Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art

Toi Tū Toi Ora exhibition map

Went and saw this exhibition last night. Phenomenal. I raced around it in an hour, but I really should have spent at least two hours there. Such a variety of work, and I liked many of the pieces. I think I’ll have to go back a second time—maybe with the kids.

Tickle your whites, and avoid 100% black

When I’m doing paintings, when I get to the highlights, especially if it’s a warm object that needs a highlight, the whiter it goes, the intensity doesn’t seem to be quite as bright. So I will usually tickle it with a little bit of green and blue, or a touch of magenta and blue, in the white, just to kind of feel it vibrate a little bit, to see if it’ll separate as a highlight….

Something I always try to avoid is going 100% white or 100% black. You just kind of lose colour completely, or you go flat, or it clips.

Mike Hernandez on the Plein Air Podcast