Morph – An Interactive Painting allowing You To Change Its Shape and Size – 50+ Paintings in One!

You can transform and shape this painting to reflect your personality and lifestyle

Since my artwork is definitely adventurous “The road less travelled….” could possibly apply to my creative wanderings, however recently, having wandered off the beaten path even more, my latest philosophy is “what path – there is a road?”

Briefly, to describe my latest creation, I would describe this painting as becoming so much more than just a wall decoration. You have to play with Morph! I developed this painting specifically to engage the buyer in the artistic process and  to add his/her own distinctive taste and esthetic to the design by rearranging the pieces and choosing the  shape and size of the painting. You can really stretch your imagination and have fun with this painting and decide which configuration really works for you and your space. I mean, how many paintings have you seen that can have their size and shape change at a moment’s notice or to fit a different wall?

The three specially designed canvas pieces can be hung in 50 different configurations and come with hanging instructions for all. Of course, since many can also be flipped upside down, technically there are up to 100 unique looks. Hardware on the individual panels is set up for all 100 configurations but hanging instructions are supplied only for 50.  Depending on the creativity of the buyer, it might even be possible to come up with new designs. Each grouping has its own focal point, while the flowing, yet hard edged lines always connect and complement each other. Sophisticated, elegant and equally at home as a chunky 44″  square  – or a very short but wide 17″ x 121″.


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Design of Multi-panel or Multi-Sectional Canvases


 It always amazes me that galleries, which are bursting with an overabundance of creativity, still seem to feel that paintings must have 4 corners. Very rarely do you see works which stray from the accepted norm. By the way, I am not talking about diptych or triptych combinations, but rather uniquely designed canvases.  Please be aware that when you are paying $39 for a three-panel piece, produced with sub-standard materials on a particle board frame – hung side by side in some sort of pattern – you are not buying art. Factory produced product is offered quite extensively on the Internet and undermines what art really should be about. The personal preferences, likes, colour choices, style, design and techniques employed by an artist need to be reflected in his/her work for it to become a piece of art. The work has to have been created with passion and feeling, for it to reflect the artist’s vision.

If you really love a painting, buy it and enjoy living with it – no matter what it’s shape. If it makes you happy and if it works for you, that is great. However, if you are particularly adventurous, why not consider something a bit “off the beaten path”. I quite like non-rectangular artwork and with that in mind, I often start off my work by designing a background for a painting, paying particular attention to size and silhouette (outline of the finished product). My paintings have at least 2 separate pieces, which may be similar or totally different shapes. They are then placed in such a way as to suggest a subject -or perhaps just some flowing lines – which will enhance the shape of the finished product. Once I have done that, and added texture, I think about colour choices which would bring the whole together. Not difficult, not mainstream and above all, not mass-produced. I like this approach because there are no limits to size or shape to restrict me and in the end, the finished piece becomes more than a painting – it becomes an unusual piece of art.

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Can You Hang Your Favourite Painting in 10 Different Ways?

Silver painting consisting of three panels

Have been really busy designing and executing something different – an Interactive Painting.  This painting, called “Chalice”  features a raised linear motif, softly flowing texture and  a reflective metallic pewter finish.

Most paintings draw the viewer in by the use of colour, design, size or texture, to lead the eye first of all – to the painting – and then – into and around the painting. Viewer involvement tends to be limited to seeing something which is hopefully, pleasant to his/her senses. In the case of abstracts, it might even be more pleasant to the viewer’s eye, if the painting were to be rotated 90, 180, or 270 degrees. Each rotation would give the subject a new “twist” and look different. If you asked a group of people, guaranteed there would be little consensus of which way was “up”.

OK – now what would happen if you have three canvas pieces which can fit together and be hung in several combinations?  Something like puzzle pieces with no predetermined “up”- as the design flows smoothly from one to the next, no matter how they are combined. Essentially, the owner of the painting can change the look of the piece of art on the wall – its look and even its silhouette – any time he/she wants to.

Definitely something for me to think about and to explore further.

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Large Canvases – Texture

The Purpose and Use of Texture in a Painting

Detail of texture in a painting

Interesting sculpted effect created with acrylic paint

Texture should not replace the process of creating a painting. By that I mean – don’t just add random texture to paper or canvas and expect some magical process to turn your effort into a great work of art. At least it doesn’t work that way for most of us mortals. First, there has to be an idea of what the artist is trying to achieve. In other words, “planning”. Once the general concept of the painting has started to unfold, adding texture in critical places, can really make a painting come alive, can outline or define a focal point and add depth, but it must always have a purpose. I really love using texture to define areas that are important in my painting, but try to be careful not to overdo it. Having said that, there are amazing acrylic texture gels, pastes and liquids available that have either amazing colour properties or have everything from mica flakes to glass beads and fibre bits (to name a few) embedded in them. The modelling paste family of products (a variety of bodies and weights is available) is particularly fun to work with. So, have fun with texture, be it acrylic products or as a collage but, again, please stop when your artistic self tells you that “enough is enough”.

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Large Canvases – Colour Choices

Colour on a Large Canvas

Most people have a favourite colour or at least are drawn to certain colours. For instance, bright reds would turn away those who like neutrals while people who prefer the “cooler” colours, such as grays and blues, would not want to accent their homes with rich browns, or heaven forbid, orange. The point is, colour, as much as the subject or design, draws us into a picture. Large canvases tend to command attention just by their sheer size. You may or may not want to chose a bright colour for your painting, but you must keep in mind that scale and intensity of colour of a painting or a piece of wall art, must work within the framework of the space you are planning on using it in. One of my largest pieces is made up to two canvases and sports a soft, neutral brown/green khaki colour (yes, sounds awful but it works!) with light coloured textured lines and soft, reflective golden highlights and it is probably the least visually intrusive picture I have created.

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Designing multi panel canvases

Now that the website is showing progress, I thought I would start talking about the paintings.

Canvas Design

My first step is canvas design. What do I want my painting to look like? Am I interested in an unusual silhouette for the final product or will it be rectangular? If an irregular shape is desired, how can I design pieces which will fit together to make this shape? If the final product shape is a traditional rectangular shape, again, what shapes, using two or three individual pieces, will make this happen?  It helps for me to draw these ideas on graph paper, because my brain will automatically start to filter out which ratios and proportions I find pleasing to look at.

Designing a painting platform should also start to take into account some idea as to the size of the whole painting. Scale becomes important as, for example three tiny canvases would not look good if the final painting is going to be small or medium in size. The end result would look cluttered, which is why my paintings, with up to 3 panels, tend to be on the large side. The decisions which are made at this point, greatly affect the overall look and even the choice of subject matter of the painting. Again, this is the foundation and proportion is everything.


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Hello world!

So here we are……

As you can tell, this site is still under construction. Please be patient – I am working on it every day and should have the e-commerce page up soon. It is proving to be difficult to market a concept that is so radically different that no-one knows enough to search for it. If you have gotten his far, you are looking for unusual artwork – call it acrylic painting, wall art, multi-sectional or multi panel canvases, diptych or triptych, highly textured or low relief sculpture, multi-dimensional – and THAT is only a description of the physical piece. We haven’t even gotten into describing the style – contemporary, modern, abstract, linear, flowing, bright, edgy, minimalist, graphic – you get the picture. Well, I am hoping you will get the picture! Pun intended.

Please check back in the near future so see more changes to this site.

I am also currently working on a picture made up to three separate canvases, which can be hung in different ways to produce different . The lucky buyer who takes it home will be able to arrange the pieces to, in effect, produce 10 different looks/designs from the pieces. Designing that painting was the easy part – trying to tell potential buyers that artwork can be interactive is the difficult bit!

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