BW02: Lonely Tree

Black and White (02). I'm proud to feature two outstanding photos taken in New Zealand, not too far away from where I live, by Australia-based photographer Lignum Draco. He ventured into the remote Nevis Valley of Central Otago in search of a solitary tree by a small pond with a mountain backdrop that he'd heard... Continue Reading →

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BW01: Blooms And Vines

Black and White (01). Introducing a new series where I'm challenging myself to post something black and white each day for a week. I'm usually appreciating colour in some way so I thought it would be fun to challenge myself to look for inspiration in black and white. Although I've been thinking of doing this... Continue Reading →

Sketching, LandArt and Unicorns

This post brings some cool to those of you in the northern hemisphere who are suffering in the heat. The photos below were taken in March 2018 in the UK when temperatures were a lot more chilly. The story and photos are by Katherine Owen whom I've only just started following. I just loved, Loved,... Continue Reading →

Poetry of Place

In the first month of his landscape architecture degree at Lincoln University in 2000, Nigel was tasked with selecting a piece of New Zealand writing and using that as a basis for producing a mixed-media item using the Landscape School's latest scanner. He told me about all this yesterday after reading the Theme: Woven post... Continue Reading →

Theme: Woven

This is a theme post on "Woven" inspired by Jean Mackay of Drawn In posting about her recent experience of basket making on a Saturday. Her sketch of various stages in the basket making process and her photo of the finished basket left me enchanted! I felt a real passion to create something more using... Continue Reading →

Grace Mends Fragile Things

Before I started the Where and What is Beauty? series I ran the idea past Bishop Jake. I've been keen for Jake to contribute all along; he's been really busy and suggested a post for reblogging. I've been holding off until I felt the time was right and now's the time because Mending Fragile Things... Continue Reading →

Giving and Receiving

This week has been a very unusual week for me. On Sunday I was one of four participants who spoke at an art gallery event in Dunedin about Colour. I called the talk 'My Colour Journey' and shared about me, colour, and my experience of blogging. My delivery fell well short of what I aspired... Continue Reading →

Whale Rider

On Monday when we were in Dunedin I asked Nigel to take me to the Otago Art Society Annual Exhibition. As always there was a wonderful variety of art on display but this was my favourite. This is a watercolour by Doug Hart simply called Whale Rider. ** Click on the photo to enlarge **... Continue Reading →

Colours of Coffee Flavours

Does my coffee taste musty/earthy or musty/dusty? Hopefully neither, there's lots of better options. Various fruit, nut, chocolate flavours and even maple syrup! Much better than skunky, cardboard, rubber, petroleum, ashy, acrid or meaty brothy. The poster shown below is hung as a framed print on the wall of Vanguard cafe at 329 Princes Street,... Continue Reading →

Mining Crumble

I visited Dunedin Public Art Gallery on 22 June 2018 and learned about a New Zealand artist who is completely new to me (even though she is now around 80 yrs of age). Her name is Marilynn Webb ONZM, "a nationally and internationally renowned printmaker". "Since the 1960s Webb has used her work to engage... Continue Reading →

Colourful Creation

This surely has to be one of the most beautiful shipping containers in the world! Flora and fauna in extravagant colours and patterns adorn the whole side of the container. Its a flamboyant fantasy; a vivid and vibrant paradise of recognisable creatures flaunting unearthly colours among psychedelic foliage. The container sits immediately outside The Pantry... Continue Reading →

The Bright Room

Today's post is full of colour! When I looked around 'The Pantry' I found a little room dedicated to pet food and cleaning products. You won't believe this but I got all excited about this room with its mundane stock. You see, it has an amazingly bright colourful mural on the back wall! I've dubbed... Continue Reading →

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