Thursday, April 17, 2014

New big canvas with a personal story

Dear 'Frooters'

If you've been following the blog you'll know I've recently started working on canvas.  I wanted to do this to work on some personal stories that have been living in my head for years but until now, I wasn't able to communicate them in the way I wanted to. 

Until now.  Here is a finished work - the first I hope of more in this vein:  the title of this piece is:
'When did you find out you were adopted? (you're shittin' me -right?)'

I was born in NZ and adopted in 1966 at 10 days old into a white family with 9 children. My parents took me at an age when they should have been looking forward to an empty nest and in the days before there were support groups and help books. All my life I have been asked by people where I'm from or how old I was when I found out I was adopted. My reaction to these questions has mellowed over the years - from anger/frustration, to telling the full story within minutes and jokes about family resemblance.

This is an attempt to convey this with humour but also the love: the obviously different race mother and child, the chinoiserie, full moon and flying fish in the garden - nothing is quite what it seems.
The title: well, it jarrs a little bit with the image but that is also the intention - something so detailed, and painted with care - given a fairly crude, but what I hope is a humorous title.

 And here is the progress of the work.  It probably took a month - 6 weeks all up:

A lovely Easter weekend to you all!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Gabby Malpas at Platform72

Yes!  My trays were featured in the Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday 12 April!
There are 5 designs to choose from and they are a very limited edition.

I am delighted to be showing work at Platform72 in their 'small spaces' exhibition.  All works are priced under $500 (mostly in the range of about $250 - $400), and there are some lovely works for sale.  They are also available online from their website.

I took my niece along to the opening at Central Park, Chippendale on Friday night. 

I should also mention that my scarves and trays are available exclusively online from their store from now until 11 May - here at Platform72.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Food canvases

I've created some small watercolour on canvases of food.

These are earmarked for two shows:
Botannix from 30 April 2014 - the larger ones and small ones
Platform72 Small spaces show from April 11 - the small ones

prices from $250.00

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Gabby Malpas fabric panels

As I get all of my work scanned and digitised, I have started collaborating with other artists and creatives to creat images that can be printed as fabric and fabric panels. 
This is a reworked panel from Roy and Emma's tripdich last year. The top panel I envisage to be printed as curtain panels - lined/framed by duck egg blue coloured silk.
The 'topsy-turvy' image is perfect for table runners or even a dress panel.

This work was completed by David Myers of Digital Masters.  He's been digitising my work since last year and he's brilliant!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Gabby Malpas artworks at Lindfield Art Show: 15/16 March

These three original paintings and three prints have been dropped off to the Lindfield Artshow.
The opening is Friday night and tickets can be purchased online here.

Or it is open and free Saturday: 9am - 5pm or Sunday: 9am - 2pm:
Holy Family Catholic Primary School Hall
2-4 Highfield Road
Lindfield, NSW 2070


Canvas prints

Sunday, March 2, 2014

wildflowers and meadow flowers

I am a big fan of meadows and wild flowers - yes, weeds.

Most of the weeds I like are tiny in comparison to the large extravagant blooms I normally paint.
These tiny sketches are taking forms and shapes remembered from studying these plants closely and with a bit of artistic licence...

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Little pictures

Part of my artwork process means playing around with new ideas and images.

I'm starting on collections of images: food or messages that can be used on cards.  Here are some offerings:

Friday, February 21, 2014

Gabby Malpas website - shop now live

Dear Mangofrooters

I am delighted to announce my Gabby Malpas shop is now open for business.
There are a number of items I have listed that are currently not available anywhere else - this includes my new blank art greeting cards and card packs.

Information about originals (I will list more as time goes by), and commissioned work are also on the site here.

Have a lovely weekend

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Watercolour and ink on canvas - finished

Well the canvases were finished, approved and digitised.  Here are the results.

Working with watercolour onto primed canvas was interesting - the paint literally 'sits' on top of the surface so when dry, it is very easy to remove large areas of colour.  I got around this by using ink and gouache with the watercolour - but all the while, trying to retain that 'liquidity' of watercolour.

I finished with  spray on varnish - it's necessary to protect the paintwork.

On this one, the digitiser has included the sides of the canvas that I have painted. This is quite evident on the bottom where I have deliberately made paint 'runs' down the side.

Friday, January 24, 2014

New cards at Blue Island Press

I am delighted to be working with Blue Island Press on a series of fine art cards, notecards and calendars.  Toby and Montessa have an eye for layout and imagery that brought to life images of mine that made me look at them in a whole different light.

Yesterday, a set of samples arrived in the post.  The quality of the printing and paper, the delicacy of the colours and absolutely lovely story on the back of each card has taken my artwork to a whole new level.

Thank you so much Blue Island Press!

Have a look at their website here.

Have a lovely weekend Frooters!