Near Conical Hill, Routeburn Track

A little adventure with broad brush and colour….

The Routeburn Track in Fiordland is one of New Zealand’s Great Walks. It’s 37km and 3 days worth, or 2 longish ones in my case with the weather closing in (of course some over-achievers run it in an afternoon). The range of scenery – mountains, waterfalls, beech and fern forests, epic glacial valleys and tarns, ending beside Lake Wakatipu in hobbit country – is a bit special. See for example pics at

Many of the impressionist works I saw in Europe last NH summer were, it seemed, finished off with confident brushwork and relatively small brushes given the sizes of the work. I tried mid-sized flat brushes here but reverted more to smaller ones as it developed – partly as the initial can do/confidence ebbed away, although smaller ones made sense for the background. The sky is stolen from Van Gogh of course, he painted wind so brilliantly (the combination of sun and wind is also very common here in Wellington, as today).

I did this contemporaneously with my last (very stylistic) post of Mitre Peak – who says men can’t multi-task!! That last one was picked up by New Zealand Artists Magazine on FB – famous for 15 minutes…

Oils on canvas 460 x 610mm



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