Friday, July 28, 2017

Being Part Of The Big Picture

One of the really cool things about the internet is how it can connect us to people and events all around the world. A group in Vancouver Canada are running a project called "The Big Picture"where they take drawings from all over the world and make one large picture out of it. 

Search by name or country or keyword, and each picture comes with a small commentary written by each artist. Its so interesting getting an insight into other people's lives

                                     ....maybe Im just nosey HA!

...certainly a great way to spend a few hours on a rainy day. Click the link to go to the website The Big Picture Project

Here's the picture I submitted, you can search for it online with "Gabby Mckenzie" or "New Zealand":

I am seriously going to Canada oneday, seems like a fabulous place. Meantime I will have to tell myself Im famous there with my funny drawing :)

Only one month of winter left in the southern more month of comfort food and hibernating.

Hungry now??

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

One Winter's Night In The Woodshed....

One Winter's Night In The Woodshed....

....its the title of my latest painting. I read somewhere that Fantails (Piwakawaka) huddle together in sheds to sleep during winter nights so they can survive the cold by sharing body heat (usually they nest only in twos), and I thought 

"how cute would that look!".

Of course it gets really really cold down in Otago so Im sure the Piwakawaka wear woolly hats and scarves too....or at least these ones do!

 Acrylic On Canvas
 25cm H x 50cm W  (10"H x 20"W)

When I was trying to come up with a title for this painting a fellow artist suggested I call it "Where's Wally" because of the red and white striped hat :)

Where's Wally?
(spot the disapproving look on the other bird's face...Fantails are not supposed to wear their hats to bed!)

This painting is headed for the gallery at the Dunedin Railway Station for the annual Edinburgh Realty Art Awards opening early August. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Snow flurries and fantail snuggles

It snowed overnight in Dunedin blanketing everything in shiny white. I love it when it snows, it makes everything glint in the winter sun looking so serene.

(View from Mornington across the harbour to Vauxhall with Highcliff hills in the background)

While its so cold spare a thought for our birdy friends and put out some seeds or fruit. You know food is getting scarce for birds when a giant Kereru lands in your young twiggy kowhai tree to chomp off the young leaves. I really thought he was going to snap the branches off.

And here's a sneak peek at the fantail painting Im working on for the upcoming Edinburgh Art Awards at Otago Art Society...

Work In Progress...still a few feather spots to do....and feet! Flyers need feet!

The exhibition opening is Friday 4th August at the Dunedin Railway Station. It's usually a big opening night so pop along and join the fun! :)