Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Spring colours

Went for a drive this weekend to Matakana, (40mins north of Auckland) and discovered that spring is truly alive in the village.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Beginning of the month

I always look forward to the beginning of each month because artist Geninne Zlatkis creates a beautiful desktop calendar image for your computer. 

Click here to access the image from Geninne's blog.

But I don’t use the image for my desktop, instead I print it out and create a calendar for my kitchen. 

I create my calendar by using the layout program Pages on my imac computer. I print the main image on Canon A4 Photo Plus Glossy II (260gms) paper and the calendar part on Canon A4 Matte Photo Paper (170gsm). 

Monday, 24 September 2012

Tiritiri Matangi

Last week I mentioned that I was working on a new painting and I can now proudly say it is finished. I was inspired from my photos I had taken on a excursion to Tiritiri Matangi Island last year. 

Tiritiri Matangi is situated just north of Auckland, you have take a ferry to get there. It is a wildlife sanctuary and visitors come here to explore the island and to admire the wonderful bird life. I was totally captivated by the birds and wanted to photograph there beauty. But as you can imagine birds don’t stay in the one place for long, so photographing them does require a bit of patience. Dotted around the island there are a few bird feeding stations, it is here you get a chance to get a few images. 

Monday, 17 September 2012

I'm still here

I have been absent from my blog for a while, in fact since last May. One minute I was all enthused about starting up my blog and facebook page and then suddenly I stopped and became quite overwhelmed by it all. I am a very private person and writing about myself can be a bit daunting at times. But the truth was I felt I had nothing to share because I had stopped painting. 

In the past when I didn’t feel inspired to paint I used to worry that perhaps I wasn’t meant to be an artist. I thought surely when you are an artist all you want to do is paint all the time. But for me sometimes I go through periods (weeks or months) where painting is the last thing I want to do. The inspiration stops and I get frustrated and being frustrated does not help the situation. Yoga is my best friend in helping me get back on track, it calms my mind and I start to think more clearly again. 

Good news is that about a month ago I started to paint again. Monday is my day off and I am making it a regularly habit to paint on this day. So when everyone else dreads Monday morning I’m now looking forward to it. I am close to finishing a painting that I am working on and will write about it soon. But for now it is good to be back.

PS: Spring is slowly arriving in the Southern Hemisphere, the flower is from my garden.

Monday, 14 May 2012

New painting

The season is slowly starting to change here in Auckland. The days are getting cooler and shorter and I am now finding myself wanting to spend some more time in the studio, where it is cosy and warm. Ah bliss! My husband and I converted one of the spare bedrooms for my space to be creative. Here are a few pics for you.

Such a tidy desk, but it doesn't stay like that for long!

My favourite book at the moment.

I had an excellent week last week, I finished my triptych painting called ‘Morning Light’.

Here are the individual canvases that make-up the triptych.

Also I finally set-up my facebook business page. Please go over there and have a look. I’m not quite sure why I didn’t do this sooner as it was so easy to do. But I think it is just getting used to the idea of everyone seeing my artwork, as I am very private person. Having a blog and business page is quite an achievement for me. My next step is to set up my ETSY shop so that I can start selling my prints. 
And for my May Flower Challenge. I have some photos that I took at the Wintergardens in the Auckland Domain. This has to be one of my favourite places to visit as it is such a visual delight for me. I take far too many photos but here are just a few.

Its funny after uploading my photos I realise I have an obsession with pink. People who know me know that I don’t even like the colour pink! But I just love these flowers no matter what colour they are.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

2nd Canvas

2nd canvas
As you might of guessed from my lack of posts I will be doing the May Flower Challenge now and then. I’ve been busy at my part-time job and busy painting. I have to be honest I don’t wake up everyday feeling creative. Some days I don’t do anything remotely creative and then on the days when I’m in the mood I feel like I could paint forever. And this is what has been happening to me for the last week. 
I finally finished my second painting from the Flora Bowley e-course. It hung on my wall in the studio for ages. It was ok but I knew deep down it wasn’t finished.Then one day I just took the canvas off the wall and it went from this.....

 ...... to this.

What a transformation. I couldn’t believe myself. I really love how it turned out. It now hangs proudly in our living room. That has been one of the valuable lessons I took away from the Flora Bowley e-course is that you don’t have to worry if a painting isn’t finished straight away. Just be patient and trust your intuition and eventually your lovely painting will reveal itself.
So it is my painting today I am contributing to the May Flower Challenge.
It is called "Lost in the moment".