Sunsets and the moon on the brain!!

I have a real obsession with sunsets and the early evening moon at the moment – I’ve been photographing them, painting them, drawing them, dreaming them!

Having done a lot of watercolour and acrylic versions, I got out the oil paints this weekend and tried a fairly abstract version. I put gloves on and smeared the paint with my fingers – not a brush to be seen 🙂

Think I’ll keep playing with it yet…

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Paper, scissors, glue…

One of the tasks on the art tape I’ve been working on involves collage. I wasn’t sure I would get much out of it, as it quite like scrapbooking which I do a lot of anyway.

But I got right into it – fun, but challenging at the same time. I completed two pieces and have ideas for more yet – more steps, more complex ideas. I think this could get quite obsessive for a bit. The sunsets might take a back seat for a while…

Now if I can just get the glue out of my hair, everything will be fine LOL

Fruiting bodies…




I started a series of work recently featuring body parts – mainly women’s waists – accompanied by fruit.


As my art tutor said, it was kind of hard to tell if the fruit was incidental, or the body…

Either way, I had a great time working on this series, attacking the subject in various ways with watercolour, ink, acrylic and pastel – and almost anything else I could lay my hands on.

The sky is so interesting at the moment…


Quite often I stand at the kitchen window and watch the sun setting, beyond the golf course, out over the Tasman Sea. Stunning hot colours … and then the moon comes up and it’s equally interesting.

Some nights, at the last minute, I dash round the road (away from the power lines) and take a stack of photos. Once I have selected the ones I like the best, I translate them into paint.

Maybe I’ll never be a great artist, but I’ll have had fun trying!

Making the most of the long weekend…

It’s been a long weekend here in New Zealand – 3 days of bliss (apart from the storms and flooding!). I spent a lot of my time in my art room – painting and generally having fun.

Recently I took some photos of the full moon, showing above the hills, across the river from where I live.

For some of them I crouched down low so the moon is seen behind the grass.

Even though some of the photos are a little blurry, because the camera couldn’t decide how to focus, the effect is quite cool.

I have been translating the photos into various media, including watercolour, acrylic, Indian ink, pastels and water soluble crayons and pencils.

I’ve got more pieces on the go, but some of the paint is taking a while to dry…