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Abundance

Abundance is “an amount that is more than enough” according to the Cambridge Dictionary. Enough is ” as much as is necessary; in the amount or to the degree needed’. Wikipedia joins in and says that need is ‘something that is necessary for an organism to live a healthy life. Needs are distinguished from wants’. […]

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What a Glorious Time! Pt. 4

Waking to another glorious day, I headed off with dogs all keen, to enjoy the morning sun on the freshly washed beach. That early morning sun on the beach is the elixir of life for me. I love it! However, it can be quickly drained away when rascally dogs don’t come when called. It is […]

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What a Glorious Time Pt.3

Monday came up gray and cold. I guess it is winter after all. A very bitter southerly straight from Antartica. The locals were saying they had never seen it so cold. BUT, I had a dream and the show must go on. Surely us Tauponians could handle this?! I say ‘us’ because two painting buddies […]

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What a Glorious Time Pt.2

The storm has passed and we are back at Thornton Beach. We’d packed up the day before so that we could leave early and get straight into it, but on arrival I had such a severe case of the munchies that, while my darling unpacked, I had the cooker out and cooked us up a […]

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What a Glorious Time!!!

Wow! Wow! and Wow! What a glorious time it has been. A dream has come to pass. It has begun and I couldn’t be happier. It’s as if my inside has been filled up with total joy and excitement. This dream? To go plein air painting. But not just to paint any ol’ thing, but […]

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A Token Gesture

For all the comings and goings of the last couple of months, I have continued with my daily grateful drawings. Perhaps not every day, so a little catchup had to be played along the way. In hind sight I wonder if my mental health might have survived even better if I had been more diligent […]

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What If…

‘Let’s go out Plein Air painting’, he said. He was gently coercing me past my fears. What if I couldn’t do it justice? What if it just didn’t work? What if I was a fraud and couldn’t paint this scenery in all it’s majesty? What if…? What if…? What if…?I’ve heard the talks on not […]

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Tauhou

Waxeye… Whiteeye… More correctly, Silvereye. So common here in New Zealand. But what I did not realise was that it was not known here before the 1830’s. It was believed to have blown in from Australia, thus the Maoris called it ‘Tauhou’ which means ‘Stranger’ or ‘New Arrival’… good name, guys! Don’t be a stranger…click […]

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Huka Falls

This was my choice of painting destination…the amazing Huka Falls. I was excited. Arriving at the arranged time at the top lookout I got myself organised and ready. Enthusiasm was flowing. Excitement for the next two hours of en plein air painting with Trevor Dowman, an amazing mentor. “Be bold”, I told myself. I tried. […]

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En Plein Air with Trev

When you get the opportunity to paint alongside an experienced painter you grab it and that is exactly what I did when it was suggested we go and paint out on location together. How much I have to learn and here is someone who has been on the painting journey for over 35 years as […]

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