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.
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 – 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.
Summer Somewhere – acrylic on canvas, 405 x 405 mm, 2017
“The role of the artist is to ask questions, not answer them.” Anton Chekhov
I found myself asking a lot of questions while painting ‘Summer Somewhere’ — mainly about colour, mood, and about what was essential to the picture. I painted telegraph poles; I took them out. I had the blue road disappearing into the horizon because that’s what it did; I painted over it. It was too cold, all blue and white and green and grey; I mixed an entirely new palette for the middle foreground. And then I stopped…