A change as good as a holiday

Okay, this particular change is probably nowhere near as good as a holiday, but I have just changed my WordPress theme and moved things around a bit. You may not notice any difference if you’re only viewing my posts in the WordPress Reader, but it looks much fresher on my website…

The Art Cave ~ homepage screenshot

My new theme is Sketch, a responsive portfolio theme that is perfect for showcasing art and design projects. It took a lot of trial and error to get my portfolio page looking like the demo but I got there in the end. I had been using the same theme since March 2012 ~ so, yes, definitely time for a change : )

Happy 6th Annaversary

* Artist in Residence * digital collage created on Polyvore

“Why should a painter work if he is not transformed by his own painting.” Keith Haring

My WordPress blog turns six today! Not that I’ve been on WordPress much this year. Life continues away from my little blog but I do miss it. No excuses — I’ve simply been elsewhere doing other things — but I couldn’t let the anniversary slide by without acknowledging it. Six years!

Quite a lot has been going on… I just don’t have much to ‘show’ for it. Yet. Ever the optimist : )

I am still surrounded by art and making art, although it tends to be mostly digital these days, and I will be taking a few of my paintings of the non-digital variety along to the Christchurch Art Show again this year. Not much else to report, really. But it is good to be back here in WordPressLand. Maybe I’ll get back into this blogging thing again. Maybe…


Hello there. How are you? It’s a little over a month since my last blog post and I’m sure you won’t be at all surprised to learn that what I planned to do during my time away and what actually occurred are two completely different things. As unglamorous as it sounds, I had planned to catch up on housework, beat the garden into submission and paint a few pictures — and I have had a lovely time even though the housework–gardening–painting thing didn’t really happen. The reality is that I spent most of my time working on several graphic design jobs (logos and business cards, which I love doing). And now it’s September, it’s spring and it’s time to get back into blogging again : )

I did manage to complete one painting while I was away. Would you believe it’s called ‘Sidetracked’? It will be for sale once I’ve finished varnishing it.

Sidetracked – acrylic on canvas, 305 x 305 mm, 2014
Sidetracked – acrylic on canvas, 305 x 305 mm, 2014

Tracks, Central Otago, 2013
Tracks, Central Otago, 2013

The different textures in this landscape really appeal to me. I love the clearly defined sections of grass, stone, railway track and sand. And whether you see that patch of blue at the top of the painting as sea or sky is entirely up to you.

Sidetracked, detail
Sidetracked, detail

I’m taking a little break…

Anna Cull Back soon 2014

…from posting. I’ve been blogging (planning, writing, drawing and/or painting something every week) since March 2012. I’ve chalked up 325 posts and have uploaded more than a thousand images. Yes, it really does seem time for a lie down and a little nap. Don’t worry… I’ll still visit : )

My Etsy shop will stay open and I’ll be back in September (or ‘spring’ as we like to think of it here in New Zealand). TTFN