The last few weeks have been very busy and I have been working hard on some new projects.
Here is a sneak preview of some of my current work in progress and digital doodles. Some of these photos are from my Instagram feed, I quite often use it to post quick snaps of work in progress!
I did find time to go on an outing to the Wellington Botanic Gardens a couple of weekends ago and luckily the weather was good enough to take some lovely photos. I was even lucky enough to see a cheeky native Kaka parrot happily stripping the bark of a tree.
I did not get round to posting about my copy of the Teacup LOLcats comic book which arrived a little while ago!
I ordered the paperback version, and am very happy with the quality of the paper and the printing. The shipping was reasonably fast once the book was completed, and was extremely well-packaged. Seeing as we are well into winter here in New Zealand, I was worried that the book may get damaged in transit. I didn't have to worry at all, as the book arrived in a sturdy box, and was wrapped in plastic as well as a protective then foam layer. This was a relief as I have had books that were simply shipped in a plain cardboard envelope arrive ruined in the middle of a rainy New Zealand winter.
I have started taking oil painting classes and had my first afternoon session on Sunday. Each class is four and a half hours long but that meant I didn't feel rushed and came away with two new pieces of art.
I have never used oils before at all so was a bit nervous and the teacher showed me some basic painting and glazing techniques. After a test run with charcoal, I tried the same still life subject in oils:
Then I chose a new subject and applied those same techniques here also, still working with just one colour:
From the Museum's Press Release:
'Warhol’s Amiga experiments were the result of a commission by Commodore International to demonstrate the computer’s graphic arts capabilities. They vary from doodles and camera shots of a desktop, to experimenting with Warhol’s classic images of a banana, Marilyn Monroe, Campbell’s soup, and portraits. One artwork resulted from the series, a portrait of Debbie Harry. This artwork is in The Warhol’s collection, but the other images on the disks had been inaccessible due to their obsolete format, since entering the collection in 1994.'
Did you know that the worst video game ever made is said to be Atari's E.T. produced in 1982? The game was made as a tie-in to Spielberg's film but was so terrible it was said that thousands of unsold copies of the game were deliberately buried in a landfill in Almagordo, New Mexico. In some versions of the myth the video games were said to have been encased in concrete before they were buried, although this is probably due to the fact that in 1983 the city poured a layer of concrete over the dumping area for safety purposes.
The burial was widely believed to be an urban legend... until now.
A team working in New Mexico have just uncovered what is believed to be the legendary cache of video games, along with what looks like other buried Atari hardware and software.
Things have been a little quiet here lately, and that's because I have been working hard on making the Teacup LOLcats web comic that ran in 2010 into a book!