Tairāwhiti Museum, Gisborne, New Zealand
I’m posting these paintings here as I do them to give you a sneak preview.
(left) I saw these trees on the first walk I did after the Level 4 lockdown was announced. It was early morning, and the trees hadn’t reached their full colours. Pastel on pastel paper. 66 x 46cms
(above) Tucker Road: This is a scene on Tucker Road with the hills on Back Ormond Road in the background. It’s Murray MacPhail’s beautiful red barn (there are actually two, but you can’t see the second one from this angle), and the deciduous trees he’s planted putting on their best autumn colours. It’s pastels and acrylic paint on pastelmat. 65 x 23cms
(above) Nick’s Head Station, Muriwai: Nick’s Head Station is at Muriwai, Gisborne. The owner has a focus on conservation, planting thousands of trees, restoring wetlands, and bringing back tuatara, mutton birds, and other endangered species. The grasses on this farm track have, I think, been deliberately allowed to go to seed to feed the birds and insects. Pastel on pastelmat, 65 x 29cm unframed
(above) Midway Beach – a temporary watchtower for the National Surf Lifesaving Championships held in Gisborne in 2020.
(above) Te Wherowhero Lagoon, Young Nick’s Head/Te Kuri o Paoa. Pastel on pastelmat, 36 x 19cm unframed, 60 x 43cm framed.
(above) Young Nick’s Head/Te Kuri o Paoa. Pastel on pastelmat.
(above) The Bond Store C1870, Gisborne Port. Pastel on pastelmat with acrylic underpainting. This is an historic building which was moved to its present location to make way for development at the port – see Gisborne Herald article here.