Hi All, I'm a bit behind in my blogging. I was intending to blog every day whilst on this painting adventure, but it's been such a great adventure I just haven't had time. So if you're interested here's an update…
DAY 1 - Farm by Mount Soho Station, Arrowtown
Here I am in Glenorchy in the South Island of New Zealand. I've flown 2000km down here to come and paint with some really great artists. Local painting legend John Crump and his wife Kay have generously welcomed me into their home where I feel like I've become part of the family over the past week.
DAY 2 - Young Beech trees on the road to the Routeburn Track
John's been painting for over 30 years and moved down here 3 years ago to live and paint amongst some of the most stunning mountainous scenery on the planet. We've been out painting together every day since I arrived and I feel like I've learned years of precious painting knowledge within that short time thanks to John's generous tutelage.
Another big reason for coming down here this time was to catch up with famous US painter Kevin MacPherson who's taking a workshop here for his TV show 'Passport & Palette'. I met him here 6 months ago and he offered to let us join in with the workshop fun when he returned, and we actually ended up doing a whole days filming together while his group was off doing other things. So the 8 of us drove up into 'Paradise Valley' and beyond where we came across a stunning spot amidst the snow capped mountains, had a picnic, set up and got to work trying to capture this awesome place on canvas. None of us really managed to do it justice, and I didn't quite finish mine, but we all had a great time bantering with each other and enjoying each others company in that amazing location.
DAY 3 - The Old Mill House on the road to Kinloch, Dart Valley
The next day I filmed John doing a demo painting of an old mountain shed with the intention of making a dvd from it. I'll let you know when that's available. If I can find the right spot in the next few days John will be my cameraman for a new Painting Adventure dvd, which would show you all what I've been learning out here from these great painters.
DAY 4 - Chinaman's Flat, Dart River Valley (unfinished) - can you see all the sandflies stuck to it?
Yesterday we went out tripping again with MacPherson's group and John and I ended up doing sort of a joint demo (well, we were both painting together while everyone watched and I was happy to let John do all the talking). Loved the group atmosphere there which was well facilitated by Kevin who is a really amiable guy. I find that painting in a group really ups your game with the underlying thought that 'everyone's watching so this better be a good one!' So I really focused intently and was pretty pleased with the little 10x8" painting which came out of it. (Kevin liked it too! :-) )
DAY 6 - Earnslaw Station
Up until yesterday I was using all John's painting gear and copying his methods in order to learn as much as possible while I'm here. For yesterday's painting I returned to my own easel, board, brushes and colour palette.
Kevin was talking about the idea of me taking workshops like his over here or in Italy etc. using the same travel and accommodation arrangements already organized for his workshops - sort of plugging me and my own students into his workshop template. The cost of the trip for an artist would be very roughly around about $6000 for a couple of weeks, including top notch accommodation and activities and tuition, but not including flights. Sounds good to me, so if anyone's interested in that just let me know - I'd need about 8 people to make it possible. Just putting the idea out there for you. I know it's pretty pricey though.
I'll try and blog again soon when I find a quite spot. I'm planning on hiring a campervan and traveling around for a while painting which should be interesting(but not for too long because I'm missing Helen and the kiddies already.)
Hope your painting's going well and I encourage you to get out into the great outdoors with some brushes - Nature is the greatest painting teacher you'll find.
All the best,
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