Another week…

‘Akaroa’ colouring pages

…another colouring page (or three)…

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…and another slideshow showing the progression from reference photograph (taken oh so long ago in 2009) through to the final line drawing. Available on Etsy as a printable instant download for your colouring pleasure : )

Who loves a challenge?

‘Port Chalmers, Dunedin’ colouring pages

Colouring pages for the virtual traveller, for the stuck-at-home self-isolator, and for those of you who love a challenge… It has taken me over a week to draw this Port Chalmers scene. What was meant to be a single, printable, A4 page has ended up being so detailed (what was I thinking?) that I have created a two-pager as well, to make it a little easier to colour in (all three are shown above). I’ve just started colouring the single-page version ~ I’ll post it here when it’s finished.

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The slideshow shows my progress ~ from the reference photograph (taken in 2017), through the stages of drawing the church, the buildings and the many plants and trees, to the final colouring page. Available (without the annoying © info and watermarks) on Etsy as an instant download for printing and colouring in or to use on computers/devices with art apps. Enjoy : )

Kangaroo ~ Art for Australia

‘Kangaroo’ — acrylic on canvas, 205 x 205 mm, 2020. SOLD

This little kangaroo road sign is officially one of my favourite paintings. Ever. I love the curves and the colours and the sign and the shadow falling across the road. I’m a bit tempted to keep this one… So if you are interested in buying it (and supporting a good cause), I suggest hopping over to my Etsy shop before I change my mind.

‘Kangaroo’ is the latest painting created to raise money for people and wildlife who have lost their homes because of the out-of-control bushfires in Australia. I will be donating 50% of the sale of these artworks to the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund and Wildlife Victoria. 🇦🇺

Koala ~ Art for Australia

‘Koala’ — acrylic on canvas, 150 x 150 mm, 2020. Available.

This little Koala is the second in my series of small paintings created to raise money for people and wildlife who have lost their homes because of the recent bushfires in Australia. I will be donating 50% of the sale of these artworks to the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund and Wildlife Victoria. 🇦🇺

You can probably guess what the next painting in this series is going to be… but be prepared for a bit of a twist : )

Art for Australia

‘Superb FairyWren’ — acrylic on canvas, 150 x 150 mm, 2020. Available.

It has been heartbreaking to watch the bushfires wreaking havoc day after day, week after week, month after month. We watch the news from the safety of our living room in New Zealand, more than two thousand kilometres away, and feel completely helpless. I have family over there. My mother grew up in that beautiful countryside. We spent many Christmases in Victoria when I was young…

How do you paint when the world is on fire? What do you paint? Why even bother? And then I found my answer in a Maxine Hong Kingston quote:

“In a time of destruction, create something: a poem, a parade, a community, a school, a vow, a moral principle; one peaceful moment.”

This little Superb Fairy-wren is the first of a series of small canvas paintings I’m creating to raise money for people and wildlife who have lost their homes as a result of the devastating fires in Australia. I will be donating 50% of the sale of these artworks to the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund https://www.gerf.org.au and Wildlife Victoria https://www.wildlifevictoria.org.au. 🇦🇺

“the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognised as your own”

― Mary Oliver

Te Waikoropupū Springs

Te Waikoropupū Springs I and II in the Drawing Room

Happily, these two landscapes are my first paintings of the new year/decade. I began them last year, pronounced them “finished” this year, and have just put a lovely gloss varnish over them.

Te Waikoropupū Springs is known locally as Pupu Springs (never mind) and is one of my favourite places in New Zealand. It is an absolutely stunning place to visit if you are ever anywhere near Golden Bay (at the top of the South Island). Famous for the clarity of its water, the reflected colours ~ especially the ultramarine blues and bright turquoise ~ are breathtaking.

‘Te Waikoropupū Springs I’ — acrylic on canvas, 205 x 405 mm, 2020. Available.
‘Te Waikoropupū Springs II’ — acrylic on canvas, 205 x 405 mm, 2020. Available.

Secrets

‘Secrets kept her from being lonely’ — acrylic on canvas, 405 x 505 mm, 2019. Available.

‘Secrets kept her from being lonely’ is my latest six-word painting. It features (most of) a supermoon and many (many) layers of stars. It’s impossible to take a good photo of this painting now that it’s varnished and super glossy… and prior to varnishing, the colours weren’t nearly as rich and deep and dark. So what you see here will have to do. In real life, the moon and the stars are brighter than the blue text, and the night sky is blue, black, and purple. 🌕✨

And if you want to know a secret, this painting was inspired by a photograph I took of a blue supermoon in 2015. I can’t tell you how thrilled I was when I discovered that I not only had a good shot of the moon’s surface, I could also see the different colours of the surrounding stars. Not a bad effort for my little nothing-fancy camera : ) 📷