Thursday, February 26, 2009

Glass House Mountains-SOLD

copyright 2009 Hannah Phelps
oil on canvas, 6" x 10"

My last stop on my tour of Australia was Brisbane, Queensland to visit a good friend of mine. She took me to the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve in Maleny to take a walk in hopes of seeing some wildlife. In addition to bush turkeys (and other birds whose names I have since forgotten) we did catch a glimpse of a Red-legged Pademelon, a type of marsupial that is smaller than a wallaby. Not as exciting an event to an Australian perhaps, but I was thrilled! The entrance to the reserve offers a beautiful view of the Glass House Mountains in the distance.

Now, as then, it is time to leave summer and come home to New Hampshire, where there is still quite a bit of snow!



This painting has SOLD!!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Phillip Island

copyright 2009 Hannah Phelps
oil on board, 6" x 8"

This scene could be almost any rocky coast in the world, but it is actually Phillip Island in Australia.

An easy day trip from Melbourne, we specifically visited for the nightly penguin show. Every evening, the Little Penguins return from the sea with food for the young they left on the beach and quiet, well-behaved people are allowed to watch the ritual. We ended up seated right next to a nest filled with babies. We didn't know the little guys were so close until their parents started feeding them. Not only did we get a wonderful private view, we were also able to enjoy the special "perfume" of hungry penguins.


Thursday, February 19, 2009

Great Ocean Road II

copyright 2009 Hannah Phelps
oil on board, 6" x 8"

If one likes rocks and water, and I think it is obvious that I do, a drive on the Great Ocean Road is Heaven. The Great Ocean Road, which runs along the southeast coast of Australia, is the largest World War I Memorial in the world. The rock formation depicted here is called the Twelve Apostles because, if looked at from the correct angle, there are twelve pillars rising out from the sea.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Diane' View I

copyright 2009 Hannah Phelps
oil on paper, 8" x 10"

This is one of the oil sketches I painted from Mark's sister's deck in Melbourne. She is lucky enough to have an apartment overlooking Port Phillip Bay. The windows on the other side of her apartment offer wonderful views of Melbourne's downtown skyline.

We were lucky enough to be able to visit with her for a few days and explore the Great Ocean Road, Phillip Island and, of course, the city of Melbourne itself.

Sorry, this painting is not for sale. Similar paintings are in the works!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Sydney Opera House

copyright 2009 Hannah Phelps
oil on board, 6" x 8"

Like many artists, I enjoy challenging myself. Now that this painting is complete, I can admit that I wonder what made me attempt a painting of one of the most famous architectural silhouettes in the world.

Along with taking a closer look at the Sydney Opera House, we also visited the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Not much work by Australian artists has made it to the US, and I fully enjoyed viewing the collection. I remember especially the paintings of Margaret Preston, Arthur Streeton and Charles Conder. The Gallery also had a large collection of contemporary Aboriginal art and the patterns and textures of those paintings really fascinated me.

Next stop-Melbourne!



Thursday, February 12, 2009

Milford Sound

copyright 2009 Hannah Phelps
oil on board, 6" x 8"

On our last full day in New Zealand, we took a ferry tour of Milford Sound. This natural tourist attraction came highly recommended by friends of ours who had experienced it, and it was well worth the scenic eight-hour roundtrip bus ride from our hotel in Queenstown. (We were supposed to fly back to Queenstown on a plane, but the flight was cancelled due to bad weather.) The only way I could portray the height of the rocks rising into the clouds was to paint a tiny boat in the water on the left side.

Not ready to leave New Zealand? We weren't either, and I wonder if anyone ever is. The good news for us two years ago was that we didn't have to come home yet! The next stop on our journey was Sydney, Australia. Stay tuned...

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

New Zealand Waterfalls

copyright 2009 Hannah Phelps
oil on board, 6" x 8"

Everywhere we went on the South Island, we were presented with dramatic scenes like these waterfalls. New Zealand is certainly a treat for painters!

On a technical note, I have had a special request that I will honor for the next 24 hours or so. I have temporarily changed the background from grey to black. What do you think?



Monday, February 9, 2009

Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo-SOLD

copyright 2009 Hannah Phelps
oil on board, 6" x 8"

Lake Tekapo on the South Island of New Zealand is a haunting scene. The water is an unbelievably bright greenish blue that seems to glow. Along with this picturesque church, this tourist spot also boasts a statue of a border collie-a monument of gratitude to the dog's contribution to the New Zealand way of life and its people's livelihood.

This painting has SOLD!!

Friday, February 6, 2009

New Zealand Economy

copyright 2009 Hannah Phelps
oil on board, 6" x 8"

Happy Waitangi Day! This New Zealand national holiday celebrates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, which officially welcomed New Zealand into the British Empire and protected the rights of the native Maori.

Two years ago on Waitangi Day, we flew from Auckland to Christchurch to begin our driving tour of the South Island. We passed many of New Zealand's famous sheep herds amoung the beautiful landscapes.


Thursday, February 5, 2009

Waiheke Island

copyright 2009 Hannah Phelps
oil on board, 6" x 8"

On our first full day in New Zealand, we took a ferry into the islands in the Hauraki Gulf off the coast of Auckland. We walked around Waiheke Island. The climate of Waiheke is similar to that of the Mediterranean and they grow olives for oil and grapes for wine. Our favorite part of the experience was the biennial outdoor sculpture exhibit, the highlight of which was a huge drainplug floating in the bay.


Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Auckland, New Zealand

copyright 2009 Hannah Phelps
oil on board, 6" x 8"

On February 4, 2007, my husband and I arrived in Auckland after a very long flight. We ate lunch in the rotating Sky Tower (the "needle" in the painting), the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere according to the tourism flyers. We watched other people "skyjump" off the top of a tower and sail past the windows. Maybe we will try that the next time we visit Auckland...


Monday, February 2, 2009

Brilliant Shadows

copyright 2009 Hannah Phelps
oil on board, 6" x 8"

I still love the snow!!! And I enjoyed painting this piece immensely. I don't know what the groundhog saw today, but I hope the winter continues for a while yet...

It did occur to me that many people in the north may be tiring of the snow and cold. Two years ago today, my husband and I visited summer by traveling to New Zealand and Australia. I brought my paints with me and I was able to complete some sketches around sight-seeing and visiting family and friends. Maybe it is time to share some summer here...


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