Thursday, April 30, 2009

This is the second of the finished africa paintings, 'Lake Bunyoni, Uganda, 2008'. Travelling through Uganda towards Rwanda you pass through lush green hills with terraced fields and banana plantations. Amongst these is Lake Bunyoni with small villages and lots of inquisitive children, a nice place to relax after long bumpy and dusty roads.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Back from a nice two weeks in Thailand and dreading the first days back at school. I'm going to start posting pictures from a series of african paintings I did last year. I had intended to put on a show when I came back from travelling, with ten pictures from Africa and another ten from South America, but without a gallery they can be seen here. This is the first from Africa called 'Animals eating rubbish, Kabale, Uganda' from 2008. Travelling through Uganda towards Rwanda, I stopped in a small town which had a burning pile of rubbish in the centre attracting many animals scavenging for food.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Some more pictures of Thailand. The top one is from a visit to the long neck Karen tribe near the Burmese border, the middle one is a view of the Pai valley where I have been staying for the last week. The last one is the view from a temple/wat over looking Mae Hong Son.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Am currently on holiday in the north of Thailand so cannot post pictures of paintings but will put in a few of the trip to keep things ticking over. Pai is very rural and beautiful and best seen on a bike. It is also Songkran here at the moment so the street ares filled with water fights for the new year.

Friday, April 10, 2009

This book is due to be released shortly and contains work by both myself, and Matt Couper who is linked below. Another opportunity for some exposure, it contains three images of my work, two older pieces and one (slightly washed out) image that is more recent.
I am heading off to Thailand for the school holidays tonight but will post some pictures of my african paintings (the finished ones to date) and also a few travel snaps, whilst away.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

'Lasithi Plateau, Crete, 2005'.
On a trip to Crete I travelled up into the hills to a place called the Lasithi Plateau, nestled up in the mountains, with beautiful views of a patchwork of fields and old windmills made of cloth. This image was taken from a drawing made over a lunch of skewered lamb at a local cafe.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

'Naeroydalen, Norway', 2005. A spectacular view up the valley after a dodgy bus ride up a series of hair pin bends. David Hockney painted this view as well and the cafe or hotel at the top (from where I made the drawing) had a reproduction of his picture on the wall.

Monday, April 6, 2009

This image is of a limestone rock formation on the English coast called the 'Old Harry Rocks, Dorset', from 2006. When I lived in London I would often make day trips to the coast to get some fresh air and look for fossils, the fresh air and freedom of driving were some of the things I missed the most about New Zealand.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

In 2005 I travelled to Svalbard, halfway between Norway and the North Pole. Very quiet and desolate, with only the remains of the old whaling industry scattered about the shoreline and a few small modern settlements. Went camping, kayaking and on a day trip to look for fossils with a Russian guy who carried around a huge .45 magnum (for the bears!) and his sled dogs. Very beautiful place but will probably change as it opens up to tourism. The piece at the top is called 'Ymerbukta, Svalbard' and the one below 'Glacier, Svalbard', both painted in 2005.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

The first picture is from a trip to Norway in 2005. 'Geirangerfjord, Norway', is popular tourist destination which ships cruise through dwarfed by huge cliffs and waterfalls. The second image is from the view from my aunties place in Javea, Spain. This piece is called, 'Spanish Hills, Javea, 2005'. As usual all works are oil on board.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Two more for your viewing pleasure, the top one being 'Road to Zagora, Morocco #2', 2007. I went to Morocco at the end of 2005 and spend Xmas in the desert, waking not to cold and pressies under the tree, but sand and braying camels.
The second piece is from 2004 when I went to Capri on the Italian Amalfi coast for my birthday. The name of the piece is 'From Augustus Gardens, Capri#2' and the gardens sat atop the cliffs overlooking the fancy yachts and beautiful blue ocean below.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

The image at the top is called 'The Caldera, Santorini', from 2005. It will be in a new book out soon called 'Seen this Century' by Random Century. The second image is of a dark cloud in a thunderstorm I sat through in Croatia. The piece is called 'Storm, Mljet, Croatia'. I'm heading off to Thailand for a few weeks in the school holidays so I will try and get some more pictures of work up before I go.