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December 7, 2015  |  By: smacd

Just to let you all know that I have traveled back to Auckland,New Zealand my homeland.

I will have a lovely summer here, not as hot as Aegina, Greece but still nice enough to enjoy the beaches and sea.
With that in mind I wish to enjoy swimming, BBQ’s and maybe a bit of fishing with one of my favourite cousins.

The photo I took is from my sister’s space bedroom window where I am living in at present showing the view of the Auckland Hauraki (Hauraki in Maori is ‘north wind’) Gulf Harbour towards Rangitoto island (Rangitoto in Māori means ‘Bloody Sky’) and is an uninhabited island. Anyone can go over there, walking up to the top of this volcanic island. The 5.5 km wide island is an iconic and widely visible landmark of Auckland with its distinctive symmetrical shield volcano cone rising up. Many artists in New Zealand have used this island’s image for their work.

Also I will be setting up a studio at my son’s garage to continue painting plus I will be attending in January 2016 a Summer School course of Encaustics.
Encaustic is a medium that I have started to use in Aegina – self teaching myself so I wish to extend my knowledge of this amazing medium that was used some 2000 years ago by the Greeks. It is a hot wax painting medium which involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used.
Am so looking forward to attend this course and will take photos to show you in my January 2016 newsletter for sure.

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