Thursday, 26 June 2014

Watercolour sketches done in New Zealand

The old boat, Queenstown.


Lunch at Arrow town

Mountain Scene

The Poplars 

Clouds are gathering

Yellow roses

Beautiful Mountains

Across the Bay

At Arrow Town

In the Bay at Queenstown

More poplars

More mountains

At the farm out from Queenstown

More mountains

My oil paintings

Since I attended a recent workshop with John Wilson ,a highly regarded artist from Victoria ,my interest in oil painting has again been renewed and each week I have been inspired to look at  my photos to see what I could attempt.I must admit the paint is much harder to carry around and clean up after a session than watercolour.However,I have really enjoyed using oils again.I have been trying out different sized canvases and am eagerly waiting to see them framed.I hope I am pleased as they should be much easier to handle and also lighter as there is no glass to worry about.I will enter some in the Rotary Shows and see whether I have any success.
Golden Wattle oil painting from a photo I took near Pt.Lincoln

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Recent photos of my paintings

It has been a long time

After struggling for months trying to get back on my Blog ,today I made an appointment with Apple in the city and spent nearly 40 minutes with a very competent young man who somehow got rid of many of the passwords I had used before when attempting to open my Blog.I now have a new one and can actually start writing again.I just hope it will work for me so that I can download my latest paintings and thoughts.My last input was just before I went to New Zealand with Ev Hales and a group of about 12 artists .

New Zealand   Flying into Queenstown was a spectacular sight with high ice and snow topped mountains and rivers and valleys below .The air trip was quick and not at all tiring.We were soon through customs and on our way in a mini bus to the Novotel Hotel where we spent the next week or so.I travelled with a friend ,Lesley,and caught up with two other friends soon after arrival.Before long we were introduced to the rest of the group at the introductory dinner.They were a keen and friendly lot of people,both men and women.Ev spoke to us about the programme she had planned and how each day would progress.It was such a well planned and organised workshop with us travelling by bus most days to some wonderful destinations.The  drivers ,a husband and wife team ,were wonderful.They arrived on time,as did our group and provided us with morning tea ,coffee and eats each day.We went to places where it was possible to purchase    drinks and food when we stayed all day.The scenery was amazing.We all took photos,sketched and painted while Ev demonstrated and moved among us as we worked.Every evening we had access to a room at the hotel and the nearby Uni where we were able to discuss and share our efforts.Ev 's planning and preparedness made the trip a very happy and successful one and one which many participants want to repeat with such a skilled and sharing person.