Sunday, December 9, 2012

New work

I have just sent a collection of these delightful little creatures to Arts in Oxford for their annual exhibition of local artists, along with some other smaller watercolour paintings inspired by my garden. Anyone in the Canterbury area over December-January period are invited to drop in to view this exhibition.
These colourful  visitors frequent the bird feeder in my garden during the winter when food is scarce and provide much enjoyment with their antics.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The end of a busy but very satisfying day! Today was the opening of my first exhibition for my art students work. The studio/classroom has been transformed into a gallery, my students' paintings have been matted, framed and hung. Friends, neighbours and family have lingered and enjoyed food, conversation and paintings, crowding the tiny gallery and spilling out into the garden. All seemed to enjoy themselves and students totally affirmed by the positive response. I have to say I am totally proud of their accomplishments.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

and here he is...

....the beautiful Carbon - pastel. I do hope my friend likes him as I've made some adjustments to his colouring to make the picture more interesting. (How far can you take artistic license? What do you think?) Thoroughly enjoyed drawing this one but always some trepidation over whether it will be acceptable to the new owner. Thanks for looking.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

New work on the drawing board

Life sometimes crowds out art. That's how its been this year. Family and teaching seem to be gobbling up all my time and I haven't had anything worth posting. Until now. Really enjoying getting back into some detailed work after playing around with loosening up with watercolour. This one is destined as a thankyou gift for a friend who has been amazingly and sacrificially helpful during our time of need.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Its been snowing since 2am and my back yard has been transformed into a picturesque landscape. And still it has not abated. I do believe winter has arrived. 

Monday, March 5, 2012

Ancient Words, Ever True

This year is turning out to be a very busy one, what with one thing or another, but just so you know I am still here and still painting I will share this pastel portrait of a young friend.Thanks looking.

Sunday, January 8, 2012


I was delighted to learn that this large watercolour (Field of Hope) has sold at the recent exhibition at Arts in Oxford Gallery. This exhibition of the works of local artists was a tremendous success. Arts in Oxford is a purpose built gallery and a truely lovely exhibition space, well worth a look for anyone travelling in New Zealand's South Island. Enjoy a relaxing coffee at Seagar's Cafe next door and check out the local art trail.