Head in the Clouds

‘Head in the Clouds’ acrylic on canvas, 500 x 500 mm, 2021. Available.

Don’t ask me where this is. It’s not important. It was late summer, early in the morning. The air was damp and the mountains were obscured by low cloud. We didn’t mind; there was beauty around every corner and we weren’t in a hurry. As the clouds began to lift and catch the light, the mood began to shift and the river tumbled on as if this had been nothing extraordinary.

Reference photo ~ somewhere in the South Island
‘Head in the Clouds’ detail
‘Head in the Clouds’ detail

Above It All

‘Above It All’ acrylic on paper, 210 x 297 mm, 2020. Available (unframed).

A new painting ~ snow on the mountains ~ photographed in spring (somewhere near Arthur’s Pass) and painted in summer. The biggest challenge was finding the right colour for the sunlight on top of the hill. I initially painted it quite a cool, light yellow and also dabbed a little on the snow ~ because that was what I saw ~ but it wasn’t what I wanted to say. This is where summer and winter meet and I wanted contrast just as much as I wanted harmony. So I changed it for a warmer, richer yellow. Much better.

“A painting is not a picture of an experience, but is the experience.” Mark Rothko

Hokitika River Blues

‘Hokitika River Blues’ acrylic on paper, 297 x 210 mm, 2020. Available (unframed).

An aerial perspective of Hokitika Gorge as seen from the swing bridge. The colours of the water in the painting are actually truer to life than those in the photo : )

I ❤️ NZ

A Fleeting Visitor

‘A Fleeting Visitor’ acrylic on paper, 127 x 178 mm, 2020. Available.

A small study of a New Zealand fantail (piwakawaka) flitting around in the forest (a.k.a. “the bush”). One day I hope to take a good photo of one of these fast little flyers. Every single picture I have ever taken of a fantail is a blur. The shot below is my best to date. Happily, there was just enough detail to be able to use it as a reference for the painting.