Being Seen

The magic of Whangapoua beach in the Coromandel and David Whyte…. SECOND SIGHT Sometimes, you need the ocean light, and colors you’ve never seen before painted through an evening sky. Sometimes you need your God to be a simple invitation not a telling word of wisdom. Sometimes you need only the first shyness that comes… Continue reading Being Seen

Rain

Rain – Hone Tuwhare I can hear you making small holes in the silence rain If I were deaf the pores of my skin would open to you and shut And I should know you by the lick of you if I were blind: the steady drum-roll sound you make when the wind drops the… Continue reading Rain

Hideaway

my latest painting…. “Hideaway” – Woodpecker Bay, West Coast, oil on canvas, 20 x 40cm Woodpecker Bay is one of my favourite places. One I’ve painted many times, from on the beach or above it. The raw elemental nature of the coastal rainforest and limestone bluffs enveloping the rock strewn shore, with wild surf and… Continue reading Hideaway

Drawing the Curtains

Drawing the curtains Giving the cabins back to the geckos. With a deeply felt connection to the land, weary bones and very open hearts we’re leaving Paradise and heading home to Wellington. Painting the curtains? That may come later….

The Wild Places

“True solitude is found in the wild places, where one is without human obligation. One’s inner voices become audible… In consequence, one responds more clearly to other lives.” – Wendell Berry on solitude. This morning as I sat at my easel I had a visitor. Tomtits are forest birds not often encountered through the window.… Continue reading The Wild Places

Opening up to the possibilities..

Living lightly, close to the earth…. having friends and neighbours over for drinks! The Weka is New Zealand’s native woodhen, they were once abundant but are now in retreat to the less inhabited areas. They are flightless but quick runners with an excellent sidestep. Embodying curiosity and courage, they often venture inside the cabins and… Continue reading Opening up to the possibilities..

Leftover Flying

“Big Skies”- Wairarapa, 300x900mm, oil on canvas, $4,500 The birds don’t alter Space They reveal it. The sky never fills with any leftover flying… ~ Li-Young Lee     (from Spiritual Ecology) “Incoming Storm” – Island Bay Wellington, 600x900mm, oil on canvas, $6,250 see more of my paintings here…

Like we own the place

Back for a few weeks in paradise. The geckos have taken over the cabins. They silently accommodate to our presence, (well maybe just the occasional chunnering in the night), and it makes me stop and think about how we swan in like we own the place. Radically altering their living space for our comfort. They… Continue reading Like we own the place

Breathing In… Breathing out….

“In time you realize that the very world we live in, what we see, everything around us that looks like stone or rock is really the love that we feel in our heart.” ~ AH Almaas This brought to mind my painting of the wind blown forest on the West Coast near Punakaiki. Being there… Continue reading Breathing In… Breathing out….

“Trees for Travel” – Carbon Offset scheme

“TREES FOR TRAVEL” IS MY DIAMOND APPROACH RETREAT GROUP’s WAY OF MITIGATING THE EFFECTS ON THE PLANET OF OUR TRAVEL TO RETREAT. We’ve set up this scheme to plant trees to offset our CO2 emissions. A trust fund has been established to receive donations and from our recent retreat enough was deposited to plant around 500… Continue reading “Trees for Travel” – Carbon Offset scheme