I’ve had a fairly quiet time recently, at least as far as my painting is concerned. This is because , this year, I’ve had a couple of knee replacement operations.
However I have managed a few commissions along with some other paintings as you can see below, and I have some big ambitions for when my knees recover. Around July/August next year I’m hoping to cycle across the base of France following the Canal de Garonne and the Canal de Midi. This will be an adventure as well as giving me plenty of opportunities to sketch and paint.
Tobacco workers bach, Otuwhero valley, Motueka $345 Framed
Lighthouse and Yacht Club, Akaroa SOLD
I’ve entered work in a couple of shows coming up in July. I will have four paintings at each show.
The first on the 12, 13 and 14 of July is The Town and Country Society of Artists exhibition in the Canterbury Horticultural Society Centre in Hagley Park.
Then on 26, 27 and 28 july is the Kaiapoi Art Expo to be held in the Riverview Lounge, Kaiapoi Club, Raven Quay, Kaiapoi. Where the paintings below will be shown.
In Leiden, Netherlands
Domtoren, Utretch, Netherlands
The Gum Tree Path , Near Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills
Our recent trip to Adelaide resulted in a fair number of small pen and ink sketches, a couple of small watercolour sketches and the picture above painted of the road outside “The Cedars” which was the long time home of Sir Hans Heyson who was one of Australia’s formost painters. My partner and I were holidaying with a group from the Rangiora Art Society and while a few sketches were done by most of us the trip was mostly just a great opportunity to socialise and holiday with friends.
Following on, closely, after the trip we had the Rangiora Creative Arts (sponsored by Prosser Quirke a local accounting firm) exhibition. I’m lucky (?) to chair the organising committee which runs this annual show which displays and promotes the work of several, Rangiora based, groups. This show was held in the Rangiora Borough School hall for the first time this year and all attendees seemed to enjoy the new venue.
I’m currently working on paintings for the Kaiapoi Arts Expo and the Town and Country Society Society of Arts show both of which run in July. The above painting will be shown at Kaiapoi along with some more work resulting from my time in the Netherlands. Watch out, I’ll be posting the images here as they are completed.
Tomorrow morning, rather before sparrow fart, we are heading off to Australia along with a few friends from the Rangiora Art Society. We’re planning to make a few sketches and , perhaps, some small paintings, but mostly I guess it will be pretty social. The trip is only eight days but I’m hoping to update this site once or twice showing my sketches, so watch this space.
Quilliam at the show opening.
The opening of my new show was a great evening with about sixty people turning up and a pleasing number of sales. Everyone seemed to enjoy my work and I decided that an exhibition opening is a very good reason to have a big party and to catch up with lots of friends and supporters.
The following week continued in the same way with sales exceeding my dreams. I spent the whole time in the gallery painting and chatting with visitors, it was great to catch up with old friends and to meet so many other people who seemed to enjoy my work. I’ve added the paintings completed over the week to my watercolour gallery.
I’m pretty pleased to be able to show a large range of work in this great heritage building and invite you to come along and see what I’m creating at present. I’ll be painting in the gallery each weekend and at times during the week and would love to have a chat with anyone who is interested in my work. Most of my paintings are from the last year and a number feature scenes from the cycle tour I made around Holland last year. You can read about the trip stepping forward (to the next post) starting from this link.
The Brick Mill is becoming a great stop on the way north from Christchurch or a pleasant afternoon destination. There is a good cafe with indoor and outdoor seating, “Twine” a large antique shop with a range of fascinating stuff, a pottery and gift shop and a company selling classic and vintage cars.
For sale will be around 30 paintings and pen and watercolour works. Most will be framed and ready for hanging, the rest will be matted, backed with foam board and in crystal clear resealable bags. Prices will range from less than $100 upwards. Here are some of the works which will be displayed.
February 9 and 10 I am exhibiting with the Waikuku Artists Inc exhibition at the Brick Mill in Waikuku. I’ll have a few new paintings on show and will also be able to supply tickets to the opening on Friday 8 if anyone is interested. The painting below will be in the show.
More information on the group’s Facebook page.
Sunday on the Canal Amsterdam $375