold, that's it... so if you're keen, you know what to do... :-) ]
WELLINGTON HERE I COME // delivering completed work, showing what I’ve done to a lovely couple I’m doing a portrait commission for, and making the photographs for yet another commission. Yay!
TENDERNESS [working image], 2018 // I have been experiencing such beautiful tenderness in my life lately that I just had to write the word down - in a colour I love. // I like the simplicity of this word, the simplicity of how I've drawn it. The gentle tissue paper I've drawn it on, with the creases and marks on it which feels like my skin, which is creased and marked too, from the good-hard-beautiful-brutal life I've lived to date. I'm discovering that the giving and receiving of tenderness can be just that: a simple and delightful act of gentle kindness. A breath drawn quietly.
LIGHTBOX HANGING OUT ON MY VERANDAH // I’ve just had this beautiful large lightbox resprayed on the outside to restore it to its beautiful glossy black glory . The gloss of the lightbox is such a lovely counterpoint to the purposefully rough nature of the artwork it holds. The artwork has gouges in it, marks and tape. Because life is beautiful and tough at the same time and the tough times don’t make the beautiful times less, they make us feel the beauty more. //!.I wasn’t going to sell this artwork as it’s the only one of its kind in a lightbox like this and I’m deeply sentimental about it. But I got contacted by a woman who told me a romantic story about why she wanted to buy it and I’m a sucker for romance, so it’s coming with me to Wellington this weekend to meet its potential new owner. It just needs to sit outside for a while first so I don’t get high on fumes during the drive down...
F IS FOR FLOWERS AND SO MANY OTHER THINGS // video #2
F IS FLOWERS AND SO MANY OTHER THINGS // Video #1
BLACK ON BLACK // @renata.s.art.and.framing smashed it out of the park with amazing framing on this large scale print of “something beautiful I found it here”. Can’t wait to deliver it to its new owner!