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Letting it be more about the paint, less about the story as in illustration, is a liberating process. Trying to let the viewer's first visual hit be an interesting fusion of colour shape and texture that then gives way to the subject.  

I'm experimenting with gesso and hessian for added gnarliness and have even explored random shaped paintings ( you can paint any imaginative thing - why then confine it to a rectangle!?) and various forms of presentation.  

Water colour techniques have often been used in my acrylic paintings and now I'm leaning more seriously on the water colour medium itself. It's challenging and exciting - doors opening to reveal more doors...

studio

The Incident

Ask me if this one stood out amongst the water colour 
land and seascapes that comprised the rest of the group show.
Year2017
Maui, Ra and OSH

Maui, Ra and OSH

How would the current occupational safety authorities
have dealt with the behaviour of our legendary figure?
Year2011
The Big Apple

The Big Apple

Acrylic on unprimed, unstretched canvas.
About 1.5m x 2m

The centre piece of my current 'Apples' show
at the Little River Gallery.
( Closes Aug 3 )
Year2016
The Last Good Apple

The Last Good Apple

This tree is outside my studio window
and we'd engaged in a slightly safer version
of this the day before I started painting.
Year2016
Sir Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton

Year2016
Spring Flush

Spring Flush

...A mad little effort for Cheviot's Spring Festival art show.
I wanted to contrast the retro geometric bottom half
with the unfettered explosion of fecundity up top 
and painted with a palette knife for the first time - good fun! 
Year2015
Rural Scene

Rural Scene

Acrylic on canvas
(and lots of gnarly gesso!)
Year2015
The Balcony

The Balcony

For my 'KissKiss' show I extrapolated on
the Royals' ceremonial peck.
Year2013
Consuming Passion

Consuming Passion

It's so easy, in the throws of creation, to confuse one's
coffee mug and water jar!
2012
Manuka Bay

Manuka Bay

I like imagining our bay's 
early visitors.
Year1998
Parenthood

Parenthood

Somewhat autobiographical.
The growing awareness of your
guidance role.
Year1990
Brian

Brian

An old ad agency workmate
on the Kapiti Coast.
Year2004
Providence

Providence

P.M. John Key, bovine rampant,
heralds N.Z’s imminent prosperity.
2011
The Dancers

The Dancers

A pair of cabbage trees that seem to animate
when I pass them each evening.
Year2009
Kaikoura

Kaikoura

The 'Whalewatch' business gets traction
in this old whaling town.
Year1997
Rural Post

Rural Post

One of my gnarly post series...
with farmer as magpie.
Year2006
Fantasy 2013

Fantasy 2013

After 8 years without potable water a cynical  work
was in order to celebrate the elusive date when
drinking standards would be ratified.
Year2009
Macrocarpas

Macrocarpas

The rag- tag tree line behind us
- as people waiting for a bus.
Year1979
Strainer 2

Strainer 2

Portrays my grudging respect for the intransigent ol' farmers
now making way for the uniform, tanalised breed.
Year2009
The Green Gate

The Green Gate

An image, based on a quick glimpse,
which I've rendered a couple of times before
as 'Yin Yan 1 & 2'.
Year2009
The Trojan Cow

The Trojan Cow

Dairying, the economic gift embraced by many
of our regions, which then have their environs
corrupted by it.
This painting was bought by the council
of a rural town. Brilliant!
Year2009
Fixing the Gate

Fixing the Gate

Another rural image based on a passing glimpse.Year2009
Oreti Beach

Oreti Beach

A tribute to Burt Munroe-style myths and Kiwiana generally.2011
John Robert Godley

John Robert Godley

Historically, the personification  of Christchurch, he’s shown here - post earthquake.2011