Toward the Tararua Ranges

This pastel study uses both wet and dry  pastel blending.  My aim was to produce a quietly toned piece that echoes the calmness I find in the landscape of the ranges.  In such changing times the ability to look towards such beauty, in all it’s strength and solidness, is both reassuring and grounding – I consider myself fortunate.

“Orange and Blue Vase” – flowers galore!

Another painting being exhibited at my September show. I have indulged my love of ink drawing with this acrylic work. With lots of movement and colour I am sure it will bring much happiness to it’s viewers as it has for me creating it!

Gill Allen - acrylic on canvas -
Detail of “Orange and Blue Vase”

Iris and Hydrangeas – finished!

I am pleased to be able to say after weeks of work this large central exhibition piece is  finished!  I have rekindled a real love for plants and flowers over the past month or so, not to mention the use of colour.  I have not settled on a title for this piece but believe it will relate to new beginnings and also reflect old ways of working – it’s been like revisiting a favourite place after many years away – warm and familiar.  Over the next month or so I will be posting the work that will be hanging in my September exhibition at Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō here in Levin, New Zealand.

“Autumn Leaves” – the making…

Since attending an intuitive painting class with  Susan Knaap – Artist, Creative Coach and Tutor,  I have been riding on a wave of enthusiasm and producing some exciting pieces.  I am an advocate of lifelong learning and believe it important to participate in a variety of workshops to expand repertoire and continue to bring depth to ones own art practice.  This piece found it’s name in the midst of it’s creation.

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