“Summer Firs” 14″ x 4.5″

I love starting with really loose beginnings and finding familiar compositions within these abstractions. Although the beginning sketches were reminiscent of winter trees, it's summer here in New Zealand and I naturally leaned towards warmth and the movement of a warm breeze through trees.

Tonal Landscape Study – Muhunoa NZ

It was a little grey and overcast this particular day as we ventured out on our bicycles for breakfast and coffee. Unfortunately the heavens opened and down came the rain so only time to capture the scene taken on the Muhunoa East Road by camera and later working a few sketches from this in the... Continue Reading →

“Found Myself Dreaming…”

"Found Myself Dreaming" 21" x 8.5" mixed media on Fabriano Artistico paper. Layers of ink, acrylic, water soluble crayon, pencil, and charcoal with a mix of brushes and tools. There were moments of 'ugly' in the process as there are for many paintings - you just have to keep going and see where the responses... Continue Reading →

Au plein air (to the outdoors) in Kapiti…

What a fabulous day we had in Kapiti this week capturing quick studies of the landscape. The weather was perfect, the ducks mostly well behaved and the discoveries many. This was a private request for tuition from two lovely attendees of previous workshops I have taken. A picnic lunch in the sunshine was the icing... Continue Reading →

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