Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Gabby Malpas and Avant Cards

I am so excited to announce that Avant Cards, the achingly marvelous and uber hip distributor of free postcards across multiple Australian venues, has chosen the above artwork by yours truly to feature on a new run of cards coming to a venue near you (In Australia), from tomorrow.

I am just over the moon at the prospect of reaching a much wider audience with the little picture of Granny bonnets above.

You can see all the details and send an e-card of this image here.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Art Pharmacy Interview

I was fortunate enough to meet the lovely Emilya from Art Pharmacy.

She did a little interview with me about a month back and it is on her site.

Thanks Emilya and thanks all for reading.

Have a fabulous week

Click here to read the interview

Friday, February 15, 2013


And now for something completely different.

So far, I have posted up images of finished works or works in progress destined for exhibitions, commissions or galleries.

Not much has been mentioned about my process or the fact that life-drawing is a big part of my work as my images rely heavily on drawing skill.

I would love to be able to draw like Rembrandt. I have infuriated some with my dogged determination to draw in a traditional style. But I was trained this way, it taught me to look and capture and yes, I still find it hard after 25 years or so...


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Valentine's Day giveaway and competition

Dear Mango Frooters

It is coming up to the time of year that can be fraught with sadness for so many people.  It's a commercial holiday made traditionally for lovers but I find this a bit disheartening.

For all of you out there in interweb land, who find yourselves lonely or sad for whatever reason, on February 14 2013:  THIS IS FOR YOU.

'You are Loved'.  Watercolour and pencil on Indian Khadi paper.
Artwork size: 15cm x 11cm.

If you would like a higher res version of this file to download and print, please add me to your favourites and please like my facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gabby-Malpas/106341109444237?fref=ts.  My email address is opposite.

I am also running a competition to win the original artwork of this image, to enter:
Please like my facebook page (I will pick the winner out of a hat on Tuesday 26 Feb), and allow me to add you email to my mailing list.

Friday, February 1, 2013


I love lotus.

I fell in love with these plants as soon as I saw one in the Auckland domain hothouse garden in the 70s.  There were these dinner plate-sized leaves coming straight out of the pond with these gorgeous, billowy, pink, cloud-like flowers floating above.

It has been a dream of mine to paint these beauties on large pieces of paper and although I use a lot of artistic license and google imagery, I still need to draw from life to capture the lotus mojo.

We see a lot of lotus on our travels all over SE Asia.  However, without being able to dedicate some serious hours to looking and drawing and requiring space enough for a large sheet of paper it's not really feasible.

I planted one just after Christmas when my first attempt failed in a pot.  I am so excited to see one of the leaves finally pushing up through the water to stand tall.  Hopefully others will follow.

It will be another year before it flowers though.  Back to google.