Project 313 Artwork 148

Project 313 | Artwork 148 – 30 October

Today I started doing a little research on Halloween and found this more interesting.
The term sugar skull is now commonly applied to anything that bears the distinct decorations of the originals whether it be a tattoo or a particular style of make-up. A sugar skull tattoo is used to memorialize a deceased loved one in a permanent way, whereas sugar skull make-up is popular among those attending Day of the Dead or (more commonly in countries outside Mexico) Halloween celebrations.
My grandchildren really like this artwork.

Title: Sugar Skull

Medium: Ink on paper | Scale: 500mm x 700mm | No: 148 Artwork Project 313

This Artwork is purchasable as: Original Artwork | Prints 1 through to 10 | Prints 11 through to 313

Project 313 Artwork 147

Project 313 | Artwork 147 – 29 October

I just so adored the Duchess on how she used te reo in her opening speech and her support for woman’s suffrage.
This a report from the NZ Herald.
The Duchess of Sussex has charmed Kiwis – comforting emotional fans yesterday afternoon before impressing guests at a formal reception where she started her speech with a few words of te reo.
Meghan was welcomed at Government House last night with thunderous applause as she stepped up to speak about women’s suffrage.
“Tēnā koutou katoa,” she said before thanking Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy for inviting Prince Harry and herself to the event.
“We are proud to be able to join you tonight, in celebrating the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in your country.”

Title: Duchess of Sussex

Medium: Graphite on paper | Scale: 500mm x 700mm | No: 147 Artwork Project 313

This Artwork is purchasable as: Original Artwork | Prints 1 through to 10 | Prints 11 through to 313

Project 313 Artwork 146

Project 313 | Artwork 146 – 27 October

I saw my thumb print on my sunglasses made me reflect how Te Papa in Wellington had the thumb print as their logo and how it created so much controversy when it first came out and how much they spent on it.

Title: Thumbprint

Medium: Ink on paper | Scale: 500mm x 700mm | No: 146 Artwork Project 313

This Artwork is purchasable as: Original Artwork | Prints 1 through to 10 | Prints 11 through to 313

Project 313 Artwork 145

Project 313 | Artwork 145 – 26 October

I attended a reception for my niece in Tokoroa as a celebration from the brides grandfather and family. It was all my favourite Cook Island food and catching up with family and friends. There was the traditional Cook Island drumming and entertainment. I remember when 2 of my sisters got married they both had Cook Island receptions where they perform the o’ora gifts from the brides side to the groom. When the Island drums played 1 by 1 tivaevae (hand sewn quilts) were brought by family dancing and placed 1 by 1 on top of each other. They had been all made months leading up to this special day. The pile was higher than the couple sitting there on their seat.

At my nieces reception we had the o’ora for the groom but no hand sewn tivaevae. There was the beautiful bought quilts instead. 

Title: Tivaevae

Medium: Mixed medium | Scale: 500mm x 700mm | No: 145 Artwork Project 313

This Artwork is purchasable as: Original Artwork | Prints 1 through to 10 | Prints 11 through to 313

Project 313 Artwork 143

Project 313 | Artwork 143 – 24 October

This artwork was commissioned by my good friend Deon Nathan about his love and appreciation for his 5 children, commemorating his birthday today. Happy birthday Bro.

Title: The 5 Pillars

Medium: Acrylic and ink on paper | Scale: 500mm x 700mm | No: 143 Artwork Project 313

This Artwork is purchasable as: Original Artwork | Prints 1 through to 10 | Prints 11 through to 313

Project 313 Artwork 141

Project 313 | Artwork 141 – 22 October

My son George had his DNA done and the results were 88% Polynesian, 9% Ireland & Scotland, 1% European Jewish and 1% Norway. I found it very interesting to where his blood line heritage came from through my wife and me.

Title: DNA

Medium: Dyes on paper | Scale: 500mm x 700mm | No: 141 Artwork Project 313

This Artwork is purchasable as: Original Artwork | Prints 1 through to 10 | Prints 11 through to 313

Project 313 Artwork 140

Project 313 | Artwork 140 – 20 October

We had some of our grandchildren over for the long weekend. After doing their chores like packing their beds away, getting ready for the day and helping me weed the garden we packed a picnic and headed off to a park by the beach so they could play. There was a lot of families there so we drove back home to a park in our neighbourhood. Our son’s and daughter n law turned up, my daughter on her bike and my 87 year old mother n law. What a beautiful day. The grand-kids enjoyed the swings. We played touch rugby, passing and kicking the rugby ball around. It was a great joy for my wife and I having fun with our family.

Title: Family fun day

Medium: Felt on paper | Scale: 500mm x 700mm | No: 140 Artwork Project 313

This Artwork is purchasable as: Original Artwork | Prints 1 through to 10 | Prints 11 through to 313

Project 313 Artwork 139

Project 313 | Artwork 139 – 19 October

Today my wife and I spent some quality time together. Even after 35 years of marriage we still go out on dates. It was such a beautiful warm day we drove out to Beachlands, bought some fresh snapper, oysters, chips and a nice cold coke zero. We parked under a big willow tree over looking the Waitemata Harbour at Rangitoto and Waiheke Island. No playing with our phones just catching up and enjoying each others company. A beautiful day with my sweetheart.

Title: Date with my sweetheart

Medium: felt pen on paper | Scale: 500mm x 700mm | No: 139 Artwork Project 313

This Artwork is purchasable as: Original Artwork | Prints 1 through to 10 | Prints 11 through to 313

Dr Richard Cooper Fine Arts