So I spent most of last night putting together some pieces for an exhibition in Wellington in the next few weeks. It’s called UNDER THE RAINBOW and it’s a fundraiser for Out Wellington Inc. It looks like it’s gonna be a pretty rad exhibition, exploring the experiences of Gay, Lesbian, Bi, Trans life in Aotearoa through art.
SO! If you’re in Wellington, around 6.00pm on Monday 12 April you should go to the opening. It’ll be exhibiting allll week, then on Saturday the 17th at 7pm they’ll do the big auctiony thing. So, yeh, go, look at my art, raise money for a good cause!
As promised: our finished newsletter!
For the first time in about 40 years, the train will come through our little townlet to stop and pick up passengers at our upper station. Tomorrow is the annual Walk to Work Day and in honor a commuter train between Waitati and Dunedin will run, picking up people in order to promote more sustainable transportation. According to the newspaper “To ensure all goes smoothly at the new stop, two “stationmasters”…will be on duty.”
Guess who the Stationmasters are??
Joe and I pretty much jump at every opportunity to dress up. Plus, see that sign we’re leaning on? I painted it. Yup I’m cool.
As part of the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity, our local community gardens in Port Chalmers held a gardening/mural painting/ muffin eating day of awesomeness. In the middle of our gardens we have a giant wall of boringness – a big wall of grey bricks.We got one of the local artists to draw up a mural on one side last year, and then, last weekend we painted a mural on the remaining boring side. We did it paint by numbers style; each number correlated to a colour, like those books and posters kids do – I remember doing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle one when I was 10, it was SO awesome.
Anyway, who was the artist of this second side? Me! Woo!
In a fit of manliness I got a roller and white-coated (official term) over the grey [NOTE: rollers, especially when you're rolling an area much taller than you are, spray paint all over you. ALL over you; on your glasses, t-shirt, pants, in between your toes, all through your hair - gravity, you were not my friend that day)]. Then outlined the mural in question with the help of some fabulous friends. On Sunday we put in numbers and attempted to colour it in with the help of some neighbourhood munchkins.
I really love where I live.
Update! Almost Done:
So, I used to do some political cartooning for the university magazine a few years ago. I stopped it when I got myself employed, and simply didn’t have the time for it. I have recently become less-employed, started an art course, and bought myself a lovely little tablet (which I’m still desperately trying to learn how to use). And, as our current Prime Minister, the lovely John Key (as drawn above), is a bit of a jerk, it looks like I’ll be brushing up on those old caricatures again…
I’ve been drawing superheroes all week – trying to get an image I can use for some posters I wanna draw up for a project I’m working on. Queer Avengers is a group Joe’s going to start up to connect with politically-minded queer people and queer supporters with the aim of getting active within our community. It will be rad. But more importantly, I get to draw superheroes:
I wrote this one a few months back for the Agender magazine. Agender is a national transgender support organisation in New Zealand.