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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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Avalanche

Clever daughter had been giving me photography lessons. “Sit on the rocks and use your knees as a tripod,” she had been telling me. “You get great movement shots of the water.” It had seemed such a long way down to the ground after all our sitting in the car that I declined the offer for […]

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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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Colour in My Culinary World

We have no garden, so I have made a substitute with pots and although I can grow quite a lot of vege there is no way I can grow it all. So, that beautiful logistics co-ordinating daughter was online even before I had finished my moan and found me an online source that delivered to […]

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Keeping it all together

We had taken so long to organise ourselves to get ready that I chose not to go back for my gloves…bad mistake right there! By the time we had biked into town on a dreary cold Taupo winter morning our fingers were bitter cold. So, after our jobs were done we popped into the bike […]

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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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Life Class

That you should do Life Classes is something you hear everywhere among those who like to paint. I used to do them way back when, but I got REALLY sick of looking at everyone’s bits and pieces. I mean, is that really life? I might make a quick dash from the shower when the kids […]

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Sing, Sing A Song

He might be a bolshy little fellow in his bright orange suit of feathers but, oh my, he can sing a great song. Seems to start with the cover coming off his cage until it goes back on at night. Personally, I LOVE it. My family, however, aren’t quite so thrilled. Perhaps they just don’t […]

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