Welcome home (word prompts)

We’ve had a brilliant holiday… and it’s also oh so good to be back home : )

These six-word stories were prompted by the Page Flutter Six-Word Story Challenge. I’m also posting a few favourites on Instagram.

5. Coffee chats preferred over restaurant conversations.

6. Reunited! Time apart is quickly forgotten.

7. You’re my anchor and my helium.

8. The escaped turkey was thankful indeed.

9. The seasons never miss a trick.

10. Pumpkin everything? What… even pumpkin beer?

11. Touching down… Brilliant holiday! Welcome home : )

[November prompts: coffee chat, reunited, besties, escaped turkey, harvest, pumpkin everything, touchdown!]

Reflecting on The Colour of Snow

The Colour of Snow – acrylic on canvas, 2013. Private collection.

‘The Colour of Snow’, my first ever painting on canvas, is now finally framed ~ it only took me five years to get around to it! Click on the photo to read the original post (and to see the painting without the reflecting glass).

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. 🏔

Supermoon at Twilight

Supermoon at Twilight — acrylic on canvas, 305 x 405 mm, 2018. Available.

‘Supermoon at Twilight’ is a revisiting of my study of a supermoon over Moorhouse Ave, Christchurch, in 2013. The new version was painted on a black canvas (of course!). The work-in-progress images (below) show i) work on the composition (mainly tweaking the city silhouette) and ii) changes to the underpainting colours prior to adding the final layers. Go, moon, go!

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This is me

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Two art shows have come and gone. This is me with my paintings at the Pegasus Bay Art Show on opening night… and a fun night it was too. I made a grand total of zero sales, which made me sad, but, hey, the worst day in the best job in the world is still better than the best day in a job you don’t enjoy, right?!

I wallowed in my disappointment for a couple of days (damn you, expectations!) and now I’m back to my factory preset optimism. But I am running out of room to store all these paintings… So if you would like to help me reclaim some space in the art cave, there is 25% off the price of all paintings in my Etsy shop from now until the end of the month.

Onward.

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.

The Christchurch Art Show 2017

Another year has flown by and it’s time once again for the Christchurch Art Show. I’ve downsized my commitment this year and will only be exhibiting three paintings. I’ve chosen work that I think will benefit most from being seen ‘in person’ so to speak: Any Road Will Take You There, Tasman Bay, and Curves Ahead.

The Christchurch Art Show
Opening Night: Thursday 15th June
*** Show Days 16th–18th June ***
Wigram Air Force Museum, Christchurch, NZ

Any Road Will Take You There (sold)
Tasman Bay
Curves Ahead (sold)

We are being painted

An Approach to Sunlight – acrylic on canvas, 405 x 405 mm, 2017
An Approach to Sunlight – acrylic on canvas, 405 x 405 mm, 2017

“To live is to paint, it is to create; but while we are painting, we are being painted, being created as well!” Mehmet Murat İldan

Here is one final Southern Alps painting… for now, anyway. ‘An Approach to Sunlight’ completes the 16″ x 16″ trilogy. It’s a little wilder and more colourful than its siblings.

I think it’s time to move away from the mountains and do something else. I’m not short of ideas — far from it — it’s just a matter of deciding which one to tackle next. Any suggestions?

Any road will take you there

Any Road Will Take You There – acrylic on canvas, 405 x 405 mm, 2017. Available for purchase.
Any Road Will Take You There – acrylic on canvas, 405 x 405 mm, 2017 (sold)

God bless our contradictions, those parts of us which seem out of character. Let us be boldly and gladly out of character. Let us be creatures of paradox and variety: creatures of contrast; of light and shade: creatures of faith. God be our constant. Let us step out of character into the unknown, to struggle and love and do what we will. Amen.
‘A Note on God’ by Michael Leunig

Yes, I’m still exploring Arthur’s Pass in paint. ‘Any Road Will Take You There’ is similar to ‘A Road Runs Through It’ and ‘Summer Somewhere’ but also quite different. This time I’ve hinted at the telegraph poles and allowed the foreground to melt into the mountains. I really pushed myself to do something I hadn’t done before and I’m very happy with the result. And if the title sounds familiar, that’s because it’s a paraphrase of a line spoken by the Cheshire Cat in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland: “If you don’t know where you are going, any road can take you there.” It’s also a line from a George Harrison song but I didn’t realise that until after I’d named it.