The Seed Gallery Seeing Stars exhibition is currently up, but don't worry if you can't make it into the gallery cos you can view (and purchase) online! Hurrah! Just go here http://shop.seedgallery.co.nz/pages/seeing-stars
I'm taking part in Seed Gallery's annual Christmas exhibition again, this year we have 10 star shapes to turn into artworks. I've taken my starting point from the name Seeing Stars, thinking about the patterns you see when you rub your eyes, and have created a different pattern for each star.
They all have quite a summery mood to them, some are based on recognisable objects and others are more abstract. It's reawakened my love for pattern making, there is something about making a rule but only following it loosely which I really love, want to do more pattern stuff in future!
Anyway, here is a selection, I had to cut them up to stick them onto the stars so now I only have shards of painting left. If you want to buy a star come along to the exhibition details above.
Back when I was poking around the Auckland Museum looking for something to paint I noticed these weird brown ceramic dogs in the bottom of a cabinet, there was something about their strange stylised faces, wiggly fur and chains with lockets which I found quite captivating, thus began my latest obsession. They are known as wally dogs/ wally dugs/ mantle dogs/ hearth spaniels/ fireside dogs/ Staffordshire dog figurines. They always have the lock and chain draped over their back. They are the perfect vehicle for my wiggly gouache paintings.