The world has changed and social media is now the most accessible contact we can have at the moment. Therefore I’m trying to keep my blog up to date with what’s happening in my art world.
I love to look at the stats. on my website and see the various visitors who have taken the time to view my work. This last month they have included people from China, France, Germany, New Zealand, Denmark, USA, Australia, UK and Argentina. If you are one of those lovely people welcome and leave me a message to let me know how my work is for you?
Last blog I showed the 3 paintings of week 1 of the NZ Watercolour challenge. This blog I’m going to include week 2 and 3.
These 6 artworks are from my experiences and images in the South Island on the Otago Rail Trail.
Some things have happened in the art world in NZ because of Covid-19. The Royal Easter Show was cancelled, the stunning gallery Macandmor in Tauranga permanently closed its doors and the NZ Art Show 2020 is online. All changes that affect how artists promote and sell their art, but hopefully there are still sales to help artists survive.
One of the great opportunities I have been given, with my artist friend Sally Thrush, is to exhibit at the Imprint Gallery, at the Historic Village, Tauranga. Coastal Connections runs from the 5th June until the 3rd July, open Tuesday to Saturday 10 -2pm at the beautiful Historic Village.
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Coming up 3 weeks into lockdown. What a surreal experience it is . I don’t remember the last time my husband and I have been around each other for 24/7 for this long. But this time has given me the opportunity to paint and think again about my art journey.
At the beginning of L. D. I did some miniatures of my reconnecting series. They hang on a wire in my studio and I enjoy their display.
I really wanted to loosen up and throw some paint around so I took my palette knife and spritzer bottle to watercolour paints and got some interesting results.
Last week I started the NZWatercolour 3×3 challenge. 3 paintings for 3 weeks. These are the paintings of week 1.
That’s me for this month. Hope you are all keeping well. Kia kaha.
The last four months have been very busy for me. Not necessarily in my art world. I have spent time in art galleries and art exhibitions, doing en plein aire and meeting with other artists and like minded people, but I haven’t been very productive in painting.
Another venue for my work is the Waihi Accounting Services Ltd. Their front window now has some strong watercolour artwork .
Art Edit Magazine is an Australian produced magazine that I was able to put an article and some work of mine in. Lots of new areas of exposure. This was featured in their Summer Edition 2020 magazine.
December was a time when I did feel the need to paint the beautiful Waihi beach once more.
The March April 2020 edition of New Zealand Artist Magazine has an article about the small art group, Unlimited Palette. As a member of this group it has been another opportunity for me to show my work to a wider audience.
With the likelihood of the cancelation of the Royal Easter Show due to Covid-19, I will not be exhibiting two pieces that were ready to be transported to the big event. They will now be in my home studio for personal viewing. Contact me if you would like to view.
Finally I would like to share some little plein aire sketches that I have just done while cycling the Otago Rail Trail with my daughter.
It’s been such a busy couple of months! I work hard through the winter months to build up my portfolio that I use during the exhibition period.
This years exhibition period started when I sold ‘Birds on the Beach’ at the Franklin Arts festival held in Pukekohe.
I had a work in the Salon de Refusse in the Rotorua exhibition which I also sold.
A flight to Wellington saw us arrive at the Watercolour New Zealand ‘SPLASH’ exhibition. Thrilled to see my painting with a red dot. The Wellington exhibition is a highlight of my art year. Over 300 paintings all of which are watercolour, together in one space, so inspirational.
Also had a Popup at Waihi Beach and was in the Waikino exhibition on Labour Weekend.
For all those who have connected with my art, through a Popup, exhibition or in my studio, thank you!
I have had some inquires recently from people who have attended my Beginner Watercolour class wanting to progress their skills and learn more at an intermediate level. I’m looking at a 4 week course on either Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning for 2 hours, starting 25th or 26th November. Cost – $80 (provide own materials). Contact me if you would like some more information.
Loving posting my paintings as I do them! Follow me on Instagram waihibeachart
I would like to wish you all a safe and happy festive season. If you are around the Waihi Beach area, please feel free to contact me and visit my studio.