Thursday, 30 October 2014

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The Homemade Mermaid

This is a painting I did for a group exhibition called "The Laboratorium". It's such a fun exhibition where we get to do work based on laboratory experiments, mad science and Gothic inspired stuff. 
Mine was based on a rather pathetic mad scientist who was obsessed with he made one. He crudely stitched a fishes tale to the top half of his high-school sweetheart Margot....he then rowed her out to sea and threw her into the deep, dark water. Sadly the homemade mermaid sank to the bottom as she could not swim. As i mentioned before...he was a rather pathetic mad scientist.
This was quite a large painting (as you can see in the photo of me working on it) but sadly i have never managed to get a good photo of it's entirety.

Monday, 27 October 2014


Pillows are the best protection against scary movies

Bears?....not so much!


I came across this little critter whilst cleaning up my little studio a few weeks back. He was lurking around the old picture frames I have leaning against the wall beneath my window.

At first I wasn't sure if he was a biter so I carefully put him in this little jar and poked air holes in the top. He sat on top of a stack of old books and would watch me as I worked.

As I got to know him I learned he was definitely not a biter in fact he doesn't even have teeth. So what does a little critter with no teeth eat??? Well I discovered quickly when he dived headfirst into my glass of L&P that he eats bubbles....yep he's a bubble eater. He's especially fond of cola bubbles. Oh yeah...he sprouted wings too.

When I was painting late at night for my upcoming exhibition he would perch on my shoulder and purr little tunes that at times sounded familiar.

I'd often catch him peering outside my studio window with his little worried expression on his face. I thought that he may have a family out there looking for him.

One Tuesday morning I opened the window for him and he fluttered out...... I waved farewell to him just as he flew straight into a sticky old spider web. Mrs Spider was shaking her fist at him angrily when I arrived to rescue him. I apologised to Mrs Spider on his behalf as we made a speedy exit...angry spiders give us both the creeps.

After the spider incident he didn't want to leave the comfort of his little jar much. I'd leave him outside in his jar for 24 minutes a day so he could see what was happening in the outside world.
One day when his 24 minutes were up I went to bring him in....but he was gone!....jar and all!!

stay tuned for more :)

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Mary, Mary quite contrary, how does your garden grow?...

With Halloween only days away I thought I'd post something a bit's a slightly darker take on a classic nursery rhyme. I construct these silhouette pieces using photoshop....I also photograph all the garden elements from my parents amazing garden. See if you can spot the hidden tui.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

fairy tale peeps tote bags

I just added these new "fairy tale peeps" tote bags to my society6 shop. If you're interested in one they also have free shipping worldwide today! ^^

Friday, 24 October 2014

Soju Shots Badges!!!!

I've always wanted my own badges.....and have finally done it. I have a feeling this won't be a one off thing too.....anyone know where I can get my hands on a badge making machine?

The End

This was the last image from my "illustrated" exhibition. Every good fairy tale eventually has an end.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

more from "illustrated"

I thought I'd speed up the process of showing my work from "illustrated" this way. Hope you enjoy these little characters of mine. :)

The Enchanted

Another ink drawing from my "illustrated" exhibition This fellow was not always a fact he used to be a prince. That;s what happens when you cross an angry witch.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The woodcutter

Earlier this year I had an exhibition called "Illustrated" with Victor Te Paa. Victor is an amazing artist so I was stoked we were able to exhibit our work together at the Yvonne Rust Gallery. I did a series of 12 characters (ink drawings) on old recycled book pages. I based them on the typical characters that go into making a classic fairytale. The above is titled "the spirit". I'll post some of the others soon :)

Trick or Treat

I love Halloween! and there's not long to go! I'm a big fan of all those classic monsters and ghoulies... so I really enjoy seeing them being brought back to life for a night.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

art giveaway winner

Hi all.....Congratulations to Jocelyn Bateson from Brisbane Australia :)
Borris will be on his way to you!!! (please email your postal details to me
Hope you enjoy this little collage :)

I recorded a video with my nephew writing all the names, cutting them out and drawing the winning name out of a hat. Unfortunately I cant seem to upload it here.....but will post a short version over on my instagram as he worked really hard helping me.

A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to participate!!! I'm thinking of doing another art giveway later in the week.

all my best

Thursday, 2 October 2014

little swashbuckler

I used to be a pirate. I'd sail the shark infested carpet on my pirate pillow ship in search of deserted sofa islands. Then I'd dig for treasure chests full of jelly beans and sour worms.
What's one of you favourite childhood games?

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

my little studio

My little sanctuary where I can unleash as many crazy little characters as I like. I'm very lucky to have this little studio to work from in the heart of Whangarei city. If you are ever in the neighborhood feel free to drop in for a visit. Number 1 Rathbone Street...up the stairs in the Mercy Clothing Studio (room 7).