Ron Esplin publishes a new book "A Portrait of Southland" - 31st Jan 2014

Ron Esplin publishes a new book

Southland portrayed in watercolour:

After the success of Ron's book "A Portrait of Otago", Ron always had in the back of his mind to complete paintings of Southland and to publish a book showcasing this unique Region.
Southland as the name suggests is New Zealand's most Southern Region, it is sparsely populated for much of its area, and is famed for native bird sanctuaries and an untouched natural environment. A quarter of Southland's land area is protected as part of Fiordland and Rakiura National Parks.

Beautiful Lakes and Mountains:

As an artist there are urban areas as well as wild mountainous areas to attract the artist's eye. Beautiful lakes such as Lake Manapouri, Lake Te Anau, and the deepest lake in the country, Lake Hauroko. The Main towns include Gore, Mataura and Invercargill and there are also beautiful coastal towns and villages like Riverton, and the charming Cosy Nook on the Southern Scenic Route, and the pretty seaside town of Oban on Stewart Island.

Personally experienced the rugged nature of Southland:

I have worked and painted in all these places, and experienced the rugged nature of the Southland mountains, among other experiences observing the distant view of Stewart Island from Dolamore Park near Gore in the shadow of the oddly shaped Hokonui Range, and even running the 60 kilometre Kepler Challenge over Mt Luxmore from Lake Te Anau, along the tops overlooking the South Fiord to the Iris Burn, then down to Lake Manapouri and back alongside the Waiau River to Te Anau, not once, but five times!
I have encapsulated in this twenty page soft cover book my impressions of Southland and distilled those impressions into thirty four paintings with brief editorial to explain each image. 

Order from the website and get FREE Postage and Packing:

The book measures 200mm x 200mm, is a talking point on the coffee table, and hopefully stirs memories of your own Southland experiences or inspires you to extend them.
If you order the book from the website I will send it to you for the introductory price of $28 and include FREE Postage and Packing throughout New Zealand.

Follow the Link to see the image of the book cover "A Portrait of Southland":
Ron Esplin publishes a new boo ... book "A Portrait of Southland"

Watercolour Art Classes for 2014 begin again for the year with Ron Esplin: - 13th Jan 2014

Watercolour Art Classes for 2014 begin again for the year with Ron Esplin:

Watercolour Art Classes Begin Again for 2014 Monday 20 January:

I am still running classes in my "downtown" studio at 10H Jetty Street and we begin for the year again on Monday 20 January. It is a spacious area, and a relaxed atmosphere working alongside like-minded people of all ages enjoying their art.

Create and improve your watercolours:

Learn how to create, and improve by creating beautiful watercolours every Monday from 7PM to 9PM excluding long weekends and the Xmas holidays. The atmosphere is one of excitement every Monday night for the two hours of the class. The usual format is to paint for an hour and a half, then to watch an inspiring DVD for the last half hour.

What does it cost?:

I will give you tips to improve your watercolour technique, understand composition, and use the right materials for the best results. Your confidence will increase, and your enjoyment of creating competent work will increase with it. You can start as a beginner or improve your skills as a practicing artist.
It is $15 a night so you only pay on the nights you attend.

Where do I start?:

Come along to 10H Jetty Street on a Monday when the doors are opened at 7PM. Bring any work you have at hand, the materials you use at present, or just bring yourself and I can advise you on materials to purchase if you are just beginning.
Otherwise:
Call me at home on 03 467 2164 or my mobile at 021 358 082.
Or email me at ronesplinartist@gmail.com
See this Newsletter and accompanying photograph of the studio by clicking on this link:
Watercolour Art Classes for 20 ... for the year with Ron Esplin:

Ron Esplin returns from a South East Asian Odyssey: - 15th Dec 2013

Ron Esplin returns from his South East Asian Odyssey:

I have just returned from an exhilarating month travelling from New Zealand to Singapore, Nepal, Bhutan, India, Sri Lanka, and Manila.
The sights, the colours, the aromas, and the noise were the physical cacophony that our senses were assailed by, and I will tell you more in due course, but I did a couple of paintings of Nepal while away, and I am itching to share them with you. The dichotomy of peaceful places like Durbar Square, the subject of one painting, then the buzzing activity in the streets outside, the subject of the other painting, are indicative of that part of the world.

Dire Warnings:

Despite dire warnings about the water, the food, and the culture shock, we found that the people were welcoming and good humoured, and we survived without experiencing "Delhi Belly".
Their approach to visitors, is that the guest is God, and we certainly experienced the feeling that we were honoured guests wherever we went.

"Book it":

The people were the source of our most lasting memories, and I am indebted to a well travelled friend whom I asked before we decided to go. I asked him, "I am thinking about going to India, what do you think?" His reply was to the point, and good advice. "Book it!", and I am glad I did.

View the pictured by clicking on the following link: Ron Esplin returns from a South East Asian Odyssey:


Celtic Spirit Artworks Celtic Arts Festival 2013 - 9th Oct 2013

Celtic Spirit Artworks Celtic Arts Festival 2013:

An exhibition of contemporary Celtic Works from Ron Esplin, Chris O'Regan, and Pauline Bellamy opens at Bellamy's Gallery, Macandrew Bay on Sunday 13 October at 5PM.

All are welcome, Marcus Turner will entertain with Live Music:

There will be Live music by Marcus Turner, and work on show will feature watercolours, etchings and monoprints.
The Exhibition runs until 27 October.

Click on the link below for further details.

Celtic Spirit Artworks Celtic Arts Festival 2013

Speargrass Inn exhibits "In the Steps of my Father" - 19th Sep 2013

Speargrass Inn exhibits

"In the Steps of my Father" is an exhibition that reflects the World travels of a father and his son:


My late father, Tom Esplin, was a very successful painter in oils, and he painted subjects gleaned from his extensive travels around the World.
Apart from my sister Dot who was born in Dunedin, all of our family was born in Scotland, and we came to New Zealand to settle in 1954.

World travels documented in the "Esplin" book:


My father and mother travelled extensively Worldwide, Dad took many photographs wherever they went in order to use them as painting subjects when he returned home. My mother wrote detailed diary notes, and the combination of paintings and writings formed the basis of the book "Esplin" that my brother Clark and I published in 2007 and that has now sold over 3,000 copies.

The travel bug was contagious:


I inherited the travel bug from my nomadic parents, and have visited many of the countries and destinations that they did during their sixty years of marriage.
After returning home, I also painted the landmarks and landscapes I had seen and photographed, in the same way as my Dad. I mounted an exhibition with the title, "In The Steps Of My Father" featuring my paintings of the places and countries both my parents and I have visited over the years.

Speargrass Inn hosts "In The Steps Of My Father" exhibition:

In partnership with the management of Speargrass Inn Gallery, "In the Steps of my Father" comes to Central Otago as an exhibition opening at 6PM on Friday 20 September 2013 at the beautiful gallery in Fruitlands on Highway 8, Alexandra, and running to Friday 22 November.

About the book that accompanies the exhibition:


"In the Steps of my Father" is also in book form and features many more of the paintings of the places I have travelled to throughout the world, and I have included text that outlines the stories around many of the works.
The book will be available for purchase at $50 for the duration of the exhibition. It has a hard cover, and features 75 paintings and drawings of locations in 17 countries over 20 pages.

Click on the link to access the website page for illustrations.
"In the Steps of my Father"
Speargrass Inn exhibits "In the Steps of my Father"

Otago Access Radio Art Auction - 26th Jul 2013

Otago Access Radio Art Auction

Invitation:

You are invited to the Otago Access Radio Fundraising Art Auction, to be held at the Community Gallery in Princes Street on Thursday 15 August 2013 at 6 pm.
The Auction is being held to raise funds for development of the Community Radio Station's Youth Programme, a worthy cause.
It also offers you the opportunity to buy quality local art at reasonable prices!

A wide range of well known Dunedin Artists represented:

This Art Auction brings together more than 30 Artists of considerable calibre, to name only a few we have Pauline Bellamy, Ewan McDougall, Lindsay Crooks, Janet Weir, Emma Chalmers, David Corballis, Gay Webb, Janet de Wagt, Simon Kaan, Heather Dunkley, and Manu Berry.

Respected Dunedin Auctioneer to lead the bidding process:

We are very fortunate to have the services of Warwick Grimmer as our Auctioneer which should result in an enjoyable and entertaining event.

HOPING TO SEE YOU THERE!

Check out the official invitation on my website by following this link:
Otago Access Radio Art Auction



Invitation to "In The Steps Of My Father" Exhibition opening - 11th Jun 2013

Invitation You are Invited to the opening of "In The Steps Of My Father" with a Scottish afternoon tea at Green Island Gallery, 194 Main South Road, Green Island on Saturday 15 June 2013 at 3PM.

Click on link for Invitation:
Invitation to "In The Steps Of ... My Father" Exhibition opening

"In the Steps of my Father" - 6th Jun 2013

A Kiwi family that hailed from Scotland:

My late father, Tom Esplin, was a very successful painter in oils, and he painted in a distinctive impasto style using a spatula to apply the paint to the painting surface. The result was colourful and vibrant, and the texture gave his paintings an almost three dimensional quality.
Apart from my sister Dot who was born in Dunedin, all of our family was born in Scotland, and we came to New Zealand to settle in 1954.

Extensive World travels chronicled in the "Esplin" book:

Dad and Mum travelled extensively Worldwide, Dad with his camera took many photographs wherever they went in order to use them as painting subjects when he returned home. My mother wrote detailed diary notes, and the combination of paintings and writings formed the basis of the book "Esplin" that my brother Clark and I published in 2007 and that has now sold over 3,000 copies.

The travel bug was contagious:

I inherited the travel bug from my nomadic parents, and have visited many of the countries and destinations that they did during their sixty years of marriage.
After returning home, I also painted the landmarks and landscapes I had seen, taking photographs in the same way as my Dad, and painting watercolours on my return home. It occurred to me recently to mount an exhibition with the title, "In The Steps Of My Father" featuring my paintings of the places and countries both my parents and I have visited over the years.

The Green Island Gallery hosts "In The Steps Of My Father" exhibition:

In partnership with Genny Hanning of the Green Island Gallery, this ambition will come to fruition with an exhibition opening on Friday, 14 June 2013 at the gallery in Main South Road, Green Island, and running to Thursday 11 July.

About the book published to mark the occasion:

To mark the occasion, I have published a book of my paintings of the places I have travelled to throughout the world, and I have included text that outlines the stories around many of the works.
Not surprisingly the book is entitled "In The Steps Of My Father" and will be available for purchase at $50 for the duration of the exhibition. For those of you who would like the book, but are unable to attend the exhibition, I am happy to mail copies to you if you add $10 postage and packaging to the price. The book has a hard cover, and features 75 paintings and drawings of locations in 17 countries over 20 pages, and it measures 215mm x 295mm. Email me at ron@ronesplin.co.nz with your postal address and deposit payment to BNZ a/c "For Brian Snell Limited" 020912 0027054 00.

Click on the link to access the website page for illustrations.
"In the Steps of my Father"

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