Monday, March 26, 2012

Would you believe....

...that I own a JMW Turner watercolour landscape?

How about a landscape by Cubist painter Juan Gris?
No?  They are some of my "in the style of" paintings that I'm doing for Painting class.  Here are the originals:

 I haven't painted with watercolours before, so I think my Turner is nowhere near like the original.
My Juan Gris was not a direct copy of the original.  I rather like his style.

Nothing much else happening due to pressure of school work.  Two weeks left of this term.  Roll on, Easter!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Weekend at Wanaka

This weekend was the 75th A&P Show (that's short for Agricultural & Pastoral) held at Wanaka.  Last year, over 15,000 people attended and there were probably more this year.  Quite an achievement, since only around 7000 people live in the area.
 Wanaka town lies at the southern end of Lake Wanaka in Central Otago.  It is surrounded by mountains.
 This stall had delicious doggy treats.
 These sideshow clowns have been around for at least 50 years - I remember them from wen I was a child.
 I loved this sign - and bought some of their delicious sheep cheese.
 There were a few alpaca....
 ...plenty of sheep....
 ...children with Angry Birds hats......
 ...the guy on stilts who was blowing bubbles.....'s best friend, of course.....
 ....lots of horses.......
...and this champion bull was just enormous.   I also caught up with my friend Donald, who lives in Wanaka, and you can see more photos on his blog here.

Sunday, March 04, 2012


I made this convergence-style quilt (in the style of Ricky Tims) some years ago, but have only just bound it.  Its name is taken from the quilting design, which I may have invented.  Click on the image for a closer look.  It's entirely fused, not sewn, and made from 2 pieces of hand dyed fabric.  I'm making an effort to complete some works this year, small ones anyway.

And my studio/sewing room has had to be converted back into a bedroom for the next couple of months, as I have a Year 9 student from Thailand arriving next weekend.  ....just when I was getting used to having my own space.