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…
The Hope of Spring
The prunus always gives us the first sign of spring in the garden, and its here now with its delicate blossoms in the cold damp air. The rising energy that the new season brings. It feels warmer and sunnier already! Its the hope of new life… “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds… Continue reading The Hope of Spring
“Wild South” goes to Auction
“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
A Touch of Colour
Last week I went back to school! It was a lot of fun and those kids had really done their homework! They knew a lot about me and my work already and asked some very intelligent and searching questions! I was really put on the spot for twenty minutes of intense questioning. It’s so good… Continue reading A Touch of Colour
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…
Deadline day is looming!
Just one more week to go till the final date for entries into the Clifton Art Prize. This coming Friday 31st July. All the details can be found here: www.cliftonsartprize.com – so check it out and get your entry in. There are good prizes for each of the entries for Wellington, Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Hong… Continue reading Deadline day is looming!
The Sea Question
The Sea Question The sea asks ‘How is your life now?’ It does so obliquely, changing colour. It is never the same on any two visits. It is never the same in any particular Only in generalities: tide and such matters Wave height and suction, pebbles that rattle. It doesn’t presume to wear a white… Continue reading The Sea Question
On my way to Hanmer Springs for the weekend I had my first visit to Christchurch since the Earthquake four years ago. It is truly sobering. Where there was once a vibrant city it was eerily cleared and filled with bare spaces like a wasteland of emptiness. With hardly anyone around it had such a depressing… Continue reading Broken
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….
For those who never made it home….we remember. My great uncle Frank was one of those. My Grandfather’s younger brother, he emigrated with the family to New Zealand from Gloucestershire in 1905 as a sixteen year old. A musician and like his brothers and my father, was a farmer from Rongotea. ‘But all that my mind sees… Continue reading Standing Tall