April 2019- A trip to sketch the Chathams and a Watercolour NZ Paintaway in Akaroa.
February-March 2018- Off to sketch a few snow scenes in the Alps.
June-August 2017 - Tony and I wandered for three months of northern summer in England and Ireland. Click 'Sketches' to glimpse a few.
2015 I donated a painting for charity fundraising .... fetched $2700 for the Malaghan Institute - wow!
2012 - ARTIST ON THE ROYAL TOURI was the artist on the Royal Tour of New Zealand by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. A huge privilege and a huge challenge!
Have a look at the Royal website: http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/focus/royal-tour-artist
What an impressive ship I sailed on! The Prince and Duchess and their team are wonderfully hard-working, streamlined, welcoming and humorous. An honour and a joy to join. The itinerary was full and exciting - just sitting in a motorcade is a buzz! Moving amongst adoring crowds in the sunshine made me proud to be a Kiwi.
My experience at fast and free sketching of landscapes, cityscapes, people and events - in New Zealand and Europe - was invaluable for this journey.
INTERNATIONAL WATERCOLOUR BIENNALE organised in Belgrade
2012, 2014, 2016: My paintings accepted for hanging.
2010: I received a highly commended award in this first international watercolour exhibition.
MEMELINK ARTSPACE Petone Esplanade has several of my works.
CHAPLOW'S FRAMERS Main Street, Upper Hutt: Mike has my local works for sale.
Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better
To paint a picture or write a letter.
Bake a cake or plant a seed,
Ponder the difference between want and need?
Dust if you must but there’s not much time,
With rivers to swim and mountains to climb;
Music to hear and books to read;
Friends to cherish and life to lead.
Dust if you must but the world’s out there
With the sun in your eyes and the wind in your hair;
A flutter of snow, a shower of rain,
This day will not come round again.
Dust if you must but bear in mind,
Old age will come and it’s not kind.
And when you go (and go you must)
You, yourself, will make more dust.
Written by Mrs Rose Milligan from Lancaster in Lancashire, England
The poem was first published in the September 15th (21st edition) of 'The Lady' magazine in 1998.
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