Saturday, November 20, 2010

Wine Theme

New acrylic paintings I have completed and all with a wine theme for one reason of another.

"A New Chapter" was a commission for the Manager of one of the large meat works in Timaru. The view is out over Caroline Bay with the factory he managed in the very distant. Size is 18 by 24 inches.

"By the Beautiful Sea" was painted for a competition sponsored by a large winery which I missed out on any prizes but did get a free bottle of wine for my effort. 12 by 12 inches.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Small Acrylic Paintings

Some new small acrylic paintings I have been doing mostly from my varied trips through out NZ.

"Down Town Wellington" 10 x 8 inches

"Moeraki Sun Rise"

"Rugged Coast" 12 x 9 inches

"Paparoa River Gorge" 12 x 9 inches

"Up On The Hill" 10 x 8 inches

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Caroline Bay Paintings

I have been enjoying a return to painting in acrylics recently and here are 2 works of Caroline Bay, Timaru done in acrylic and aiming to push and use colour a lot more.

The first one is an early evening painting with the moon reflected over the bay ...... 15 by 30 inches.

The second painting also of the bay is a summer time scene with every one enjoying a hot day down at the beach. Measures 18 by 36 inches.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Lake Clearwater and Bathroom Paintings

Two new oil paintings not long completed. "Clearwater Autumn" 15 by 30 inches.

"Bath Time" oil on canvas 20 by 24 inches

Friday, June 11, 2010

Acrylic Still Life's

I have been experimenting with some acrylics .... for something a little different .... pushing the colours a lot and here are the results. A couple of smaller 8 by 10 inch still life's. Really enjoyed doing them and hope to do more.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Lake Brunner

"Alone" (6 x 8 inches)

Here is another small painting of a lone Kahikitea tree standing near the lake shore at Lake Brunner, Westcoast.
I have also included an image of a commissioned painting of Gore Bay north of Christchurch.
I am presently working on two paintings for the Ashburton Arts Society exhibition coming up soon and will post them when completed.

"Gore Bay" (14 x 18 inches approx)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Nor-westerly Sky

We get some very interesting cloud formations with the Nor-westerly weather as can be seen from this photo taken on yesterdays early morning walk. The cloud formations are quite surreal ....... and fascinate me no end.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Small West Coast Paintings

These 2 paintings about as small as I do at 6 by 8 inches. Done from our West Coast Easter trip.
I intend to put them in to frames and sell this size paintings from my studio, festivals and hopefully from my blog here.

Coast Road

Near Karamea

Sunday, April 25, 2010

"Towards Punakaiki"

Here are three new paintings just completed and ready to go of to galleries. Painted from recent trips including "Towards Punakaiki" from our Easter trip. "Spring Thaw" is on the way to Milford Sounds and "Golden Sands" is near Kaiterteri.

"Golden Sands"

"Spring Thaw"

Sunday, April 18, 2010

I have just returned from Arrowtown Autumn Festival where I am Guest Artist from April 16th to May 16th. at the Lakes District Museum & Gallery. I also had the difficult job of judging all the other art works juried into the show with over $4000 in prizes on offer ..... very stressful and extremely difficult as the there are very high number of very good professional artist live in the area who as I found out enter this exhibition. Any way I survived the opening night and got some very positive feed back on my award choices I made and some very good feedback on my speech which surprised me because I was as nervous as hell and I 'm not a good speaker at the best of times.
The exhibition creates a lot of interest and has around 10,000 visitors over the 4 weeks it runs ...... which is amazing exposure for an artist.
It also enabled me to meet up with many of the artist in the area and the next day visited one or two of there studios at there invitation. One of them was Ben Ho and his wife Mary Mai who have moved in to the district in the last 12 months. The have a fabulous new home and gallery/studio setup and both extremely good artist.

Here are the six paintings I entered as guest artist in the 26th Autumn Festival Art Exhibition,

" Cruising",
"A Floral Treat"
"Dining Room Vista",
"Catching the Southerly",
"Autumn Refreshments", and

Monday, April 12, 2010

My First Post ........ Well I have finally taken the plunge and set up a blog. I am basically sitting at home full of a cold feeling sorry for my self ... no energy to paint or do much needed work in the garden ....... so what better to do than sit at computer and set up up a blog. Of course I will need to keep up dating but I am pretty committed now so should be OK ... well we will see.
I feel blogging will enable interested people to follow my work and understand my thought processes or inspiration. So here goes .........
I will start with some photos from a trip to the West Coast over Easter in a hired camper van .... just me and Sharon and no kids ........ staying at Punakaiki and Karamea. As you can see from the photos its like a lost world over there and we are aiming to go back again very soon to explore more and do some on site paintings and drawing.