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

The importance of maintaining fun…

I have struggled lately with the lack of playfulness and joy that has become apparent in my art practice.  My focus has been on the accuracy and result rather than the freedom and joy found in the process of creation. The excerpt from ‘Lifelabs’ below reminded me of the importance for my own art practice of balancing these two elements.

‘Being creative is meditative. Taking the time to use our hands, minds, and energy doing something we enjoy and that makes us happy is of highest importance in life. Creativity is fun, and doing anything that brings joy reduces our stress levels and improves our quality of life’.

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