Post by itsanowenthing on Jan 12, 2004 20:26:00 GMT -5
I am in love with Grahame Sydneys beautiful landscapes of Otago. I finally got my hands on a copy of Timeless Land & it is magnificent. (I kept hearing Sam Neill bragging about his beautiful NZ countryside; he wasn't kidding). Could you native Kiwi (or Kiwi's) offer the names of some other native artists. Painters & photographers both interest me. I'd love to explore more of NZ & the Central Otago Valley even if it is from a distance.
Post by hurltomato on Jan 12, 2004 21:20:08 GMT -5
I love having a contact with the "down under gang" and I appreciate that while I am sleeping, you are busy clicking those keyboards for the rest of us in the USA. While you are sleeping, I am doing my best to create a new laugh on the net that will get you through your next workday...
I have been very curious if you are interested in hearing tales from the Texas Hill Country. I was watching E! and tuning into the Love Chain section of Drew Barrymore. There was plenty on Luke to indicate that his parents now live in the Hill country southwest of Austin. I spent our family spring hiatus in Dallas and the Hill country near New Braunfels at a tennis resort and I would love to describe it to you if you are interested. I am not into boring travelogues (you'll be stuck with a humorous rendition) and if there is no interest conveyed, I promise I will not go there. Just know that you'd be missing a slice of real Wilson life... Let me know or I'll savor alone- HT
Post by hurltomato on Jan 12, 2004 21:31:18 GMT -5
Hi -ItsanOthing--Nice to hear from a new voice and thanks for creating a thread that I could not have phrased better myself. I have been NZ blind until the Lord of the Rings and I'm truly amazed that such a paradise exists. I usually develop mountain fever every other year and drag my family hiking/backpacking into the rough world of the Rockies. There is actually a wilder place and wow, people (hot women) actually live there...amazing!
Art is such a personal thing it is hard for me to suggest a landscape artist that you might enjoy. Personally I like Aston Greathead, Charles Blomfeld and like you Grahame Sydney. I like traditional style landcapes like this one
But I suggest you browse around this whole site. My mother is quite the New Zealand Art collector (I'm the families philistine!) so I know this is one of the best sites around even though it is a shop - they have a lot of good quality art by New Zealanders viewable through the site Click here
The traditional historical and modern galleries are all good and there is a drop down menu of artists where you can view there current work including Grahme Sydney ;D
HT - I would be very interested in hearing about the Texas Hill Country. I have been to San Antonio via Laredo and unfortunately that is the only taste of Texas other than the DFW transit lounge that I have ever had
Now back to typing away - here on the night shift ;D
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Post by LegallyLukes on Jan 13, 2004 5:08:22 GMT -5
I am a New Zealander too, but I must confess I know very little about the local artists. The only one who comes to mind is Colin McCahon and unfortunately he does not paint landscapes Sorry I can't be of more help, I just don't know a thing about visual art in general! I enjoy looking at it though
There are many, many beautiful places in NZ. In fact the whole country is just one great big shining wonder (yes, I am proud to be a kiwi ). If you look up NZ on the internet you are sure to find a lot of sites with photographs. I'll try to find you some tomorrow after I get some sleep. But the places I really think you should see photos of are Fiordland, the west coast of the South Island, the southern lakes, the glaciers, Abel Tasman National Park, the volcanoes in the North Island, the corromandel.... in fact, you should just see everything!! Get your butt down here for a holiday ;D
I hope you will get a chance to come to New Zealand one day too Nat! It is very beautiful down here
Are you a Sam Neill fan, Itsanowenthing? I think hes a great actor and he has also been quite involved in local community issues in the part of New Zealand that he lives in, he fought very hard with his local mayor and lobbied to prevent them marring beautiful parts of the country with subdivisions etc. He is a truly good man and along with Peter Jackson one of our best exports ;D
Post by itsanowenthing on Jan 14, 2004 16:13:06 GMT -5
I'm a huge Sam Neill fan & have followed him for many years. I have read quite about on his fan site about his battles with Warren Cooper over development in Central Otago & I must say that I really admire him for speaking up. I had never really seen much of NZ until I started following Sam, and I am completely in love with the scenery there. I plan on a trip to Australia/NZ in the next few years. I'm definitely visiting the South Island but hope to see the North Island a bit too.
Post by LegallyLukes on Jan 15, 2004 0:30:28 GMT -5
That's great that you're planning a trip to NZ! Just make sure you come to Wellington, my home and capital of NZ. It's the best city in the country and right at the bottom of the North Island. I always like to say that Wellington has a soul, it isn't just another city. It's so vibrant and lively and although you'll probably find it small, considering the hugeness of overseas cities, it makes up for it with heart!
Post by hurltomato on Jan 16, 2004 12:14:20 GMT -5
You Aussies and Kiwis are the best... I feel terribly spoiled having access to American film and television without even thinking about it and I apologize for being so computer dumb that I can't even help you out with postings of these materials. I am glad that there are those, much more savvy than I, that post and bring all this good sh-t coming your way---Pollyanna tells me to go ahead and talk about the Texas Hill Country, but I only have two persons interested thus far...Please post and let me know there is MORE interest or I cannot bring myself to write (or even lattempt to learn how to start a new thread). Frankly I cannot write boring narrative about anything and the thought of alienating anyone of you with "What's this travelogue sh-t??" scares me to death! HT
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