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Mural and feature wall quote calculator

There’s a huge variance in the way artists quote on mural projects so I’ve created a simple calculator to help give some guides as to price. This isn’t a formal quote, but will give you an ‘ballpark’ figure to budget around for you project.

 


 

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What’s on my easel

As 2015 begins to slip away, people’s focus shifts towards the eating, drinking,  family gatherings and festivities of Christmas. In Australia, this time of year also coincides with summer holidays (it’s the Southern hemisphere here). The Spring Racing Carnival here in Melbourne is the preamble to  the onslaught of office parties and the commencement of the ‘silly season’.

For me it feels like a time to be productive. Rather than slowing down, I’m hoping to gain momentum moving into the New Year. So while the number of noticeably drunk people on the street increases, I’ve been in the studio working.

The piece will be hung in a group exhibition at 69 Smith Street Gallery in Fitzroy. Check out their website for details : http://www.69smithstreet.com.au/

Update : Sold!

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APC Art Show success

I’m new to selling art.

As a self-taught ’emerging’ artist, the usual channels to build a profile and sell work aren’t available to me. Most competitions and art fairs for emerging artists require the entrants have completed academic study in the arts (I studied business) or be in the final stages of post-graduate study.

So for me, the oppourtunity to show work the Albert Park College Art Show was invaluable.  I’d encourage other Melbourne artists to take a peek: http://www.albertparkcollege.vic.edu.au/artshow/index.html

The work was incredible this year, I was thrilled to be accepted and overall received some very positive feedback. My downfall is always ensuring I have quality images to document my work, here are a few happy snaps of the piece that was snapped up…thank you new owner, I hope it makes a nice new talking point in the home.

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Free art for your phone

The last remaining iPhone 5/5s are now free to art lovers!

The case features my iconic mural painted at Bellota Wine Bar in South Melbourne. Click on Artwork for SALE and use the code: FREEPHONECASE            (shipping charges still apply)

iPhone 5-5s case

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Postcards from a painter

One of the most exciting things as a pre-digital age child was getting mail. I loved it!

Now, as an adult in the digital world all the fun stuff is shared online with a click and even boring mail like bills are digital. So who gets to experience the little buzz of receiving the good kind of mail.

Unfortunately I can’t send you looong letters about love and life, but I can send you original, hand drawn art on a postcard. It’s even better than getting those postcards your friends send you when their on holiday to try and make you jealous.

Check out the Artwork for SALE tab to see what post card are available.

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Rainy day activities

For anyone who likes doing colouring-in activities with their kids, I’ve added a handful of colouring-in pages for purchase through my online shop.

I’m working towards publishing a Hip Hop themed ABC’s colouring book by the end of the year, any sales through the webstore will pay for the costs of getting the little project off the ground.

webstore

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Mirror at 3am

This little image gallery shows the process paint sketches which led to the final piece on the gold background.

I’m not a natural planner, I struggle to sit down and do meticulous preparation for paintings, perhaps that’s a discipline I would have learned if I had academic training in art. I much prefer working with spraypaint to traditional drawing materials, I can test a concept quickly and I think this method  of preparing for paintings will stay with me for a long time now.

The gold piece was sold at a preview, but the sketches, and lots of other works are on show this weekend in Melbourne. Here are the details: www.facebook.com/events/806841779351835/

 

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Save the date – Distractions opening

For any Melbourne art lovers, I’m showing a selection of my paintings and drawings in February at Imbibe, a great little wine bar in Port Melbourne (at the ‘Paris end’, not the trashy fake tan end).

I’ll provide previews over the coming weeks – hope to see you there.

Exhibition invite

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Imperfect veneer

This is the largest (non-graffiti) painting I’ve completed to date. Painted on two large, light weight ply doors the piece is 2m high x 164cm wide.

Since my short period working in advertising I’m acutely aware of the tricks used to mislead people about body image and beauty.  I started by painting a portrait, similar to what you may see in a full page ad in a fashion magazine, then destroyed it.  The result is a sequence of textures and layers, not unattractive, but not a celebrated reflection of aspirational beauty.

This piece will be available for purchase soon.

Enquiries to mark-cowell@hotmail.com

 

perfect

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Unprepared painting

Without a traditional art background or training, one thing that has always been lacking in my recent art practice is preparation. Even when I was a graffiti writer (a long time ago) I’d see other writers had elaborate sketchbooks with full colour designs and I’d have a scrap of paper, containing a few loose shapes…planning has never been my forte.

These spray paint sketches have been an effort to change that and find middle ground between planning, testing and painting. I’ve started transferring these ideas into large formats recently, the smaller paintings act like a key or legend on a map to provide indicators moving forward.

They’re also  small, affordable pieces in their own right.

the 6 sides