The Big Blue

A few days spent in the McKenzie Basin is enough to widen your horizons,  …….and fill your heart with awe and wonder – both day and night.  “I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful – an endless prospect of magic and wonder.” — Ansel Adams Staying at the brand new Lakestone Lodge was just as magical… Continue reading The Big Blue

Doorways to another World

  In my travels I’ve come upon places that seemed to transcend the everyday, they are so far removed from my commonplace that they completely challenge the way I’ve taken the world to be…. and how I’ve taken myself to be….. it’s like stepping through a doorway into another world. 

A different Light

The same place, a different light and the wonder of the changing moods as it plays over the Kenepuru… at Hou Ngahere The drama of the big sky, A sense of hope emerging From within the dark clouds…. You can see more of my paintings in the Paintings Gallery above, or at http://www.ianhamlin.co.nz

The creative Spirit unleashed!

In partnership with Gordon Harris Art Supplies in Wellington I’ll soon be starting a new weekday painting class in Wellington. They’ve got a small but fabulous workshop space in their new store at 182 Vivian St, and I’ll be starting up a class there for a couple hours every Wednesday afternoon. We’ll be working on… Continue reading The creative Spirit unleashed!

Painting Set Free

With a very open heart, after attending my latest Diamond Approach Retreat at the Berkeley Ridhwan School, my last day in San Francisco included a visit to the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. We introduced our dear friends to the wonder of JMW Turner through the brilliant exhibition ‘Painting Set Free’. It features… Continue reading Painting Set Free

One small step…

They’re in! Every single one of the 500 trees supplied by the Wellington City Council are now happily ensconced in their new home, the Buckley Road Reserve. Thanks to all that gave a helping hand. We had some good weather and a great mix of new and familiar faces, young and old, Maranui scones and… Continue reading One small step…

Taking off

I take off for the hills where gulls circle and soar in the thermals as if caught in the sky’s blue plughole and their flight’s elan where the nor’wester flips off the ridges and the tussock’s restless and shines on the hillsides, inland Otago’s vast acres browning in the sun. I take off for the… Continue reading Taking off

Up in the sharp air

  Up in the sharp air, where thoughts are crisp   The light glistens and the heart leaps.  There’s a silent peace in the wind and fingers burn for a warm fire …..the belly cries out for coffee and croissants!

A trip to Paradise!

 At the top of the lake, in the heart of Lord of the Rings country, is a place called Paradise….and it truly is!         “When we can truly see and understand the earth, love is born in our hearts. We feel connected. That is the meaning of love: to be at one. Only when we’ve… Continue reading A trip to Paradise!

Snow drifts in

It took a few goes at landing and a return to Christchurch to change planes, but we finally arrived into Queenstown for a few days to celebrate Kate’s Birthday in the Mountains…   there’s a real buzz in town for the skiing season, everyone’s having a happy time and it’s magic to be here in the… Continue reading Snow drifts in