I recently made this necklace 'The Root Of Knowledge' for a very good friend of mine.
She adored a necklace I bought for myself in Perth made by the very talented Christine Atkins. I admire Christine's style, her pieces are incredibly delicate and evocative and so I contacted her and found that she had one of these incredible little gold findings left. I'd always imagined an eye at the base of Gail's tree and so together with Chrisine's stunning finding and my painted eye I was very happy with how this piece of jewelry came together.
This year I have been invited to take part in the Braveheart Youth Trust Exhibition.
This is a very worthy cause and I am happy to take part and show my support.
"Braveheart supports, financially or practially selected programmes for young people (11-21 years) who are at risk of entering the NZ justice system. Our support may be financial or practical and our area of focus is central Auckland. We recognise that the voice of every young person is valuable in contributing to our future. We want every young person to stand tall, be heard and be happy."
I am going through images of past works to make a slide show for my up and coming talk on Friday for the 'Home Work' exhibition here in New Plymouth and I came across the photo of this little doll I named Orga. Looking at the photo I can't quite believe that I made her. She brings back so many memories about that time in my life 10 years ago now and reminds me of the events that have transpired to alter my life, art and means of expression. Still she is incredibly beautiful and in the collection of someone who I know will love her; in the end that's all you can hope for when the works you've brought into existence make their way out of your hands and into the world.
I know, I know, I should be saving my pennies for the upcoming exhibition in Paris and all the adventures that will entail but my mania for interior decorating and my fetish for objects that are beautiful and evocative took hold a couple of nights ago when I turned my attentions toward the guest bedroom. Our living room has a Gothic conservatory theme, Nik's study is based on a colonial war room, now the guest bedroom is taking on a personality all of its own; an Edwardian adventurers snug.
Delicate shells of many varieties, little Egyptian figurines, an Azerbaijan wedding headdress and an ottoman jacket owned by a magician have all taken their places. On Wednesday the Moroccan lanterns will be hung and in the process of getting carried away by this other world I am creating I found this incredible cushion, a tiny work of maritime fantasy made by the very talented SeraphSplendor. I've been lucky enough to be able to add other pieces of theirs to my little jewel box of a house and I know this one will contribute its own wonder to the vision I have for the new room.
It is on its way to its new home, tinkling as the shells fall against each other, this package passed from one hand to the next on its journey into mine. I love the moment wonderful things turn up on my doorstep; the process of unwrapping and discovering. It will take years before each of these rooms becomes perfect but it's a journey which I adore. I would have loved to have been an interior decorator if I wasn't an artist, ones living space should speak of its owner, enveloping one in the process of imagining.
I am thrilled to announce that I have been invited to exhibit my works in a group show of Taranaki artists in Paris in November! In honor of this event I am making a group of special paintings which celebrate the fascinating life of Jeanne d'Arc.
I am so happy to be able to unveil this collaborative work for the cover of Jessica Talbot's new creation 'Picaflor' ~ Finding Home In South America.
Jessica had the gorgeous idea of incorporating many symbols which are important representations of her life's path woven into a nest to symbolize her journey through the world and the need for a nest of her own.
If you would like to know more about Jessica, her book and the symbolism behind this cover design please click here or go to www.jessicatalbot.net.
My avid trawling on Etsy has rendered yet another delight. I just found these charming Parisian Victorian crests designed as picture hook covers. There are five and only yesterday I began work on my fifth Jeanne d'Arc painting depicting the dream of Catherine de La Rochelle. I will use these in the upcoming exhibition at Linton & Kay, hanging my Jeanne d'Arc Cycle by chains attached to these.
I feel that these five paintings are by far my finest creations to date; detailed to the point of obsession expressing the wonder I feel at this fascinating woman's life. They show Jeanne under the fairy tree, the discovery of her sword at the church of Saint Catherine de Fierbois, the march to Orleans, the dream of Catherine de La Rochelle and Jeanne's spirit holding the banner she loved so dearly.