Monday, March 08, 2010

Art Deco Napier

Di and I went to Napier for the annual Art Deco Festival mainly to be introduced to the Ad Agency "Adplus" who had commissioned me to Illustrate 4 Art Deco Signs which are now a permanent fixture on the arterial routes into Napier. Found them, photographed them, and I'll post them here along with a few from the weekends festivities. I also signed 150 sets of the four illustrations as posters and the evidently went like hotcakes!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Latest self Portrait

Self explanatory. Just me in pensive mood! Oil on canvas, BIG! 91cm x 121cm and for sale should you like a portrait of me!

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

It's about time!!

Can't believe it was last May for the last posting. The rest of 2007 was a blur. However I'll try and give a quick catchup. Lots of work for both Di and I has gone under the bridge... some really nice projects with satisfying results. I moved out of Ghuznee street and now work from home. This has cut huge expenses off Rent and transport running costs, the only drawback is it's only me, Axle the dog and Tiggi the cat at home so a little lonely at times. However I've been to busy to even worry about this. I've joined the gym in Porirua and I get out for coffee with a couple of the neighbour then there's always the Blogger, Facebook, Skype and e-mail to keep me in touch.
We've had a few good holidays away, Waihi early January 2008 for 4 days with the Prossers from Melbourne. Bought a double Kayak in Matamata on the way up! the best impromptu purchase we've made according to Di. It's had so much use over the Summer and living so close to the Porirua harbour and estuary we can easily just decide to go for a paddle. We went down to Nelson late January. Went with the car and Kayak on the Ferry. Great crossings both ways... very calm. Paddled around in some beautiful water down there, great weather and nice and hot. The latest holiday which Di had to take or lose the leave owing, was to the Bay of Islands this May just past. Great time again, took the Kayak up there with us and put it in the water 5 times. Wetsuits this time as it was getting a little colder. Temperatures in the late teens early twenties, so not to bad. We did quite a bit of driving and sightseeing around the coast roads and it wasn't until I got back here to Wellington that I found out I was breaking on rivets.... and here I thought a stone had got flicked into the disk brakes!! duh! All fixed now $500 later.
Here I'm going to post the collaborative paintings that Di and I have done to date. Should have enough together for a show soon. Anyway here's a sneak preview.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

New Zealand Dog News

New Zealand Dog News

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Melbourne at Easter

First break of the year was a trip to Melbourne for Easter for 12 days. We took Declan with us and stayed with Di's brother and family in Brighton. The weather was great and we did lots of sightseeing. The pictures are just a few taken during our visit. Declan and me on the Tennis court, family group under one of the many sculptures in a sculpture park and Mansion just out of Melbourne. A picture of Brighton Beach and a view of Melbourne city from there as well. The Comedy festival was on at the time and we managed to catch a couple and there's a night shot of Melbourne taken one of those festival nights. The pancake breakfast is Declan's order on Chapel Street, he loves pancakes. A great visit and a well deserved break for us all.


Monday, March 05, 2007

UCOL Wanganui Summer School

Here I am in March and I'm only just writing about this. Not because I haven't wanted to but because since returning to Wellington, I have been so inspired by the course to get paint onto canvas in my new found knowledge that I haven't found time to write. Michael Shepherd a full time Auckland Artist was my tutor and what an incredible insight and knowledge of oil painting this man has. I learnt so much in the 6 days, I was blown away. I never realised that I knew so little about oil painting. I didn't have much in the way of paint on canvas at the end of the course but I've made up for that on my return to Wellington. Michael has since become a close inspirational friend who I'm sure I can trust to give an honest appraisal of my work into the future. Basically I was using, extenders which I've found are not needed, the wrong brushes, the wrong colours and the wrong mindset. The painting I've done since returning, I can see already, have more life, more depth, better colour and I'm now looking at my past work wondering what was I thinking! I've had a recent contact through my Artfind website by Quimsy Gallery in Leed Street Wellington asking if i was interested in exhibiting so I'm pleased to announce that my exhibition will start on May 15th and that's what I'm working towards. I will post pictures soon of my time at UCOL and maybe a sneak preview of a few of my new paintings.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006


There will be photo's of Di's winning entries for you to see once she gets them to me but in the meantime here's the details.

Clemenger BBDO had it's best year ever at Pride in Print, winning 1 Supreme Award Finalist, 6 Golds and 7 Highly Commended Awards.
Congratulations to all Designers and Creatives listed.

Supreme Award Finalist and Gold and Category Winner: Specialist Product and Processes and Highly Commended: Digital Print - smaller than A2
Title: 10 Truths About Mainland Leave Behind Book and Box
Judges Comments: Extremely well produced in all aspects. Very creative binding. Nice clean tidy job with unique sewing style.
Creative Team: Di Fuller, Hugh Walsh & Chris Martin
Production: Carne Godfrey
Printer: Scitronic
Print Finisher: Modern Bookbinding

Highly Commended: Packaging - Folding Cartons - 4 or more colours
Title: Our think-tank's finest moment.
Creative Team: Marc Chetcuti, Jim Thomas & Ben Lewis
Production: Gary Spence & Carne Godfrey
Printer: Service Printers
Print Finisher: Wellington Print Finishers

Gold: Sheetfed Printing - Two or Three Colour and Highly Commended: Sheetfed Printing - Annual Reports, Corporate Profiles or Prospectus
Title: Radio New Zealand Annual Report
Creative Team: Di Fuller, Geoff Francis
Production: Gary Spence
Printer: Bryce Francis Graphics

Gold: Sheetfed Printing - Two or Three Colour
Title: Department of Labour Statement of Intent
Creative: Di Fuller
Production: Gary Spence
Printer: Bryce Francis Graphics

Highly Commended: Sheetfed Printing - Four or more colour bound by any method up to 16 pages plus cover
Title: Mitsubishi Fuso Book
Creative: Tim Christie 
Production: Gary Spence
Printer: Bryce Francis Graphics

Gold: Sheetfed Printing - Four or more colour bound by any method up to 16 pages plus cover
and Gold: Industry Development - Export Award
Title: Rugby World Cup 2011 Book
Creative Team: Steve Jaycock, Angus Hennah & Scott Henderson
Production: Gary Spence
Printer: Bryce Francis Graphics

Gold: Specialist Product & Processes - Composites and Highly Commended: Sheetfed Printing - Four or more colour bound by any method up to 16 pages plus cover
Title: Wellington City Council Touch the Water
Creative: Sharlene Clark
Production: Wellington City Council
Printer: PrintLink

Highly Commended: Digital Print - Other
Title: Panasonic Lumix Slider
Creative Team: Mark Harricks
Production: Scott McMillan
Printer: Scitronic

Highly Commended: Specialist Product & Processes - Binding & Finishing
Title: Clemenger BBDO Flip Flop Brochure
Creative Team: Marc Chetcuti, Jim Thomas, Ben Lewis
Production: Carne Godfrey
Printer: Service Printers
Print Finisher: Wellington Print Finishers