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The Mystery of the Estauries

A newly completed painting from my New Zealand ‘Estuary Series’. I seem to spend many hours sitting staring at the water’s edge, and absorbing the patterns left behind by the tides. Each day is different! I sketch and roughly paint what I see each visit, and these eventually inspire my acrylic and mixed media paintings.

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Estuary Magic 1 & 2

Now that I’m living in New Zealand, I have a whole world of different inspiration to paint.  My initial fascination has been the local estauries and their tidal patterns. Having spent 15 years in the Mediterranean, the tidal movement of the oceans in the Tasman region are a fascination and total mystery to me. Each moment I spend sitting at the edge of the bay opens up a whole new watery landscape to sketch, and paint and lose myself in. These two paintings are the first in a series based on these estauries.

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What’s Hidden Beneath is Magic – SOLD

SOLD – I loved working on this painting as we spend the first full winter in Greece for many years. Lockdown has kept us close to home, but how lucky are we to have a gorgeous long beach right on the doorstep. I’ve wandered along it in many weathers, and the ocean is often ominous and crashing. This painting though, portrays it somewhere in between that and the usual glorious calm blue it usually is during summer.

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Hidden Depths #1 and #2 – SOLD

BOTH SOLD – Hot off the press! These two 40 x 40cm boards were a deliberate change in colour palette and can be purchased as a diptych, although they are perfect just on their own! In this series, I’m delving into marks and shapes of what I imagine are under these vast oceans around us. The Mediterranean, which is right at my door, is probably a little more deceptive than the surf beaches of New Zealand and Australia which continuously churn up various types and shades of seaweeds, but nevertheless, there must still be some interesting stuff in it’s Hidden Depths!

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Sandstone Inspiration 1


This small mixed media canvas is the 1st of 3 small paintings in my new ‘Sandstone Inspirations’series. This was inspired by my photos of some of the amazing sandstone rock formations that can be found along the Australian coastline. This one was at Curl Curl, Sydney. These 3 paintings could be hung together to form a triptych.

Details of this painting can be found in Gallery – Abstracts.


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Bougainvillea Pathway, Skopelos


I stumbled across this lovely bougainvillea covered pathway, or set of steps, whilst staying in Skopelos last year.  The pink doorway at the top just seemed to set off the petals amongst the patterns of filtered light.

Details of this painting can be found in Gallery – Greece.

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Art Weekly 164 – No Surf, Lakes Entrance

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23rd December 2015 –

Firstly, I’ll take this opportunity to wish all of you a Very Merry Christmas and Very Best Wishes for a safe and healthy 2016.

I thought this little painting would be appropriate this Christmas week, whilst thinking of those of you in the Southern Hemisphere just about to launch yourselves into the summer holidays.

On our jaunt down the east coast of Australia earlier this year, we visited some beautiful beach-side towns and we always make a point of wandering along the beaches. We spent a night in Lakes Entrance, a reasonably nice place in Victoria, but to me mostly memorable, due to the wonderful ‘Aussie’ hamburger I managed to scoff, complete with beetroot! The beach there was beautiful, with true golden sand and tiers of blue and green water, which, of course, captured my eye and had the camera clicking. Absolutely no surf though!

If you would like to buy this painting, please click on this link to my Art Weekly Online Shop, or if you’d rather deal with me direct, please email me at

No Surf, Lakes Entrance
Price: AUD$ 90.00
Size: 21 x 15cm
(Postage and handling included)

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Acrylic Painting – April Class 4

This was the last morning of acrylics class for this group of cheerful artists and great progress was made throughout the course, with some wonderful achievements. Those paintings that didn’t quite get finished are so very close, and I look forward to seeing the final result.

Many thanks everyone for your hard work and enthusiasm over the four weeks. I hope you’re all feeling inspired to keep on painting!

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The paintings below just need a few tweaks to completeJan-Wk4AnneMarie-Wk4Ingrid2-Wk4Finished – Two Proud Artists!

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And even the start of two new paintings – all of the above started out just like these!Bo2-Wk4 Jenny2-Wk4

For info on future art courses including sketching, monoprint, collage and painting, contact:  Gill’s website:

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Art Weekly 141 – Polperro, Cornwall

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I took this photo of the harbour in Polperro when we visited the UK in December. This is my first ever painting of anywhere in England and the colour palette was a bit challenging! One of my reasons for wanting to visit Cornwall again after nearly 40 years was to see and photograph these tiny fishing villages tucked into the Cornish coast.

Polperro is a magical place with its jumble of small white houses and narrow streets set around a pretty harbour with its bobbing boats (when the tide’s in) – sounds a bit like Greece really, apart from the tide, but, way different! The fish and chips eaten in a little topsy turvey pub on the harbours edge were most definitely a high point. It really doesn’t take much imagination to evoke the centuries of its history as a thriving smugglers port either.

If  you would like to buy this painting, please click on this link to my Art Weekly Online Shop, or if you’d rather deal with me direct, please email me at

Polperro, Cornwall
Price: SOLD
Size: 21 x 15cm
(Postage and handling included)