Thanks to Forest and Bird for sponsoring the awards at the annual Ashburton Society or Arts awards last night at the Ashburton art gallery. I was delighted to be awarded the Flora and Fauna prize for my tondo "Harakeke Porthole' 70cms diameter acrylic on canvas. Judged by Min Kim I was very grateful to be recognised at this lovely art show. The show is on for the next couple of weeks and all artworks are for sale.
Thanks to Treena Swift from Swift Designs, her lovely clients and Stuff for the great article about favourite rooms of interior designers this week. I was delighted to see that they featured my commission which was created for the living room in this new local home. I'm excited to see how it all worked out when the room was dressed and completed. Loved working on this large soft landscape with flashes of metallics through it so it looks lovely at night too. (Photos courtesy of Stuff and Swift Designs)
Thanks once again to the Medical Research Trust for asking me contribute a painting for the Music and Art auction evening at The Piano this year. This time the proceeds went towards Brain research. Love of Lilies sold for $1900 and I'm delighted that it went towards a great cause. A big thank you to those that put hours into organising these events,
Here is my latest commission called 'True Blue' - a 70cms tondo acrylic on canvas painted around the edges. I really enjoyed creating this piece for a lovely North Island client. We've been communicating over it for a few months so it was a very happy day meeting her and her husband last week when they visited the South Island to collect it and have a little holiday. Thanks for asking me and I hope it brings you heaps of joy!
This year I've been delighted to be asked to join Flagstaff Gallery in Auckland. A beautiful contemporary gallery base in Devonport I now have representation again on the North Island since the previous gallery that represented me sadly closed down.
During the Covid 19 Lockdown, Gallery de Novo came up with the idea to ask their artists to create postcard size paintings of their environments at the time. After the lockdown was over we then sent them down to Dunedin for a small exhibition with the art retailing at only $190 each piece. I loved having the time to create during this strange period of being at home for weeks. My husband came home with theses tiny macarons as he was doing the shopping for a few families. They were a nice little treat when we couldn't go out for coffees! We were encouraged to write the stories on the back of the postcard. A great reminder of that time. Here's one of my four works on paper on the table I set up by the garden to paint.
Now more than ever in the wake of the Corona virus, artists everywhere are hoping that you will support them to keep being creative. At our studios and galleries we are taking every precaution we can to promote social distancing, clean surfaces, provide uplifting environments and supply New Zealand made product. Thanks for sharing our social media posts and let keep our art practices alive and well for when this time is over. Keep safe and practice kindness everyone.
'Walk with me' 150x80cms acrylic on canvas was inspired by the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and and a beautiful autumn day wandering along the river with a lovely friend. I enjoyed painting it so much that I might consider a little series of the gardens. It sold very quickly but watch this space for some more...
I'm delighted to say that after a couple of weeks at Gallery De Novo in Dunedin that 'Weave' 120x90cms quickly sold and is heading over to China. Liz and Richelle at this gorgeous gallery work hard for every artist and with their prime high street position are most successful. I hope the new owners love it as much as I enjoyed painting it.
In recent times I have been digitally scanning some of my work in order that some very limited edition prints with archival inks on watercolour paper will be available. This brand new large floral piece is one such image. I am planning to keep the prints on paper to only 10-15 copies in total and then only have the original as work on canvas. Should you be interested in owning a limited print then please feel free to contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss framing requirements, pricing and print run numbers.
Occasional thoughts from an artist who just loves to paint.