April 2020

Repeat Patterns Autumn now in the garden; mallow flowers still calling the bees, and dandelion clocks lingering in the grass. Two patterns, one off-register. This was accidentally the result of painting in watercolours a sheet of tracing paper laid over the ink outline pattern. I married the two scans together in Photoshop to create this…

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Autumn Garden Colours

Autumn is such a colourful time, and especially so when some of the summer flowers are still blooming. Was really caught up in some artwork based on the plants in the autumn garden. I recently completed a Skillshare class by illustrator Sara Boccaccini Meadows – and this was the result. My painting is in gouache…

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LOCALity

I took part in this exhibition, and showed some of my paintings made with ink from empty seed pods from Harakeke (NZ flax plant).  I also held a paintmaking workshop. Here is the published information: Last days for the exhibition LOCALity at Arts in Oxford, 72 Main St, Oxford. Exhibition closes Tues 10 July 2018.…

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Spring 2016 in Oxford, North Canterbury

Catching the spring before it fades… A low of -1 degrees Celsius overnight, but a clear blue sky this morning means now I can get the washing dried on the line!  Snow on the mountains arrived as well.  I could not resist taking the camera out to record the plants in the garden. I always…

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Solar Dyes: From Purple and Red to Green

Spring brought the peonies, one of which had deep red petals which went into a dye pot with pieces of silk, wool and cotton. Painting of Aoraki – Mt Cook behind the flowers is by John Horton.  These peonies were a gift from Viv and Nancy! This is the amazing colour that appeared… My next test was…

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Walks in the Waitakere Ranges

Have just found this draft which was started late last year, so I thought I should finish it. In November I spent a week near the Waitakere Ranges just north of Auckland, and had the opportunity for some lovely bush walks. Paddocks and regenerating forest – Manuka a nursery species.  Ponga, tree ferns, Kauri alongside the…

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Bees need saving from neonicotinoides

I have a bee in my bonnet at the moment regarding the use of neonicotinoids in our home gardens.  Neonicotinoids (such as acetamiprid, clothianidin, imidacloprid, nitenpyram, nithiazine, thiacloprid and thiamethoxam) are present in insecticide sprays and sold through garden centres and hardware stores.  The use of such insecticides has been linked to bee colony collapse. Radio NZ…

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Object or Thing

Cannot add more to this piece of work.  It sat there for a while, rolled up in the old bible box that my Grandmother used as a hat box (she had wonderful hats).  Then the other night I finished off the bottom right hand corner.  A little piece of family genealogy there, to me anyway……

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Explore Find Collect Discover

Progressing with my little piece of fanciful endeavour. The weather is too hot to do much but I am enjoying this evening pastime.  Trying to contextualise this piece, I found it lends itself to ‘something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue’.  The ‘borrowing’ comes from Spirit Cloth, so thanks to Jude for her inspiration…

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