arwenflowerskiwiartist
(@arwenflowerskiwiartist)

It’s coming along. Second session today, building it up with enough coverage as well as finding the darks, lights, warm and cool areas. Some more details to help me feel like I’m making progress 😁 . #arwenflowerskiwiartist #paintinginprogress #acrylicpainting #artistsofinstagram #nzartist #nzart #newzealand #art #nikau

Today at the day job - turning the watercolour flowers I painted last week into designs that look pretty together in a printed format 🌼🌿 . #arwenflowerskiwiartist #dayjob #watercolour #nzartist #magnolia #flowerart #workinprogress #floral #pretty

New work :) Nearly finished big painting in the background, but it’s too big for an upcoming entry... so something new, a gotta do it quickish. It’s kinda dark at the moment, won’t ever be super bright - ever been in the NZ forest on a cloudy day in the early evening? Love how mysterious it gets. Got something up my sleeve for it though, but can’t add ‘secret experiment’ till the end. Eeek! . #arwenflowerskiwiartist #artistsoninstagram #nikau #nzartist #nzartists #nzart #workinprogress #acrylicpainting #followme #makeart #creative #nzforest

Bringing a few threads of ideas together, slowly. First pulling out the type from storage, elements of recent poetry, some paper making with Fabriano paper scraps and tiny fragments of silver leaf... it’ll be interesting to see where it goes. Still not sure if I can make ‘text in art’ work to my satisfaction, but it’s where I’m headed. Cross fingers. Oh, and thx mum for the quick, easy lunch - home made lavosh n stuff 😍👏🏻🙏🏻 . Sigh, it’s lightning... just as well it’s a practice run. . #arwenflowerskiwiartist #workinprogress #papermaking #type #poetry #babysteps #artinprogress #artistsoninstagram #artistslife #lovemum

Beautiful Muriwai! Fabulous to enjoy some beach time - away from the forest painting for a bit. You can’t live in New Zealand as an artist and not paint a few coastlines! But, this is just an outing... back to painting trees in a little bit 🌱🌴🌳 . #arwenflowerskiwiartist #artistslife #muriwai #newzealand #sunset #friends #light #ocean #sunsandsurf #surfbeach

More large painting details, work in progress... Dear Nikau, the way you have so many leaves! Dear forest the way you let in the light! 💚 . #arwenflowerskiwiartist #nzpainting #nzart #nikau #wip #painting #artistsoninstagram #artistsofinstagram #light #paintingdetail #acrylicpainting #largepainting

More artists day job. I really enjoy how my humble watercolour flowers etc actually look fab once scanned and arranged artfully on my packaging... from small beginnings great things come - mostly lol. . #arwenflowerskiwiartist #watercolour #packagingdesign #artistsoninstagram #dayjob #nzartist #artislife #artistsdiary #instagramart #practicemakesperfect

Cow! (Haha! A vague reference to ‘Twister’ the movie - an old favourite). Working at the day job drawing NZ farm life for some more packaging. . #arwenflowerskiwiartist #artistsoninstagram #artistslife #artdiary #dayjob #madeinnewzealand #cow #sheep #drawing #twistermovie

Back in the studio, suns out and I’ve got a deadline on this due to buyer interest (that’s motivation!). I’ve just realised that I think this painting has rubbed of on my interior decorating taste lately. New cheap plastic faux-palms. Little bit chic 😂 . #arwenflowerskiwiartist #workinprogress #wip #artistslife #studiotime #faux #plasticplants #deadline #acrylicpainting #nzpainting #nzart #nzartist #followme #artislife

When you’ve been painting a little while and someone (not me) gets bored and decides they need to go to the toilet. . #arwenflowerskiwiartist #artistsdiary #dogsofinstagram #magic #studiotime #gottapee

So satisfying once work goes into its frame. Today I’ve made ready a donated piece, an exhibition piece and one that’s been sold. Looking good my pretties! . #arwenflowerskiwiartist #nzartist #nzartists #artistsofinstagram #artonpaper #mixedmedia #exploreart #framedart #newzealandartist #nikau #oceanart #ecoart #artistlife #art

Starting the morning by working with a print I had in my folder, adding details and a story unfolds... ‘Silver ladder’, 190x190. Problem - I don’t have a mount or frame, sigh. I must admit, I prefer to have the goods to show the work first (make to size) or it just sits around saying ‘you’re gonna have to pay to display’ 🧐 . My child sitting high Pohutukawa rises Your silver ladder. . #haikuart #lovehaiku #poetry #newideas #makearteveryday #arwenflowerskiwiartist #artonpaper #monotype #print #stitchingpaper #mixedmedia #nzart #nzartist

‘We sailed to the moon’, mixed media on paper, framed 300 x 300. It was a challenge to try adding silver leaf, watercolour, ink, a new tracing paper for inkjet and paint pens into the mix. But challenge breeds creativity - especially when you have to problem solve without loosing the joy and loosing your rag when things almost fail. But here it is... already thinking about more silver leaf. Update: SOLD . #arwenflowerskiwiartist #instaartist #artistsofinstagram #artoninstagram #artonpaper #stitching #silverleaf #mixedmedia #materialsobsession #perservere #artexperiment #navigation #exploration #nzartist #justmakeart #moonart #circleart

‘My sweet Nikau heart’ - mixed media with silver leaf on paper. Framed. A bespoke piece for the upcoming art auction fundraiser for our local Women and Family Centre. Tickets are $20, event is at Kaipara College Hall, Friday 19 October. PM me if you want tickets and I’ll forward details. A great night for a great cause. . #arwenflowerskiwiartist #mixedmedia #nzart #nzartists #artonpaper #artforacause #kaiparacollege #fundraiser #artistsgiveback #supportlocal #buyrealart #supportartists #artistsofinstagram #artistsoninstagram