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.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

New Works

I had a commission to do a painting of this new house on the "Downs" behind Geraldine. It has the most amazing north-west views but the painting was to be of the house and so have included some of the gardens. Some of the Four Pecks Mt Range is also reflected in the main window. Size is 14 inches by 28 inches in oils.

Oamaru wharf painted on location with a weather change coming in of the coast. I was quite pleased with this one. 11 x 8 and half inches. Oil.

Old farm shed painted on location and just down the road from the house commission. Love these which are unfortunately disappearing. 16 x 12 Oil.

Feeding the ducks Avon River, Christchurch. I started this on location but had very limited time and finished in studio from photos. 16 x 12 Oil.

Caroline Bay Timaru. Painted on location with some touch ups at home. 11 x 8 and half. Oil.

Gum trees just down the road from where we live and painted on location. Very hot and dry weather as most of our summer has been this year. 16 x 12 Oil.

Our front garden on location of course. Lots of scope for many more paintings around our gardens. 16 x 12 Oil

The Peacock Fountain in Hagley Park Christchurch. Painted on location but very challenging with lots of people about and interest in what I was doing. Finished off at home. I meet photographer there who included me in some shots while he was there.
Painting size is 16 x12 Oil. I intend do a larger studio painting using this and photos as reference.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

New Plein-Air paintings done over the holidays. All aprox 12 x 8 inches.

Our garden.

Lake Emma painted during a fishing trip.

All these paintings done at Totaranui camping ground or close by.