Thursday, December 31, 2009

View From The Paddy's Knob 3/3

With the 300mm lens.
Plenty more to explore to the Richmond, Moutiree, Takaka direction and more.  

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Friday, December 25, 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009

Four Square Man

Done by artist Dick Frizzell in his capacity as a commercial artist, this sign was taken at the Havelock Four Square store, where I finally got my own iconic Kiwi affordable commercial art piece, the reusable Four Square Man shopping bag.

Notice the old Four Square Man had a pencil above his year, but not the new one. He parts his hair differently, and his tie color has changed, too.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Ian Longley, Stone Carver

Ian Longley, Concepts in Stone; stone carver and sculptor. His studio is at Founders Park, Nelson, and he can be seen at the Saturday Market most weeks.

It is bad luck to buy New Zealand Greenstone, or Pounamu, for oneself; it is best given as a gift. Ben wanted a fish hook for some years, so on Christmas 2006, he got one carved by Ian. About two years later, the skinny part broke, so I had Ian fix it and put on a new lashing, and at the same time, got Ben a whale's tail also.

Ben reckons it's time I got one, too, but I keep changing my mind about what color stone I like.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


I was exhausted after the picture framing workshop and didn't want to cook. Ben reminded me of a conversation on burgers Keropok Man and we had on facebook, and Reels, a place 5 minutes from our house Keropok discovered. We drove by the place a few times on weekends but they were always closed.

It turns out they are open from Wednesday - Sundays, 5-9PM only, but when they are open, there is a constant trickle of burger lovers. We had burger takeaways both nights; Ben had a Bandares and I a Van Damme the first night; Ben had The Kong and I a Nimo the second night. Two meals come to about the same price as Burger King, but much bigger and nicer.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Fruits of Our Labor

Sorry these photos aren't sharp, but Ben and I had a great time going to a picture framing workshop at Nayland College Community Edification course, taught by one wonderful, lovely, generous tutor, Lance Trolle. It ran for two days, Saturday and Sunday, from the ungodly (to me) hours of 8.30AM to 5PM - well, a bit later than that! Ben went for the complicated double mats and double frames, while I went for simpler frames.

After we came home we looked at all the pieces we made: Ben had four, I had three, plus two small left-over frames, but I didn't reframe my parents' wedding pictures by the TV. We're definitely going back to Lance's class; Ben already has plans, and I'd like to strip and paint moldings we have to go with my textiles and/or frame a mirror.

Lance teaches workshops all over the Nelson and Tasman, and with the new government the cost of workshops will go up, but the charges for material is so low it's still very much worth it. Google "Lance Trolle" or email him if you're interested. Your photos, and other work, will love you!!

Monday, December 07, 2009


Again, it's from Marlborough Sounds.
A Santa parade was carried out in town Yesterday. Which I had totally forgot about it. A summer event is beginning to start everywhere.

Saturday, December 05, 2009


Yesterday was the last day of the year of my drawing class. I found this on the wall.

Art is hazardous to your health.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Sunday, November 29, 2009


Those words are on the plaque.
"The line of stars on the Totara sphere signifies Polynesian navigation, the compass designs depict European navigation, and the satellite shapes reflect modern methods of navigation. On the carved eucalyptus port the harakeke plaited rope depicts Polynesian seamanship, hemp rope for early European sailing, and a chain for modern shipping.

Carved by Tim Wraight, 2007

Kindly commissioned by Ann and Cliff Nighy"
I realised not only we know the artist, but who commissioned as well.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Cabbage Tree

It';s still bit windy at hills but there is a beautiful blue sky.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


It's very windy this morning. This shot has been taken in a few days back at the Founders Park.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Mosaic 6 - Last

It was a public toilet. There are many more fantastic motifs to explore.