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#usksymposium From Afar

Instagram is full of them. It’s all over my Facebook. They’ve been on WGN news. And I gotta say that seeing these urban sketchers everyday, all day, is paying off and getting me all inspired. But, as beautiful as Chicago is, why go there when this place I call home is SO amazing?! It might […]

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The Best Job ever!

It’s true. I REALLY do have the best job EVER!!!!! That’s if you can call it a job, cause most of the time I find it just pure pleasure, and today was no exception. We had decided a couple of days before that we were going to do it, so we jumped out of bed […]

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Sun-Filled Days of Summer

In between the storms rolling through you have to make the most of every sunny day. This week has been no exception. So, the dogs and I spent the afternoon at the beach on Lake Taupo, while the storm brewed further south. The wind was excellent at whipping up some waves that were pretty impressive […]

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New Toys

New toys in the art studio are SOOO exciting! And this trip to the art store saw me bringing home a set of Winsor and Newton watercolour markers. Hamilton is a town around the river and so there always seems to be a bridge waiting to be drawn. As you can see the markers are […]

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Shifting Suns

Our many years living close to the Equator had taught us new sun patterns. Gone were the longer sunrise and twilight zones. It all happens in a matter of minutes up there catching many visitors out as they linger on thinking they still have time before nightfall. But, already three years back in our beloved […]

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Another Time and Place

Finally, we were here. The place of our destination. The opportunity had been given to come and be the ‘Artist in Residence’ at the Alpine Motel Arthur’s Pass, and we had grabbed it with both hands.My darling dearest had suggested he take time off from his work and we make a holiday/road trip for two […]

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Lake Lyndon

Snowmen abounding on the sides of the road and in paddocks. Cars stopped as families take a break from driving and create their own version of the much-loved figure. Sticks for arms, stones or carrots for noses, beautiful round heads some having toppled off already, And a very big sign in a paddock saying “Big […]

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Signed, Sealed and Delivered

“Here! Here!,” I cried. As he pulled the car over I was frantically pulling out the big lens and trying to attach it, not wanting to miss a one. (Not that I needed any more as I have so many photos from our visit to Cape Palliser. But those were little babies and these much […]

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Vistas of Beauty

Fresh dumps of snow brought up from the Antartic region were our total delight as we traveled the Kaikoura coastline. As the road hugs the shore you have waves thundering in on one Β side and snow almost meeting you on the other. What a picture! While taking lots of photos for records I was trying […]

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Sunrise

A good night’s sleep had improved my motion sickness immensely. Oh, how grateful I was! (Here’s a link for that story 😦 )And now before us lay two weeks of South Island adventure. Pretty excited is probably an understatement πŸ™‚ Drawing back the curtains in our apartment had me immediately oh-ing and ah-ing and racing […]

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