Ron Esplin makes a special offer for Esplin book, Tom and Edith's Creative Journey - 15th Jul 2010

Ron Esplin makes a special offer for Esplin book, Tom and Edith's Creative Journey Extra special book offer:
Now is your chance to own or purchase as a present for somebody special, the beautifully produced "ESPLIN" book that tells the remarkable love story of an artist and a writer. Their work is melded together in a heartwarming travelogue that will transport you back to all your favourite European destinations.
Enjoy the journey:
Share in this readable intimate journey that can be read a bit at a time, or in one sitting. An incomparable coffee table book or a "snuggle up" bedtime story. Size 277mm x 212mm 175 pages. NZ $40 (Was NZ $60.00)

Ron Esplin Tactile Art Work Chosen for new book "Calligraphy All Over The World" - 6th Apr 2010

Ron Esplin Tactile Art Work Chosen for new book "Calligraphy All Over The World"
Margaret Shepherd has chosen to include Ron Esplin Tactile Art work in her upcoming book, "Calligraphy All over the World"

Ms Shepherd is currently writing Calligraphy All Over the World, for publication September 2011 by Watson Guptill, a division of RandomHouse.

 Margaret Shepherd
Margaret Shepherd is a well-known calligrapher and author. Her 16 published books have helped make calligraphy accessible to a large public worldwide, and have advocated written correspondence. She has researched, taught, written, freelanced, and exhibited extensively. She created the Boston Calligraphy Trail. For years she also delivered an annual standing-room-only talk on handwritten notes in business at the MIT Sloan School, and gave the 2006 commencement address at MIT’s “Charm School.” The Art of the Personal Letter is her most recent book. She has studied Arabic calligraphy in Uzbekistan and Chinese painting in Vietnam, and taken lessons in Chinese, hieroglyphics, and Greek. She lives and works in Boston’s historic Back Bay neighborhood.

Ms Shepherd’s 45-year career as a freelancer has ranged from lettering thousands of MIT diplomas, and restoring ceiling inscriptions in classical Greek at Boston College, to creating honorary degrees and scrolls of retirement, and designing a signature logo for chef Jacques Pepin. She has consulted in industry on the design of a calligraphy preservation spray. In her role as an authority on the written letter she has been quoted in Newsweek, and drawn by Hirschfeld; she was featured in a TV news magazine segment on Channel 5 Chronicle, interviewed by Liz Walker, twice profiled at length in the Boston Globe, covered online by Christian Science Monitor and Publishers Weekly, and interviewed by Lisa Mullins for “The World” on National Public Radio at WGBH and by Lisa Simeone for “Weekend Edition.” Kiplinger Personal Finance interviewed her at length in May 2003 for their regular feature, “Shop with the Expert,” about how to choose a fountain pen. Her most recent book was reviewed by Janet Maslin in the New York Times.

Margaret Shepherd

Ron Esplin Painting of the month - 1st Dec 2009

Ron Esplin Painting of the month Painting of the month:
My choice of painting of the month, CHINESE GARDEN, this feature in Dunedin is enjoying popularity with residents and visitors to Dunedin. It is the most authentic Chinese Garden in the Southern Hemisphere. Unframed size 254 x 200mm. Price NZ 380.

Free Ron Esplin fine art print with Julie Woods inspiring book - 1st Dec 2009

Free Ron Esplin fine art print with Julie Woods inspiring book "How to make a silver lining":
My partner Julie has published a book entitled “How to make a Silver Lining” and subtitled “From hospital waiting room to 10 years blind party”
In the book she outlines “8 keys for adapting to extraordinary change”, keys that you can adopt to alter your life for the better, and achieve the goals that you desire.
Julie's vision:
In her own words;  “My vision is to help ordinary people adapt to extraordinary change and in the process make them unstoppable. My first step towards doing this is to self publish my book "How to Make a Silver Lining" in which I identify 8 keys for adapting to extraordinary change. I discovered these 8 keys in my first 10 years as a blind person and now I want to share them with the world.
If you’d like to order a copy of my book you can do so through the products section of my web site."
Special offer:
"The book is $29.95 with free postage anywhere in the world! Plus – the special offer is that your book will be accompanied by a hot pink A4 sized print of a water colour painted by my partner Ron Esplin"
Cooking without looking:
At the launch of the book an acrylic entitled "Pink Gerbera" was auctioned and fetched $360 that went towards the establishment of a "Cooking without looking" Trust with the object of getting blind people into their kitchen. So visit her website at to learn more, order a book and take up the special offer.

Ron Esplin led Arty Farty Party Art Symposium is a resounding success - 21st Oct 2009

Marama Lodge in Lawrence was a great venue 

The Arty Farty Party weekend in Lawrence over three days was a resounding success, everybody turned up for the barbecue on Friday night, although the last couple did not arrive until around 9.30PM.

Cold but productive

The weather was cold on the Saturday, but most of the artists stayed indoors and painted, later when the weather improved 2 or 3 of us ventured outdoors. Most of us completed about three paintings apiece, and a fine rain added some beautiful effects to the watercolours.

Dinner on the Saturday night

We had twelve at the dinner on Saturday night prepared by our hosts Marie and Dennis Kean who joined us at dinner, and the event was great fun for the twelve of us, we had taken musical instruments to the weekend and had a rousing party, with lots of music although the words were often a bit vague.

Show and tell

We set up our work in the church in the grounds of Marama Lodge on the Sunday morning. About thirty people came through to meet us and look at the paintings, three paintings were sold, plus a print, and a number of books so we all headed home feeling that we had enjoyed an event that must be repeated. To that end we have booked to do it again about the same time of year next year so we will keep you posted.


Art Farty Party at Lawrence in October - 2nd Oct 2009

Art Farty Party at Lawrence in October  Come and join us in picturesque Lawrence on the weekend of 17 and 18 October, arrive on Friday night for a barbecue, then awake to a day of plein air painting on the Saturday followed by a sumptious home cooked country dinner in convivial surroundings and company. The weekend ends with a chance to display and sell your artistic efforts in the church that sits in the grounds of Marama Lodge.

Here are the details:

Friday 16th. BBQ 5 PM on. BYO food & drink.
Saturday 17th. Painting through the day followed by Dinner at night.
Sunday 18th. exhibition at Church Hall.
Work available for purchase by the public.
(this can include completed work that you may bring with you)
Contact: Ron Esplin Home: 03 467 2164. Mobile: 021 358 082

Art classes with Ron Esplin at his studio - 27th Sep 2009

Art classes with Ron Esplin at his studio Art classes: 
I am still running classes in my "downtown" studio. Five enthusiastic ladies are enjoying creating beautiful watercolours, and the atmosphere is one of excitement every Monday night for the two hours of the class.

Otago Hospice appeal benefits from artist Ron Esplin contribution - 27th Sep 2009

Otago Hospice appeal benefits from artist Ron Esplin contribution Hospice Appeal:
On the subject of charity, an auction to raise money for the Otago Hospice, benefitted from the donation of an "ESPLIN" book, a Tom Esplin framed Print, and an original framed work by myself.
Tactile Art has been successful:
My tactile art has also been very successful in charity work raising money for the Royal New Zealand Foundation Of The Blind for their annual "Guide Dog Appeal".

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