why this, why now?

I've decided to try out a blog because I seem to have ideas and get ideas all the time, with no central and accessible way of documenting these ideas. It could be ideas for my own personal projects, ideas for teaching design, design inspiration, or a place to put up some of my own design/art/creative stuff.

So here we go, lets see how well it suits my intentions....

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

details and close ups

... some examples of details of paintings that will be part of 

"Wellington and other places called home - an exhibition" 
April 9 - 15 2012, Thistle Hall, Cuba Street, Wellington

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Kumototo, Wellington Waterfront

Kumototo seasons series
Acrylic on canvas
3 x canvasses 600 x 200
Can be arranged to be either  stacked vertically at 600 x 600 or aligned horizontally at 1800 x 200
2008 - 2010 

Sunday, March 4, 2012

View of Spanish Arch and the Claddagh, Galway

My first painting of Galway, 2003.  Acrylic on Canvas.  
Sold to a local after hanging in Javas Cafe, along with 2 other paintings of mine of this iconic area of Galway i.e. the Claddagh, the River Corrib, the Spanish Arch and the Long Walk.  

'When Harry Met Sally' set design - Galway, Ireland, 2004

Images of the set design for 'When Harry Met Sally' at the Galway Town Hall 2004.  Directed by Lily Hill.  
I painted these old movie posters onto large pieces of fabric using just red, pink, black and white.  They were hung as if part of a cafe/bar to create the set for the whole play.  Depending on how the space was utilised and lit it could represent and airplane, bedroom, shop, gallery, etc.  

"Director Lily Hill, straight from the stages of New York City, has adapted the hugely successful movie of the same name and brought it to laugh-out-loud life for the stage.  Maiken Calkoen, fresh from the stages of New Zealand has created a fun and unique set that transforms the Studio into the hottest place to be for the evening." 
 - The Galway Independent, 28 January 2004.