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The Gift of a Moment

I watch my friend as a mother of young children, pre-schoolers and a gorgeous new baby, post in her blog of her desire to be present, not wanting to waste any of these precious newborn days. She’s such a good-hearted mum and I love reading of her journey. You can read her story here. Only  a […]

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Watching Clouds Go By

Doesn’t that title just just scream of lazy Summer days? It was exactly that… the gift of a lazy Summer day. Sitting  side by side down at the water’s edge Away from home and work and responsibilities An afternoon to catch our breath To breathe. Nothing but clouds scudding across the sky in front to entertain us […]

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Stairway To Heaven

Mending Achilles and Cape Palliser are not two things that should automatically go together. This stairway to Heaven has 250 nearly vertical steps leading to the lighthouse atop a rocky outpost at the southeastern corner of the North Island. New Zealand can boast some very rugged country and this is amongst it. Not hard to […]

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Roast Dinner AGAIN!

Senior moments? Forgetful? Doing too many things at once? Who knows…but it wasn’t till after the post had gone up that I realised there was no artwork attached. All the effort those wonderful kids had gone to cooking us roast dinners, and I had not even included the very grateful empty plate with knife and fork […]

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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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Summer’s Song

Summer is coming to it’s fullness. Garden flowers are showing their bright colours. The grass on the hills is turning a sunburnt golden hue. And we find ourselves seeking respite from her piercing rays. We pitch the tent under a tree. We enjoy the cool of the bush for a walk during the day. We cool […]

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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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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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