View from Waiheke Island

An open studio weekend just gone as part of the Mana Arts Trail. Excellent weather fortunately and none of Wellington’s famous wind to contend with, so I was able to spread outside. Many visitors and sales were good – a lot of preparation but it’s useful to have to focus on the big picture occasionally, plus nice to give a little bit back to the community too.

Waiheke Island is a 40 minutes or so ferry ride across the Hauraki Gulf from Auckland. It has a very pleasant maritime climate and is a well off and diverse community – daily ferry commuters, farmlet owners, retirees, vineyards, excellent cafes, old family baches (cribs), sea views from many houses, boats moored all around, it can be vibrant (if over-crowded) in festival/holiday times but is generally pretty laid back. In the distance in the pic is Rangitoto Island, the iconic 600 year old volcanic island just off Auckland City. Island life isn’t for everyone but, as you may gather, I like the place.

Oils on canvas 76×51 cm. Sold by Flagstaff Gallery, Devonport, Auckland

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