Thursday, 24 July 2014

School Etching Press; Te Wharekura O Te Kaokaoroa O Patetere, Putararu


The deputy Principal of this Maori School came to see and decided to buy this press for the Art Room.
It was unfinished when April saw it but she has vision and faith and I set to and finished it, delivered it today, through the Karangahake Gorge and across the Waikato and into South Waikato to Putararu.
I dis-assembled it to fit in my car and to carry it piece-meal into the Art Room and 30 minutes later here it is, a paradox in cast iron as it is 100 years old and brand new at the same time.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Lou Ann Barton - Shake a Hand



I do like that raw Texas Blues. It's got a real feel...

Table Top Etching Press Sale enquiries:johnnymulvay@vodafone.co.nz

 This 24 inch press is posing for a photo on my kitchen table before delivery to Pack and Send in Hamilton, the art and antiques logistics specialists, who arranged insured delivery to Celia in Oxford, a wee bit North of Christchurch in the South Island of New Zealand.
Celia sent me this photo of her press just unpacked in her studio in Oxford, arrived safe and sound.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Shellac on Cardboard Print


 Above is the shellac on cardboard plate and below is the first print off it. My son Eli showed me this method of print making years ago and today was my first effort using this method.
I suppose you could call it organic print making, certainly it is easy; no acids, no resists, the shellac dries in 30 minutes or so and straight into it with a point or blade. It is fast intaglio.


Monday, 12 May 2014

Table Top Etching Press

This press I delivered personally to Janet in Wellington. It's made from a 1903 design antique and is the baby of the range I make with rollers 18 inches wide. Going to Wellington instead of sending the press by my favourite transport company enabled me to catch up with my brother and a couple of old friends and also to blow an evening in my favourite Wellington Irish bar in Courtenay Place.
Bliss.
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Thursday, 8 May 2014

Table Top Etching Presses For Sale. enquiries: johnnymulvay@vodafone.co.nz

A 24 inch 1908 and an 18 inch 1903 pose on the studio table.

 Left in stock are a 24 inch and a 20 inch and several 21inch 1908's and one 21inch 1903 looking for new studios to work in as well as many free standing presses of similar vintage

Friday, 4 April 2014

Training Mural Artists in Nelson

 I was invited to to teach some Nelson artists the many and various methods of  painting large scale in public places.
Funding was found for me, a wall and a design and off I went on the long drive down the North
Island in my mobile mural studio, like an Art Gypsy, to the Inter Island ferries at Wellington and then 
'Baby let me take you on a Sea Cruise' to Picton at the top of the South Island.
Over the bush clad hills along Queen Charlotte Sound and on into the lovely small city of Nelson.
The sometimes controversial and brilliant portrait artist Nikki Romney was the instigator of this project
and we started at 5.30 the next morning, a Friday, screening up Nikki's design with the overhead projector, in the dark. There and then the scale and sizes of the design elements were fine tuned and painting began.
Acrylic paints were new to Nikki, who works in oils primarily.
The mural tutorial project was widely advertised and other artists wandered in to help over the weekend;
there were eight of us on the Sunday, the place was packed, standing room only, by Monday we were down to a tight and efficient team of four artists, myself, Nikki, Betty Salter and Karin Fruehauf and each of us with our own style and areas of the mural to work on. It was fun and I made three new friends.
My Son and grandson live in Nelson and I stayed with them which was lovely and I also took there one of my antique table top etching presses for the Nelson print maker Esther Remnant to try out and it worked perfectly and she bought it.
Altogether a very busy time, especially in the lead up to it all, planning, booking, fine tuning Esther's press,
packing etc. I gave them four days on the mural and left behind three new mural artists and one mural being finished off.
On the way home I had the opportunity to visit the talented mural artist Janet Collenette in Palmerston North with whom I had been communicating by email for a year or so. Mural painting can be a lonely job and it was great to meet so many other like minded people in one week.
I'm still buzzing from it all. Good times...

 Nikki, Betty and Karin


 
 Temptation' by Nikki Romney, Johnny Mulvay, Betty Salter and Karin Fruehauf

Monday, 31 March 2014

Table Top Etching Press For Sale

On a recent trip to Nelson in the South Island of New Zealand, what we kiwis call the Mainland, I took this table top etching press to Esther, pictured above, who was interested in buying one if it printed her beautiful lino cuts OK.
I was down there to give a mural painting tutorial to a few Nelson artists and share all my knowledge and tips and tricks of painting large scale on exterior walls and so for Esther there was no freight charge, the press went into the back of the wagon along with all the mural painting paraphenalia and she was able to spend a day with it at no obligation to buy and test its efficiency in printing.
I just knew she would love it and buy it and she did and I have a new friend.
Her prints are awesome and she told me the best thrill for her was the actual carving of the lino.
You can see her work at www.nesterprints.co.nz/    Enjoy...

Monday, 10 March 2014

Anatomy; Drawing Feet


Drawing feet is not easy. There's the ankle and it's complicated bones and then the phalanges and then there's toes and toe nails. And there is usually two of them in all sorts of weird angles and situations.
Tricky stuff, drawing feet. Best, I reckon, to do thorough research so one is up to speed on what is what and how it all comes together.
And, you know, feet are not always a foot long. True. I put this to the test just recently and photographic proof was provided as seen above in a carefully prepared scientific analysis of foot sizes.
Luckily for me, I live in enlightened times, wonderful for an artist-= did you know when Michelangelo and Da Vinci did their foot size comparisons on corpses and that they risked their lives doing it?
True. Brave men, both of them, carving up stiffs and making drawings that advanced medical science flying in the face of the almighty Catholic Church and it's particular PC dogma of the time.
Medical science is sorted on the foot questions now and it's only my individual quest to be a better portrait artist that drives me to utilize the nearest handy grandson to help in my search for knowledge.
A word to the wise; if you are going to try this yourself be real careful not to tickle your volunteers.
The little buggers wriggle like wriggly things and squeak and squawk and can be an interruption to the required concentration on the task at hand.

Christ and the Child


That'll be Christ over there on the right. It's a rectory painting about 180 years old that was given to me by a
friend who lives in my small town. She had no room for it and I am like an artist with a studio and all so why shouldn't it live here? Yes, I said. why not?
That's me in the middle of the picture and on the left is this wonderful exercise weight my son Sam lent me on his last visit to me. It's called a grandson and it is not just any ordinary exercise weight, no, this little monkey has this built in wriggle and squeak which makes my time at the gym so much fun.
Happy days.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Table Top Etching Press For Sale


This press is made from a 1908 design antique, has a press bed 530 x 750 mm (about 21 x 30 inches) and you can have it in your studio for a mere fraction of a King's ransom. Are you lucky or what?
Go on- choose the lucky option... or what is kinda vacuous, not exciting at all I reckon but, of course, costs naught.

Monday, 2 September 2013

Puppy Painting


This puppy was painted in a shoe store in a large Auckland Mall and as soon as it was done a second, larger puppy was painted in another shoe store 100 metres away in the same Mall.
A really busy week lost in the close examination of puppy fur and earth colours.

 The second puppy. ..

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Sunday, 11 August 2013

Pop Art Mural


Another weekend spent in the office's of Yellow painting large Pop Art onto a wall.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Pop Art Murals



Number four in a series of murals decorating the sales headquarters of Yellow Pages. On Friday after work this was a huge white board painted wall and this is what it looked like at midnight on the Sunday.
Another action packed weekend for two fisted painters!!!  I had to again send out a call to my son Eli to help out on this, the most complicated of the mural-in-a-weekend series, and he came in on the Saturday and again on the Sunday. When Eli was a young lad he had his own Graphic Superhero identity: WizWolf.
So this was WizWolf and Johnny to the rescue!! Stand back folks!! Two Fisted Painters are Go!!

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Pop Art Mural 3


Number three mural for Yellow Pages. I do them over weekends so as not to disturb the staff but this one took from Friday morning till Monday night because the wall was bright yellow and covered in fixed designer shelving which had to be removed and the surface made good and repainted white before work on the mural could begin. A real workup for one guy but fun too. It's nice to be working in a warm quiet office building on weekend days and nights while outside it's Winter in the busy city.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Pop Art Murals

 Here's a couple of murals I enjoyed doing. An average sort of corporation, working hard for their share of the market place have replaced all the posters of teamwork and mission statements that all seem to have that somewhat oily politically correct edge and had me put up giant, colourful pop art representations of happy customers to brighten up the staff's environment. Pictures of happy customers. And isn't that the whole point?




Saturday, 8 June 2013

Forest Mural


 This mural is 22 metres long and is painted on 18 panels screwed to a suburban fence in Mount Roskill, Auckland. It is removable, like a circus tent. It is unusual in that it contains some species of small, parasitic creeper plant life and several grass species never before seen. I made them up, playing God just a wee bit. Eat your heart out Darwin...




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Thursday, 30 May 2013

The Forest Mural Comes Home

 Winter is upon us and it is impractical to drive up to Mount Roskill and chance the weather painting the mural on site. It's all designed and undercoated and on the advice of my son Eli I packed up the mural panels, most of them, and got out of Dodge and raced back to my cosy studio.


 In the studio at home in Waihi there is a pot belly stove and good lighting and the weather does not matter.
The mural panels are being screwed to the wall, two or three at a time, and finished off.

I have a fortnight to finish and deliver it, screw it back in place and apply the final touch ups.
It's a tight schedule and a worthy challenge for which I hope I shall not be found wanting. Fingers crossed...



 Painting the tree ferns was scary but one step at a time and they came to life, much to my relief
Tomorrow it's back to tree trunks and forest floor and all the debris and shady plants that live there and those things that every artist lives for: light and shade.