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.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Things to Do in Wellington

Default 101 things to do in Wellington

Wellington is the Capitol of New Zealand, though Auckland is the largest city. It is home to New Zealand's parliament, Te Papa Museum and is at the very most southern tip of the North Island.

There are too many places for me to post a link for all of them, but just google the name plus Wellington, NZ and you should be able to find information or email me and I'll track down a link for you.

1. Visit the Te Papa Museum.
2. Ride on the Cable Car from Lambton Quay to the Botanic Gardens
3. Visit the Marine Education Center at Island Bay
4. Listen for penguins coming back to their nests at dusk
5. Rent a kayak and paddle round the harbour.
6. Fish & chips at Wellington Trawling Market (Cuba Street/Lambton Quay)
7. Wash them down with a beer at Mighty Mighty on Cuba Street
8. Enjoy at bottle of Waiheke Island wine at the Matterhorn on Cuba Street
9. Walk up Mount Victoria for a great view of Wellington (take the 20 bus or walk up through the greenbelt)
10. Regional Wines off the Basin reserve offers free wine tasting
11. Buy fresh fish right off the boat (market behind Te Papa Museum)
12. Have coffee at Cafe 32 on the Terrace, keeping an eye open for the Prime Minister, John Key, who is known to sneak a cigarette there.
13. Go surfing at Lyall Bay
14. Go horse riding in the Ohariu Valley
15. Take the Dominion Post Ferry for the Harbor Explorer Trip
16. Go to the Dockside Restaurant for Bluff oysters
17. Go to the market on Saturday afternoon (behind Te Papa Museum)
18. Go to the Weta Cave in Miramar
19. Go wine tasting in Martinborough
20. Buy a $6 day tripper bus ticket and see Wellington by bus
21. Take a tour of Parliament (called 'The Beehive')
22. Visit the City & Sea Museum
23. Have High Tea at the James Cook Hotel
24. Visit the Carter Observatory at the top of the Botanic Gardens and learn about the Southern Hemisphere sky.
25. Try locally-brewed beer at Malthouse on Courtney Place
26. Walk the skyline from Mt. Kaukau (above Khandallah) to Crofton Downs for a spectacular view
27. Have authentic ethnic food in the Mediterranean Food Warehouse (hole in the wall places but supposed to be good)
28. Take the ferry to Sommes Island - great views, flora fauna and history.
29. Have a drink at the BackBencher near Parliament. This bar/cafe is on the property that my great great grandparents owned in the 1800's.
30. Buy 'The Entertainment Book' for discounts at many of these local places.
31. Take the ferry to Eastbourne and go to the Chocolate Dayz Cafe.
32. Have a beer on the grass at the Heineken Hotel
33. Take the nigh tour at the Karori Sanctuary Experience
34. Visit the New Zealand Portrait Gallery
35. Go to a free Wednesday lunchtime classical concert at St. Andrew's on the Terrace
36. Go to a ukulele jamming session with the Wellington Ukulele Collective
37. Pick up a free booklet, 'Feeling Great! Wellington's Guide to Recreation and Events. The booklet can be found at the railway station, libraries, shopping malls, etc.
38. Go swimming int he Hutt or Akatarawa River in the Hutt Valley. Best spots to swim are at the junction of Hutt River and Akatarawa River, Hutt River by accessway next to 91 Gemstone Drive, Hutt River at Totara Park or the Akatarawa River at the Blueberry farm, where you can pick your own blueberries.
39. Check on the free concerts at the Botanical Gardens
40. Go to Makara Beach, which overlooks the Tasman Sea and were you can sometimes see the South Island from the lookout point.
41. Go to the roller derby!
42. Visit the historic Bolton Street Cemetery and look for the graves of my rellies, some of the oldest gravestones there!
43. The best contemporary art exhibitions are at City Gallery.
44. Follow a visit to City Gallery with smoked salmon kedgeree lunch while reading British Newspapers at the adjoining Nikau Cafe.
45. Visit old St. Pauls on Mulgrave Street to see stunning gothic architecture using native New Zealand woods. This is near the pub/cafe Back Bencher, that I mentioned earlier in the list.
46. Into literature? Visit the Katherine Mansfield House on Tinakori Rd. It contains a lot of photos of early Welly.
47. Take the Marine drive from Owhiro Bay right around the coastline to Eastbourne. It takes about two hours (easy drive) at the water's edge for most of the way.
48. Visit Petone - historical and quirky. Petone was the first European settlement in the region and retains many historical buildings and landmarks.

Thanks to cousin Margaret for the last 7 suggestions!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Hawkes Bay

I can't get enough of New Zealand. After living in the U.S. for so many years, I still return home almost every year and find it very hard to leave. So yesterday, a FOR SALE sign was put in front of my house. When the house sells, I'll buy a house in New Zealand and spend about 8 months of each year there. I'm hoping that I'll be living in New Zealand by the time you arrive for the 2012 Painting Holiday....but we all know the current state of the housing market in the U.S. so perhaps it will take a little longer.

Joanne and I were born in Hawke's Bay, which is about three-quarters of the way down the North Island and named by Captain Cook Our great great great grandparents were some of the first settlers in the area and our father grew up in Otane - a wide spot in the road about 30 miles from Napier. In 1931, Hawke's Bay was hit by an earthquake. The quake and subsequent fire destroyed the city of Napier. My father has vivid memories of the quake and living in a tent afterward as their house burned when the wood-burning cook stove toppled. If talk of earthquakes makes you nervous, let me point out that the first earthquake I experienced was in California - and Joanne's first earthquake was in Japan.

As Napier was rebuilt in the 1930's, the city is called The Art Deco City. "Nowhere else can you see such a variety of buildings in the styles of the 1930s - Stripped Classical, Spanish Mission, and above all Art Deco, the style of the 20th Century - in such a concentrated area." The area surrounding Napier is known for great wineries. Hawke's Bay is flatter and drier than further north. If you're interested in birds, Cape Kidnappers has a fabulous gannet colony, one of the largest mainland colonies in the world.

Joanne and I spent a lot of time in Napier when we were kids. Our grandfather was manager of the largest theatre in Napier - back in the days when there were torch (flashlight) carrying ushers and ladies in short skirts with trays around their necks who sold lollies (candy) and cigarettes! As we were 'bush kids', we enjoyed the wonders of living in a city for a few weeks; taking the city bus, having milk delivered in glass bottles, waiting for the postie (mailman) to deliver the mail and roller skating on the Marine Parade. Our Aunt still lives in Napier, so every trip home to New Zealand includes a trip to Hawke's Bay.

As all my photos of Napier seem to include waving cousins, I'm afraid I don't have any of my own photos to post here....but if you click on the links, you'll have all the info you need.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Garcia's adventure down South

Our last trip to New Zealand took us to the South Island for a week's adventure to Milford Sound, Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, Christchurch and a few other choice spots. It was a whirlwind trip, but we saw a lot in a short time.

If you possibly can, include the Milford Sound in your plans. We were thrilled by the peaks and the fiords! The drive from Te Anau was memorable in itself. Allow a half day from there to the Sound, so that you can stop and enjoy the sights along the way. Chartered buses are available, but we prefer to go on our own in most cases.

Along the Milford Road

Stands of lupine along the river near the Milford Road

Views of  the majestic mountains

We stopped near the entrance to the tunnel through the mountain to the fiord and were met by
cheeky beggers--Kea parrots!
 Beware! They will tear off rubber and metal from your car--even go for your shoelaces!

The vast beauty of the Milford Sound

Don't miss it!