A Glimpse of Gore

By: The Picture Garden  06-Dec-2011

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

We travelled a few times north of Gore to a township called Mandeville for lunch at a lovely restaurant called The Moth – which sits on the edge of an air field and has a museum and restoration workshop dedicated to tiger moth planes and old steam trains.

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Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

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Thursday, October 21st, 2010

I’ve been on tour around parts of the south island (of NZ) with my husband for his work – hence the lack of blogging. Here are a few snaps of our adventures. Blenheim was our first stop after a rather peaceful ferry ride from wellington to picton.

Monday, September 13th, 2010

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Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Its spring here already and things have certainly been very busy. I’ve spent a lot of time staring at this computer screen… so it was nice to have a short but sweet break a few weekends ago to visit and climb Mt Maunganui in Tauranga. Forgotten how stunningly beautiful NZ is! Cant wait for longer breaks at the beach over summer.


I’ve started teaching a paper in illustration at wintec this semester which is loads of fun and good for practicing my responsible teaching voice! Ive recently finished album illustrations for a wonderful auckland band called ‘Bannerman’. Their album is due for release on the 13th Sept so I will post more about that next week. Finished work on a great project where I got to create website illustrations – under construction at present. A few more illustrations for Holly Brown are almost at their completion and Im also putting the design together on the new Sing Songs album.

Hoping to have most of that wrapped up by next week as I head on tour with my husband around the south island for 2 weeks with World Vision helping to run a fundraising event called Kids for Kids. So I will be mobile for a wee while armed with sketch book, camera, computer and scanner so I can still get work done. Looking forward to the change of scenery!

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Monday, August 23rd, 2010

This weekend I attended the

in Auckland. There were loads of great speakers and I came away feeling very inspired!

At the end of the conference Storm Thorgerson asked us to participate in a group photo while holding kiwi fruit like 3D glasses. Oh so fun!

(unfortunately all I have are these blurry iphone photos to show for it! Ah well!)

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Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

This is the first illustration I was commissioned to create for the walls of Holly Brown. She is titled ‘Holly Brown – Lady Gelato’ – mixed media. At the opening she came to life – thanks to Cathy Cheng for her excellent make up and hair styling and Jess Davies for her modeling. Quite a close likeness I think!

My second illustration is called ‘The First Dance’ – mixed media. Inspired by the coffee and gelato characters, the real-life versions walked the streets on opening day promoting Holly Brown, accompanied by Evan Davies on guitar who sang the Holly Brown theme song (more on that later). Thanks Ron and Jess!

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Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

So the first week of working here in Hong Kong has been very busy! The aim was to create stock imagery for the cafe Holly Brown.

We started with photographing some colourful looking cup cakes.

followed by a very HOT day shooting in the Tai Po Water front gardens with six very cute children and melting gelato – not to mention dozens of hungry mosquitos!

Next more shots of delicious gelato in waffle cups for the menu…

then coffee, roasted and created by the experts…

We then worked all of this imagery into grids for the walls of the cafe which I will show you images of once they have been installed. The beauty of working in a cafe that specialises in coffee and gelato is that you get to sample both as often as you like – SO YUMMY! The illustrations I created are at the framers as we speak so Ill post them once they have been installed. The opening is set for the 9th July 2010. So If you are near Stanley St, Central, Hong kong this friday do come on by and enjoy the grand opening!

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Saturday, June 5th, 2010

I have three pieces in the ‘Stuff You Can Wear’ Exhibition which opens today 5th June and runs till 18 June 2010. Myself and 16 other artists have created works on wood that can be brought and worn as jewellery. The exhibition is been held at the Combined Artist Studios + Gallery, 11 Bankart St, Raglan. If your at the beach this weekend be sure to check it out!

Here is a peek at my three works.

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Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Earlier this year I had the great pleasure to visit the home of the Scholes Family in Tauranga and the photos I took are in this months beautiful copy of Your Home & Garden Magazine. Check it out!

I have pictures coming soon of the second part of the Drawing Show held at the La Mezz gallery. I ended up selling two of my works – Yay! Just dropped off work for a Group show coming up in Raglan and Im busy working on more illustrations for a variety of projects at the moment cant wait to share them in future.  Hope your all having a great weekend!

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Sneak Peak

Meanwhile lots going on at the moment for me with packing & moving house – planning the building of a new one, also heading back over the seas in a few weeks time so working on multiple tasks to complete before we leave. Birthday Card Design for The Script House 2011.



Kindly hosted by The Framing Workshop – 120 Silverdale Road, Hamilton, Opening hours Mon-Fri 8.30am -5.30pm, Saturdays 9am – 1pm. The show is open till the 2nd of June so if you missed fridays opening there is plenty of time to pop by and see it. A few Iphone pics of the process behind my current exhibition showing at The Framing Workshop till the 2nd June.


A splendid evening

In moments of wellness we made a very quick trip to China – ‘Shunde’ to be precise – which is a industrial port area known for the manufactory of all sorts of furniture. If you would like to go and check it out before it closes on the 31st March, the gallery is open Wednesdays 10am – 4pm and Thursdays 10am-6pm. Hope to have more to say in the new year but in the meantime I wish you all a very relaxing and safe holiday break.