Friday, 17 April 2015

Sunday 19th April

Once again dear friends, unto Branford Park. I will be there from 1 pm tomorrow. I'm going to attempt another version of this that I painted a couple of years ago.

Big board called for. A big subject. At least a 9x12. Hope to see you there. I believe that the weather will be fine.

I'm off to Bali soon for my daughter's wedding, so this may be our last meeting for a while. Don't forget the plein air show coming up in June. We could discuss this tomorrow.

Cheers, Ross.

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Location:Haven Road,Beachville,New Zealand

Friday, 10 April 2015

Sunday 12 April

It looks as if we will have a few fine spells tomorrow, and Branford Park, and the Maitai Cricket Ground are looking very autumnal. Lovely yellow, golds and reds emerging.

We have perhaps two or three weeks of fading glory, and then it will be all over for the year. Make the most of it people.

For those who might be interested, I have a small show of eighteen plein air paintings at the new Suter Cafe, in Halifax street. They are of the summer flowers found around Nelson.

It's always interesting to see how these small jewel like paintings frame up.

Cheers. Ross

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Friday, 3 April 2015

Easter Sunday, 5 April

Branford Park. 2 pm.

The leaves are turning. Lovely.

See you there.

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Thursday, 19 March 2015

The weather forecast for the past few days has been consistently promising rain. It probably will rain.

I am committed to painting outdoors every day this year, rain or shine. It is about to get interesting.

You dear friends are not, but even so, part of my promise to you and this group is that we would all have the opportunity to paint together at 2 pm every
Sunday, except when I'm out of town or overseas.

With this in mind, I have been thinking that on rainy days we could paint downtown under the shelter of the shop verandas. There are not usually a lot of people around on a wet Sunday afternoon. It could be a good time to study buildings, vehicles, and umbrellas. Heh.

This Sunday I suggest that we meet at Montgomery Square, near Whitcouls. If the day is fine, or the rain has passed, we can perhaps go on to Anzac Reserve.

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Location:Sunday 22 March. Montgomery Square.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Sunday 15th March.

Monaco again.

See you there at 2 pm.



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Friday, 6 March 2015

Sunday 8 March

I thought that it would be nice to explore the sea side again.
We can meet at the end of the Monaco peninsular. There is a nice little coffee bar there.
I painted there this week.
See you at 2pm

Cheers, Ross

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Sunday, 1 March 2015

Hermit lsland

The Waimea Estuary is huge. One of the biggest in New Zealand. I believe that there are hundreds of islands, some quite large, like Rabbit Island, and many very small, like this one, just of the end of Monaco, the peninsular suburb of Nelson.

This little Island, barely a hectare at high tide, has this ramshackle dwelling tucked behind some low growing coastal trees and shrubs. I don't know if anyone in fact lives there, but one passing local told me once, "That's where the hermit lives."

This may be so, or not, as the case may be, but I know if I ever felt a compelling urge to do the hermit thing, I can't imagine a more interesting and evocative setting.

Actually, I don't know what a hermit does. Do they sit and watch the tides come and go? Watch the seagull quarrelling over fishy remnants? No newspapers. That could be a blessing. I could read all the great books I promised myself I would read before I grew old.

But no. Probably not. I'd most likely continue to paint en plein air every day. Without distractions perhaps even twice a day. Now there's a thought...

15060. "Hermit Island." Oil on panel. 12x9 in. $150.

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