ART CHAT #21: Queenstown New Zealand

October 4, 2023
Virut Penchabuse Collage



21 May 2023

Today started with a lovely relaxed morning with no rush to get anywhere in a hurry. After breakfast & morning coffee we went on a cruise of Lake Wakatipu and then had some delicious dumplings for lunch. After lunch we went for a walk around the Queenstown Gardens and explored Artbay Gallery where I fell in love with collages done by Thai artist ‘Virut Penchabuse’. The sketch/painting that you see of the lady in a scarf with writing over her is my depiction of one of my favourite collages of his.  You can read all the details about this day and see the ‘actual’ Penchabuse collage (scroll down to Day 9) in this post >> NZ Trip – Queenstown & Arrowtown.  Meanwhile, here are the sketches I did for Day 9 (21 May 2023).

Queenstown New Zealand


Virut Penchabuse Collage

As mentioned in my Taking Stock post last week, I’m taking a small break in order to free up some more time for me to get some art done. I should be back with my next post on 1 November.  I’ll be taking a longer break over the Christmas/New Year break. I’ll be reading and commenting on posts from Denyse’s link up today as soon as I can (I’m over at Mum’s at the time this publishes) but after that I’ll be absent from the blogosphere until 1 November. 

Ciao for now,

Linking up with Denyse Whelan’s ‘Wednesday’s Words and Pics

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  • Reply Joanne Tracey October 4, 2023 at 8:05 am

    I adore your art journal. Now that I’ve finished work I’m hoping to make some more art of my own. Enjoy your break…

    • Reply Min October 6, 2023 at 10:07 am

      Thanks so much Jo! It’s so exciting for you now you’ve finished the day job! I look forward to seeing what art you might produce!

  • Reply Debbie Harris October 4, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    Wow your collage is so good Min, I went back and checked the original and I think yours is terrific!! I love all your sketches and wish I had a thimble of your talent.
    I do hope your break goes well and look forward to seeing you back later in the year. Take care!

    • Reply Min October 6, 2023 at 10:10 am

      Thank you Deb. I like my depiction of the collage and it’s not often I say that! I’m looking forward to the break. Sometimes we just need to open up a bigger window of time for ourselves so that we can do what we want to do! I’ll be back before long though. xo

  • Reply Sue from Women Living Well After 50 October 5, 2023 at 8:38 am

    I love the drawing of the lady in a scarf with writing over her – so detailed and as always I’m impressed with your art. Take care and enjoy your break. I’ve taken a step back from some activities and I think we need to do that every now and then. xx

    • Reply Min October 6, 2023 at 10:12 am

      Thank you Sue. I like that drawing too and as I said to Debbie – I don’t often say that! I was pleased with it. I agree that we need to step back from things now and then and open up space where needed. xo

  • Reply Denyse Whelan October 6, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Love your art and love your self care too Min. See you when you are ready to be back!

    Thank you for linking up your blog post this week at Denyse’s Words and Pics for #WWandPics. Warm wishes and appreciation from Denyse.

    • Reply Min October 7, 2023 at 11:50 am

      Thanks so much Denyse. I’ll be back before you know it! xo

  • Reply Leslie Susan Clingan October 11, 2023 at 12:28 pm

    I hope that through the comments left here, you can get a small sense of how your art touches the hearts of others. And is so inspiring to those of us who toy with creating, painting, drawing, too. Thank you for being such an encouraging force.

    • Reply Min October 12, 2023 at 9:55 am

      You say the kindest things Leslie. Thank you so much! You have no idea how it can really lift my spirits and make my day. What a kind and lovely soul you are. Thank you! xo

  • Reply Emma Peach November 12, 2023 at 10:04 am

    The drawings are incredible! I visited Queenstown in 2008 and was blown away by its beauty.

    Emma xxx

    • Reply Min November 15, 2023 at 3:40 pm

      Thanks so much Emma! It’s beautiful there isn’t it? I will definitely be going back again! xo

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