Hello from Argentina,
The days are cold but bright; and the shadows are long.
The pandemic is gathering pace in South America and the local businesses are suffering. Movements are restricted, airports still closed, face masks still mandatory and the locals are staying in. The people here are used to crises and uncertainty and keep marching on. I admire them hugely.
As for us - we are enjoying our last weeks here in beautiful Mendoza before heading home to NZ. It’s been a difficult decision to leave here but with so many unknowns and restrictions, we feel it’s the right thing to do.
We are fortunate to have options and NZ is a great one right now.
A few images from the leafy autumn here...
Best wishes from me to you,
Hola! Welcome back
An update from me to let you know that we are still meandering in Mendoza, post-lockdown. We can now head out to shops, restaurants and parks - with restrictions and social distancing.
it has been fantastic to get out and about in our local neighborhood.
The autumn here is beautiful. Mendoza is a city of tree-lined streets and many plazas and parks that are crowned with richly-hued deciduous trees; laden with leaves. That, paired with the dry and dusty earth and the biscuit-coloured buildings, and I have a perfect palette from which to work
On the home front, we are still homeschooling our three children. It has its daily challenges! And impacts hugely on my ability to be creative and get into the studio to paint. That said, I’m inspired daily by my surroundings and am slowly getting together a new body of work.
Keep in touch via my Instagram account for all the images of daily life here in Mendoza and my latest paintings from the studio.
Best wishes. Saludos!
I’m loving working small, on paper, creating faces, conveying moods, defining moments.
Small things, small thoughts in a huge time. Moments of contemplation. Feelings of hope. Frustration. Marking down gratitude. Sketching out calm. Outlining bewilderment. Fear. Recognizing tragedy. Depicting joy. Eternal optimism.
Amidst the new routine and the uncertainty, I am feeling highly creative. I have a small studio space here;
It’s fascinating to be entering a whole new decade. For our family, this means grabbing a life opportunity to jump into the unknown and venture overseas. We are spending this year in Mendoza, Argentina.
My husband works in wine and does business there, so we will take the opportunity to immerse ourselves in their culture and learn their language. A new experience and an education with our three children.
It will mean some time out of my painting practice while we pack up and then settle the family into a new life.
Then I hope to absorb a whole new landscape, palette of colours and energy and pour it into a new body of work.
Sometimes, I wonder if I have already started...
Thank you for being part of the journey with me. Wishing you all the best with yours, wherever 2020 may take you.
NOVEMBER NEWS November 07 2019, 0 Comments
Hello lovely people,
Thank You for checking in!
It’s been a wonderful month of art for me.
Here are a few snapshots, to let you know what’s been happening in my studio over the last couple of weeks. I’ve shipped a couple of paintings north for the King’s College Art Show (above); finished up some smaller paintings for private clients, sent five new pieces to Endemic World in Auckland (below) and am now setting to work on a few long-standing commissions.
New paintings this month:
‘Wandering Light’ (sold);
‘Foliage Study I’ (sold);
‘Still Life With Blues & Oranges’ (sold);
‘Light On Old Roses’ (available).
I’m full-up with orders and gratitude for 2019!
There are new paintings in progress, large and small that I’m hoping to complete and make available online and with other galleries over the next month, so do check in again.
Thanks & happy travels,
Thank you for the amazing response to my latest exhibition, ‘Queens Greens’ here in Nelson. I’ve been stunned by the sales (just one painting left unsold) and so encouraged by the wonderful feedback.
An invitation to my next exhibition, ‘Queens Greens’; which opens 24 September in the McKee Gallery at the Suter Gallery, Nelson.