That's the cryptic inscription on the under-renovation Govett Brewster art gallery in New Plymouth. I spent Wednesday night in New Plymouth, where Mr. Millicent Crow was playing at the Taranaki Arts Festival. I stayed in a hotel for the first time in my life, played the ukulele under a bridge and got to see my artwork projected on the big screen at the Mayfair. New Plymouth has especially beautiful street art so I wandered around in the rain taking some photos while the band sound checked.
Friday, August 30, 2013
Monday, August 26, 2013
Yesterday Mr. Millicent Crow and I were standing in the rain at Pt Chev beach cackling like a couple of hyenas. We'd walked to the beach to gather seaweed for me to draw and as I was pouncing on new exciting bits to add to my collection I realised my hands were already full of rosehips I'd picked up on the way (also for drawing). Too many treasures! Pretty much alone on the beach, getting soaked through, it suddenly seemed to be a pretty eccentric way to spend a Sunday afternoon! My slightly obsessive treasure collecting has led me to come home with pockets full of yellow leaves lately and I've finally painted them into a yellow leaf sampler to go with this one and this one. Maybe a seaweed painting will be next on the agenda?
Friday, August 23, 2013
Mr. Millicent Crow and I have just finished the artwork for the review copies of his new album...I drew the pictures (except for the map) and he did the layouts. It's exciting seeing it all put together and to be able to make a few changes to it before the final copy comes out.
This project has been good practice for drawing gramophones, hopefully I'll be better at it by the time the final version comes out!
Monday, August 19, 2013
I do love a hand-lettered sign and here are some I've found around and about lately:
Luckily for my overflowing house the op shop in Matakana with this beautiful sign wasn't open!
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Or at least some kind of seaweed. My next plan is to make a bright green one to use up a couple of giant balls of wool I have had kicking round for years. And to go somewhere where it's chilly enough to wear it all day, it is warming up here!
Thursday, August 8, 2013
I love old packaging for sewing notions and haberdashery...the fonts, the colours, the slogans!
This dome packaging's from my nana's sewing box, which I've used before for painting inspiration. I've just had some proofs made up prints of this painting, which was part of my My Magpie Eye zine:
It's exciting seeing it in multiples...it's like having an enormous button collection!