A Break in the Weather

I love the way seagulls park on street lights. What views they must have! I gave this painting the working title ‘Seagull Parking’ but I always knew that was a little too obscure to be a keeper. The inspiration was a photo I took in a carpark ~ in the golden hour before the sun sets ~ while we were waiting to collect our pizza. Yes, inspiration is everywhere : )

The original plan was to create something more like the reference photo, quite subdued and almost monotone with the seagull as the focal point, but the purple/grey underpainting took it in a different direction ~ one which was more in keeping with how spectacular the sky really looked that evening ~ and that meant rethinking the title.

‘A Break in the Weather’ acrylic on canvas, 500 x 500 mm, 2020. Available.

P.S. I’m particularly pleased with those two birds flying in the background. The simpler it is, the harder it is.

The View from Here

‘The View from Here’ diptych — acrylic on canvas, 100 x 305 mm each canvas, 2020. Available.

Fresh off the easel: the lights of Christchurch as seen from the Port Hills. The paintings are lightly textured and best seen from a bit of a distance. I was going to varnish them but I am really liking the subtle shifts in colour and texture of the unvarnished canvas and so I’m not going to risk it.

reference photo ~ Christchurch 2019
work in progress
final diptych

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. 🏔