Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Tripping in Gisborne....







I thought I would include a pic of Paloma's exhibition.
She spent an hour drawing, then glued the art to the wall. They truly are lovely drawings, but they are stuck-fast.


Here also is a pic of my lovely Drew. She is wearing the first skirt she has ever made. She printed images on the hem border using a potato.

Anyhoo, as for our road trip to Gisborne, it went well. It's a freakin' long way to drive, especially at the rate of knots I drive. We began the trip on Thursday after work, so drove to Hastings and found a motel. It was a bit scuzzy, but that's what you get when you dont pre-book and arrive in a small town after 10pm. The reason we stayed in Hastings : splash planet fun park. The kids were gagging to go, so we got up pretty early the next morning, bought a few togs for peeps that 'forgot' to pack theirs and headed off to splash planet.
It was closed.
They close for winter. HMPFFF. Thats what you get when you don't check stuff in a small town.
Any hoo, we got a good bit of shopping done, (wry smile) shopping being a very cool pair of sunglasses for moi. Very important. We drove to Napier, taking the time to stop and do the touristy stuff for kids in Marine park. Actually, sharks and stingrays etc swimming above my head was pretty cool...sumthin' about big fish.......
We drove on through to Gisborne which took us nearly four hours. After arriving at 'gran'ma's', we unpacked, ate and basically had a really really early night. We visited old friends, visited the kids Gran'dad in hospital, went for a long run, out for dinner, to the pool and had a fabulous day on the beach turning drift wood into teepee's. We stayed for four days and spent the entire Tuesday in the car, driving from 9am and arriving home at nearly 5pm. The kids were gloriously cranky, as was I. Dinner was sausages (only the best quality of course) wrapped in white bread with fried onions and sauce. (I had fruit salad...being the vegan of the family). I spent 2 hours washing the girls hair, brushing and drying it. By the time we were unpacked, cleaned etc, I was too (emotionally )wrung out to go for a run. Which is exactly the right time to run...but I often don't.
I am back and working hard to return to my rut. That's where I like it, organised, methodical and getting things done. Holidays wreck my rut.
hmmmm.....

Thursday, August 20, 2009

..and another one gone....

wow! The painting from my teeny (one painting) exhibition sold! Yahoo. Next week they are putting my 6 litttle paintings up. I'm excited.
Now...off to Gisborne..

Monday, August 17, 2009

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Waiting on Paintings...

I checked the website to see if I had sold my paintings and it is still not letting my know. Goddamit! I guess it is only 6am. Maybe they will be up by 10am, or maybe they will be up at midnight. Maybe the AArt team is behind schedule and I have to wait another week...
I will just B r e a t h e......

Breathe.......
Anyhoo, I have a very small exhibition in the cutest hole in the wall cafe on The terrace. The owners, checked out my art review profile page and asked me to bring work in, thanks to a friend of mine who gave them my name. For one week, I have one of 'the neds' up, then on week two they are hanging my series of 6 little wild paintings.
At the same time, a friend came to visit and said, "you know, I think I have to have one of your paintings...". So Another 2 'Neds' went off for a visit to her house to see if they like the place...
I enjoy walking paintings out of my front door. It's the return of them I dont enjoy.
So we will see what happens.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Please come back Maranui!

My boy has taken to making my herbal tea, placing the cup on a side plate and arranging sliced banana around the base of the cup. He is very 11, and very sweet. It's hard to eat it at 6am. That's the thing with kids though, I feel obligated to eat what they make me, (within reason)...I want to 'please' them!..hmmmm, wish it were vice-versa.

The art show is over and I have to wait till the 15th of August till the sales are up on the website. I am preparing myself for no sales...hmmmm...negative attitude. Low expectations mean I wont, (hopefully) be too gutted if my fears are actualized. The 'walk of shame', aptly named (by me) is one I do not enjoy. Yes, I have done it a few times~it is the walk into the gallery/event building/cafe -to pick up unsold work... a big red 'FAIL' stamped on your forehead....well, that's what it feels like to moi. What is it about me that needs a sale for validation? Gosh!...am I actually human?
Anyway, my long runs are keeping me sane while I wait.
Last weekend, about 17k into my longest run, I was running up to my favourite cafe, Maranui, when I spotted broken windows and blackened walls...I could not believe it. As I closed in on the cafe, (shocked...)I realised it had been burnt, not just a wee kitchen fire either. It had been burnt out. A fire truck was still there, I stopped and talked to a fireman. He said it had happened in the small hours. Maranui is gutted, and so am I. I continued my run,(sobbing).. sending texts to everyone with the news. I know this could sound a tad o.t.t reaction, but I have been a regular since it opened, (when Paloma was a newborn). We have had countless birthday breakfasts, coffees, vegan sushi, foxton fizz, date scones, the best range of vegan salads, scrambled tofu and secret treats for kids at Maranui. In fact, Paloma spent the first three months of her life at Maranui. She was walked around by the waiting staff, and got to 'know the kitchen. She spent so much time there that one of the waiting staff bought her a little shirt as a gift! She rode the camel charged with the old fifty cent pieces, till they changed it to the new... Paloma got a bit sad when I took the kids to see it later on in the day. She keeps talking about it. She told her kindy teachers. Thanks for the memories Maranui.