Looking Back

From Hawaii to New Zealand



A last minute change of schedule...the reward, Maui.


Funny how things just seem to work out sometimes. I had already decided not to attend this year's Maui Plein air Invitational due to a scheduling conflict with my New Zealand workshop. However, a last minute change of schedule on my end PLUS a last minute opening in their roster, and I was packed and off to paint in the glorious Maui sunshine. This year's wind was much kinder than last's, and luckily I avoided the rain as well. If one area of the island is getting slammed, just find another area. Of course, that sounds easy, but the truth is getting from Kapalua to Paia is no short drive. It's best to really stay on top of all the weather warnings (and be willing to change your plans whenever possible). Several mandatory events, such as the Quick Draw, were originally forecast to be washouts, but Mother Nature was kind to us in the end. 

Here are a few of the pieces I produced on location there. Use the arrows to scroll. Contact Lynn Shue at Village Galleries,  in Lahaina, (808)661-4402 for availability.

From Maui, I headed off to teach a workshop on the South Island of New Zealand. Penny Willocks, a resident of Christchurch and owner of Wilbury Tours handled all of the details for us and found us the most amazing places to paint. This video is from one of our days. We were painting on a farm in the Matukituki Valley when a flock of sheep overtook our plein air studio. Moving these 4000 sheep only happens twice a year. We felt extremely luckily to be part of it. They were on their way to be sheared, giving their warm coats to producers of Merino wool


Queenstown Hill

This view was definitely worth the hike.


Matukituki Valley

I painted and taught here while Mark hiked up to the Glacier above.

Stunning views in and around Wanaka, Arrowtown, and Queenstown inspired every day. Again, we managed to avoid rain and high winds due largely to Penny's knowledge of the area.


Crown Range

One of my "quick captures" as cloud formations floated above the Crown Range. 10x12. Private collection.


Our group

Here's a shot of our group for the 10-day workshop and tour. Thanks to all of you for joining us!

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