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Saturday, March 31, 2007

What the heck is going on ??


What the heck is going on with me ?? hehe I'm goin all BLUE !!!

Blue is not normally my favourite colour to paint in.... argggh

I was talking to one of my galleriers the other day ..... and wasnt sure about a painting I am going to take into them .....said I wasnt sure about it ...... They asked me Why? oh my gosh ..... that made me think... coz I dont know sometimes why I dont like a painting... that I have just done..... mmmmm I said " I dont know I think it may be all the Blue ?? " funny enough they liked the blue........ I don't know ???

so why the heck am I painting in blue at the mo !!

I just love golds !!! but lately when I have been painting my hand goes straight to that damn blue heheh

Oh well I need to go where my spirit takes me soooooo who knows What Next ???

Keep tuned to see what I am up to next !!

Take Care and make sure you have an awesome day !!
Cheers Donna :)

Friday, March 30, 2007

Just finished this painting for a Charity Auction!!

" Within the Shadows "
510mm x 410mm


" Our Land"
900mm x 300mm

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Just finished "OUR LAND " This painting along with " Within the Shadows" will be up for Auction at

The Inaugural Canterbury ART in SOL Silent Auction at Marocka .... approx 27 Canterbury Artists are involved with this awesome Charity Auction !!

CHARITY : SAVE THE CHILDREN FUND !

Date : April 11,2007

Time : 6.30 - 8.30pm

Where : Marocka Jewellery and Artwork
SOL Square
110 Lichfield Street
His Lordship's Lane
Christchurch

Entry $15.00 pp at door
Drinks and Nibbles Provided

I will be there along with heaps of other Canterbury Artist and would love to meet you !!
Please come along and support this Great Charity !!

Cheers Donna :)

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Don't you just hate it when....Your head space changes !!


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This painting has been a real learning Curve for me !!....


I dont know about you guys but sometimes when we get stuck in a rut we think RIGHT I'M GONNA DO ..... and that is sorta what has happened to me with this painting !! mmmm A RUT well thats probably not the right word .....really ... ummmm

I dont know ....its like Why do some things that people say Stick in our Minds ?????


and Why is it always the negative comments that are the ones we seem to remember ??


And Why do we care so much about what others say??

I got it into my head that I needed to change my style of painting .... due to a comment made to me from nearly a complete stranger ! !

And thats when the problems started ...... I started this painting and was really enjoying it.... but then that comments kept comming back like an echo in the wind.....I started painting from my head rather than my heart !! to try and make this painting different from my style ! the more I did this the more I kept getting off track and getting more unhappy...... at one point I was going to throw in the towel !!

AND THEN THE PENNY DROPPED !!!


1 week later , it just dawned on me, DONNA WHY DO YOU PAINT ?


I paint because I have no Choice !! I need to paint! I want to paint ! Thats one way in which I express myself without using words or gestures !!


I paint from my heart , I paint what is.. and how I feel !!


I dont paint what I think people will buy (although that would be great if I could )!! hehe... So therefore why change my style because of one persons comment ! No doubt, over time my style will change it will evolve but isnt that what we do everyday as people ?

So sorry boy am I rambling tonight .... so as you check out this painting it is finally finished and Sorry to the people that liked where I was going with it !! but at this stage that just wasn't me.....


LIFE IS SO HETIC AND BUSY WE NEED TO STOP SOMETIMES AND SMELL THE ROSES !


NOT TO WORRY ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE SAY OR DO BUT TO BE TRUE TO OURSELVES !!


Hey thanks for listening hehe


Take care Cheers Donna :)



Saturday, March 24, 2007

OMG OVERKILL !!! I'm such an Idiot !!!!

I havnt posted for a few days Coz I am an idiot !!!!

just learnt a HUGE LESSON THE HARD WAY !!! I have Killed this painting with a slow painful Death !!!

Why the heck didnt I just STOP WHEN I WAS AHEAD !!

I was trying something new for me with the shading of the hills and at that last photo I think I got it just right.... but I have this really bad habit of I'll just add a little here and there.... thinking I was tweeking !!!

BUGGAR !!!! so will work on it again over the next couple of days and hopefully post again tomorrow ?? wish me luck fingers crossed.......

A BIG THANKS to my friend Shelly Van Soest for knocking some sense into me !! and telling me to STOP !! HEHEH

Oh my wee 7yr old daughter has been selected for our Province Canterbury Athletics , and the meet is today so Wish us Luck !!

talk soon
Still trying to smile cheers Donna :)

Monday, March 19, 2007

2 paintings needed for the gallery....well



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Ok I need two large paintings for one of my galleriers by the 1st of April.... so a few late nights and working throughout the day... here is where I am up to on this new painting.. based on my recent trip to queenstown.... coming through The Lindis Pass ....
I am trying a few new things with this painting with regards to shading .......remember it is the early stages so far ...
Better go and do some more painting .... Talk soon...
cheers Donna :-)






I'm all over the place !!!

Hi guys mmmmm hubby asked me in the weekend about what my deadlines for work were....
hehe....
..... I am so organised with some things and SO NOT ORGANISED WITH OTHERS.... remember what I said at the beginning of the year that I WASN'T GOIN TO OVERCOMMIT MYSELF THIS YEAR !! heheh .....

I know what work I need in the back of my mind ...but you blink and the time just flys by ....
So I have diarized it all and omg boy does it seem a lot more on paper !! lol

I keep forgetting that in the mean time I need to top up my Galleries........ so been caught out a little with that....

Ok Dates .... Need a couple of biggesssss for one of the galleries..... for 1st April.... then need a few for an upcoming joint Exhibition in tauranga... for May to be delivered by end of April.... that takes me to May have heaps more to do Work to send to The Original Art Sale in Auckland for August, An Exhibition in September, then anotherone in October so it goes on ....... Oh and I have a couple of commissions to do ...... Boy you should see my eyes or should I say my baggy eyes.... Glad I gave up work !!! hehe

Ok Clear the mind and plodd on ............

The Taylors Mistake painting is at a standstill because of these deadlines as it is one I am doing for my own Exhibition later in the year .... so will keep you in tune as I pick it up later on...
I have started a new painting based on our road trip... so will take some pikies later this morning .... I am just loving this painting so far.... it just takes me back to being there.......arrrr.....anyway betta go ....kids to get to school ..... talk soon and thanks again for checking up on me ......
:-) cheers Donna

Thursday, March 15, 2007

SO INSPIRED .....heres some more photos .....

Looking out from Queenstown itself !!

Well here's a few more photos of my road trip.... this year I really wanted to paint some different skys so I took a lot of photos of skys at different times of the day.


The next 3 photos are of Mt Cook !!


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This next photo is the view from where we
stayed ! looking out to " The Remarables mountains"


This next photo is looking out through the window

of " The Church of the Good Shepard" Tekapo




Looking out from where we stayed!!

ARRRRHH BEAUTIFUL SKY !!



ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL SKY LOOKING

OUT FROM WHERE WE STAYED !



I have soooo many photos ......... but all I can say is I am so Inspired !!!! almost dont know what to do next !!! I feel like a kid in a lollie shop hehe !!
anyway must dash talk to you soon !!!! :-)
cheers Donna

Monday, March 12, 2007

YAYAYAYAY I'M BACK !!! AND BOY HAVE I GOT.......







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Hi everyone I am sooooo pleased I'm back Coz have I got some awesome photos to show you guys !!!!
B4 I went away I was feeling really Jaded and Oh I don't know pretty had it.... and feeling really streched.... etc.... so this Road Trip was just what the doctor ordered hehehe !!
So little time so much to do .... I took sooo many photos it's not funny ......
OMG what a Beautiful Country I live in !!!!
It is so easy to take things for granted .... and you know what ? I think we all do that .... be it e things or people for granted....
After going away for those few days and just "Being" not worrying about what time it was, or getting meals prepared in certain times, just "Being Still " and wakeing up when your body is ready to wake up and when you finally do get up ....opening curtains to the most beautiful view of mountains and a lake..... Taking walks along river beds... just listening to the water rush down from the mountains.....
I now feel so Rested,Calm,and Inspired !!!!!! I just want to PAINT PAINT PAINT....... I HAVE SOME REALLY COOL IDEAS AND CANT WAIT..... !!! OH GOSH I THINK I'M GONNA HAVE TO ...... COZ I REALLY NEED TO FINISH THIS LAST PAINTING 1ST AWE..... WE'LL SEE LOL....
What do you think of these few photos ..... tomorrow I will go through them and load some more....
Take Care and thanks for checking up on me.
Cheers for now !! Donna :-)










Thursday, March 08, 2007

Off on a Road Trip to Queenstown !!

Off on a road trip to Queenstown !!! YAYA so no painting for a few days awwww :-( will miss my easel and paints.... not to mention my rolling tissue hehe.... but will have some awesome photos to show you guys on my return !!

I have been counting down the days till this trip.... as I want to use this trip for inspiration for 2 exhibitions I have coming up this year ..... I CAN'T WAIT ........... SO keep tuned for some AWESOME PHOTOS !!!!! of a BEAUTIFUL PART OF NEW ZEALAND !!

Talk soon ..... :-) cheers Donna :-)

Good Question Mark ??? what was the mistake in Taylors Mistake ??




Hey mark howzit goin??Love ur new pikies !!!!! good question..... Re what mistake ??? for Taylors Mistake ?? Answer ... Ok heres your history lesson for the day hehe
A guy by the name of Taylor was sailing his ship to Lyttleton Harbour .... The entrance to Lyttleton Harbour is to the Left of Godley Head but he sailed right and grounded his ship... on a lovey little beach which is now known as Taylors Mistake !!
Yes I agree with You Mark and Shelly ... re leaves...
So keep watch........
To check the detail in the paintings just click onto paintings and they will enlarge :-)
*** Now back to this painting still really underpainting at this stage so ..... don't worry about the taylors mistake part as it has heaps to go ... but started with the 2d tree..... going through withdrawls from 2d work and that is still in very early stages also so the shape of where the branches and tree goes is still to take proper shape :-) hehe..... so here goes this is where I am up to....
Cheers For now !! talk soon .... Oh by the way thanks for stopping by and checking up on me :-)
cheers Donna :-)

Monday, March 05, 2007

DIPTYCH .... TAYLORS MISTAKE....




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Hi everyone welcome back .....ok this is going to be the one I started the other day and put on hold till I finished the last one !

Its a Diptych( that is just a fancy pants art term for 2 canvas's) hehe

I have taken some awesome photo shots of Taylors Mistake... so thought I would use them for inspiration for this painting.....

:-) cheers Donna

Saturday, March 03, 2007

I JUST DON'T KNOW ????

OK.... OK..... I THINK I'M DONE ?????? BUT u know what ..... I'm just not sold on this painting !!

I am still thinking about its name though.... have bandied around a few things like.... "FROM MY EYES" ...... "MY VIEW" ....."WHAT I SEE" ...."WHAT DO YOU SEE" ..... " READING BETWEEN THE LINES".........

If anyone can come up with a suggestion for a name ..... suggestions welcome ???

Hubby still dosn't like it hehe.... so is that the reason I'm not sold on it ....????? ARGHHHHH !!!

I know I wanted to do different things this year and play with texture etc.... so I should be happy with myself for finishing this one .... but SELF DOUBT is a great thing especially in the life of an artist.......we are fantastic at that.....lol

So here goes this is the finished product ......

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ummmm what do you think...... Now I know ..... yes ....I am happy for you to be truthful so dont worry about hurting my feelings ..... go on ..... just give it to me....... Oh wait a minute let me close my eyes first........

OK GO !!!!.....................................................

CHEERS DONNA :-)

Friday, March 02, 2007

ok !!!! WELL ????


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OK ... been painting today and done a little with the sky .... but mainly I have done the 1st coat of paint on the vine..... so here are some pickies of where I am up to ... you know what still not sure on this one ...... boy we do get stuck in our ways dont we !! hehe




cheers Donna :-)

Thursday, March 01, 2007

........THANKS GUYS.....

...... THANKS FOR THE FEED BACK GUYS !!!! ........OK I'LL GIVE IT A GO !!

Oh pooh hoo hubbys comments A !! lol.... but now his comments just keep going around in circles in my head..... all I can think about now is this texture.... and do I like it ?? ..... Argh .....

Its so different from what I normally do..... (that particular texture I mean ) hehe but the thing I wanted to do this year most of all was to stretch myself and try new things.... So I am not going to do the easy thing and pop it away for another couple of months !!.......

So WHERE FROM HERE ????? OMG WHO KNOWS ????? ARGH!!!!!!!!!!

On a different note.... I am soooooo loving not working... hehe normally today I would be running around like a lunny woman hurring the kids up to get ready as I didnt want to be late for work..hehe but what am I doing but tap tap tapping on this my favourite pass time ....lol catching up with you guys !!! YAYAYAYAYA.......... the only thing is I soooo want to paint today but have promised my eldest daughter I would clean up her room and wardrobe omg if you dont here back from me in a couple of days would ya call help and resucue !!!!! coz I am more than likely lost in her messy room lol

Talk soon cheers Donna :-)

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