April 1, 2011

Laurie and I have had a wonderful few days in Wellington.  It's a gorgeous city full of winding roads, steep hills and of course the ocean surrounding everything.  The houses are perched on the hillsides with little stepped paths down or up to the doors.  Only the garages are on the road levels.  We have already taken in five art exhibitions.  Graham  Percy's  illustrations and drawings were funny and intriguing. I loved the fat round forms and the great compositions.   The shift into his dark period when he knew that he was dying  was really heartfelt in his work but he was still clever, humorous and prolific.  I often think about what keeps me creating. It is certainly not the money or the quest for everlasting life. Rather for me the creating is essential to who I am and what makes me happy. The photography of  Brian Brake at Te Papa was a life survey of his extensive world documentary photos.  I was intrigued with the video of how he never put a camera strap around his neck and he just wove through crowds not looking like a photographer. The secret he said was to anticipate an image, because if you wait until after you see it, it is already gone by the time you press the shutter.

I can understand why the world wants to come and see the landscape of
New Zealand.  Yolande and Kieryn took Laurie and I on  a drive around
the coastline just surrounding Wellington.  The evening sky was  pinks
and blues, the fading sun bathed the south island that floated  on the
horizon and although the ocean appeared serene in the distance, waves
crashed over the angular black rock in the foreground.  Glorious.

Yesterday Laurie and walked to down town Wellington.  The highlight
was a ramble through the Botanical Gardens.  It is a huge garden full
of trees and paths and little vista's of beauty.  I was amazed that so
many of the birds and plants are totally unfamiliar.  Last evening
Kieryn said how much she loved squirrels.  We have had terrrible
problems with squirrels trying to cohabit with us in our house in
Portaupique.  I wish I could give her our squirrels!