Sunday, December 30, 2018

the hills are alive...

Painting in Mount Aspiring National Park, New Zealand

The hills are alive with the sound of a pen scratching on paper! Here are some photos from December of hiking and sketching trips into Mount Aspiring National Park which is just around the corner from my home.

Cascade Saddle and Mount Edward, Mount Aspiring National Park.

Mount Avalanche and the waterfalls at the head of Glacierburn.

Mount Earnslaw, Mount Aspiring National Park.

The swimming hole, Earnslaw Burn. Brrrrr!

Camping below Mount Earnslaw on Christmas Day. 

Mount Rob Roy and the Rob Roy Glacier, Mount Aspiring National Park. In progress.

Mount Rob Roy and the Rob Roy Glacier. Finished painting.

I'm very excited about these new paintings. All I want to do is paint mountains now and I hope to have a whole series of pieces ready to exhibit at the end of January in a group exhibition with the Wanaka Painters' Group. More details on that soon!

Happy New Year everyone!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

photos from last weekend's workshop

Glendhu Bay, Lake Wanaka

This last weekend I ran my first workshop! And I'm happy to report I have 5 new converts to the magic of painting outside.

Day 1 was spent at 2 different locations at Glendhu Bay on Lake Wanaka. We did 4 small paintings in the morning learning about aerial perspective, the steps for painting a watercolour landscape, and how to paint watercolour skies. In the afternoon we did a larger painting of the iconic view of Mt Aspiring from Glendhu Bay.

Day 2 we sketched the historic old chapel at Cardrona, and I taught students my tricks for dealing with linear perspective in real life. Their finished paintings knocked my socks off!

The weather held, the views were beautiful, and I couldn't have asked for a better bunch of enthusiastic, hardworking, aspiring artists. I got to share my passion for sketching outside, and now they're all buying supplies and setting up sketching dates. Yay! Can't wait to do another workshop :-)

Next workshops : 
12 & 13 January 2019 FULL
9 & 10 February, $300pp - 3 spaces left

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

annual artwork sale

It's that time of year again. 20% off all artwork until 24 December 2018. Includes abstracts, watercolours and portraits. Also includes all artwork I add to my shop before December 24!

Go on! Buy yourself, or someone special, something original this Christmas.

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