Monday, February 27, 2006

Some of the illustrative stuff

I've done a few children's book illustrations in my last decade or so. . . not with any PUBLISHED success, but maybe one day soon. Here is a range of different styles, some more ME than others, but just to give you an idea.
This was done for a telephone book cover competition before the tree got chopped down. THAT dates it, huh?? But being winner of this year's competition I can without shame put this picture up here.
This was actually received warmly by a book publisher but in the end didn't go ahead. It is in near finished form. "What's a Weta? wondered Wendy"
Friend Cathy and I did a bike tour around bits of England, and this was a painting that came out of that. What fun to do it all again.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

More gouache paintings

This is a painting I did of Auckland, from Remuera, with Rangitoto in the background.
This is one of the building on the corner of Ponsonby ROad, and the other is in the same genre as the Last of the Mohicans painting. None of these are framed, and would all look good in a black frame. . .

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

More of the gouache paintings

This is a painting of the old Kestrel ferry that used to go between Devonport and Auckland, often with a jazz band on board, until a few years ago.
This was my first gouache and ink resist painting, which thrilled me so much, I kept up the technique. It is of a group of buildings in Prague.

Ah, 'Last of the Mohicans' really affected me. Still love the style of inky woodcut look that so suits this subject.

This was done with another, for a friend, from photos in Indonesia. He has the first, and best of the two.

Some of the oils

This is called 'the ladies at Pink Cafe' and is a palette knife oil of Lorna, Helen, Jem and I who were with some others at this cafe a year or so ago. I love the rough effect of the palette knife and the lively line and colour.
On a different theme and feeling entirely, this is the church in Atlanta meeting in Sweetwater Park for a change. Sarah, Jim and Luke Degier, Mike Broadie, and Cherie are the folks with their backs to you. Love the chain of arms shining through. . .
Another palette knife painting of a chocolate shop in Belgium. It is quite big and gives a nice soft golden glow through the choc shop window.
My personal favourite, one of the first I did, and of Gene and the church in Lithia Springs meeting in the evening, with a soft light shining from above.