Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Art School Waihi

The studio here has had a makeover and on Monday's two print-makers come over and one painter and we all do stuff and get things created..

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Dog Murals

 Above, the painting. Below, the painting distressed

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Table Top Etching Press. Sale Enquiries

 This 1908 etching press is off to a Christchurch print maker tomorrow morning. It is a 24 inch model with a press bed 605mm x 1000mm and full size felts. It's been a busy time for me restoring and converting  this antique mangle to it's new role. Ain't it pretty?
The original antique was made in the days before built in obsolescence and it should last lifetimes in it's new role. Simple and strong...

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Girls and Horses

As the above photo shows horses are kind to girls and women; patient, accommodating, enjoying the attention. For just so long... Just like me!! I got a bond with Chase and Dominic the Donkey. We know stuff. It's not stuff that can be expressed with something as crude as a written language. It's subtle. We like to think so. It's all in a look, a glance....

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Winter in Europe

Winter in Europe means Summer in Nueva Zelanda and here is Marga from Spain at my friend Shag's place feeding a lamb and a Muskovy duck while Fly the dog looks on. With all the overseas visitors at my place I gotta take them around the place and my friends have all become tourist attractions..
They have the good grace not to complain about this....

Verena from Bavaria and Carlos from Spain. Verena is here practicing her busking skills. A week before this photo was taken Verena stood outside the Countdown supermarket in Waihi playing her three quarter guitar and belting out songs in her husky voice and made $50. in an hour. You go girl.
I am, of course, invited to Bavaria which I am really looking forward to and all I need is You, dear reader, to commission a lucrative mural to cover my expenses. 
Could be nice....

Freddie Mercury's Tambourine

Carlos from Spain has been staying at Art School Waihi helping out around the place and I took him to my friends Graham and Bernie's place for some of Graham's excellent eight and a half per cent proof dark beer and Music! Music! Music! Bernie made us some delicious food and I supplied the Irish Whiskey.
Graham attended a Queen concert in England many years ago and Freddie Mercury flung his tambourine into the audience and Graham had only to beat the crap out of his best friend there with him in order to take possession of it. Lucky Carlos, he is an avid Queen fan so got to do percussion with the late great Freddie's throwaway tambourine. And I had a King size hangover the next day... C'est la vie..

Friday, 9 January 2015

Art Studio Camping

Max and Verena from Germany came back to stay at Johnny's at the same time as Lena and Willy, also from Germany decided to stay an extra day, the day on which Carlos from Spain was booked in and duly arrived. 
Five guests at Art School Waihi so Lena and Willy had a bed made up in the lounge and Verena and Max had a bed made up in the studio. Well. A hot summer and all the soffits of the studio removed for cool ventialtion which was a problem for Verena and Willy because of Mosquitos at night so enterprising people that they are they decided to put up their mozzie proof tent in the studio. Problem solved


Thursday, 18 December 2014

Wwoofers at the Artist's House

Quentin from France helped build the foundation  for the new shed

Rabea from Germany at the track down to Cathedral Cove, Coromandel
Rabea at Graham and Soraya's place a block away
Yohan from France at Shag's place next door to Graham and Soraya's
Verena and Max from Germany who planted my vege garden while I was busy making an etching press.
Maaike from Belgium makes breakfast.
Paul from Coburg, Germany at Graham and Soraya's place

I have also had Clara and Baptiste from France stay and Joshua and Saoirse from Galway, Ireland and Amanda and Anton from Sweden and Elizabeth and Lisbeth from Germany
Every one of them coming to New Zealand without attitudes or prejudice and genuinely interested in meeting and getting to know kiwis like myself.
Young Europe and the future of the World is coming to my place and it is wonderful..

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Pounamu, New Zealand Jade

 Friday evening Vaughn, one of my artist mates, called around to pick up his carving which I had been keeping for him. We had beer and cigarettes and shared stories about our lives as artists.
Only another serious artist can know what it feels like to be one, the joys and frustrations of the vocation.
The piece you see on my kitchen table is two and a half months work. It is a representation of a Maori mythological figure. Vaughn is a master of this sort of work.
Mondays at Art School Waihi is free for all artists and Vaughn will find the time to come on the odd Monday and use his sculpting skills in wood cuts, I am going to introduce him to the world of Japanese Prints which I am sure he will enjoy and perhaps I shall have opportunities to do his portrait.
I love portraits..

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Blue Moon

My friend Barbi brought around a painting she had just done and wanted some feedback on it. We had a few drinks and a catch up and I told her I thought the painting could do with a secondary colour, perhaps a green, to dance with the yellow and violet in the painting and that maybe the moon could be seen through a window.
Barbi didn't like the window idea but took on board the extra colour idea.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Etching, Soft Ground

Mondays at Art School Waihi is open house, free for all and my friend Barbi has been coming every week and getting into the print-making. Here's what we did today, the first bite in the acid of a soft ground zinc etching taken from a drawing Barbi did years ago from life.
Next Monday we will print it and then make whatever changes she feels are needed, chase this puppy down..

Spring Time in New Zealand

Friends of mine who live a couple of streets away have a sheep who just delivered triplets. Here is the one they are keeping, 3 days old and cute as -photo taken just before we head out to the Waikino Tavern 10 minutes drive away in the Karangahake Gorge to have a few beers and listen to the local musicians at open mike on a Sunday afternoon.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Vampire Barbi

My friend Janice donated Vampire Barbi to Art School Waihi to scare the cats and kingfishers away from the goldfish pond..

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Pastel Portrait

One of my artist mates. He's not winking, he lost an eye. Looked everywhere for it, no luck, carried on.
He was born in Shanghai, was a schoolboy when the Japanese invaded, hated the Japanese, loved Chinese calligraphy. He's gone on now but lives on in my memory. Personality plus. An Inspiration....

Monday, 25 August 2014

Printmaking at Art School Waihi

Mondays at Art School Waihi are reserved for print making and other entertainments and above is my friend Barbi jubilant after success on number four of her Salvador Dali moon prints.
It is a dry point on perspex print. It is nice for me to have friends coming on Monday so that I must put down all the urgent other stuff and do art myself. Sandra, Bill Barbi and me are going to keep it up, continue to make the time to devote Monday to our real job...