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.

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!

1 comment:

  1. Not all car rental companies will let you leave your rental car at the parking area because of the damage the Keas do. Milford is one of my favorite places. We took a boat our on the water and it is incredible to see how the bush just grows right down the steep cliffs. Eventually the weight gets to be too much and it all goes crashing into the sea, only to start growing again right away. The sandflies (New Zealand black flies) were bad when we were there. Wear long sleeves and long pants and a hat. A net or chiffon scarf is also good. They are not always bad, but I would be prepared. Apparently repellants with DEET work the best. They only bothered us on the shore. Once on the boat, we were ok. It is definitely a worthwhile trip!