On Saturday 28.01.17 we went to Riversdale, a beach about 45 minutes drive from Masterton. It is on the east coast and very open to the Pacific Ocean. There are outcrops of rock in the sea off-shore and a rocky area to the north.
It was quite windy and by the time we came home I was covered in a fine layer of sand.
We went down to the beach at the river which had made a lagoon which the kids loved and we discovered was not really safe for swimming!!! Fortunately they had just been leaping around and playing.
I love these dirty yellow greens and the upright lines of the reeds.
Lola whipped off a quick drawing of the lagoon and the sea and maybe a fence. I just love the way the essentials are captured without fear. She always rips her drawings out of journals to give them to someone. I wish she would leave them as a collection.
At the rocks I discovered wide kelp moving in the swirl of the waves, the movement and the lines were quite mesmerising.
In the surface-water on the sand, left as the tide went out, the sky and the clouds were reflected in the shiny surface.
And as I walked I saw collections of "stuff" left by the sea; shells, seaweed and stones.
I was reminded of the work from the 1990's by Richard Killeen, a New Zealand artist who lives in Auckland. At that time he created "paintings which consisted of a series of smaller works that were hung together to make one larger work.
I loved this idea when I first saw these paintings and even now it appeals, it seems to me like an assemblage of the flotsam and jetsam of life assembled any way you choose at the time. Life as a movable feast.
What do you like to look at when you visit your favourite places? What do you bring home? I brought home a shell, a stone and a very smelly top of a fish-head skeleton. I forgot to take a bag and so was reduced to pockets.
"I paint flowers so they do not die." Frida Kahlo