Witchypoopoo

On sleepless nights,  I tell my boy stories about our cats. Stories are a great way to distract sick children and they work better than movies.  Hoomins often project personalities on to their pets, and their habits on to ourselves.

In some stories, Chewbarky is a vampire – the great Count Chewbarkula! He was a courageous Crusader hero that fought against the infidel but sadly, lost his way.  Now he wants to drain the life force from any can of jellymeat he can sink his fangs into.

Freddystein aka Freddy, had a second chance at life when he was reanimated by a discarded cheezburger…it was electric…! Now he hunts his way through the frozen voids looking for the perfect fries (see what I did there).

Mz. Peyonce glides through the night skies on her broomstick, hailing the dark forces in her true, diabolical Witchypoopoo form. Don’t leave your Type O Negative dvds lying around! She’ll sacrifice them!!

We still can’t decide which famous monster Fatty Catty should be… Elvis or Wolfman…?  Only time will tell…

You can view colour vector versions of these fabulous monsters at the Aotearoa 666 Red Bubble store .

 

Papa Tawhai pop art portrait

This is a whanau illustration, of my maternal grandfather, Tawhairiri.  He was one of the last cowboys. A real legend, in his grand daughters’ eyes. The first picture is a portrait from 1993, at his last family Christmas with us. Papa Tawhai passed away in 1994. I named my son after him, Tawhairiri. Or Tawhai, for short. While I was growing up, he lived in a converted school house at Bartletts (about 30 km south of Gisborne). His father is buried in the family cemetery there.

This was an experiment in pop art portraiture. Hopefully more Johnny Romeo than Andy Warhol. The colours were inspired by the land and seascapes around Whareongaonga, Tawatapu (Bartletts), Wharerata and Muriwai, all south of Gisborne. For more information about the whenua and moana, please visit Te Iwi o Ngai Tamanuhiri on their website or facebook page.

A framed digital print featured in the tribal exhibition, Toi Tāmanuhiri,  at Te Muriwai Marae in 2013.  It’s shown in one of the photographs, alongside art pieces made by my older brother and sister.

NFS