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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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Whangaroa Inlet

A day trip away with my darling dearest had me relishing in the idea of en plein air painting in a new location. I was keeping an eye out for anything special that might be a good subject. And there it was… It must have been because I was paying particular attention because I have […]

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Autumn Watch

A normal morning walk with the dog was all set up to be nothing but normal until… Until I heard that quiet voice telling me to take my camera. I hesitated. The dog was already doing circles in the back of the car all eager and excited, and I had a list of things to accomplish […]

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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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