A new year's resolution...
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Head profile of Zealandia's takahē chick against her parent's flankIt's been a special start to 2019 with the opportunity to photograph Zealandia's wee takahē chick! Very soon, the public will be introduced, but while it is still little, access is restricted. With only around 370 takahē left in the world, every chick is precious. See more photos of this gorgeous little dinosaur in this photo essay.

Over the break I started experimenting with mixed media encaustic waxing - what a way to make a big mess but also have a lot of fun. Encaustic is an ancient technique to create and preserve art using natural beeswax and resins. Curiously it marries perfectly with modern Giclée printed photo art. The print is attached to a wooden board then layered with molten wax, which is fused to the print using a heat gun. This also provides the opportunity to bring in mixed media components such as decorative papers, coloured wax, pastels, paint, and other ephemera. The result is a translucent, lustrous finish and a special piece of unique art.

The big mess!

I've also been experimenting with a crazy Lensbaby lens that can swivel and pivot giving artistic blurred effects such as with this dahlia at the top of the newsletter. It's likely I'll be combining both artistic flower photography with encaustic finishes in the very near future - the combination looks to be magic.
Picture of a kākā in a grungy imaginative setting with steampunk elements
Further experiments led to "The Big Idea", my first piece of 2019 and the next piece in my "Flights of Fancy" series featuring my beloved kākā. This lovely chap is nicknamed "Biggy" and is one of my favourites at Zealandia. He's always up to something - generating new ideas and schemes. He's available as a limited-edition archival fine-art print in small, medium, and large sizes for now exclusively from my website.
Creative photo-art of a bunny statue among daisies
We're already 5 weeks down in the Art of Birding wildlife and nature photography challenge. So far participants have explored new locations, checked out the view from a worms perspective, got creative with their mobile phones, shown us seasonal happenings from around the world, and considered what might just be outside their backdoor. The photos from all around the world are fascinating - and you can see what's going on here on Facebook and Instagram. This week we tackle manual mode - and hopefully demystify that big M setting on the dial. Do come and join us anytime.
What's happening...
  • 5 Dec 2018 - 17 Feb 2019 (Extended!) NZAFA Summer Cash & Carry Exhibition,
    1 Queens Wharf, Wellington
    Exhibiting two 28cm tūī prints - both gorgeously framed in a dark wooden frame with champagne-gold filet and anti-glare glass.
    Two tūī pictures
Photo of four TinyArt tūī pieces taken in unflattering light
Are you looking for that special something for the tūī lover in your life? I've just framed up four of my most popular tūī pieces as "TinyArt" pieces in matching frames and they're about to head out to various galleries, retailing at $70 each. But I actually think they should stay together - if you agree, let me know and they're yours for $200 + shipping. Each print is 8cm square and the overall frame is just over 16cm square and we've used the fancy UltraVue anti-reflective glass. (Find out more about our upcycling TinyArt project here.)
Stockists in New Zealand:

Artel Gallery + Store - Waikanae, Kapiti Coast
Kotare Art Studio - Greytown, Wairarapa
The Mandarin Tree - Gordonton, Hamilton
Edges Art + Framing - Havelock North, Hawke's Bay
Make - the NZ Academy of Fine Arts Store - Wellington
Zealandia EcoSanctuary - Wellington
I hope you're cooking up lots of interesting plans and schemes too,

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