The Blue Show
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Ellesmere, or Te Waihora (pronounced Tay-Why-Hora) is a large lake in the South Island of New Zealand that holds great cultural and spiritual significance to local Maori who settled in the area for the rich food source. The broad translation is, “Spreading Waters”, and the lake is a vast one, extending out to the Tasman Sea on the eastern side of the island. I began this piece with a photograph of the purest blue sky beyond the lake itself, from a vantage point on the trail that surround the lake. The day was warm and still. It was an early summer morning, and the shimmery haze from the lake was starting to form. The swans and geese swam quietly and undisturbed out on the water.
As part of the process in creating this piece, I then digitally added one of my original oil paintings to the photography, and blended and coloured until I captured the feeling from that day. The grasses in the foreground had a hint of brown; and so it has come to pass, with drought conditions in the area since. Overall I wanted this piece to reflect the softness and ethereal beauty of this very special place.
My work is primarily digital, and a compilation of my original paintings and/ or photography. I love playing and discovering new ways of looking at my art, and transforming it into pieces that delight. I think of my own art as decorating a room – placing colors and objects so they complement each other and ultimately creating an image that has not just brushed the canvas but has also imprinted itself on the heart of the viewer.
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