Everything has gone



Everything has gone. Well, from the studio, at least.

Paintings sold found new homes (thank you!); those left are now destroyed.

Destruction, I found, is not an easy task, physically or emotionally, but ultimately, one I hope to be liberating.

The coming eight days are ones of moving with all the associated hullabaloo and logistics, boxes and bubble wrap, friends and farewells.

Everything is in motion.

Studio chaos


The studio

As you can see, it’s a little crazy in the studio right now. Fortunately, I’ve got the use of another studio as there are way too many paintings to unwrap and hang in one space.

I’m learning:

  • a studio sale every 12 - 18 months is probably a brilliant idea to force the clearing of work and encourage engagement with supporters,

  • my record keeping could be better,

  • and I’ve made some damn good paintings.

And apologies in advance if it’s a little crazy… there’s a heap of work, much bubble wrap, and a bit of organising to do!

Storage, studio, and an upcoming sale


Boxes and paintings in the studio.

Yesterday with the help of a man, a van, and an assistant, my mix of art and non-art objects was moved from storage to the studio.

Once I’ve separated the art from non-art, my task is to select ten pieces to keep. The remaining works, provided I hold my nerve, will be included in an “Everything must go!” studio sale in about ten days.

Yup, I’m having a studio sale. Prices will be keen—the exact dates and times to follow.



New notebook.

Right now, I’m:

  • getting ready to move to Dunedin in four weeks and wondering how to get everything done in such a short space of time.

  • working out what to do with my art that is in storage – keep an eye on your email as there may be more soon!

  • finishing a web design job.

  • thinking about how to reposition what I do, how I do it, and the benefits I bring as a person who asks good questions.

  • experimenting with using a Nokia 225 dumb phone rather than my smartphone.

  • playing around with Tachyons CSS and Jekyll when I should be doing something else.

  • starting a new notebook!

Non-photo blue for you


Four-panel diary, alternative format.

An alternative four-panel diary format, including spotting a little blue penguin in the harbour!

And while I’m using the word blue…

The blue pencil drawings are made using a “non-photo blue” pencil. Such pencils are notable because a photocopier does not reproduce the blue lines. Originally used for marking written copy with amends, cartoonists will use non-photo blue pencils to draw images before inking them.

Original four-panel inked drawings.

Original drawings.

Above is the original, with the non-photo blue pencil, and below is the photocopied version. Not a sign of the blue pencil. Although not obvious here, the images below were reduced when photocopying to half the size of the originals.

Photocopied four-panel drawing.

Photocopied version.

And if you were wondering, scanners and digital cameras pick up the blue line, though it is relatively easy to edit in Photoshop.

Photoshopped version four-panel drawing.

Photoshopped version.