For the period of our Covid-19 Lockdown I’m taking my painting classes online. So if you want to join us it’s on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm (NZST). It costs $40 per session and it works surprisingly well! You’ll need a zoom capable device (ie the Zoom app downloaded) with its camera focused on your painting… Continue reading Zooming in!
As we close in on completion of our new and spectacular house….and Chris Moller from “Grand Designs” keeps asking where’s the contingency? I’m thinking its time to get you involved! I’m happy to offer 30% off the listed price to get our house finished! So heres your chance to make an offer on any of… Continue reading September Special….Make an offer
Our house plans have gone to Council and now we wait to get started on the build! Hugh Tennent is our architect and he’s done a brilliant job in bringing our dream to realisation. Our vision to live lightly on our beautiful land, in a small but spacious and sustainably off the grid home looks… Continue reading We’ve got plans!
The winter stillness permeates right to the depths of my soul…. I’m finding my way home at the Kenepuru!
Living off the grid you learn to adjust your behaviour to minimise your power usage. So during a week of blazing sunshine it was something of a surprise to run out of power! At Hou Ngahere we have a basic but very effective solar system. Starting with just the two panels (on the… Continue reading Get in the Sun
Places that changed my life: A few years ago, with a group of neighbours, I spent 8 days on the yacht called the ‘Breaksea Girl’ travelling through the Fiordland National Park in the World Heritage Area. We went from Doubtful to Dusky Sound. Sailing through these majestic waterways which included a stint on the Southern Ocean. Sailing with a… Continue reading Unintended consequences
“Wild South” the high seas from Wellington’s South Coast is my newest painting hot off the easel. This, along with these other two, “Drylands” and “Southerly Approaching”, will be going under the hammer at the Island Bay School Art Auction on Friday, theres an online process too, so you dont even have to come to… Continue reading “Wild South” goes to Auction
For the past few years I’ve had the honour of being one of the Judges for the Cliftons Art Prize. Centred on the major cities in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong there are regional prizes for each city and one overall winner. The entries are always very diverse which makes the judging more… Continue reading Cliftons Art Prize
Getting into the clear air and bright light, the places we rarely go…..our aspirations ‘Reach for the Sky’ – the Southern Alps near Mt Cook, oil on canvas, 60 x 120cm PLACE Once in a while You may come across a place Where everything Seems as close to perfection As you will ever need. And… Continue reading Reach for the Sky…
Places where the heart lives…. “When you love something like reading — or drawing or music or nature — it surrounds you with a sense of connection to something great. If you are lucky enough to know this, then your search for meaning involves whatever that Something is. It’s an alchemical blend of affinity and… Continue reading Coming home