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a fine cuppa tea

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Man, I've been thinking. As you do, but I have to grab the odd thought that pops into my head, usually as a result of something else that sparks it.. so not of my own making entirely.

So I made myself a cup of tea - a glorious cuppa mi chai from Healtheries. Which sparked it all, you see, for the teabag tag had a message on it "tea.. (and on the reverse) ..is always a good idea".

Gives one the warm fuzzies, not?

And then I another that said "be happy.. (flick it) ..and smile".

We can play with that one. How about "smile ... and be happy" as I believe one can change one's mood by pasting on a fake smile - and then slowly work your way into swapping the fake smile with a real smile. Mi chai actually makes this really possible. Try it. Spread the smile from the corners of the mouth to the corners of the eyes.

So another tag said "you are ... my cup of tea".  Aw, so the smile worked?

Enough stuff and fluff, time for one more, then back to w…

deep waters

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There is a group exhibition opening tomorrow night (Tuesday 15th August 2017) at 6pm in Lower Hutt, Wellington. A special mention: Sophie Gardiner for the initiative and drive to make this happen, she's making waves.. !!



And for those who don't live in Wellington and surrounds, photos of my work in this to follow soon.
Thanks for following my blog best wishes erika

she sells sea shells she should share..

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Hi there, hope my southern hemisphere friends are keeping warm, and those up north are having fun.. remember, the days are getting shorter already for you guys muhahahaaaa!! ;-)

I've been having loads of fun with.. you guessed it... watercolour!! I've been doing a lot of drawing lately, inspired by this online course which I recommend to all. Nothing like rekindling the old spirit and getting out the trusty old graphite and a piece of nice paper. There is something pure and true about pencil and paper and I dream of an exhibition showing only drawings on huge strips of paper!!!! I wish.

In the meantime I have a couple of small works in the making for an exhibition at Huia Gallery in  August (14 - 28), Odlins Lower Hutt, Wellington, reflecting on the ocean... "handle with care" will be included - the shell skeleton is that of a Coluzea Altocanalis, found in NZ waters around the Chatham Islands, and only about 6 - 8cm long. Te Papa has some samples..


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What, why, where, who?

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This image was a random find.. and having a geriatric mind, I just can't recall where this was from. I know it was in a public space somewhere between Auckland and Kerikeri - could even have been on a ferry or something? Anyway, it made me chuckle - and that is a major, to make someone chuckle out loud. To make someone take a piccie of the chuckle is even better.. and sharing it is a no brainer. Now if someone could just tell me where I found this, my happiness would be complete.

The creativity and pizzaz of people boggles the mind. Brilliant. Thank you invisible person. You might just be the next Banksy - keep going!


week 24 - rain in Africa

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Rain in large parts of Africa is scarce and precious, therefore so much appreciated and celebrated.. by animal and human alike.

This little painting is about that very substance, more precious than diamonds and gold. And it has a song that played in my head, over and over and over... Africa by Toto.

 For sale here
Thanks for visiting my blog :-)
Cheers erika



week 23 - Spirits of Afrika

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Happy New Year and a most wonderful 2017 to each and every amazing person that reads this. Bless you for following my art and having a look at what is cooking.
New year's resolutions? Pfffffft who needs them? Let's just carry on and up! So here is another of my little works I've been painting in between illustrating 5 (yes, five..) little books in the 'Adventures of Morley and Jack Rabbit' series, written by Paul Geerlings. The first two are already available on Kindle, while the hardcover and paperback release date is set for 1 February 2017.. yay!!
In the meantime here is 'Spirits of Afrika' - acrylic and graphite mixed media on stretched canvas, 300mm x 300mm x 3.5mm, ready to hang. The women of Africa are all made of African dust - like me ;-).. Signature (arike) left bottom as always.

God bless ;-)
erika