Summer Inspiration…

Fabulous sunny day working in the garden today…can’t help but reflect the warmth in my work…

“Feels Like Summer” Soft Pastel on Fabriano Artistico Paper. 740mm x 260mm

What inspires me…

When I look at my local ranges – the Tararua Ranges – I am lifted up with a sense of freedom. I am in awe of their rolling contours, their strength, their unmovable presence and grace.

My painting and drawing reflect this freedom, with lines and marks; steady and determined, light and delicate. I walk, I fly across my paper – I am the brush, the pencil, the pastels, the eraser, the piece of black velvet charcoal. With water I merge each mark and rework and re-walk each line, building layer upon layer. This process places my feet firmly in the land, my mark firmly on the paper, with this familiarity my relationship with the subject deepens, my appreciation grows, I am awake….my work is a melding of my spirit and the land, we are at that moment one.

From stretcher to visual diary cover…

Today I de-stretched a number of older acrylic works and mounted one of them (cutting into three) onto visual diaries. I was particularly pleased with the result. This work had already received 3-4 coats of gloss varnish and was well tempered. I have a growing collection of sketch books and visual diaries each one showing process and progress over the years. Cutting a canvas to adorn them seemed appropriate.

This is not the first time!Visual Diary Affair…

All the colours of the rainbow – my day of pure colour indulgence.

I’m not sure I really need an excuse to use pure, bold colour in my work. I have always loved the vibrancy and energy of bold colour and today it really called to me. Here are a series of small works based on the New Zealand landscape.

These works are on 300 gsm paper with an acrylic base, overlayed with soft pastels. Size: 10.5” x 7”

Awana Beach
Foxton Estuary
Wild Flowers – Ranges
Through the Hydrangea Bush

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