amanda wilkinson


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Hawke's Bay Summer

Hawke's Bay Summer


Acrylic on canvas
460 x 460mm x 36mm
Signed, dated and ready to hang

One of our family's favourite places to go for a summer holiday is Hawkes Bay, on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. We have a favourite holiday house on the outskirts of the beautiful town of Havelock North that we like to rent to get away from it all It's in the middle of fields, beside a river, but still walking or cycling distance to cafes and a great supermarket. Perfect! 

Hawke’s Bay has some of the most reliably lovely summer weather and long sunshine hours, and is stunningly beautiful (like most of New Zealand!). 

Our holidays there always involve lots of sun, blue skies, beaches and swimming. The summer when I painted these two paintings Hawke’s Bay was having a severe drought, in stark contrast to Wellington, where we live, which was having the coldest, wettest summer in years. Driving from the lush greens of the Wellington area to the dry ochres and blue skies of the Hawke’s Bay region was such a change. 

This painting is the result of this holiday, and evokes memories for me of a happy family holiday in hot sun, in one of my happy places.

You can read (and see) more about the inspiration for this painting in this blog post.

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