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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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Hatepe

A day free of classes is a wonderful excuse to find a new place to walk and explore. Nylah is always keen. We’ve been in our new house for just over 2 months now so today we decided to go south…well, Nylah didn’t decide. She’s the dog and happily goes where ever I choose. Over […]

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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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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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All Dressed Up

We’ve been the proud owners of this little car for two years now and one of the first things I asked for was new hubcaps…it had just one 😦 . Well, life comes and goes and we come and go with it, and the car has been used by all the kids at various times […]

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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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Canterbury Plains

What a fun night! Fire roaring keeping our faces all rosy pink even after we derobed our hats, scarfs, jackets, etc., at the door. Pete’s fabulous baking to nibble on between strokes. Arthur’s Pass Alpine Motel were wonderful hosts. Fi had everyone laughing and feeling welcome. Chatter flowing freely. Enthusiasm abounding as they all tried something […]

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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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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  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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