At the end of April my partner and I are off again on a new adventure and I’ll be blogging again every day or so. This time we’re starting with a few days in Hong Kong before flying on to the UK where we are hoping to have a more relaxed time with a few days on the Isle of Man (where my father’s family came from) followed by a week near Durham then some time in Scotland. Our next stop is in Holland, where we’ll be visiting friends before travelling to Munich to explore a bit of the surrounding countries.
Upcoming Prosser Quirke Creative Arts Exhibition
This year the exhibition will be held on the weekend of 17 – 19 April . The venue will be the Borough School Hall in King Street Rangiora and the show is open from 10am until 4pm each day. I will be exhibiting five works the newest of these are shown below.
Cottage, Waikuku Beach
Reflecting on my exhibition which closed last Sunday I was very pleased with all aspects of the week. Sales were good and I managed to pick up a few new commissions. Sitting, and painting, at the show was really enjoyable with several new paintings completed, there was always somebody to talk to and I met a lot of interesting people from all around the world. A profitable experience in all respects of the word.
Pujols in the Lot Valley, France
My exhibition opening on Sunday night proved to be a great party with a many friends and supporters showing up for wine and nibbles. A quarter of the works on show were sold by the end of the night and, with expenses well and truly covered the exhibition can truly be called a success.
The show, at the Brick Mill on highway 1 at Waikuku, runs through to Sunday 8 March and I will be working at the show from 10am to 4pm each day. If you don’t find me in the gallery I’ll probably be having a coffee in the adjacent cafe.
A view of the exhibition showing s
I will be exhibiting twenty or so of my recent paintings at the Brick Mill on State Highway 1 in Waikuku where I last exhibited two years ago. The exhibition runs from Saturday 28 February to Sunday 8 March with the gallery open from 10am to 4pm. It is my intention to man the exhibition each day with the probable exception of Monday 2 March.
If you wish to attend the opening on Sunday 1 March at 5pm you will be very welcome.
The Brick Mill is a great place to visit if you have an hour or so to spare with a cafe, which does great lunches, coffee and cabinet food, an antique shop “Twine” and an interesting junk shop.
It is my intention to work on a few paintings while I am at the show so if you’d be interested to see me working or maybe pick up a cheap, unframed, work just come along.
Here are a couple of my latest paintings which will be on show.
Mt Grey from the Ashley Estuary, $525
Pujols, Lot Valley, France, $430
On the 14th and 15th of February is the annual WAI Exhibition which showcases the work of artists who live (or have lived) at Waikuku. Its always a great show and I’ll be exhibiting a few paintings.
Over the next couple of weeks I am exhibiting works in these two group shows both of which are worth a visit.
Darfield Artweek runs from 11-19 October and is held in the Darfield Recreation centre 10am to 5pm daily
ARTarma is held on the weekend of 11 & 12 October at St Andrews College Normans Rd Christchurch
Here are a couple of works from my recent trip to France.
Chateau de Bonaguil, Lot Valley, France
Canal de Midi, France
I’ve been home for a couple of days now, and, as usual, I’m starting to feel that I’ve never been away. Here are some of my favourite photos from the trip.
Moulin de Galette, Paris
Arc de Triomphe, Paris
Canal de Garonne
St Cirq Lapopie
Cycling, Canal de Midi
Water Jousting, Sete
Water Fountain outside Shakespeare and Co, Paris
Bull show, Arles
King’s bed, Fontainebleau
Lock mishap, Canal de Midi
Chateaux de Bonaguil
Hall of mirrors, Versailles
Pont du Gard
Grotte de Limousis
In the Musee d’Orsay
Chateau de Pau
Pont Du Gard
Sand thistle, Cap Ferret
Our car in the Pyrenees
This was a day of two halves, after breakfast things disintegrated somewhat, initially because of shut metro stations and later because of bulk people. Leaving the hotel I met an Australian couple I had said hello to at breakfast, they had been to Versailles yesterday and said the queue had been two hours long.
Royce and I had arranged to meet at Versailles, probably in the queue, but I had not imagined how bad that queue could be. There may have been 10000 people and we queued for over two hours. The palace is very large and very splendid but most rooms were so crushed with tourists that you needed to hold your camera above your head to take a photo. Fortunately when we got to the gardens they are so large we could find a peaceful spot to eat our sandwiches (filled rolls in our terms) and drink our cans of fizz. After the long walk from the end of the gardens back to the station and 2 train changes I got back to the hotel after 6pm pretty weary and sore. On the train there was an Italian family sitting opposite us and the children showed signs of restlessness until their father gave them their drawing pads. So I got my pad out and showed the kids some drawings and then sketched a portrait of the boy (Marco). The drawing was a bit rough but the kids and their parents seemed to enjoy it.
A shower and a lie down fixed my weariness and I have just finished dinner at a nearby restaurant. Duck with potato bake followed by creme brulee.
Jenny, Hein and Royce at Fontainebleau
My brother, Royce, and I had arranged to meet in the nice garden behind Notre Dame cathedral at 10 this morning. This worked like a charm and just before 10 there we were sitting on a bench under some trees in a light drizzle catching up on how each other’s holidays were going. We had another walk around the inside of the cathedral then as we were deciding what to do next I got a call from my friend Jenny from Holland who had driven down to catch up with me. They had booked a hotel across the road so we headed back and found them at a nearby cafe where we enjoyed a coffee and another catch up. Hein offered to drive us somewhere so we headed off to Fontainebleau palace about an hour and a half away. The palace is a pretty impressive place with one section devoted to stuff from Napoleon iii and amazingly decorated rooms from earlier including a room and bed designed for Marie Antoinette. There is so much gold leaf guilding almost every room, and so many rooms that one becomes almost bored with what is unbelievable luxury.
We were traveling in Hein’s immaculate 1965 Peugeot 404 wagon and came back through the center of Paris at about 6pm. The trip went well, in spite of the Parisian drivers until we got near our hotel and needed to find parking at which point it became a bit of a nightmare until we found an underground park for the Gare du Nord. Royce headed back to his camping ground and Jenny, Hein and I have shared a convivial meal