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Local livestock

I finally finished this painting which was started last year. My goal is to finish all of the leftovers, but still start some new work because that keeps me interested.

Just started, Ganet in New Zealand

This painting, of a ganet that I took a picture of last year in New Zealand, was started in a workshop on Saturday. I got this far that day. It needs a lot more paint on the canvas.

As soon as the young ganets learn to fly they immediately set out for Australia where they stay for 3 years, then fly home to New Zealand for the rest of their lives. As our New Zealand guide said, “One trip to Australia was enough!”

Dog on a walk

Another unfinished painting. I have worked on it quite a lot, but there are still parts of it that  don’t satisfy me.

I am trying to keep painting and reading to distract myself from present troubles. It does help.

I finished reading “The Way We Live Now”. What a wonderful novel! I have started reading the autobiography of Trollop. It isn’t as gripping as a novel, but is still an absorbing read. Jerry and I are about half way through the book on the eruption of Krakatoa and we have finally come to the actual explosion of the island. It was a catastrophic event. Makes present problems seem puny compared to what the survivors of that disaster endured.

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10 Responses to More paintings

  1. Rain says:

    That was interesting to see your work in process. I especially like ‘Local Livestock.’

  2. dale says:

    I love the dog on a walk, especially! The color and the criss-cross shadows over the road.

    Trollope is really wonderful, isn’t he? No one else quite like him.

  3. Love your work. Jealous of your talent and your commitment. As an australian should I be insulted? No. I liked the guides comment. If we can refer to Bondi as New Aukland, he or she is more than entitled to the crack.
    I would very much like to see more photos of the Gannet and the Dog on a Walk as they progress.

  4. wisewebwoman says:

    I am trying to keep painting and reading to distract myself from present troubles. It does help.

    I needed to see this today along with your inspiring works in progress.

  5. Betty says:

    Sorry for your worries Anne – each one sounds awful and together they must hurt a lot. The paintings are wonderful and the birds are the best [to my eye]! I love everything about them – great composition, great colour and a great subject – can’t help but wonder what they are chatting about? Maybe you and your concerns? Take care and have a good Christmas if I don’t get back here which I rather doubt. I am preparing to go to Toronto from Jan 1 to March 31 – have sublet an apartment [too much snow here. I love it but I am not a confident snow driver] and will take a painting course while there.

  6. Lucy says:

    Good for you to turn to those things rather than from them at difficult times. I love highland cattle, and New Zealand gannets bring back good memories of our visit there to my sister.

    Best wishes for Christmas, I hope it has brought you some cheer, may things grow easier in the coming year.

  7. Betty says:

    Happy New Year Anne.

  8. Hattie says:

    I like these latest works a lot. I hope you are comfortable and out of the cold.

  9. You’re the one the white puppy on the tree-lined path has turned to. “Follow this way!” May the road to the future be smoother in the coming year. yours, naomi

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