Mt Taranaki Revisited
This week after thinking about landscapes of the heart and working on the small charcoal studies of Mt Taranaki, I decided to take a make or break decision on the Mt taranaki III painting. I wasn’t that happy with it and thought there wasn’t much to lose by extending the charcoal sketch onto the painting.
Well this was one of those nail biting decisions that turned out well I’m happy to say. It is so easy to wreck a painting and never be able to even get it back to where it was in the past.

Mt Taranaki III - revisited.Kadira Jennings

Mt Taranaki III – revisited

Phew ! Happy Outcome. I was actually delighted with how it turned out – suddenly the work went from drab and menacing to uplifting.

Next Thursday’s Post: Closet Drawing

Next Monday’s Post: What Shall I Create?

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

Mt Taranaki…

….was finished this week after a bit of a rework – not a major one though.   Mt Taranaki, which I must confess I still think fondly of as Mt Egmont is a volcano on the West Coast of the North Island in New Zealand.  Here is the painting in it’s various incarnations.

The Underpainting ……

Underpainting - Mt Taranaki II

Mt Taranaki II

Is it finished yet?

Mt Taranaki

Mt Taranaki II


Not quite…..

A bit more tweaking is required.

Mt Taranaki

Mt Taranaki II Oils on Canvas  22″x18″


It is interesting, the evolvement – is that a word ( I wonder),  of a painting.  Why take the trees out and change the light .  The question becomes – what is the painting about.  As soon as you put a poplar tree in there, the hand of man is felt.  It is a distraction from the essence of the landscape. The painting is still about the light, but more subtly. It is about the bones of the land, it’s magic and it’s majesty perhaps….. or it could be about something else entirely – as the viewer – you must decide.


Next Thursday’s Post: Southland

Next Monday’s Post: Enhancing Your Creativity Part II

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Underpainting – how it impacts your work

Underpainting has been the focus of my work for the last few weeks. I’m experimenting with some new things, beginning with the underpainting of the landscapes you see below.

The first is a rework of a previously painted picture of Mt Taranaki on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island.

Underpainting - Mt Taranaki II

Mt Taranaki II

This work has a burnt Sienna acrylic ground painted and dried underneath the worked up image that you see here. Next Thursday, I will compare this work with the original one  – I think the comparison will be interesting.

The second painting is underpainted using the same technique and shares a little slice of Southland in the deep south of New Zealand’s South Island.

Underpainting - Southland


Come back next Thursdy to see how they turned out!

Next Thursday’s Post: New Zealand – the finished paintings

Next Monday’s Post: Enhancing Your Creativity

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Painting Light – The New Zealand Landscape

Painting the light in the New Zealand landscape one realizes that the landscape contains an energy of it’s own.

My attention was caught by the beautiful light in this painting of Mt Taranaki in NZ and I just had to capture it. I kept it small – only 20″x16″

Painting New Zealand Landscapes

Mt Taranaki 20″x16″ Oils


It’s funny how creativity never goes in a straight line. Sometimes you do a deviation which brings you back again in time to where you were before but a bit further along!  The works produced during the time of your devation,  go to inform the work you do in the future.

I find that I am always drawn to painting  light.  It fascinates me how light can change a subject, turning it into so many different things. Light evokes mood and mystery. It makes a place resonate in a particular way, at a particular time, which sits in our memories. Rarely will we be able to experience that place again in quite the same way.
Every sunset is different, every misty or rainy day shows us a different landscape in the same place. Painting light in New Zealand is very different to painting it in Australia or Europe.

I also did a couple of other small experimental paintings at this time. The first – a painting of The Mount, as it is known locally, or Mount Maunganui, was meant to be a more abstract version of the subject, however it ended up more realistic than I thought it was going to.

Painting Light - The Mount I 24x18

The Mount I 24″x18″ Oils

Then I had another go and it turned into an environmental statement. Some paintings – you just never know what they are going to do. They surprise you!

Painting Light - The Mount II 24x18

The Mount II 24″x18″ Oils


Next Post: More New Zealand paintings – this time in the South Island.

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