Monday, 30 July 2012

Large Landscapes

 I have recently been asked  how big can I make a painting.

In the last ten years or so I have been engaged to complete two large Triptych Landscapes.

The first was "Earth Abides".

A commission for the Copthorne Resort Hotel in Masterton. Shown here in its place in 'The Grill' Restaurant.

The second led from that one.
Some years later I was asked to do another large landscape - 'similar to "Earth Abides", but better'.

And so I painted "North Hills Triptych".

Both of these large paintings are the same size.  Four feet high and nearly twelve feet across.
(1200mm x  3500mm)

I have also been engaged to paint other large works, but more on that in another post.

Saturday, 28 July 2012

New Zealand Art Show 2012

Next weekend, August 3rd 4th and 5th the NZ Art show is on at The TSB Bank Arena. Queens Wharf, Wellington.

This is now the biggest Art show in New Zealand with 3000 art works on display from over 400 artists, selected from over 1200 artist submissions.

I am fortunate to have five paintings in the show, all that I submitted.

Two large landscapes (or 'skyscapes')

"Crimson Cloud"(48in x 48in"

"Big Sky South" (48in x 48in)

Both of these paintings were set from the same location, namely Lake Wairarapa at Lake Reserve looking toward the Aorangi Mountains.

A spot where the mountains and the lake reflections perfectly set of the soaring sky.

The next painting is "Moon With Balloon".

A smaller painting looking toward the Tararua Ranges at early evening.
 I am a little disappointmented by the photo of this painting , not showing the subtle apricot, primrose and duck egg green colours of the twilight sky.

The fourth  painting is "Perfect Summer- Two Deckchairs"

The last from the series  'Perfect Summer'.

Finally one of my 'Island' paintings, "Island II"

Thursday, 26 July 2012


I have completed a large new painting called "Life Dance".

It measures 40inches by 50inches.

I am disappointed by the limitations a photograph has in showing the true nature of my work, and none more so than this one.
Using crimson and ultramarine blue, with orange and raw sienna, I have made a real effort to paint a sky with warm beauty and depth.

And in the swirling fabric of the figure I have used all the red pigments available.

Every so often I find I need to 'let my imagination run' and create something beyond the mundane.
Some of those close to me have said that this painting is the most exciting and interesting I have painted since "Ascendency".
(Now proudly owned by a discerning collector in Boston, USA )

All I know is I continue to explore the theme of individual consciousness in as many diverse and beautiful visualizations as possible.

While these two paintings parallel the subject of  a beautiful woman in a visual field of space and light, they are not dissimilar to "EarthMover".
Again a single figure in a visual field of space and light.

Three paintings where I have 'let my imagination run'.