Sunday, September 6, 2009

NZ Art Guild Challenge #9 - old house

Taramea Bay Road, Southland, NZ
acrylic on 11" by 14" by 3/4" gallery wrapped canvas
Creative Mark "The Edge" painted on sides
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The NZ Art Guild Challenge #9, this old house! I was very enchanted with this house when I first saw it. However, I had just finished a house on a lot for the London challenge with The Virtual Paintout. So, I turned the house around and visualized it as looking out the front door!

Then, I had to find something to look out onto. So, I went to Google Street View Maps and ventured around New Zealand. I started at the tip and ended at the middle where the country divides, near Nelson. I believe that is called the South Island. I loved everything I saw, but decided on the image I found at the bottom of the country in Southland. The house had a beach feel and look, so I thought it was important to have a beach or coastal look.

Then I got really, really interested in where I am, in Jacksonville Beach, Florida in relation to New Zealand. So, I went back to Google maps and finally to MSN encarta World Atlas.
This first globe represents about 1/3 of the globe. You can see in the bottom left corner, Southland, New Zealand and in the upper right corner, Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
The second globe represents the second third of the globe. It looks to me like Jacksonville Beach, Florida is about the same distance from South Africa. People go to Africa all the time and never think anything of it, but when you say you are going to New Zealand, everyone thinks you are going to the other side of the world!

This last globe just shows the last third of the globe. Now that is the other side of the world!

I've never had much interest in traveling outside North America. There is SO much in the United States to see, somethings I've seen and would love to see again and so much I've not seen. AND, Canada has a special place in my heart and interest.

However, now with the art challenges, meeting artists all over the world and Google Street View Maps, I am beginning to want to travel. South America, Africa, New Zealand and Australia to start with! Just think, with a computer, a bag of cloths and plenty of art supplies, you never have to go home again if you don't want too!

For your information, in case you're wondering, I DO still want to go home!


AutumnLeaves said...

Oh I love to travel! If it just didn't require money, I doubt I'd ever come home! Now...because of lack of said money...I never get to go anywhere.

I have to say, Beckie...Your art is just getting better and better and better. I love each and every piece!!

beckielboo said...

Wouldn't it be something to travel just for the enjoyment of it? Maybe someday!

Thank you so much for your words of encouragement, Sherry, they mean so much to me, coming from you!

Megha Chhatbar said...

Hey Beck(Can I call you that??)...I love your spirit and the enthusiasm..The colors are as usual perfect and you are exploring yourself. Gud work!
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Mary said...

Beckie, what a fascinating story of the process of choosing your subject, and I love your creative inspiration to paint a view looking out the door of the house for this challenge.

I really LOVE to travel and have done so on surprisingly low budgets at times. Even when it was only $5 - $8 at a time, I have always had a special savings account for travel dreams. I hope you get the opportunities you are beginning to dream of, too.

beckielboo said...

Megha, you can call me anything, my sister calls me Bec all the time!

Thank you taking a look, I'm so glad you like the colors, they are a bit bright for some people, but that seems to be my emerging style!

beckielboo said...

Mary, it is so much fun to think about traveling. I do get to do a little, mostly around Florida to visit friends and to NC.

Whether I ever get out of the country or not, I have to say, the Google street maps is wonderful!

I'm so glad you dropped by! I can't wait until there is time that we might meet!