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.

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.

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