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".

More Ron Esplin Tactile Art - 27th Sep 2009

LOVE All you need is Love: (John Lennon)
Another tactile art piece featuring the braille word LOVE has been well received. After all it was love that sparked the concept in the first place.
Price NZ$1,200
More tactile art:
I have been expanding on the tactile art concept, moving from braille art, to humorous pieces that can be viewed by both the visually impaired and sighted art lovers.
The latest is called "Koru Gate", a play on words with the Maori symbol combined with the ubiquitous European gate. Approx size 750mm x 400mm. Price: NZ$1,150.

Contact artist Ron Esplin - 27th Sep 2009

Contact artist Ron Esplin Contact me:
Please feel comfortable about emailing me if you have any questions, I would love to hear from you. The address is

"BE AMAZING" Ron Esplin tactile art work - 26th Sep 2009

New Tactile Artwork:
Fun with words and multi media, the latest tactile art work is "BE AMAZING". Have a look at this work under the "Braille Art" section of my site and find your way from the entrance of the maze on the left hand side of the work to the exit on the bottom right. On the way you might encounter the bee. Do both and you too can "BE AMAZING". Framed size 600mm x 380mm. Price NZ 1,600.

Ron Esplin collaboration with Barbara Snook Dance project - 7th Sep 2009

Ron Esplin collaboration with Barbara Snook Dance project Dance project:
Responding to the challenge presented by Barbara Snook, the Otago University Caroline Plummer Fellow 2008, to produce an art piece that represented the dance work Barbara has been doing in Dunedin, I spent some time observing the dance group at the School of Physical Education, and the presentation of their work at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.
Conveying movement:
I took photographs at both events and decided that, although a single painting may represent the grace or movement of dancers, the range of movements would be beyond a single representation to convey adequately.
Dancers were not at all times synchronised in their movements, but were often dancing freestyle around the unifying focus of the music, and a theme.
The idea of using multiple images occurred to Ron as an answer to this dilemma, but how to convey both the unanimity and the freedom became the conundrum.
Caught playing with Barbie dolls:
Barbara and I have been friends for some time, and whether it was name association or not, I went to a local store in search of Barbie dolls to use as my dancers. I arrived home with three Barbie dolls that I then proceeded to photograph in a variety of dance poses in my front garden. This process was interrupted by the embarrassing arrival of my daughter and her boyfriend who are now convinced that their father has sunk to the depths of depravity.
Platoon of dancers:
The multiple photographs were then downloaded to a computer and manipulated to produce the ethereal black and white images in the finished work. The unanimity is achieved by accentuating the linearity of each individual image by representing them almost like a platoon of dancers represented in four lines of eight so the work is taller than it is wide. The individuality of dancers is represented by the variety of poses within the work.
Once I was satisfied with the total arrangement and presentation, it was downloaded onto a disc and given to a printer to produce on a giant printing machine with quality ink onto quality material.
Choosing the frame:
It then remained to frame the work in a stark white frame to accentuate the contrast of black on white. The choice of frame was an essential part of the process, and UV glass has been used to ensure longevity.
This has been a satisfying and insightful project for me and I am grateful to Barbara for the opportunity to explore dance in such a unique way, and to produce the resulting work, "La Danse". Framed size 870mm x 460mm. Price: NZ 1,200.

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