Rosist # 3

Rosist #2Rosist #3, digital imageA few years ago I wrote this poem, to try to give other colors of roses a chance. Each Valentines Day I have produced a new variation of it.

Not all roses are red,
I prefer them blue.
Flowers discriminated
by colorism too?

Happy Valentines Day!

This Way Up

Which way would you hang (or wear) this art?

ThisWayUp
ThisWayUp, digital image

The orientation of the image is important. To ensure maximum viewing pleasure place this side (with the image on it) so that it faces the audience. Placing the art so the image faces away from the viewer may make it difficult to see.

Available as prints, apparel and other formats from Society6 and RedBubble.

Psst wanna buy some posters

My art is worthy of bad thievery

I came across a scammy website that is selling pirated posters of my art for prices lower than their shipping costs. It appears that they capture images from websites and their goal is to phish photographers and artists when they try to take down their copyrighted images. Conveniently they are “Out of stock” of posters of my work. I won’t reveal the name or address of the scam website because I doubt that they would actually send you a poster.

I am posting a screenshot here of the copyright offender’s page and I expect that will reappear there as a recursive poster in the future.

Psst wanna buy a poster #1
Psst wanna buy a poster #1, screenshot of stolen art, digital image

Wanna buy a poster of my coffee table? Or a poster of my book cover? Don’t buy from these scammers. The coffee table is not for sale. Buy the How to Profit from Procrastination e-book on iBooks and get future editions for free.

Psst wanna buy a poster #2
Psst wanna buy a poster #2, screenshot of stolen art, digital image

Buy a genuine Theo Heartist print

If you do want to buy a print of my art, check out genuine items I have for sale on Society6, Redbubble, or ArtPal

Ode to Summer

Winter ray
Winter ray, photograph

Ode to Summer

Shall I compare thee to a Summer’s day?
Yes if you like, but ’tis winter now and
Summer hath long faded
Her days are a distant memory, a long forgotten hope
Gone is the sun with its passionate heat
Gone the joyful scent of flowers and their vibrant colours too
Where are the cool evening walks and the lovers in the park?
I am alone in the cold and the dark
All around is grey and dreary and gloomy as I await the dawn
How I long to embrace your light and be wrapped in the warmth of your touch
Return to me again 
Shine your smile on me and dry away my tears 

 


 
 
I’m looking forward to the end of this winter and fulfilment of this scripture:
“My beloved spoke and said to me, “Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me. See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone.” – Song of Songs‬ ‭2:10-11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Resolutions

I am not so good at making resolutions. Part of the problem is that I don’t know when should I make them? I have lots of opportunities:

1 Jan – the beginning of the calendar year and my wedding anniversary
28 Feb – my birthday
1 Apr – the beginning of my tax year
25 Apr – my spiritual birthday
1 Sep ish – the start of the academic year when my wife and children go back to school
11 Sep – the anniversary of my moving to Turkey

Then there are seasons which have arbitrary beginnings and ends (See Too many winters). I could make plans and resolutions for those times.

Or maybe I could make plans at the start of each new month and try to keep a habit for 30 days.

I usually find myself procrastinating the making of resolutions until the next significant date on my calendar.

Santacraft yourself

This Christmas, 77% of my close extended family is getting together to celebrate and my mother has asked that her children and grandchildren create decorations. With the short notice and the long distance between us, I have created this DIY papercraft Santa decoration that you might like to make yourself.

Santacraft yourself, Digital design (A4).
Santacraft yourself, Digital design (A4).

Download the Santacraft yourself PDF, print it out and create your own last-minute Santa decoration.

Too many winters

I am in the midst of my 53rd Winter. So far I have experienced 50 Autumns and 48 Springs, but only 47 Summers. How old am I? Why am I procrastinating Summer?

The seasons I have met (pie chart)
The seasons I have met (pie chart), digital image

One of the benefits of international travel is that I can spend time in different hemispheres, experiencing the different food, culture, and people of the world. I grew up in the Southern Hemisphere where Christmas is in Summer and the school year matches the calendar year. But, 14 and a bit years ago I moved to the Northern Hemisphere for work and a different lifestyle. I now get a real Winter Christmas and the academic year spans two calendar years with a long break in the Northern Hemisphere Summer/Southern Hemisphere Winter.

One of the drawbacks of living on the other side of the equator from family and friends is the opposite seasons. With my immediate family in school, our local long Summer break is the only practical time for us to visit our antipodean whanau, who are then in the midst of their Winter.

The seasons I have met (stacked)
The seasons I have met (stacked), digital image

Unseasonal days experienced during the season have not been counted, only prolonged exposure to the season experienced by the rest of the hemisphere at that time.

For the purposes of my calculations, a season is counted if I was in a hemisphere experiencing any part of that season at the time. If I visit an opposite season and return before the end of the original season, the original season is only counted once – for example, I left the Northern Hemisphere Summer in June 2016, had four weeks of Southern Hemisphere Winter and returned to experience the remainder of the Northern Hemisphere Summer; earlier/later in the year I had another whole Northern Hemisphere Winter. I have only counted a season if I experienced it for at least one week – I do not remember any of the 21.5 hours of the summer of my birth.

I am using the Meteorological definition of seasons:
Southern Autumn / Northern Spring: 1 March to 31 May
Southern Winter / Northern Summer: 1 June to 31 August
Southern Spring / Northern Autumn: 1 September to 30 November 
Southern Summer / Northern Winter: 1 December to 28 (29 in leap years) February
[ Source https://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/aboutseasons.html ]

 

RestArt

Sometimes it is good to have a rest from creating art. But then getting back into creating art again can be a struggle and a battle. Rest wants a bit more time. Art wants to return. Procrastination sets in. In this quirky typography animation, rest and art battle for attention.

Faux parfum – Would you buy these fragrances?

French is a pretty language. A flowery language of love and romance. As an exercise in 3D modelling, I created and rendered these perfume bottles. 

Moufette
Moufette
Vieux poisson
Vieux poisson
Oeuf pourri
Oeuf pourri

The translation of the labels is left as an exercise for the reader. The design of the bottles gives a clue to the fragrance they could contain.

 

No. Digits

Can you solve these simple equations and find the pattern?

No. Digits (Just Equations)
No. Digits (Just Equations). Digital Image

This was the question I posed to friends on Facebook. Thanks to them I found some missing brackets and corrected the above image, representing digits as equations.

From this, I created a simple book reminiscent of a child’s counting book or math exercise book with a number represented on each page by its equation. If you include the answers to the equations (left as an exercise for the reader), each statement has all of the digits from zero to nine appearing only once. I created the book from a school desktop flip calendar, giving it a distressed old school look by painting the pages with a mixture of gouache and acrylic house paint. Letting the wet pages stick together before separating and applying a second coat produced the rough surface for the equations in pastel, sharpie and pencil.  

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The title of this work No. Digits is a play on the idea that “Number” is often abbreviated as “No.” and for each equation there is no digit for that specific number until you solve the equation.