Saturday, August 13, 2011

Sixth Sense exhibition

I am VERY busy getting work done for a group exhibition at the end of the month.

I'm almost regretting putting the following two pieces in an exhibition "Out of the Frame" of works on paper which are unframed. (Although they do look good hanging in the gallery!) If I'd kept them I could have put them in frames and had two more pieces finished! But the pressure of a deadline seems to help me with the creativity somehow.

"Over View 1"

 The one below has been framed and is going in the exhibition.
Over View 2
These works are a new style/technique I happened upon recently. I had lots of experimental pieces on paper that I wasn't happy with so ripped them all into squares, then collaged the squares onto another sheet of paper.

The "raw" material is on the left.
Some of the squares are like mini landscapes in themselves.
I've almost finished a second piece, so must keep cracking on .......

Saturday, August 6, 2011

A golden beach

Today we had to head off early to get to Takaka by 10, for the boys soccer game. It's always a bit of a mission to get over "the Hill" to "the Bay"! But always worth it. Thankfully there was no carsickness, or ice, although the roads were gritted from the recent cold snap. It was a lovely warm day, there were baby lambs and calves to catch glimpses of as we drove by. I always feel the urge to stop and catch a newborn lamb, as they smell and feel divine, takes me back through the years in a flash to my childhood. After the soccer game and lunch we headed to a beach. Ended up stopping at Ligar Bay, which is a small beach with the golden, crunchy sand. The tide was in so our walk was accompanied by the slapping and swooshing of the waves. The sun was shining, it was bliss ......

the tide lines looked like landscape drawings

There are a few of the original kiwi baches left on the beach front. There has been a lot of controversy over them, and whether they should remain or not. There are eight that were built in the 1930's and 40's on the council road reserve.They have until 2014 when they will be removed.
This one has quite a "modern" attachment - the green corrugated iron section looked quite new to me

I could just peek this one through the trees, loved the colours and wooden butterfly on the wall.
 Across the road there is a mixture of older "baches" and newer "holiday homes".  When I was a nipper we came here a few times, I think the bach we stayed in is long gone. Apparently on my first holiday here at 18 months old I spent quite a bit of time eating sand!

This is a view from the beach looking across the road.
Ligar Bay is also the home of one of Golden Bay's famous murals on the toilets. This one is a fabulous paua shell.
 But the interior was quite a surprise! A mixture of different animals and birds, complete with sky and clouds on the ceiling.

According to the boys, they had more of the same on their side of the toilet block!

Monday, August 1, 2011

A winter's beach

Yes, it still feels like spring, and being the 1st of August I could say it is now, although officially it's not for another month. But the seasons don't seem to break down into neat three-month blocks here in sunny Nelson! We caught up with a friend who we hadn't seen for years (too long to count, makes me feel guilty!) She had never been to Nelson, but was at a conference so we couldn't show her the sights. Did have her and her lovely daughter over for dinner, then the next day we took her daughter for the morning, as her and Miss L were getting along so well. Meet them at Tahuna Beach, which is not our regular beach, begin too close to the big smoke for comfort!

The morning had a strange glow to it, because of the weather pattern, as can be seen from the clouds. It looked more like sunset than 10 in the morning.
Looking towards the lighthouse on the Boulder Bank

I hadn't noticed that the oystercatchers were all having a snooze until I downloaded the photo
A ship heading towards the Port
Looking the opposite direction towards the airport
 The kids went back to school today, so now I can get out the paintbrushes and glue there's an exhibition deadline to be met on the 29th of this month!