Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Owl and The Pussycat - a morbid tale by Gareth Morgan?

One of my favourite childhood poems was The Owl and The Pussycat (who incidentally went to sea in a beautiful pea-green boat, for those of you who were unsure of their whereabouts). I decided I would start on a children's series of paintings that were a bit looser and fun than my "historic buildings" works I have been doing lately.

So Gareth Morgan (who has recently said in the media that all cats should be kept indoors, or be eradicated due to their impact on native birds in New Zealand) - so, does the pussycat truly love the owl (because shes a beautiful fowl) or will he attack and kill her the instant the viewer averts their gaze?

                                            (click on the image to view a larger version of it)

Acrylic on canvas
300mm X 300mm
For Sale $185 NZD

Historic Cityscape of Dunedin, New Zealand

Here is last week's effort - a cityscape of some of the historic buildings around central Dunedin.  A painting like this takes me over 40 hours to complete as the detail in the buildings (because of the small scale Im working at) is very fiddly!
This is being exhibited in the Otago Art Society's latest exhibition opening Friday the 8th of March.

Actual size is somewhere around 400mm wide X 300mm tall. Acrylic on canvas.

(Click on the image to see a larger version of it).