Tag Archives: Tribalmystic Art

Teeth, Bones and Shells – Painting


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Teeth, Bones & Shells, My Art. This is a painting from last year that I finally finished. Watercolour and ink on paper. I hope you like it. I enjoyed breaking away from writing to paint this man.

The Mysterious Lily – Photography


This mysterious and gorgeous flower appeared in one of my pots. I did not plant it, and do not claim any ownership for its cultivation. I guess I own it now, since it is in a pot that I have paid for. And, this pot sits in my garden. Perhaps the birds brought me the seed.

I was surprised to see its glorious bloom a few days ago. I am taking a guess that it is a Peruvian lily, but I could be wrong. I am happy for anyone that knows this flower to identify it.

Here are some close-ups.

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In the park – Poem


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Watercolour by JK.Leahy© Title: “In the Park” (Mt Cootha Botanical Gardens)

In the Park – JK.Leahy©

Restless is the breeze

where light has ceased

Alone, I sit in the dark

where we kissed in the park

Heightened heat burns

And time rhythms heartbeat

I wait in the park

where our footsteps left a mark

Years worn boulders and

seedlings aged into forest

Grave is nearing

for our meeting in the park

My Cootha is one of my favourite places in Brisbane. My closest friend and my son’s godmother Marina works in the temperate gardens. Often when I visit her, this wooden contemporary bench is where we sit and have lunch. I painted this watercolour for her as a gift. The poem is just an observation of people who come to sit in the temperate gardens.

The Accidental Artwork – Art Experiments


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Photo: Gums Leaves in Little Ruby plant dye on watercolour paper. 2015. JK.Leahy©

I love the accidental artwork. That’s why I enjoy art experiments.

I set out to do another art experiment in my garden this morning. It was a beautiful day for it. I ended up accidentally shooting the leaves intended for my experiment in another artwork, totally unplanned. The accident in the experiment looked too interesting to not photograph.

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Photo: Acacia leaves (and one gum leaf) in tea on watercolour paper. 2015. JK.Leahy©
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Photo: Acacia leaves in tea on watercolour paper. 2015. JK.Leahy©

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After laying out the materials, I applied water and dyes. Then, I pinned everything down with glass. I noticed reflections and water bubbles sneaking into my work. They had their own colour and shadows. That was when my artwork plan changed. It was the experiment that came out of another experiment, the kind  of ‘accident’,  we artists love. Something you did not expect, never meant to or planned to create but it becomes yours. A gift from the universe.

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Photo: Gums leaves in Little Ruby dye on watercolour paper. 2015. JK.Leahy©
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Photo: Gums Leaves in Coffee and Tea on watercolour paper. 2015. JK.Leahy©

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The images were shot with a Nikon D5200 using both macro and 18-55mm lenses. We shall re-visit the work, after all the water dries up in a few days. Thank you for reading about my experiments, please let me know what you think of my accidental artwork in the images.

Creating the Extraordinary – Cool Stuff


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Swarm (detail) 2005/7 6000 color copies of butterflies on transparency material Dimensions variable

Making ordinary things become extra-ordinary is what artist Kristi Malakoff lives for.

Malakoff is a Canadian visual artist who has returned to Canada after time spent living abroad, most recently in Moscow, Russia, where she participated in a 2-month residency at Proekt Fabrika in the spring of 2010, and previously in Berlin, Germany, Reykjavík, Iceland and London, England where she attended the Chelsea College of Art and Design.

I particularly like her “swarmed” series. Visit her website to see more of her work. In the work displayed here, she used 6000 pictures of butterflies to create a vast swarm of butterflies.

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Swarm 2005/7 6000 color copies of butterflies on transparency material Dimensions variable

 

Tribalmystic Art in Zazzle Store


For anyone who is interested in my artwork I managed to get my first artwork onto some T-shirts. Here are some ideas. There are more  styles when you visit the link TribalMysticArt.

I will be posting more artwork on Zazzle in the coming weeks.

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Men's Tee

TribalMysticArt – click to order. Thank you!