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Sumptuous

Sunflowers are sumptuous! Sumptuous in colour. Sumptuous in flamboyant abandonment. My desire with this painting done in oil with paletteknife on a large canvas was to evoke all those indulgent feelings amidst a riot of colour. The thick oil applied in long sweeps and the very tactile flower centres make your fingers itch to touch it 🙂 Truly sumptuous! (follow the […]

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Art Trail Taupo 2016

It’s been a while since I’ve been sharing my #Grateful posts on here with you all…apologies. I have been busy doing my first Art Trail exhibition and I have been just a little consumed. (My family think that should read ‘just a LOT consumed’) It’s over now and I have resurfaced for a gulp of air before […]

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Fejoa Delight

Yay! It’s that time of the year again. I LOVE Fejoa season. Super grateful for this special fruit. Not quite sure why I love them so much… maybe, memories of creeping up the back fence and hiding low so the neighbour couldn’t see us kids out his lounge window as we nicked the fruit from […]

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Goosebumps Down My Spine

He sent a text saying he could be there at ten. Although it wasn’t an emergency I was grateful. A piano is an investment that needs to be looked after. Our piano is not only an investment but for me an emotional attachment. Out first Christmas together as Mr. & Mrs. He was late home […]

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Mama Bird Was Curious

They have all moved out of home and into their new abodes. Although I love this nest now clean and quiet, I miss their noise and … no! I don’t miss their mess!!! I wanted to see their new homes. This Mama bird was curious as to how they were doing. So the Papa bird […]

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More Intimately Acquainted

After all the studies, each one getting the Sunflower and I more deeply acquainted, the pleasure is all mine to have moved on to a full painting. These particular Sunflowers are just as they happened to have fallen in the vase, but, Oh! How luscious they looked with the light falling on the tips of […]

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Smiles on Stems

Sunflowers are indeed an old-fashioned flower. But good things are timeless! The warmer days are coming and we eagerly plant our seeds knowing that Summer will bring with it a host of smiles on stems just as it did for generations before. My dad was telling me the other day how his mother planted a […]

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Sunbathing Beauties

The warmth of the sun just oozes out of Sunflowers. It’s as if they are face forward and palms out sunbathing. Absorbing all those glorious rays and sharing them with us all in the sunburnt colours we love so much. Sharing the love! This study of three sunflowers is done in graphite and charcoal. Charcoal […]

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Be My Valentine

Looking up from the closing prayer I saw her standing by the door…waiting for us to finish. With a dash of willpower and a big breath she moved forward… “Would you like to be my valentine?” she asked the first. “For me?!” came the surprised reply. They take the red rose extended. She moved to […]

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Just a Couple of Sunflowers

I love Sunflowers! So, bright and happy, warm and carefree. A perfect subject to do a series of studies exploring different ways to use graphite. This first study is done with graphite and then pen and ink cross- hatched giving an elegant feel of simplicity. Clean lines and a contrasting palette of black and white […]

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