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.


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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.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

A few photos from the first Painting New Zealand Holiday, 2012!

The Crew of Southern Cross ArtVentures gives a hearty thanks to all who participated in the premier New Zealand Painting Holiday! We appreciate everyone who spent the week with us and hope that your week on the Kowhai Coast (near Auckland) of New Zealand was memorable!
Joanne pours Bev the first glass of wine at the welcome dinner!

Wendy, Tera, Jan, Mel & Bev enjoy the evening at the Riverside Matakana boat dock on the Mahurangi River below the resort.
The crew of SCAV served up a hearty welcome dinner and wine!

Tera painting on Kawau Island.
Rob & Dee on the launch to Kawau Island
The entire group enjoying an evening at the Tawharanui Peninsula home of Lindsay & Brian.

SCAV crew, Joe Garcia, Adele Earnshaw, Jim Hanson, Anne Garcia and Joanne Hanson

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Kia Ora!

Southern Cross ArtVenture crew escorted our flock of artists and their friends to the airport in Auckland last Sunday. Several folks had later flights, so we treated them to lunch in the artsy district of Parnell and a trip to the Auckland War Memorial Museum. There, we enjoyed a performance of traditional Maori dance, music, and folklore, complete with the intimidating Haka-- Maori preparing for battle.

Monday we moved our gear to “our” bach (vacation house) in Matheson Bay, a quiet residential community in Leigh about 2 hours north of Auckland. The neighborhood overlooks a beautiful small bay and beach.

Bush walk near the house

Reserve walk through the neighborhood

Joe Painting at nearby Scotts Landing. Cloudy, but warm.
Today we met the owners, Justine and Kevin. They told us of the eccentricities of bach living, and it was really great to meet this retired couple from Auckland. The bach journal testifies to their hospitality and generosity with friends and family. They instructed us to finish off the summer garden veggies of tomatoes, string beans, parsley, basil. And to please see that the beetroot seedlings get enough water—not usually a problem here!

After lunch each of us went our own way. The artists—Adele, Joanne and Joe—went to the little bay below the house to paint. Jim had an errand to run into Warkworth, and I had a walkabout the neighborhood on the footpath reserves that follow the coastline.

A reserve is a wonderful concept in this country. In most residential areas or off any highway, you will see designated reserves for the public to enjoy. Many times a path may cut along the edge of someone’s yard or paddock. The attitude is that the beauty of the land is to be shared. So, unlike in the USA, where usually one must see the sights only from the road or in a park, New Zealand allows it’s citizens and visitors the right to have an “up close and personal” experience with the land and coast. Many times the paths are simply dirt or grass that is kept shorn by the resident sheep or goats. Other reserves are more elaborate with boardwalks built above the mangroves and through ponga forests (silver tree fern). Along with this willingness of owners to share their property, comes the responsibility of the public to respect their privacy and to help keep the reserves safe and clean. It seems to work. It’s one of the things I look forward to most when I visit here. Clearly, property rights and liability suits are not an issue here. How refreshing!

A few words to describe my New Zealand experience so far:

Hurt-the-eyes green, sunny, rainy, windy, calm
Kauri, totara, rimu, ponga, pohutakawa, tea tree
Tui, fantail, bellbird, pukeko, oyster catcher
Tawharanui Regional Park
Amazingly blue ocean, marine reserves
Friendly people, crazy drivers
No screens on the windows
Open doors and windows
Walking, tramping, hiking
Jandals—flip-flops, togs—swimsuit
Veggie gardens, orchards, vineyards, fish
Bountiful land and sea.

Cloudy, but warm
Sunny days that scorch the skin in seconds
Sunscreen, hats
No Worries, Mate!

Posted by Anne