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New paintings and cheese platters

My exhibition with Jo Beckett on Saturday 28th November and Sunday 29th November is getting closer, and I am busy preparing new art with some new themes.I have attached the photos of three of the new paintings to this post -Fowey in Cornwall - I have a great love of Cornwall...
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Tinakori Road, Oriental Bay and a new exhibition in November

It is always a joy to visit Wellington (not the least because two of my daughters Anna and Jenny live there!), seeing the beautiful old homes that look like they could fall off the side of the hill.The narrow winding streets of Tinakori Road, the Katherine Mansfield House, a...
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Paintings in the time of Covid

September 7, 2020

Paintings in the time of Covid

I cannot believe how fast this year has gone - September and Spring already! You will agree (I am sure), that this has been a year like no other, and stress has been at a premium - for different reasons, whether it is because of lack of freedom, lack of income, concern about...
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Memories of my travels and the inspirations for many of my paintings

Time to write a blog - sitting here as you all are - waiting for this lockdown to end and trying to work out what happens next. Disappointed that The Cambridge Autumn Festival was cancelled because of the lockdown and we have to wait a year for this to happen again. It is a ...
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What I've been up to and short note on Fauve artists

Here I am again, - it has been a while since I have entered a post – the last few months have gone by so quickly! In November 2019 I took part in the Cambridge Rotary Garden Festival as one of the ‘art in the garden’ exhibitors. This was a magnificent success with 950 ...
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Hundertwasser - brilliance

October 2, 2019

Hundertwasser - from Austria to New Zealand (and toilets)

Hopefully you have heard of the fascinating Artist & Architect - Friedrich Hundertwasser. Many of you will know of him because of his high profile in Keri Keri, New Zealand. His art is totally different. How a brain can go every which way but one has always been asked of art...
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Brittany Dogs, Garden Festivals and Art Exhibitions

It is nearly at the close of July and I am in Wellington for my youngest daughters birthday. Today I have a day to myself while my family members are at work and I have as company two Brittany dogs.  Really - they are little people...not dogs of course, just humans in d...
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Frances Hodgkins

July 9, 2019

Three wonderful women artists - instalment two - Frances Hodgkins

If you have a passion for art you will know about Frances. I put her in the same category as Katherine Mansfield. These New Zealand women are two of my most admired people. Individuals, probably really stroppy, prepared to be individuals and making their mark in New Zealand ...
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Rita Angus

July 9, 2019

Three wonderful women artists - Rita Angus

The next woman artist that I admire and who has influenced my work is Rita Angus. Rita Angus, google her, but you probably know who I am talking about. Rita was born in 1908 and was a contemporary of Toss Wollaston and Colin McCahon.Rita was a very confident artist who alway...
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Three wonderful women artists - instalment one - Frida Kahlo

There are three women artists who I admire immensely - Frida Kahlo, Frances Hodgkins and Rita Angus. They are all so interesting, so I've written a blog on each one. Many of you may know of Frida Kahlo.  She is a dramatic and very charismatic woman from Mexico.  He...
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