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Loving the local weavers exhibition and I bought a few things for myself!…

A woollen knee rug and a scarf.

Rug and scarf

The motif of ducks and fish swimming and walking through the rug was great fun and a practical purchase for damp and rainy NZ winters studying, while the scarf was fresh and cool colours for a spring just arrived here.

It reminded me of my Art lecture at Uni I shared with my niece this month, on Russia in Revolution in the early 1900’s and constructivism.  How Art became this thing that must be practical.  Must become practical.  How of course this was great for textile design but not so for painters.


Saturday saw Joan Taylor, a 79 yr old and still going strong, printmaking teacher and her students give an exhibition.  I found fellow drawing students and enjoyed the vibe together.

Joan Taylor, tutor at Mairangi Bay Art Society

Girls from my drawing class 🙂

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Asked if I could take some photos at The Art Society gallery, and was told, as long as I didn’t do close-ups.  But if you click on the photos you can see the images.

There’s a class enjoying an afternoon break…

Art and conversation go hand in hand

Art and conversation go hand in hand

and a few visitors enjoying the sights,  while someone makes a cuppa in the kitchen. I liked this exhibition because it was about the topic I was drawing and there were some really, I thought, good quality entries.  A favourite of mine would be the quirky little black sculpture.  I thought it showed humour with a nice use of line and shape.

Quirky figure along with paintings of people

Quirky figure along with paintings of people

Just realised that I have a new art exhibition I walk through every month that I could be writing about!  It’s attached to our Art Society Buildings and the classes are held on either side of it!  And we sit at the cafe and enjoy/critique/observe the art work around us as we eat.  Last week started a new one on figures.  I particularly liked a little black sculpture.  Watch this space.  I’ll go back tomorrow and take a photo if I am allowed…

I am planning to go down to Devonport next week and take in the sight of all these wonderful paintings…

Wonderful Ponsonby paintings with Ted Sherwan

Wonderful Ponsonby paintings with Ted Sherwan

Had a wonderful family time at Matakana and Warkworth for the day.  Visited Charlie’s gallery.  He has a cafe too and makes the most awesome ice-creams.  What a treat.  My boys and husband indulged and then we enjoyed the three wonderful artist’s who were exhibiting.

I loved Joan’s etching, and my favourite of her’s was a harbour and wharf in watercolour.  The play of light through the pier structure and water…  She is an excellent teacher too and I am looking forward to spending more art time with her this year at Mairangi Society of Arts.


Merles paintings were full of humour, personality and movement with a dog called Spot’s running commentary under most exhibits.  We enjoyed following with my 3 young sons, the comments around the room.  It was encouraging to see skill and humour meeting together.





And then there was Julie Bishop.  Her work was very realistic.  She used mainly pastels and pencils.  I loved her old fashioned milk bottles and the way I could see through them to the rest of the drawing.  Her work was beautiful and I found inspiration in her coloured pencil drawings.  It was so real.  And it cheered me on in my drawing course…

Then off to Warkworth and extended family for tea and a play.  What a wonderful day.

I have had a very fun time this term visiting exhibiting artists and their displays

On visiting the library with my 3 sons, we were bowled over by the strength of Gail’s paintings and the joy we all felt as we looked at them.  I had been to a painting circle Gail hosts where like minded artists get together and paint in company.  If ever I took up oil painting I would like to hang out with her again…   Then it was a two-hour trip to Tairua for Aunty Ruth’s watercolour exhibition.  I loved her bird in a nest painting.  As we visited over lunch, she brought out the very nest that the bird had made in her hedge and she had painted.  I loved how Ruth had painted what was so obviously an  everyday occurrence and a joy as well.

Loving the way Libraries display art.

Loving the way Libraries display art.

Looking at art books with Ruth Lee

I'm an artist, teacher, percussionist, and mother currently studying for an Honours BA in Creative Arts with OCA, UK.