2013 > 05

Yesterday was the opening night of the exhibition at the Refinery Gallery in Paeora. What an evening... heaps of people, stunning art, great nibbles, good wine and good music. I love this place!  A huge open factory building with at least 7 meters to the ceiling with huge wooden beams. The open space is divided into a studio/workshop part, a cosy cafe with comfy couches and a great gallery space. Love it! ...and my art was just stunning on the white walls:-)

Thank you Dermot and Kane for a fabulous evening!

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In the end of last year I invited Tracy Verdugo to NZ to facilitate her popular Paint Mojo workshop here in Tauranga. She accepted and the planning started for May 2013. It seemed far away but time flies when you are having fun. After some searching I found a venue that was big enough for 15 people splashing paint around, I  wrote an article in the local magazine Creativebeat and got a notice published in the local paper... the spots filled up and finally last Thursday I picked Tracy up at Tauranga airport. 


She stayed with me for 4 nights and we had such a lovely time. It felt like having an old friend around. We had just moved a couple of days before she arrived, but Tracy did not seem to mind the mess. She is so lovable and sweet and the kids loved her. The house was full of laughter and fun. 

On Friday evening we prepared the venue together with Alison and Rod, the owners of the studio. On Saturday morning everyone arrived (some of them had travelled for 3 hours to attend the workshop)... and what a weekend we got. The weather was perfect, the venue was fabulous and Tracy with her thought through process guided us through high and low. There was a lot of laughter but at times the studio with 17 people in was dead quite of concentration and hard work.

We painted inside...
...and we painted outside.
Tracy demonstrated all the different steps on her own canvas and helped us build up a great background from were we could take our painting in so many different directions.
We had to add imagery and create problems for our self that we then had to fix:-)... and at the end of day 1 we were pretty stoked with what we had achieved.

After a nice glass of wine at Alison and Rod's place Tracy and I drove home to find the fire lit, the wine poured and the dinner on the table, thanks to Simon (my hubby) and my kids! What a fantastic day 1 we had!

Day 2 was all about finding our own voice. Tracy was guiding us through our individual struggles...
...she demonstrated different techniques and methods to develop the painting and our paintings started to take very different directions. Our own voices were coming through!
Tracy's final painting (sold to one of the participants!)...
...my final painting...
... and all the 17 paintings and smiling faces!

Thank you Tracy for sharing your knowledge, inspiration and energy!

Thank you Alison and Rod for letting us use your fantastic studio and lawn!

Thank you everyone attending the workshop!!!


Read more about Tracy Verdugos workshops here!



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What great fun I have had painting this piece! The board started out as the display background at an art market that I attended in December. Then it was a place to get rid of left over paint.  My daughter painted a layer and slowly, slowly the background was developing through many layers over several months. The face merged in the layers... just hidden behind the black hat... the hat slowly became more and more hidden again... I think I could have continued for ever...  but I decided to showcase her in a local gallery and had to prepare her for that.


With parts of the following quote as the title she will be delivered to The Refinery Gallery in Paeroa on Sunday! 


"The day I broke up with normal was the first day of my magical life" 

by Jeremy Chin



"The day I broke up with normal", 48"x48"
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