Daffodils and Jug

Local daffodils in a pretty jug that I purchased when I lived in Dunedin. The jug is by Rosemary McQueen and I have a small matching bowl, both bought on a visit to the Stuart Street Potter's Co-operative. They're special as the artist produces maiolica (or majolica) ware. [The link goes to a blog article... Continue Reading →

Sam Hunt, Portobello Pub

Had a couple of nights in Dunedin. One highlight was the opportunity to visit a new exhibition at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, an important one but I'll explain why in another post. When it opened to the public on Saturday we attended the introductory talk and then returned again today (Sunday). This painting (below) is... Continue Reading →

Energy & Form

Great trip this afternoon to Taiaroa Head! Returning to the city we drove past Robert Piggott Art Gallery and noticing it was open we thought we'd call in and catch up with owner/artist Robert who also exhibits other artists' work. His current exhibition Energy & Form opened last night and runs until 20th October -... Continue Reading →

Roxburgh in the Teviot Valley

Now we live in Tapanui it's not far to drive to Roxburgh in Central Otago, an inland rural town we're fond of (wouldn't mind living there). It's right by the Clutha River and the town is surrounded by farms and orchards. There's also a hydro dam at East Roxburgh (its 60th anniversary was in 2016).... Continue Reading →

Daring Daffodil

This continues my previous post Hint Of Spring. I mentioned then that I'd spotted a mature daffodil flower and asked Nigel to photograph it. The flower was down low among old grass stems so it took some effort on his part to get the shots. Photos taken 05 August by Nigel. Tapanui, West Otago, New... Continue Reading →

Unfolding Life

Moments of beauty are especially cherished in these troubled times, that's why I want to remind you about one of my favourite bloggers. Jean Mackay shares her delightful observations of nature via exquisite journal pages at Drawn In. Her subject material is generally local to where she lives in New York State but elsewhere when... Continue Reading →

Having New Eyes

I'm all enthused about 'landscapes' which is unusual for me. The word 'landscape' gets way overused, appearing in all sorts of contexts that have nothing to do with real landscapes.  November Square-A-Day Landscapes  by Jill Kuhn is a wonderful exception - this is my reblog of her 02 Dec post. Thank you Jill Kuhn for... Continue Reading →

Incantation Again

Here's most of the detail photos we took of the huge 8m x 3.5m canvas artwork that I showed you inside James Robinson's home studio at Port Chalmers, and also a link back to that post:  Edgeland Teleprompter Incantation. The gigantic work is a tribute to current NZ poet laureate David Eggleton. Port Chalmers, Dunedin,... Continue Reading →

Home Studio, Port Chalmers

On Sunday we visited an open studio at Port Chalmers, next door to the Town Hall where the  children's banner parade  departed from. This is the studio of James Robinson and I've already shared a photo of the gigantic 8m x 3.5m work that was the main drawcard -  Edgeland Teleprompter Incantation. What i love... Continue Reading →

Hullabaloo Two

In my last post* I introduced you to the  Hullabaloo Art Space  in the  Cromwell Heritage Precinct. The art on display was amazing - I took lots more photos than I'd anticipated! The gallery itself is light and airy, uncluttered.. a very pleasant place to spend time in. The artworks are extremely creative, varied, and... Continue Reading →

What a Hullabaloo!

Yesterday I whiled away many happy hours in the Cromwell Heritage Precinct while Nigel was away in Queenstown. This area is an absolute gem with lovely cafes, art gallery, gift shop and much more. It's well away from the highway and offers a beautiful respite from the busyness of Central Otago. New Zealand. "When the... Continue Reading →

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