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This blog details news and events from my two major passions, art and white water kayaking. I may include posts about my other active interests including tramping, rock-climbing, tennis, exploring, snorkelling, house renovation, entrepreneurial ideas and various other hybrid activities. I welcome comments and look forward to receiving your feedback.

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Mural completed for Bay Road, Kilbirnie redevelopment

I was commissioned by the Wellington City Council to complete a mural on the wall of Countdown Supermarket in Bay Road, Kilbirnie, Wellington. The mural needed to reflect life and culture in Kilbirnie and consisted of five large panels, which I designed as five separate iconic scenes of Kilbirnie. I designed these images in my cubist/fractionalist style and initially came up with a drawing/grid which I projected and copied onto the wall during an evening. I have only just finished painting the mural, which took about two months (rather stretched out by the bad weather we've been having).

I really enjoyed the experience of painting on the street, and I befriended a range of interesting characters - mainly street performers - of whom there are many regulars on Bay Road.

My friend and artist, David Brown, helped me out with several hours of painting (with his particularly steady hand) which I am very grateful for. I am about to give him one of my limited edition prints for his services! 

Katie Taylor-Duke, WCC Arts advisor, responsible for managing the mural and its development, was great to work with and cheerfully helped to resolve any issues I encountered and even helped on site.

Due to the mural being sited on the wall of Countdown Supermarket, staff were involved in development and facilitation of the mural. The Branch Manager, Paul Livingstone, was very helpful, giving me access to the staff tearooms and allowing me to store the mobile scaffold unit and all painting equipment in the loading bay. Stockroom Manager, Scott Johnson offered regular assistance to wheel the scaffolding unit half a block to the mural site, which required significant effort!

See the images below

 

Above - Five panels completed

Below - The mural and I

Below - Close-ups of the five panels

 

 

 

 

 


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Mt Taranaki From Back Beach - Commissioned painting

This work was commissioned by Gary and Jan Lord of New Plymouth. I took the photo to use as reference with great difficulty: I kayaked off Back Beach and intended to climb one of the Islands there to take the photo, but due to the three metre swell surging up the jagged rocks, I had to take the photo from the water just beyond the breakers, which took me around thirty minutes and several unintended cartwheels to break through. However, the result was worth it and Gary and Jan loved it.

 


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Life - Painting for new Greg Johnson CD

I painted this for an exhibition that will show at the launches of Greg Johnson's latest CD. Through Exhibitions Gallery, twelve artists were selected to 'paint' a song each. The song I painted is

When The Rain Comes

The paintings are included in a booklet in the CD.


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Kawerau River in Autumn - Commissioned painting

I completed this painting a couple of weeks ago and sent it off to the client, Irmgard Metzger, in Germany. She had recently visited New Zealand and was particularly taken with the incredible landscapes and desired a pictorial reminder! I painted this on loose linen so that it could be framed behind glass.


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Waikaremoana 17: Painting complete!!

I have finally added the last touch of paint, and the client has just picked up the painting - he loves it! National Achives has scanned the painting on its giant flatbed scanner. It had to be done in two passes due to the 2m length of the painting. The image below is taken from this scan. You can see it is significantly better quality than the previous photos, all taken with my small digital camera. Please contact me if you are interested in a limited edition print of this work.

 

 


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Waikaremoana 16: Most of sky complete

Just 4 blocks of sky to go! After this, I will probably want to tweak a few colours here and there before declaring it finished.


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