Over the summer months I have been eyeing up a lovely wall of hydrangeas in a close neighbours garden. In fact I have been admiring this large corner hedge for years but this summer has been the hottest for many years and somehow they looked even better than ever. With my neighbours permission I picked a big armful of flowers with beautiful blue and pink hues and took a huge number of photographs. Starting the new year, I am working on a number of canvases of varying sizes to capture the beauty of these wonderful flowers. Every time I see them I think 'Summer" Watch this space, this is the first in the series and early in the creative process. Hope you enjoy them as much as me.
'My Blue French Jug' is my most recent piece of art heading off soon to the Ashburton Society of Arts 2017 show in late June. Inspired by a favourite blue jug that sits in my kitchen at home with figs that were given to me my my neighbour and feijoas from a talk I gave at a gardening club. Also inspired by the work of Kaffe Fasset with the use of pattern and prints it might well be a new direction for me as I have loved the bright colours and textural elements. Watch this space!
During a recent trip to the UK I was very fortunate to be able to view the David Hockney retrospective exhibition at Tate Britain London! Bucket list day for me and so excited to view an amazing selection of this artist's work as he reaches the age of 80. Such a wide variety of work from stunning drawings, polaroid collages, ipad art, photography and of course paintings. My all time favourite artwork was there that I have admired since school days, visiting it each time I have visited the Tate over the years. Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy from his naturalism era Love Love Love! This life size painting wows me every time with the colour, composition and light hitting the figures of Ozzie Clark and wife. Could have stayed all day :-)
The recent art and opera fundraiser for the Medical Research Foundation has recently taken place at Christchurch Art Gallery and I was delighted to once again be asked to support this worthy event with a donated painting. 'Red on White' 80x80cms acrylic on canvas original sold as part of this evening and I hear it was the most successful evening for all the hardworking team behind the scenes. Thanks for asking me, I love supporting events like these wherever possible.
Meet Winston my new fur baby. He's only 8 weeks old and a bit of a scallywag. He visited me for the first time today at the studio/gallery. He's loving his new sister Daisy from the same parents but a year or so apart. As you can imagine our place is in chaos! Maybe we should try him with a paintbrush?! Photo by Sam Frost.
A while ago I was asked to undergo a commission for a couple's newly married son and his family to provide them with happy memories of their wedding in New Zealand. Several months later. Here we are with a delightful photo sent from London of my acrylic on canvas 'Curiousity' just arrived 12,000 miles away! Love my 'job'
June 2016 and during our trip to the UK we were excited to be able to visit the Hampstead Affordable Art Show in London. Thousands of visitors and hundreds of art works from galleries all around the UK and the world. Exciting sculptures, ceramics and installations all for sale and very accessible to the public. We were amazed at the number of visitors bringing their pooches along! We even purchased a little piece that we felt we couldn't leave behind. Definitely worth a visit and thanks to Wills Art Warehouse for the complimentary tickets.
All smiles today as I have finally finished and sold the recent Peony commission which has been a labour of love and so much enjoyment to create. Looking forward to seeing it hanging now!
My latest work has been a labour of love for a lovely client moving into her new home following the earthquakes. She approached me several months ago to discuss commissioning an original painting for her hallway. We had lots of chats and waited until the peonies were flowering and took heaps of images to work from. Over a matter of months she has been popping in to see progress-its such a great process. I have just finished the last layer of glazing and today it will be varnished. She saw it yesterday and loves it- five times more that she thought she would! Had so many comments about it from visitors to the gallery and on facebook - circular and measuring 130cms in diameter its a biggie and going to be a real wow piece. Can't wait to see it hanging. If you want to work on a special idea email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we can have a chat.
Occasional thoughts from an artist who just loves to paint.