Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Lunar eclipse

Clouds parted just long enough for the shadow of the earth to be seen crossing over the moon.

Cloud soften the view of the moon.

A very faint tinge of red starting to show on the shadow.

Red glow more obvious.

A definate red glow as the earths shadow crosses the face of the moon. Awesome event to witness!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

New painting

Compeleted this the other day, but now looking at it am thinking it needs more work. Think I need to add more contrast, darken around the birds to bring them out more. Not sure really.

Painting inspired after photographing these Terns I think Fairy Terns on South Coast out from Wainuiomata one day when I took my mum out there.

Very beautiful birds with amazing flying abilities in the high winds out there.

Comments welcome...

Sunday, August 19, 2007


Images such as these photographs and paintings of Outback Australia is what is inspiring me to get out there in it. To soak up the colours, textures and big skys!

So have the bike sorted... have settled on renting the XT600 for the 40 days I will be riding. The idea of trying to arrange sale at the end of a big trip did not excite me so much.

Discovered while searching the net that Broken Hill is a bit of a mecca for Artists. Attracted there by the strong light, vibrant colours and fabulous textures...........I am on my way!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Latest paintings

Since my step father passed away in March this year and then my father in May, for various reasons have not really felt like painting. But the drought has broken and getting that desire to confine myself to the little shed I call my studio and paint.

Have been working on a portrait of my father, a difficult project. With a history of periods of estrangement and dysfunctional relations, there is mixed emotions as a base for the painting.

Childhood memories of my father involved fear and dread. He took pleasure in manipulating and humiliating those closest to him. Aggression and violence also entered our lives, often alcohol induces. A reflection of the treatment he received from his father no doubt. Unfortunately he was unable to brake the cycle.

Freedom came when he left. Thus began our estranged relationship.

However as the years passed and wounds heal, having a father became something I wanted in my life. So began the stressful process of trying to make friends with this man.

Then Cancer hit, and hit again. With the help of my fathers new lady friend, we were able to start a new relationship. Still tense and slightly forced, but over time becoming more natural and genuine.

The cancer took his life too early for him as he was still a youngish man at 69. Too early, as we were only just getting to know each other.

The last days when I looked into his eyes, unbelievably I still felt that fear, but along side it was sadness and love. Watching him approach his death coming face to face with the realities of his life as I believe we all do, I saw regret and desperation in his face.

I started the painting pretty soon after his death and many tears have fallen in its creation. So many mixed emotions.
Having difficulty with it I asked an artist friends advise " forgiveness is missing."

Maybe forgiveness is still missing from my heart too?

After reworking it I hope it holds more forgiveness....

Painting untitled at present...can't find the right words.

And then there is the horse painting. Had some paint to use up so made my heart glad to paint a horse.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Aussie ride January

So ...wet windy day here in Wellington, so have had the maps out to take a bit of a look at where I will go.

Had a big read on the net about Oodnadatta Track and all information leads to the conclusion that it will be just too hot that time of year. So maybe ... maybe not.

The map of Australia really gives little clue to the huge expanse of the place. But having driven by car from Sydney to Melbourne one day I am aware of the distances. So thinking rather than spending the entire time riding to cover huge distances, would prefer to take more time, photography, sketch, hike at times, make new friends on the way

Keen to visit the lovely little mountain town where I lived in 2002, Bright ( pink arrow). Possible route pink line.

Having lived in Victoria am aware of some very exciting gravel and dirt roads in the mountain areas. There is a myriad of tracks and roads through the forest in the mountains. Worth some time there to unload gear and have a play.

So not too worried exactly where I end up riding but want to keep these objectives.
  • Keep off main highways as much as possible
  • Keep on gravel, tracks or little used roads as much as possible
  • Visit national parks do some hiking
  • Do lots of photography, some sketching
  • Camp out as much as possible
  • Stay upright as much as possible
  • Find someone to ride with maybe
  • Ride alone

So many possibilities.......

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Australia motorcycle adventure

In the depths of a Wellington winter and finding myself struggling with the dreaded low moods. So start planning an adventure!

At this stage have the flights booked in and out of Melbourne, 21Dec to 2 Feb giving me 40 days of adventure. The first task to find a bike to ride on this adventure, having decided not to take Gus over.

Been in contact with a rental company and have an eye on one of the rentals they are about to sell off. XT600E could this be my travelling companion ?
More to come.....