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Saturday, 30 June 2018

Summer art

 The third panel for the beehive is finished and this is the Summer panel.
Again the South Island of New Zealand, Lake Wanaka with the Lupins in flower in the foreground.
During November, our Spring time, the lupins are in full flower till after Christmas.
A spectacular side when driving through McKenzie Country the colour of Lupins everywhere.

With Ollie my dog I went to the Hospital and Rest home for a visit and Ollie taught himself how to play with the balloon without popping it. Ollie loves balloons and nothing more then exercising with the residents and they love him too.
I filmed this on my camera and it is great to watch him.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Winter Art

The Winter panel for the beehive is finished, I painted Dudley's Cottage, a cottage build in 1880, the oldest cottage in Arrowtown.
I changed a few aspects, because I had to use winter and summer photographs of the cottage, but that is the artist interpretation.
By using cool colours of purple and blue as the base I created a cold winter feel of a snowy day.
I used warm darker colours behind the trees and brought those back in the tyre marks on the road and  the dried winter grasses in the foreground.
I know I shouldn't use warm colours in the distance, but sorry I broke the rules, because I think it works for this painting.
Dudley's Cottage is now a cafe and gift shop and will be next to Paul and Emma new business' Honey and Cacoa.'
The painted beehive will sit outside the shop and hopefully will be a nice talking point.

On Wednesday at the elderly activity morning we started to paint terracotta pots for Springtime to plant with Tulip and Daffodil bulbs.
The pots need to dry and next time I will bring stencils to decorate the pots and then we will plant the bulbs.
It was a rainy day so a nice way to spend the morning.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Autumn art

The Autumn side of the beehive
Its Autumn and the trees are in wonderful colours of red, yellow and orange. 
When I drive through our country side of the Moutere I enjoy the golden colours of the vineyards and the hazy blue mountains in the background. I am blessed to live in such a beautiful place.
Our son Paul and his wife Emma are opening soon a new business called Honey and Cacoa in Arrowtown, near Queenstown selling New Zealand honey and chocolate.
I am painting a beehive with the four seasons and have just finished the Autumn side.
The scene of the painting is in Arrowtown.
The beehive will be placed outside the shop.

Yesterday I did a creativity session at our local resthome and hospital.
Working with pastels colouring in autumn leaves.
Art is such a relaxing activity for people suffering from dementia, really being in the moment.

A little bit of joy and colour in the day.