Wednesday, July 2, 2014

This post brings me up to date with my most recent works.

 "Guardian". Nugget Point Light House at fist 
light of dawn.30 X 40 X 1.5 inches in oils. 

Lake Mahinapua Reflections just south of Hokitika 
on the West Coast.15 X 30 X 1.5 inches in oils.

 Memories. This is a commission for a friend from 
away back and relates to our childhood memories
in Hari Hari. 20 x 30 inches in oil.

 A small plein air painting near Woodbury looking 
towards part of the Four Peaks Range and
Waihi Gorge. 12 x 18 inches in oils.

 Another Woodbury looking from Waihi River stop bank
towards Four Peaks. This was requested commission of the area.
12 x 18 inches in oils and painted in plein air (on location)

Primal Valley. Another painting of the Catlins River.
24 x 36 inches in oils.

Below are some pictures of my paintings at the Christchurch Art Show from 19th to 22nd June. It was a great success for me. Selling 13 paintings and receiving great feedback. Also a great opportunity to connect with other artists.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Catching up on some paintings done earlier in the year.

 View of Temuka main street from the back.
12 X 16 inches in oils and framed. 

 Painted from Governors Bay looking to 
wards Lyttelton.

 Early morning painting at
Punakaiki West Coast.

Our garden in the spring time
done in plein air. 16 x 12 inches
in oil and framed.

 Spring Still Life. Spring flowers from our garden. 
12 X 16 inches in oils and framed.

 My Studio. Painted in spring with this 
gorgeous rhododendron in fall bloom.
12 x 16 inches in oils and framed.

Lake Pukaki with Mt Cook reflected in 
the lake. This was a commissioned 
oil painting 24 x 36 inches.

 Godley River Valley at the head of Lake Tekapo 
painted from the road up to Round Hill Ski Field.
22 x 36 inches in oils.

The Catlins River. 30 x 24 inches in oils.
The Catlins - the name that conjures up images of a corner of New Zealand untainted by the modern world - a place where time has stood still and a visitor may enjoy forest, wildlife and the life-style of a bygone era. 
This painting is a true reflection of the area after tramping and camping along the river over Easter. 
Accidents of history have favoured protection of the Catlins and it still retains many accessible wildlife havens in its varied hill and scenic coast. 

 The Red Mail Box. I was captured by the shapes and form 
of the trees and shadows cast across the road way north of Westport. 
20 x 24 inches in oils.

Mt Sefton and the Mueller Terminal Lake near The Hermitage, 
Mt Cook National Park. 24 x 30 inches in oils.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Here is a much overdue update on new paintings. These are smaller paintings that relate to some of the extreme  and challenging conditions  along our coastal areas.

 Resilience IV
A weather front moving in over the Otago Coast. 14 X 18 X 1.5 inches in oils.

 Resilience I
A study of the extraordinary forms of these trees that grow around some of our more exposed costal regions. 
14 X 18 X 1.5 inches in oils.

Dancing Leaves I
A cabbage trees leaves moving in the wind.
16 X 12 X 1.5 inches in oils.

Resilience II
A study of the extraordinary forms of these trees that grow around some of our more exposed costal regions. 
14 X 18 X 1.5 inches in oils.

Old Cottage
Old pioneers cottage.
14 X 18 X 1.5 inches in oils. 

Dancing Leaves II
Cabbage trees under a nor-west sky.
14 X 18 X 1.5 inches in oils.

Night Wave
A wave study. 12 X 16 inches in oil and framed. 


A study for a larger painting of the Mackenzie Country from Simons Hill.
9 X 12 inches in oils and framed.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Some Larger Paintings

Here are my most recent larger works done in the studio from field studies. The first painting is of some rock formations on Simons Hill in the the Mackenzie Basin look out towards Twizel. I have pushed the colour and light contrasts in this work to strengthen it. 

"High View" Size is 30 inches by 28 inches in oil.

The next is a view from below the above painting, down on the basin floor. The Mackenzie Country has some amazing cloud formations and I tried to capture them with this work.

"Mackenzie Clouds" 15 inches by 30 inches in oil.

Next work a scene along state highway north of Kaikoura an area I love for its dramatic coastal views.

"Southerly Change" 20 inches by 40 inches in oil.

Another Mackenzie Country scene of the Twizel River in the hight of summer. There was a great swimming hole the kids loved to use during the hot summer holidays with very clean clear water.

"Favorite Swimming Hole"28 inches by 30 inches in oil.

Last painting is the Peacock Fountain in Christchurch from my previous studies there.

"Peacock Fountain" 20 inches by 24 inches in oil.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

New Studio Paintings.

New studio paintings done from field sketches and photos. All in oils on board and framed.

 This is the old Temuka picture theater which happened to have the old bus parked near by. The building has since been knocked down 12 by 16 inches.

 Kaikoura coast scene from a trip 12 months ago. Loved the light in this one. 9 by 12 inches.

Towards the Hundalees on the way to Kaikoura on the same trip as above painting. Also loved the light  in this painting. 9 by 12 inches.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Recient Plein Airs

Some of my latest plein air paintings done over late summer and autumn.

               Taumatakahu Stream from behind the Temuka cemetery. 12 by 9 inches Oil.

Taumatakahu Stream a month later and a little further down the stream. 9 by 12 inches oil.

Peel  Forest lat summer. 9 by 12 inches oil.

Looking north towards Mt Peel 8 by 16 inches oil.                  

Sunday, May 12, 2013

A new bunch of Plein air paintings completed over late summer. Most I have touched up or in "Feeding the Ducks", completed at home due to time constraints. All in water soluble oils.

First up is "Taumatakahu Stream" here on out skirts of Temuka.  16 by 12 inches

  "Feeding the Ducks" is of the Avon River in Christchurch. I only 45 minutes on this before I had to leave so completed at home with aid of photos. 16 by 12 inches

"Milford Huts" is a group of fishing huts at the mouth of the Opihi River. View is looking towards Four Peaks range in the distance. 12 by 9 inches.

"Peel Forest" painted on Easter Sunday. Pleased with this effort as I felt I got the light just right. Little Mt Peel is the centre peak. 16 by 12 inches.

"Macrocarpa" study done of some very rough and wild trees near home. 12 by 9 inches.

"Oamaru Wharf" a long with the fishing boats. I was attracted to the colour but the strong wind of the sea was a challenge. 12  by 9 inches.