New Zealand stimulus

New Zealand stimulus

We’ve been to New Zealand recently to soak up the beautiful, natural landscape. The lure was the airshow—Wings over Wanaka—but we spent time travelling from Auckland down through the North and South islands. Highlights of the trip included the Huka Falls near Lake Taupo and the seal colony at Ohau.

glendhu2 Marine Parade, evening, Napier taupo_evening Wings over Wanaka feathers

We tested out Chris’s new camera, but still have a long way to go to understand how to use it to take great landscape shots. I am keen to use high res shots in video work— I have been experimenting with layering and animating a combination of photos (from Huka Falls and our fish pond), plus digitally manipulated photos, plus painted images (also digitally manipulated).

Screen shot from Adobe Premiere Pro project

Screen shot from Adobe Premiere Pro project

I’m not yet happy with the result and it’s a painstaking process to layer and manipulate in Adobe Premiere Pro. But I’m getting closer to working out how many images per second to use and how to manipulate opacity and motion to get the effects I want.  The Premiere project screen shot (at left) shows how many images I’ve used in approx. 1 second’s worth of footage—and that’s still not enough to get really effective depth and movement!

Screen shot from Adobe Premiere Pro project

Feral koi in Huka Falls

The second screen shot (at left) is from the video project and shows our Ogon Koi swimming in the Huka Waters—of course, Koi are considered noxious and a threat to other species in NZ!

It’s an interesting challenge to try to recreate the movement of the koi through water using only still images.

I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog lately—getting stuck into lots of different projects—but will soon be ready to share some of the results of those!

Reflections: 2 months on

Reflections: 2 months on

Two months on … give or take (including a visit to New Zealand) … and I am in the studio daily. I’m also a latecomer to Pinterest and I am finding this social media platform is one that really suits me. More on Pinterest and NZ a bit later.

So what have I learnt in two months?

1. That I can push around oil paint to create some interesting surfaces

2. That I am still in love with colour and the infiniteness of hues, tints and shades on the palette

3. That I have to work at a reasonable size – almost everything seems too small – each experiment feels confined by its edges

4. That current obsessions and motifs are jockeying for prominence but awesome nature in the form of water and clouds are winning out at the moment (perfect for technical exercises).

I’m photographing stages of technical exercises and here are some thumbnails below. Also being inspired by Artist a day!

Cloud exerciseWarm orb

Water exerciseOrb 2

Orb 3 for grassWater - first layer