Taranaki Farm Gate #6

The rural New Zealand scene that keeps on giving – 1 more (in oils) to finish and then I’ll give it a rest, or not.

This style reminds me a bit of the old NZ School Journals from the 50s and 60s with Mervyn Taylor’s brilliant black and white woodblock illustrations of things New Zealand – Maori customs and legends freshly told, NZ birds, fish, plants and animals often stylised in patterns alluding to Maori carving traditions, plus a hint of Aubrey Beardsley (but more wholesome).

Speaking of NZ animals – a shout out for our native tuatara, an ancient survivor from the era of dinosaurs – sort of monitor lizard but smaller, less flashy and more scaley, with a lifespan exceeding 100 years and ability to stand motionless for longer than any reasonable person’s patience. Very Not Busy animals except when eating their newborns, no wonder they’re a bit rare. Tuatara is also a brand of very good craft beer, so that’s good too.

Anyhoo, acrylic b&w pens on cupboard door

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