Sep 11, 2011

Pushing Boundaries









Just did a kind of refresher course with Jack Foster on Surrealism and with Linda Hensley on patterns and had my  boundaries pushed. These images are the result. Thank you both :) Please click for big if you like.

PS had a great day at the gallery today. Will post review soon :)




















51 comments:

  1. Ah, I see Jack and Linda have influenced you to create a really magical piece. It is really cool. I love the face coming through the panel on the left and I want to know how that elephant is in that tiny space ;) Nice work Mr. Finnie.

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  2. Oh, the sign Libra is next to the dog?
    I'm Libra!!!!!(balance) and my dog ​​is Capricorn (boundaries)
    I should push the boundaries between my dog and me
    he feels very human, and I feel very dog, what can I do? GGRRRRRrrrrrrrr, I'm getting angry

    No, no, I must balance my emotions!!!!! OMMMMMM.....

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  3. Mr. Andrew!!! How are YOU?! Goodness. Time flew by and I haven't stopped by your blog in such a long time! My apologies mister!

    This piece is amazing! so many details are fit in there. Love the elephant. Very cool :D

    Hope you're well!
    Ciaooooo *waves*

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  4. You are such a pusher. Pushing buttons, pushing boundaries...terrific images, reminding me of the cemetery.

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  5. Oh, very cool! It reminds me of those weather-clocks... depending on which door opens, she portends boundaries &c. perhaps?

    I see echoes of that shrine of yours coming into play here too, or is that my imagination?

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  6. Well how are you, doctor? So sorry I have been "ignoring" you lately, blame it on the belly! (^_^).

    Aah, I see your much extended fame and success has brought you to other boundaries to push...

    I love how eerie and surreal this piece is. That hand holding the handle leaves quite a question mark and the elephant? A very, very nice touch. I wish I had more time to play around with archetypal approaches these days, I really miss it. But seeing yours is absolutely refreshing! :)

    ~Hugs from the mountains~

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  7. Well, I've loved this very much, I would like pushed away all the boundaries..., and this work remenber me very much that I looking for...

    Well, hello, It was a long time without words here.
    Regards from Compostela, Spain
    Felisa
    Hug, too.

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  8. Amazing! What a beautiful illustration! Good Job!

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  9. Very, very cool. Are elephants and dogs part of the zodiac? Seems like they should be. I wish I were more profound, but this piece kind of strikes me speechless. It's just fascinating to look at. It reminds me of a house of mirrors. Thanks for giving me a link. I feel very undeserving. Nice job!!

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  10. Always such a pleasure to visit your site, Andrew! (I should say: visit your WORLD instead, as I think it really is what your site is all about: a very personal and magical world!) Love this one...represent well the boundaries between what is real and what is in the imaginary... thin line! :)

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  11. Hello, Andrew! I could find just a couple of differences, comparing the pictures.:)The screen of my laptop is not that big, so I hope I haven't missed something essential!...
    I have the feeling that this is a house of distorting mirrors, too! I could read only the words "boundaries" and "maze", but it's enough for my imagination. The one who has pushed the boundaries is the girl, thanks to that elephant, cooped in there. May I ask you for something? Could that mystic hand turn the house, please, so that we could see who's at the opposite side? I'm very much attracted my the paintings on the doors... I hope they are not enchanted people...:)
    I like the idea of the meadow, too. Full of light. When you run acros boundaries, there must be a lot of space to breath and feel free!!! Hmmm! BUT I've just noticed that there's a high wall, so... Boundaries are everywhere, they are the challenges in life one either takes or not...

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  12. Wow, Andrew..this piece is amazing! Your attention to detail always impresses me the most..so much to discover in every little corner of your work. I love that elephant cramped in that space..you really capture space and volume well! I'm intrigued by the hand, and the dog in the background..is he standing guard? She is so playful but is there danger imminently approaching? I'm so glad to visit - I have recently returned from a smashing Ilustrator's Day event at the Fort Mason in SF. It kicked me in the pants to really work on my art much more. I have lots to learn and do...oh my! I look forward to hearing all about your day at the gallery dear Andrew!

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  13. Well. It's been a LONG time since I've looked at anyone's work on-line, and I am once again blown away. I don't think that I would like to be that child (or live in that world, for that matter), but it sure is intriguing looking at it. It feels somewhat like a dream, but with no fuzzy edges. Everything is so sharp and defined--the wrinkles on the elephant and the blades, and perhaps that scares me more than anything. Boundaries, indeed!

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  14. OMG, wedgwood, classic Wedgwood, English fine china ! And the appels ( of Steve :D)


    But back to the boundaries . It seems to me, you push the digital boundaries further and further ! The "material feel" in your drawing is just amazing !
    Well, greetings from me!!
    ( my eyes are half closed / half sleeping)

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  15. September 2011,

    Two seekers were both born in the year of the rabbit and met in the year of the rabbit.

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  16. oh im talking about your header.
    i just googled the Chinese calendar :D

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  17. thank you doodle isle from the isle of heavenly surf - want to swap places :)?

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  18. Thank you Karen :) Ah yes, the question is, not how the elephant got in there - but how she got out :)

    Yes Jack and Linda are wonderful teachers eh?

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  19. Roberto, well thank you. I see your brains are matching your humour, which matches mine so must be very good. But I think your brains are winning :) I must read more and drink less red wine :)

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  20. Elizabeth, thank you. I'm glad you came I enjoyed ny visit to your blog this morning. You should have been a vet :)

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  21. TJ! It has been so long. It was interesting seeing your soul in your left eye today :)

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  22. Ces, Oh I also push cars and wheel barrows. :) Eventually as you say I will be pushing up daisys. Probably roses. They always plant roses here because the thorns stop people walking on your grave... hmm. How are you? I saw mAlice because I am linked in so there :)

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  23. Leah thank you. You know you read my mind on this. I see the altar and this and those clocks and wish I could combine the three in real life. Oh what fun I reckon - all those moving parts exposing different aspects of a work.... maybe an animation :)

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  24. Felisa, I am still searching for that red ribbon. You know they have big cookbooks for sale here that are written on the food that you get when you make the pilgramage :) Maybe they should be taking a line for a walk instead of their cookbooks :)

    hugs from here too!,

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  25. Amalia, Dr Archetypess :) We will give you an honourary one, because of the way your work taps into the essence - when you are not doing nesting behaviour !!! Good that you are back at working - I am looking forward to more Leta and the Swanesque images. I like your darkside.

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  26. But that probably wouldn't surprise you :) Oh I have a new encyclopedia.

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  27. Ah Linda you are very deserving. You are such a professional you could teach many of us a few lessons :) This piece really did come about from yours and Jack's lessons. I just asked myself how would they fit . Yes we must do a new Zodiac - elephants and cats and mices (plural of mice) :) to give the cats something to chase and the elephants something to be afraid of!

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  28. Hey Isabelle, well strangely enough your cats and dogs did the same thing for me. Oddly beautiful, oddly grotesque - it's a fine line that makes a wonderful whole. :) I'm always wondering what you will do next. (I'm always wondering a lot of things :) )

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  29. Rossicheeka, oh yes the high wall, you know in my head it's the one that guarded the witche's rapunzel patch in rapunzel, it's a strange wall because it stops people getting in, rather than stops them getting out. Boundaries go both ways hey? Oh to twist the whole to look inside the other side. I think we would find what we already knew was there, :) Something different for all of us perhaps.

    Maybe rocks with holes in them, rocks that are hard to find but bring the wearer good luck?

    Just think how many creatures are hidden in thos rocks on the beach at the Black Sea, waiting to be released . The Beach At the Black Sea... how romantic is that ? :) see you!

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  30. Shirley! That's great news you gave us before. Fingers crossed :) Thank you for looking at my work and being so kind. Ahh the dog. She is for balance - but dogs represent all sorts of things - faithfullness, awareness, the wild soul in us? Felines are for romance - dogs for stability. I wonder if they ever meet?

    The day in the gallery was great. Another three paintings went to new owners on Saturday. I think we have sold nearly half lets see .... 21 works - so we are all happy :) I'll get the review up soon. :) see you from here!

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  31. Coreopsis welcome back, you know what they say, less time blogging is more time for image making. Well in your case, more time for attending lectures is more time for drawing ;) But I won't tell.... Thank you for your comment on my work. Sometimes to make things sharp is easier than to make them blurry - and keep them recognisable. It's a fine line between suggestion and overstatement I guess. :0

    cheers from down under :)

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  32. Holly thank you. It's good that you are working on a host of new images :)

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  33. Art, :) Oh I am a fake. It's all about the light. The light is an accident to get right, it's trial and trial. With a little foreknowledge mixed in. Maybe I need to do a fairy house? We could compare the inhabitants over a nice Chablis perhaps.... :)

    The shadows in the fairy house would be the best place to be....

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  34. Mita hello. A grande and joyful coincidence to meet you here. :) You googled the Chinese calender - did they have algo-rhythms? It sounds like a 1970's le discotheque in a way.. ... You have a great weekend.

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  35. Good Chablis is indeed necessary while discussing the inhabitants of tree houses. Is it far to your house? I am not good swimmer (or surfer ) :D
    But take this as "a thrown glove " and create your version of FTTH with lots f your magical shadows....Just wondering....
    Thanks for your visit and your words !!
    Have a great weekend !!!


    BTW the guy in your header needs definitelly some shadow becouse his hair is burned!!

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  36. Oh, I came yesterday and before yesterday, too
    but I saw the light out through the window and I figured you'd be sleeping
    Mmmm mmm reversals ... poetry ... ha ha ha you make me laugh :D :D :D
    you know how to seduce a girl with words! (not that I would be, no no, please!)

    I'll join some words in Spanish: Bienyo esperoque tengas un buen finde semana!!
    This does not translate google !!!:)

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  37. Art thank you, yes the FTTH is not far - :) Oh it is buit a short swim. Yes the chablis flowed last night - at least I think it did :)

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  38. Roberto, ahh but it is true. It takes a smart man like yourself or Wilde to see that parts of our life that can benefit from reversals. That is the art - as much as making that reversal.

    ahh for youavagoodweektoo :)

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  39. Skizo, thank you for your kindness:)

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  40. Andrew, yep, I am back to comment. I already saw this beautiful piece but I am here to view it a second time around hehehe... (I had forgotten about it, how could I??) Thanks for all your good words and for stopping on my site! Blogging is a real joy when we can meet such talented people (as yourself) that shares their taught and feeling about art and life. Always a pleasure visiting here!!

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  41. Hey Andrew! Sorry I’ve been invisible lately... I’ve been under the weather. I’m doing some catching up and your blog was first on my list. THIS IS SO COOL! I have to say that I think this is one of my all time favorites of your (and not just because Linda and I inspired you to rebounderize) I am going to use it as my wallpaper for a while (with your permission of course) .... no not in my bedroom, on my desktop :o) Thanks Andrew and God bless!

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  42. wow. so many comments... when you come back to blog regularly, you really post! This is so lovely, mysterious, and inspires me to read a few books I haven't read in awhile... I'm sorry I haven't been around lately, so much going on. Had to comment twice, though. I probably won't comment again right now, maybe...

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