Meanwhile I've been busy with fire engineering and the NZ Masters Rowing Champs, as well as some art related stuff.
The Rowing Champs were at Lake Karapiro, so I decided to do a bit of a road trip. On the Friday before the regatta I drove up via Wanganui and the Paraparas - got lots of photos which hopefully will translate into a few good paintings.
On the Monday I visited Wayne Sinclair at the Sinclair Barclay Gallery in Cambridge. Wayne was working on a painting of Lake Wanaka, but took the time to have quite a long chat about painting and making a living as an artist. I was very impressed with his work and with his words of wisdom from his 40 years as a full time artist.
Wayne's view is that, if you can't have your own gallery, you need at least five outlets in order to sell enough to make a living.
After a couple of days in Auckland I headed south and called in at the Quay Gallery in Napier. It is a very well laid out gallery with some high quality artwork. I had a good chat with Sue Shaare who was minding the gallery for a couple of days. I left one painting with them to see how it goes.