Do you remember the Love Skulls paintings? I wrote about them here.
Well, I vectorised the second painting I did, in Adobe Illustrator. Flash, aye bay?!?! Now you can buy prints, iphone covers, laptop covers, and t-shirts from Red Bubble (good if you live in Australia) or Society6 (Stateside).
Here’s a couple of pics showing the old and the new, plus a product mockup of the iPhone on Society6.
Yurp, artist sites, I have been joining them. No doubt plenty of my other stuff will show up here too. Some of them I will only turn into prints (like the gig posters) some of my other stuff will be available as things you use wot to put on your gadgets.
Part of our glorious Kiwi culture involves sheds. They are important places to have. While I was growing up The Shed was a place you could clear out and have birthday parties in. Paint cars. Fix cars. Store tools. Build things in. That sort of thing. So it’s little surprise that I like to use mine as a studio space.
This wasn’t always the way with Shed. Oh no. Shed had become a storage space for items last seen in Island Bay in the early 1970s. Record players that used to belt out ABBA tunes to keep four year olds amused. And then the records, and everyone else’s unwanted records. At the start of this year, my brother returned home from Australia and he cleaned it all out. It was amazing. I helped some, well, very little actually, but I am incredibly grateful to my brother for completing this momentous task. Thank you!!
So here is a small collection of photos of things I keep in my shed. Please excuse me while I ruminate some …
I’ve got the rest of my Ngā Moemoeā (Dreams) series hanging along the western wall. The first one in the set was sold to the H.B Williams Library here in Gisborne. Then there’s a photo of a collage that used to be on the fridge in Queens Ave (my old flat in Balmoral), and the next photo shows a clock I added frilly bits to and an old photo from The Blooding. Haha, what is the time indeed. Next, a nun and her drunken goat army (because every nun needs one), positioned right next to Maleficent. The evil Disney Queen from Sleeping Beauty. Mmmmm… feeling goth-stalgic yet?
Because I am.
Then there is Cernunnos. I had him made for me, and he watches over All. At his feet sits Elvis, a surprise gift! Then there is an old bottle with Siouxsie lyrics on it. You can see some old paintings in the background. And finally, the Hank Poster from Black Chrome‘s first gig.
So there you go – a quick twirl around the shed. If you fancy a real dance one night, come over for a visit.
Ah, the wonderful month of May, the last month of Autumn – te wā o Tanemahuta – here in Aotearoa. This is also the month I was born in, and what better way to celebrate it than having a birthday giveaway?!
You could win one of these posters! They are both signed and will be shipped to the winners ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.
So what’s the catch? Well, all you have to do is answer a few questions in a short survey, leave your name and address and I will draw a winner on the 1st of June 2011.
I will pick one winner for each poster, depending on your preference!
You may or may not remember this painting from the previous post about Skulls.
Well, back then this painting was a work in progress. Now it has been finished and sent to it’s new home in Auckland.
The rerenga on the red ribbon reads – He Hono Tangata E Kore E Motu
and is taken from the whakataukī that says:
He hono tangata e kore e motu; ka pā he taura waka e motu.
Nā, ko te tikanga o taua, kāore e taea e ngā hononga te tāngata e whati. Engari ki ō rātou whakaaro. Ko tēnei whakataukī e whakamahi ana ki ngā kōrero e pā ana ki tētahi mārena. Ki a au nei, ko te mea nui e pā ana ki tēnei taonga, ko te kōrero, ko te tikanga rānei. Tērā pea, ko te tūmanako rawe hoki. Ae, ko taua te mea nui e mauria ana e tēnei taonga.
The reo pākehā translation of this proverb is
A human bond cannot be severed, unlike a canoe rope, it cannot be severed.
This speaks about the permanency of marriage and betrothal, the closest western proverb I can think of is ‘the ties that bind’.
These loveskull paintings are absolute joys to paint. Despite my tough, rough n guts exterior (lol) I’m a big softy and love love love! to hear that my friends are shacking up and settling down… Life. I fucking love it.
So the idea and hopes and wishes behind this painting is to wish my two friends all the best for their marriage and a very long, loving and prosperous life. Two skulls pressed together to form a heart, all wrapped in a big red bow. Ta daa!!
So earlier this year I spied a hand painted rock over at Jo Tito’s site. I thought it was really mesmerising and the colours were really choice too. So I asked Jo how much they were and she suggested we trade art.
I like trading art. Trading is good.
And finally, yes, FINALLY I finished a little something to trade in return.
So, because this site is all about (fist) pumping out the pictures, here’s some of the piece I made and Jo’s Perfect Rock.
They were taken with my phone, using my favourite gadget. The first one gives a reasonable shot of the shed and all the other things I got going on.
The small collage I made was done using an old frame, clothes dye and varnish. The collage itself was constructed from some red envelopes I picked up at Wah Lees while in Auckland last. And the background is filled with Aotearoa 666 stamps and a phrase in te reo Māori.
The last one shows my rock in my hot little hands. I love her! She’s sitting in an eastern pointing window sill, she can catch plenty of sun there in the mornings.