Saturday, August 16, 2014

Little Landscapes

Since I moved back to New Zealand almost two years ago, I've been intrigued with the ever-changing landscape that I see out my south-west facing windows. I live in the Bay of Islands - which is on the east coast of the northern part of the North Island. I think the distant hills I am seeing are across the Waikare Inlet on the Russell Peninsula, but regardless, the hills and sky never look the same.  This is a quick little oil of the view, painted plein air from my bedroom window.  I'd like to paint a series of oils from the same spot to show how different the view is from day to day. This is the first - and perhaps the last. We'll see!

Looking South #1
7" x 7" oil on panel

Eva's World Challenge Project - Ruru

New Zealand has a wonderful little native owl called Ruru, also known as Morepork.  At night, in areas of farmland and native bush, you'll hear Ruru calling back and forth to each other, along with the occasional screech of the possum - and in my part of New Zealand, you will also hear the nocturnal call of the Kiwi.

Eva is my fourteen year old granddaughter. This is her second painting in her World Challenge Project. She is selling her watercolors to earn money for an adventure expedition to Cambodia and Laos next year.  While there, she and other students will be working on humanitarian projects such as teaching English and building water systems.

Ruru is painted on handmade watercolor paper and is matted with a single mat. The image is 4.5" x 2.5" and is in a 7" x 5" single acid-free mat which will fit a standard size frame.

Eva's World Challenge Project #2
Watercolor, 4.5" x 2.5"  image in a 7" x 5" mat
US $20 plus $5 mailing costs


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Eva's World Challenge Project #1

My fourteen year old granddaughter, Eva, has been drawing for years and working in watercolor since she was twelve.  Eva has committed to an international trip with World Travel Adventure Expeditions and will be traveling to Cambodia and Laos. While there, she will visit local communities, trek through native jungles and work on projects for native villages. She and other students will be installing clean water systems, working on building projects and and teaching English.  Eva is responsible for raising all of her travel, lodging and food costs. What better way for her to raise money than with her art?

I offered to help Eva by posting her paintings here on my blog, making them available to those of you who have been collecting my work for years. You may have also purchased some of her Dad's paintings (my illustrator son, Shane). Shane and family also live in New Zealand.

This is Eva's small and delicate little watercolor of a New Zealand native tui in a kowhai tree. It is painted on handmade watercolor paper and is matted with a single mat. The image is 4.5" x 2.5" and is in a 7" x 5" single acid-free mat which will fit a standard size frame.

Eva's World Challenge Project #1 
New Zealand Tui
4.5" x 2.5" image  7" x 5" mat size
US$ 20.00 plus $5 mailing charge

but please come back - Eva is a dedicated painter and will be doing more!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


I always like to do paintings in pairs, so this is another cute piece to go with last week's Sweet Bun'.  Tilly is also 7" x 7" and is framed the identically to Sweet Bun.  My neighbor has three free-range chooks (New Zealand slang for chicken) who occasionally come to visit me. They inspired the painting.

7" x 7" oil on board