You’re invited! (again)

You’ve been seeing my new collection come together all year. Guess what – now you can see it in person!

For the second time this year, I’d like to invite you to the Raglan Arts Weekend!

It’s not far away now – the new dates are Saturday the 24th of October to Monday the 26th of October. I’ll be at the Nau Mai Business Park, off State Highway 23, on the Saturday and Sunday. There’ll be 4 of us there – me, along with artists Toni Kingstone, Greg from Hammer’d, and Brodie Reynolds.

You can expect to be surrounded by gorgeous paintings, prints, and metal work. Have a chat to us artists and get the inside scoop on the inspiration and creative process. You might even find the perfect piece – the one you’ve been dreaming about ever since lockdown and staying at home! And, you can always grab a coffee from Raglan’s newest espresso bar, The Garden Club, that’s just across the way.

And, I have new artworks to show you!

I’m continuing to work on my new collection, In the Heart of the Wild.

For these paintings, I challenged myself to paint with the largest, splattiest brush I could find. One that leaves swathes of brush marks and gobs of paint on the canvas. When viewed up close, the paintings look like wild abstracts. Then you step back and see how the energy and movement comes together, forming the patterns and texture of the natural scene.

Here’s a sneak preview of what the new paintings look like up close:

Detail of new painting in the collection, In the Heart of the Wild. Lots of earthy brown, green, and bright yellow paint blobs.
Detail of new painting in the collection, In the Heart of the Wild. Lots of earthy brown and bright white paint blobs.
Detail of new painting in the collection, In the Heart of the Wild. Lots of earthy brown, green, and bright yellow paint blobs.
Detail of new painting in the collection, In the Heart of the Wild. Lots of earthy brown and red ochre paint streaks.

I hope you can come along on the 24th or 25th. It’d be lovely to see you and be able to say hello in person!

Oh, and if you aren’t sure about transport, Raglan Shuttle have you covered. They’re organising day tours of the studios that aren’t within walking distance (including us at Nau Mai). And, because parking is a miracle at the wharf at the best of times, they’re also running a shuttle van between the town centre and the wharf. For more information, contact info@raglanshuttle.co.nz.

It’s feeling like summer is right around the corner. Enjoy your week and the sun!

xo

Ailene