Sunday, June 17, 2018

Summer Waltz

This oil is reminiscent of some of my watercolors from long ago, painted specifically for Mountain Trails Gallery in Sedona, Arizona. After all, it is hummingbird season in Sedona!  Hummingbirds are found only in the 'New World'. I must admit - I do miss them in New Zealand. Part of the reason for my annual trip back to the U.S. is for a hummingbird fix. The bird is this painting is a male Broad-tailed Hummingbird.

Summer Waltz
12" x 9" oil on panel
Available at Mountain Trails Gallery, Sedona, Arizona, USA

Friday, May 25, 2018

Work in Progress

This is a 15" x 15" oil on panel. At this point, I've just scrubbed in the value and color with some parts a bit more finished. I may leave some of the scrubbed in areas or I might work on these areas a bit more. Ditto with the river - not sure if I'll leave it this value or perhaps darken it a bit and pick up the yellow of the sunset. This is work-in-progress. I'll lean it up against the wall for a few days and take a quick look at it when I walk past. After a while, I'll know if there are awkward shapes or values that bother me. 

Delta Dawn
15" x 15" oil on panel
Unfinished, work-in-progress

Thursday, December 7, 2017

North Island Brown Kiwi

This is a newly finished oil of a North Island Brown Kiwi. Though kiwi are endangered, I live in a part of New Zealand where they can still be heard calling at night.

Kiwi Ora
North Island Brown Kiwi
Open-edition, signed print
12" x 8" image on 15" x 10.5" heavy, archival paper

Though born and raised in New Zealand, I lived in the United States for the major part of my life. I returned to live in New Zealand in 2012. One of my goals in returning to my homeland, was to raise money for kiwi conservation. Growing up at the edge of a large tract of native forest, I always hoped to see a kiwi. My father would tell me, "they're all gone".  They were, at least in our part of the country. However, through conservation efforts such as predator control, the kiwi are making a comeback.  Now I am fortunate to live in the Bay of Islands, very close to the Opua Forest where I can hear kiwi calling at night. Bay Bush Action, our local conservation group is a registered charity dedicated to protecting our native wildlife in the Opua Forest. With continued trapping, Bay Bush Action hopes to lower the predator numbers to the point where forty kiwi can be released into the forest next year to join the ten native couples already there. 

Kiwi Ora has been released as a signed, open-edition full colour print on heavy, museum quality paper. It sells for $75 in both the US and New Zealand, not including shipping. If you would like to help our kiwi by purchasing a print, clicking on this link will take you to Bay Bush Action's website where you'll find more information on the print and make a purchase using Paypal. 

I have donated 100% of my time and painting to help save the kiwi. I do not many any profit - in fact I'm the one that will be packing and shipping the print you purchase. If you have any questions on the print, please email me:  adele.earnshaw (leave out this bit)  (Written this way to hopefully foil the spammers). The original is not available for sale.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Atmosphere Series

This is a new series titled Atmosphere, that I just completed. I'll be showing them at the Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Maryland, November 9-12, 2017.  All four are the same size and framed in 1.5" wide custom Glaser frames.  I'm showing the first one framed.

Atmosphere #1
12" x 12" oil on Ampersand Gessoboard

Atmosphere #2
12" x 12" oil on Ampersand Gessoboard

Atmosphere #3
12" x 12" oil on Ampersand Gessoboard

Atmosphere #4
12" x 12" oil on Ampersand Gessoboard

Friday, June 30, 2017


I do a show every year in Westcliffe, Colorado, called Art for the Sangres. It's a small show with fewer than 30 artists and only runs for two evenings but it's well attended, sales are good and it's a delightful place to visit. This painting was inspired by a scene in the Westcliffe area. Maybe I fibbed a bit about the monsoon clouds as I'm only there in the fall, well past the summer monsoon season, but having lived in Sedona, Arizona for 35 years, I know the monsoon clouds well. Now living back in New Zealand, I don't think I will ever tire of the sound of rain on the roof.

20" x 16" oil on canvas

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Starboard Tack

Starboard Tack
24" x 12" oil on linen

Friday, May 26, 2017

Sail & Sea

This is a 14" x 18" oil on gessoed panel. The sail is from a tall ship in Opua, where I live. Opua is the most northern east coast port on New Zealand's North Island, where trans-Pacific yachties go through biosecurity and customs. It's a beautiful place to live and I have my choice of boats to paint.

I really haven't made a dramatic change from what I used to paint. If you know my work, you'll remember the quilts, sheets, clotheslines and birds that I painted some years ago. I'm still painting sheets, lines and birds but a different configuration.

Sail & Sea
14" x 18" oil on gessoed board

In the Wind
oil on panel, 30" x 30"

I think this was painted in 2008. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Back of Beyond

Another new oil, right off the easel. 

Back of Beyond
8.75" x 13.50"
Oil on linen

Monday, May 8, 2017

Some New Work

Since my move back to New Zealand, the summers are so gorgeous and the beach is just a few minute's drive away, so I've not been in the studio much these past few months. Winter is around the corner - which is when I spend long hours working in the studio. These are some of my warm up pieces.

Wide Spot in the Road
12" x 24" oil on canvas

Moment of Magic
8" x 8" oil on gessoed panel

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Two New Paintings

These are a couple of new oils heading for The Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Maryland, November 11-13, 2016.  You can find me and my twenty-five original oils in the Pavilion, right across the street from the Armory at 40 S. Harrison, Easton Maryland.  I hope to see you there!!

8" x 8" oil on panel 

10" x 8" oil on canvas