A cold day in hell, well not really….its Hamilton and I like it like that!

A cold day in hell, well not really….its Hamilton and I like it like that!

What do you do on a cold winters day in Hamilton if you’re an artist? You catch up with friends and do a studio session with them, maybe have a few wines and talk marketing, you know, just the usual stuff, well I do anyway.

Its not that cold in Hamilton today but its far from tropical for an island nation; I think we may have reached 12 °C today so its not exactly freezing but the cold weather certainly doesn’t help moral much, when you’re trying to juggle many balls like being an artist, art consultant, gallery manager, marketing guru, delivery person, best friend with an ear to bend, family person, mother, grocery per and a have a life somewhere in between!

Today yay I found some time to paint as well as prepare this blog post and get this, I even painted my nails! Now the nails haven’t exactly worked out as I had to prep dinner and they didn’t stand up to that but at least theyre not looking the boring shade of nothingness they were for the past few weeks!

Today’s painting session was spent at my good friend Bruce’s studio (I’m still nagging him to get his website listed on his road sign and he promises that will be up next week so anyone who knows him feel free to ask why its not done if you happen to drive by and he hasn’t got around to it! Not that I don’t have faith in him getting his sign completed, but you know what they say about plumbers and their leaking taps….well he is a sign-writer after all!) my point being that if you have a website you need to market it everywhere you market yourself and hey if you happen to have a road sign then you should have it on there too!

We got to work quite quickly with only a short coffee break and a chat about art stuff. I had some small pieces to work on for the Dunedin show and One Size Fits all here in Hamilton in August and I really wanted to get started on my latest cat piece that is destined for my next show, whenever that may be!

Bruce was working on an impressionist piece of Pablo Picasso and by the end of the day it was looking pretty amazing, so I cant wait to see that finished. As an artist you can see what’s going to happen and you have to hold your tongue with comments like … ‘if you just added this or took that away it would look really cool,’ because you know they know that anyway and it’s a process that has to be taken step by step to get to that final stage that we all want to see it at.


My latest paintings are a small dog piece and a couple of cats dressed up, I forgot to take the photo of the dog with me so I had to paint that one blind in that it was all from memory. I think it looks ok so far but its still at that stage of needing finishing touches like light reflection in its eyes, highlights that need to be added and the little extras I do to my artwork, so it’s not show-able until Ive done that. I’ve never been big on showing progress pictures as it annoys me when people say daft things like… “I think you need to do this or that to it’ like you didn’t know, hello its not finished dear helpful person over there! What do other artists think about this, are you happy to show half finished work? I’ve seen others who work differently to me in that work in sections across the canvas so its obvious its not finished, I tend to work on the whole canvas building up layers so it could look finished halfway through so its understandable the confusion for some viewers who don’t really know my work well enough to know if its finished or not.

Our lovely friend Karen turned up with some of her home made wine so we stopped for a tipple! We are winemaking buddies in that we share recipes and ideas and have a little wine club for such purposes. It’s a great hobby to have with a friend, any excuse for a wine tasting after all!

Anyway it got too cold for me, the paint wasn’t drying so I headed home to sit by the fire and contemplate life! I feel so lucky to be doing a career that involves something I passionately love to do!

Posted: Sunday 27 June 2010


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