Summer’s promise

I love the delicacy of the Rata flowers. They speak to me of the promise of Summer and of hope, which is kind of what we need right now with the climate talks going on in Paris. The belief that we can live ‘with’ the earth, and make the necessary changes to the way we… Continue reading Summer’s promise

Planting the seed

The last of the spring planting is done at ‘Hou Ngahere’! We got the final 30 Kowhai trees in the ground (part of the 270 from the Easter planting) before it dries out for the summer.   Now we’re watching the Kereru (Wood Pigeon) shred the older Kowhai trees. Its not all bad though, having them visit… Continue reading Planting the seed

Auction success

I’ve just had word that the Island Bay Art Auction on Friday was a huge success and has surpassed the last Auctions record fundraising total! The funds go to the schools art and culture program -which to my mind is a vital part in any child’s education, so I’m very happy to have helped with that!… Continue reading Auction success

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

In the field of opportunity…

its planting time again! – (HT to Neil Young). Since we started in 2002 the “Friends of Buckley Road Reserve” with the help of the WCC, we have planted more than 6,000 trees into the reserve that runs the length of Houghton Valley. Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.… Continue reading In the field of opportunity…

Dance of the Grizzly Giant

While I was at Yosemite I was playing with the panorama function on my iPhone, this one at the Grizzly Giant at Mariposa. This is nearly a 360′ panorama, a fellow photographer saw what I was trying to do and tried desperately to get himself out of the picture…. We had a good laugh when… Continue reading Dance of the Grizzly Giant

Reach for the Sky…

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…

The Pied Piper of….

“The Pied Piper: Ian Hamlin” is a pencil drawing by Morris Campbell, its one of the artworks in the exhibition of my Wellington students opening on Monday Night at 6pm….it’s a great show and I’d love to see you there – at the Hutt Art Society! Views of the show…. Its fantastic to see the fruits of… Continue reading The Pied Piper of….

Coming home

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

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….