Monday, July 30, 2012

Above the clouds

In the air, flying back to base from the land of the long white cloud. You don't have be a space traveller to realise how small our world is.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Koru Fence in Wellington

Wellington has changed in the last 30 years from sleepy hollow to a capital city and much of the change is due to great design. This fence at the top of the cable car features a koru, symbol of new beginnings, growth, strength and peace. It is a motif you find throughout the city.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wellington Greeting Card

It was clear and sunny during most of my visit to Wellington - and windless as well! So nice I painted outside and made the painting into a Wellington Card.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

I have spent the week drawing wonderful opera singers. They are singing The Valkyries in Wellington on Sunday and they are just wonderful ... every one of them.

After a week of painting I am exhausted and pleased to have two days rest before the concert.The sketch below is of Wotan and Brunnhilde.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wellington on a lovely day

It is a beautiful day in Wellington - cool but bright sunshine. This is the view from the top of the cable car.

Down in the city at the Town Hall seagulls splash in the fountain.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Hills of Home

This photo was taken from Cemetary Hill in Taihape looking south. It is cold there at the moment  - there is snow on the Ruahine ranges which you can just about see in the photo if you enlarge it, though small digital cameras don't see nearly as much as our eyes.

Its the view the alpaca and goats have from their paddock.

Alpaca and Goat

Farmers don't just farm sheep and cattle in Taihape (middle of the north Island in New Zealand) -  for years now they have farmed many and varied species. This photo was taken on a hill farm. The white alpaca was very friendly ... as was the goat who came over and wanted his nose rubbed.

Monday, July 16, 2012

North of Wellington

Sydney might be chilly (last post) but it is warm compared to Wellington. This photo was taken last Friday from a bus window on the West Coast just north of Wellington, New Zealand.

Friday, July 06, 2012

Four layer weather

Who said Australia isn't cold? It's four layer weather this morning.

It feels cold here, but then I look at the temperatures elsewhere (below).

This is my first post from my Android. I am finally catching up with technology but I haven't figured out how to turn photos around and make them better quality.
The picture above was the one I uploaded from my phone. The same picture (right) uploaded later via computer is much clearer.
Sydney 10C, Dunedin -5C, Hamburg 17C (but it is night there).

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Collages for the Wagner Bicentenary

Richard Wagner was born in May 1813 and in honour of the bicentenary of his birth, many opera houses  including Opera Australia are preparing productions of his work.

Wagner: Collaged etching
I am celebrating as well and have just made series of Wagner collages using etchings. You can see the series here

Sunday, July 01, 2012