Painting holidays with ADELE EARNSHAW and JOE GARCIA in Adele’s home country of New Zealand!

Unlike traditionally structured painting workshops where students spend the day in the studio with only one or two excursions to paint on location, this will be a laid-back adventure and your studio will be the beaches, islands and rain forests of the the Bay of Islands, where Adele now resides!

Please click on the colored links throughout the blog for all the information about the Painting Holidays in New Zealand. As in all blogs, the last post is the most recent, so be sure to scroll down to see all the posts.


February 22 – February 28, 2015

Watercolor Magic with Deb Groesser

March 3 - 9, 2015

Capture Impressions Swiftly with V...Vaughan

Interested in an Artists' Retreat? Please contact us for information!

Below, you will read posts from SCAV crew members, giving you lots of first hand information about what to expect when you join the Painting Holiday. Be sure to read the older posts too! Visit the INFORMATION ABOUT THE HOLIDAY pages listed on the right side of the blog.

There are lots of links sprinkled throughout the blog posts and pages. Be sure to click on those for an abundance of information about New Zealand. Come back often to view the latest posts and schedule!

All images copyrighted by Adele Earnshaw and Joe Garcia.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Another Day in Paradise

Joanne and I have been busy taste-testing muffins and fish & chips to make sure they're up-to-par for those of you who have signed up for our 2012 Painting Holiday. It's been a rough week but someone has to do the dirty work! While checking out painting venues, we've been keeping our eyes open for optional activities for non-painting partners. We had a good laugh when we saw this sign....

This one's for you, George

Yesterday we visited the Parry Kauri Park where we're scheduled to spend an afternoon next year. The park is an area of dense native rain forest (called bush in NZ) that is home to many native trees including the Rimu, Totara and Kauri which rivals the redwood in size and height. The Kauri and Ponga (treefern) give the New Zealand bush a very primordial look. As you follow the walkway through the bush, you see and hear many of our native birds; Piwakawaka (Fantail), Wood pigeon, Silvereye, Tui and even an Australian parrot, the Rosella. I carry an Audubon bird call with me and called in both Fantails and Silvereyes.

It's end-of-summer-early-autumn here. The weather has been great - a bit of rain every now and then, but it hasn't lasted. It's been in the mid 70's with about 90% humidity. Not sticky at all - but the air feels soft and very sub-tropical. It has been clear at night and the Southern Cross, in the middle of the Milky Way, looks like a kite made of diamonds. Though I haven't been swimming, I've dipped my toes in the sea and have been surprised at how warm it is.

Another day in Paradise. Today we may take the launch to Kawau Island - and will post about the trip later today.


  1. Parry Kauri Park is a favorite spot! I could spend a whole day just watching for fantails there!

  2. Lots of Tui there too. They make such funny sounds that they are easy to hear, but I have yet to see one! Not as easy as when the flax is blooming.