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Old Boots 1990-2017

I found this sketch in a pile in the garage at Christmas – from my black and white pre-1994 days when I thought I couldn’t do colour. 24 more words

Alistair McDonald

A cloudy day at Colonial Knob

After weeks and weeks of telling myself I needed to, I was bursting to take a walk up colonial knob.

At 468 metres (1535 feet) located in Porirua, which is in the Wellington region of the North Island, New Zealand (where I live) colonial knob offers a lot! 486 more words

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Boatsheds at Bottle Creek

These boatsheds across Porirua Harbour are a frequent subject for local artists and photographers. This is my 5th or so version in various media. Oils 60x75cm

Alistair McDonald

Wellington Playgrounds of Concern

For background information, please read The Playground Files.

Playgrounds of Concern are the unfenced playgrounds that Wellington parents judge to be too close to hazards like traffic, water, and off-leash dogs to be a safe place for a sole caregiver with more than one small child. 833 more words


City quality of life good

Despite the doom and gloom picture painted by some in politics in a new survey most city dwellers in New Zealand say that the overall quality of life is either very good or good (from 78% to 88%, total 81%), with only a few percent thinking it is poor or in the case of a couple of cities, very poor (from 2% to 4%). 139 more words


Valley near Coronet Peak

Valley off Malaghan’s Road between Coronet Peak and Queenstown. Completed in February 2016, oils 1m x 1m. Discovered recently that Dick Frizzell’s “Small Valley” (1999) is a longer image of the same scene, it’s a very useable composition either way.

Alistair McDonald

Record number of scholarship applications received!

Applications have closed, with a record number of scholarship applications – 172 – eclipsing the 132 received last year. Our moderators are in the final stages of review and selection and we will announce the recipients in the new year. 96 more words