Mountains ahead to climb

The High Country — acrylic on canvas panel, framed, 2018. SOLD

“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.” Muhammad Ali

Now framed, ‘The High Country’ will be making its debut at this year’s Pegasus Bay Art Show (Waimakariri, NZ). Artworks from 78 local artists will be exhibited and available for purchase. There will also be an art display by the children of Pegasus Bay School which I am very much looking forward to seeing. The art show runs from 21st – 23rd September.

🏔 Onward and upward. 🏔

Fancy a bit of culture?

How about an art show or two? The annual Pegasus Bay Art Show is on this weekend with more than 60 artists exhibiting as a fundraiser for Pegasus Bay School. Opening night is tomorrow, Friday 13th October. Show days are Saturday and Sunday 14th–15th October. I will have a selection of landscapes and abstracts at the exhibition and will be there Friday night and late Sunday afternoon.

I also have a couple of paintings at Darfield Artweek which is on now and runs until Sunday 15th October. Over 300 artworks by local artists are being exhibited at the Darfield Recreation Centre, the Selwyn Gallery, and the Darfield Library. All artworks are available for purchase.

Please click on the posters above for more information about the exhibitions. Both shows are well worth a visit AND it’s a lovely time of year for a drive in the Canterbury countryside.

Opening night

Here’s a video of opening night which was put together by the nice folk from the Christchurch Art Show. If you pay close attention, you can see my little corner of the exhibition at the two-minute mark : ) but you’ll have to be quick — blink and you’ll miss it.

Begin it now

Warm Night, Southern Sky – acrylic on canvas, 605 x 910 mm, 2015.  For sale at The Christchurch Art Show, June 2015.
Warm Night, Southern Sky – acrylic on canvas, 605 x 910 mm, 2015

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” W. H. Murray

As I mentioned last week, I’ve started preparing for this year’s Christchurch Art Show. It will be my first exhibition* and all artworks will be for sale. I’ll be surrounded by talented artists and awesome art (there’s a video of last year’s event on their website) and I’m a little nervous about it ― but when the opportunity presented itself last year (a nice lady from the show contacted me, having seen my work on this blog, and suggested that I apply), it seemed like the right ‘next step’ for me and my art. I’m now doing my best not to stress about it but I have quite a few large and large-ish canvases I need to paint in order to have enough work for the four-day exhibition. I’m telling myself: one painting at a time… and the show isn’t until June…

‘Warm Night, Southern Sky’ is the first of those canvases ― one down, (at least) six more to go.

THE CHRISTCHURCH ART SHOW  11th–14th June 2015
Tickets on sale now : )

My thanks to Kathie Pugaczewski for making me aware of the W. H. Murray quote.

Red sky at night, original photo – Christchurch, 2012
Red sky at night, original photo – Christchurch, 2012

This is the second time I’ve used my ‘red sky at night’ photograph as a reference for a painting. The first was an ink and watercolour sketch (click here to see the post).

* Strictly speaking, I have had student exhibitions and I did take my work to a mini market last year — this event, however, is much (much) bigger. And scarier. Onward and upward.