As New Zealand prepares to enter a four-week nationwide lockdown (thanks, COVID-19), I have been wondering if there might be some little thing that I could do to make life a little lighter and brighter for those in isolation from their normal lives. And so the first of my colouring pages is being born. Of course I have picked THE most complicated scene to start with… and it’s taking ages to draw… but I figure that if I’m not bored, anyone colouring it in might be not bored too.
Port Chalmers colouring page ~ a work in progress
I’m planning to do at least three New Zealand landscapes as colouring pages. My first page is based on a photograph of Port Chalmers with the historic Iona Church in the foreground and a large congregation of houses and trees in the surrounding neighbourhood. It may take a day or two (or three) to finish… and then it will be available via Etsy as a printable instant download.
Eight years on WordPress! I’ve written more than 650 posts, uploaded well over 1800 images, and completely lost track of the number of canvases I’ve painted : ) And so it’s time for my eighth Happy Annaversary retrospective. Here is a collection of eight paintings created over the last year that represent my (current) favourite subjects and styles: the abstract floral, the do-over (that’s a style, right?), the experimental diptych, word art, New Zealand landscapes (of course), and Art for Australia.
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. Available.
‘Te Waikoropupū Springs II’ — acrylic on canvas, 205 x 405 mm. Available.
My first month on Trade Me is off to a promising start and six more artworks have now sold ~ most, admittedly, for less than the cost of materials, but I’m determined to have a proper clean out. It’s really encouraging to see my paintings finding new homes. ‘The High Country’ even made it back ‘home’ to Springfield, the very place that inspired it : )
You can view all items for sale on my Art Cave listings page.
Note: This site is for New Zealand buyers. I am still selling internationally, as per usual, through Etsy.
Mini paintings with their own little display easels ~ update: now SOLD
I have started selling my art for RIDICULOUSLY low prices on Trade Me (New Zealand auction website). Some paintings will be going for a song (i.e. at greatly reduced prices), such as these mini canvases, each listed with a $1 Reserve. You can view all sale items on my Art Cave listings page. Note: I will still be selling internationally, as per usual, through Etsy.