9 Jun 2011
21 Mar 2011
16 Oct 2010
3 Feb 2010
In 2003 we moved to the 'deep South' of the South Island, NZ ........ this is several hundred kms from where the picture was sold. However, this week I received a nice e-mail from an Australian lady living in Mount Isa, North West Queensland. She asked if I minded if she made a mosaic using my painting of the travellin' man as a pattern!
We have since established that it is indeed the same picture I sold nine years ago, and that she had bought it in a local garage sale!
My roving guitarist now hangs in her home office - a true traveller it seems!
5 Dec 2009
27 Nov 2009
29 Oct 2009
Again we stayed overnight, meeting up with other acquaintances at various stages of the proceedings. Then picked up our paintings on Tuesday morning, before a nice bit of retail therapy in H J Smith department store, and the return journey home. Having eaten and drunk far more than was good for us we are all now on a diet!
We returned home to find that each of our entries to the Dunedin Art Awards 2009 have been selected for inclusion, .......... great news! And today I have had the satisfaction of selling two of my "Shearers" series.
Its been quite a long while since I have sold anything so it is very encouraging to finally do so.
29 Sep 2009
This week I was disappointed to hear that only one of the four paintings I'd submitted for the 2009 Anderson Park Gallery Exhibition in Invercargill, Southland, had been selected - this pastel painting called Winter Vase (the three 'unsuccessful' paintings were all acrylics).
However, one really good thing about the exhibition is that it involved 3 painting buddies and myself taking 15 paintings between us (in two cars) 'down South', and enjoying 2 nights away on a jaunt! Anderson Park Gallery itself is a beautiful "stately" house in lovely grounds with an excellent permanent art display, so it was well worth the visit.
It was also great to have a 'girlie weekend'.... and as you can see they are all mad like me!
Quite a long time ago I purchased some 12" square canvases ..... some were black and some white and I don't know why I did it, but it seemed like a good idea at the time! Since then I have tried a couple of ideas out on them with varying degrees of success (mostly failure) ... as it is surprisingly difficult to design a painting in a square format!
However, I have recently been chewing over an idea for a series (will I be able to manage more than one painting though!) which I hope will fit the bill. The inspiration comes from some photographs that my daughter, Debbie, took in a shearing shed when she visited us from UK in August this year.
Here is the first one - it is acrylic and done mostly with a palette knife.
27 Jul 2009
I went along for a short while after a fortifying and delicious lunch in our village cafe (Crema Cafe, Karitane), staying for about an hour. Members had supplied some terrific home-baked scones, cakes and muffins, so strength and spirits were well kept up! I managed three quick sketches but only two that I was pleased with.
27 Dec 2008
10 Nov 2008
This weekend I am off inland to Maniototo area in Central Otago, to a tiny place called ST BATHANS:
"Beneath the Hawkdun Range and the Dunstan Mountains is the tiny township of St Bathans. With a present population of 5 people and one hotel, it is a far cry from the days of 2000 people and 13 hotels. Situated beside the beautiful Blue Lake (created by the sluicing and channelling of the gold diggers), the intense blue colour of the lake is caused by the mineral content of the surrounding cliffs. The 120 metre high hill the lake site was, is now a 69 metre deep hole, the deepest mining hole in the Southern Hemisphere. The adobe (sun dried mud brick) buildings, notably the Vulcan Hotel, reflect a theme common throughout Central Otago."
I have been invited to attend a small painting seminar being held by members of the Pastel Artists of New Zealand as guest demonstrator. I find the thought of trying to demonstrate in front of my peers terrifying in the extreme - but must follow in the footsteps of the early settlers with determination!
I will be staying in the local hotel ... it is said to be haunted, and I hope to keep you posted on that aspect of the adventure ..............
Anyway, the first evening (Friday) we are meeting up for a social get-together and are taking something towards a communal supper. Should be fun!
26 May 2008
Well, in spite of it being a cold, wet and grey day yesterday I'm happy to say that our local Head to Head Art Tour was very successful! Participants reported a good number of visitors during the course of the day, doors opening at 10am and closing at 5 pm, and a steady stream of people.
I had over 80 visitors come to view my work (+ a toddler and one dog!), and the interest and comments were very stimulating. In fact, the event did a lot to blow some life into my artistic embers! And I even sold a painting which was icing on the cake ...
(acrylic on canvas, 40cms x 50cms)
27 Apr 2008
13 Apr 2008
Unlike me, my husband always excelled at sport at school, especially soccer, and has natural ability but early fatherhood and the demands of his career prevented regular sporting activity. However, a couple of years ago we joined our local bowls club, mainly because it is the only place in the village that has a bar! We initially joined as social members but in early 2007 were 'encouraged' to start playing for the club in the local league. John of course showed his natural sporting talent straight away and, much to my surprise, I found that I was equally suited to the game .... this came as quite a shock after a lifetime of believing that I was a complete dud sportswise!
This season, October - April, I have been playing competitive bowls 3 or 4 times a week (hence the lack of paint on canvas!) and have improved my game quite a bit. In fact, in our club championships I was winner of both the Ladies Singles and Ladies Doubles. Of course, I was beaten at the next level, in the district championships, but that was only to be expected.
But, apart from winning, the wonderful thing is that we have both had lots of fun, met a whole crowd of new people in and around this area, and improved our level of fitness. John has also taken up golf and already has an 18 handicap - although that does make me a bit of a 'golf widow' when he gets to the 19th hole!
Vive le sport!
4 Apr 2008
First of all there will be an exciting event in May when a group of more than 20 local artists are getting together for a 'Head to Head Art Tour'. The artists all live within the vicinity of the bay which runs between the heads of the Matanaka peninsula and the Huriawa peninsula, and will be displaying their work for one day. Some will display in their own homes or galleries and others will get together in local halls.
My house is the very last one along the Huriawa peninsula and I now have a small gallery area all my own in our new basement extension. The extension comprises a large lounge (which I will also use to display a few paintings), a bathroom, and the 'gallery' which has a small kitchen area at one end.
I have spent today happily hanging some of my paintings in my new gallery!!!! .................
22 Dec 2007
28 Oct 2007
And as you can see she looked beautiful, and very happy!
17 Oct 2007
New Zealand is home to the world’s smallest and rarest marine dolphin – the Hector’s dolphin.
Once distributed in waters all around the New Zealand coast line their numbers have declined to a degree that threatens their survival and the species has become divided into genetically distinct North Island and South Island sub-species:
North Island Hectors (Maui's) dolphin AND South Island Hector’s dolphin
Both are listed on the IUCN’s (World Conservation Union) Red List of threatened species, with Maui’s dolphin listed as 'Critically Endangered', due to an estimated population of just 111 individuals. The Hector's dolphins are slow breeders and because of this are at particular risk from human induced mortality through set net fishing.
PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR DOLPHINS
14 Oct 2007
Last week I sent in an entry for a painting I called 'Nude II' which has to be delivered next weekend, so today I decided that I really must knuckle down and paint it. This was not so easy as John wanted help finishing off the basement conversion we are frantically trying to get ready for visitors next week, plus my daughter, her husband and our two grandchildren were due for Sunday dinner around 5 pm!
But I did manage to get a painting done + some cleaning, furniture moving and meal preparation! The painting is acrylic on gesso covered tissue collage, - luckily it is only a small canvas measuring 12" x 9".
28 Aug 2007
... are brother and sister
... are ten years old
... are wonderful house guards
... have thrilling adventures (which we humans could well do without!)
... insist on being side by side on my lap
... call very loudly on moonlit nights
... still play a wild game of 'tag'
... bring wonderful (!) presents of dead rabbits and skinks
... are the nosiest I have ever known
... like their tummies tickled
... follow wherever we go
... in fact are just PURRfect!