Friday, November 25, 2016

Mail art: More NZ birds

I'm trying to get into the habit of doing one envelope a day (if possible!). I was going for a more ¨cartoon-y¨ kind of look, put perhaps that will come with practice.

Front: A Miromiro bird. I'm pretty sure I've seen these while out tramping. Not sure if I've seen them around our house though.



Back: A Piwakawaka (Fantail) bird. We see heaps of these around our house.



Another envelope. Front: An Australiasian Crested Grebe. What great a hairdo this guy has.


 Back: Seabirds flying around.





Thursday, November 17, 2016

Mail art: Gannet and California Quail




Back and front of some mail art envelopes I made. A couple of birds we see alot of in New Zealand: the Californian quail and the gannet. These are watercolour on 120 gsm paper. I didn't notice the envelope was a bit creased in the photo until I'd already posted off the original.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Owl mail art

I've been drawing birds alot lately, but would like to paint them. I really like Matt Sewwell's style of painting birds in his books. Its all a bit daunting, so I thought to start out I'd practice some owls from his owl book on some handmade envelopes to send to friends. He is so talented. Next step is to do my own birds from my own designs with New Zealand birds. Some of the envelopes hadn't been fully glued together when I took these photos.




 







Friday, September 23, 2016

A New Zealand Little Owl


A New Zealand Little Owl (Athene Noctua).
India Ink, Schaeffer calligraphy pen.

A gratuitous photo of a Dolphin, somewhere near Foster, NSW, Australia.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Some watercolor portraits

Some watercolor portrait sketches on Arches A4 paper.

 Above: sketched with pencil first


Above: No preliminary pencil sketch - just painted straight on.


Above: Just painted - no preliminary pencil sketch. For a just a quick, straight watercolour sketch, I'm pretty happy with it.




Sunday, September 18, 2016

Mailart: Morepork sketch

Another sketch of the morepork looking back over its wing, this time on an envelope.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Another Little Owl sketch

Schaeffer pen (thanks again Kerrieann!) and india ink.

Gratuitous photo of the view from the top of somewhere in the Tararua Ranges.