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.

Monday, March 14, 2011

It's SO Kiwi!

A kiwi guardrail. There is a long drop off the edge of the road here. It is a narrow gravel road, and only one lane wide in places as it goes over a steep hill. The guard rail is to notify you that you shouldn't drive over the edge, but isn't designed to keep you from going over. It is saying, "hey, there is a drop off here, use your common sense and don't go there!"

Once you get off the motorway and start driving on the more rural roads, there are many one lane bridges. In the South Island there is one that you share with a train and you have to make sure no train is coming before you drive over it. Here you just have to make sure no car is coming. This sign tells you that you have to yield (give way) to someone coming from the other direction.

This view is very typical of the North Island. The photo was taken on the road just above the turnoff into Matakana, about an hour north of Auckland.  Note the older home to the left. It is small and probably 70 years old. Here, they call them "character" homes. A lot of 5 acres or more is a "lifestyle block". This is probably a farm with even more acreage than that. New Zealand uses the metric system so land is measured in hectares and smaller "sections" are measured in square metres. Note the tank to the right of the house. Large homes might have 2 or 3 tanks. It is called a storm water system, and is actually the source of water for the home. Farms often have bores (wells) but most homes get enough water just from catching what drains from the roof when it rains. See the pipe going from the gutter to the tank? The water is  usually drinkable without treatment.   New Zealanders don't have very good teeth, and part of the reason is that there is no fluoride in rainwater. 

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