Saturday, 1 July 2017

An Art Awakening

Yours truly at right on a potter's wheel in the PNTC art department. (Dianne Foley at left?)
When I first went to Palmerston North Teacher's College in 1967 I majored in music.  But I found both the tutor and the curriculum rather boring and far more exciting things appeared to be happening in the Art department under the tutelage of Frank Davis and Ray Thorburn.

My good friend John Brebner who I played rugby with for College was also studying art, and I recall visiting his lodgings and seeing him plugging away on a painting.

I decided that the visual arts (and particularly sculpture) were far more appealing than banging on a triangle!

Te Kooti Inspires His Warriors - F. Davis 
Frank Davis, who later became my mentor and a close family friend, agreed to me changing my study major from music to art if I produced a satisfactory portfolio over the Xmas break -  which I did.  (The painting at left is one of Frank's Te Kooti series.  I bought it off him when I was teaching in Rotorua and sold it much later at auction when I was shifting cities. Still have one of his drawings from this series)

Prior to Teachers College I had never really shown any great aptitude or motivation where the visual arts were concerned but I took to it like a duck to water.

It was a decision that changed my life and to this day the visual arts have dominated my life -  the creative beast unleashed!  A career as a secondary school art teacher followed after two years as a primary teacher.  Then a three stint as head of a regional art school in Papua New Guinea.  Several years where also spent as a Director of NZ art Museums in Hawke's Bay and Waikato (with a dash of museum marketing at the NZ Maritime Museum in Auckland thrown in)

I exhibited painting, prints and sculpture along the way before moving in to digital art later in life.

But all of this life started back in the Grey Street art department of Palmerston North Teachers College.

NB: The woman in the top photograph appears to be Di Foley from Wanganui who sang in a folk singing truly with Tom Hunter and myself.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

A View From Fort Canning

Our final evening in Singapore, in July 2010, was spent in Fort Canning Lodge; a place I would thoroughly recommend for those travelling on a budget. 

The view from the hill was memorable and I have used these memories as the inspiration for this art work.

View From Fort Canning
Roger Smith - 2016
Art Print - Copies available here.
Fort Canning is one of the few remaining elevated natural places in Singapore.  Early illustrations show several more hills, but these have been leveled over time for land reclamation and city development.

Copies of this art work are available as prints from my online store.

I also place them on this Pinterest board.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Fort Canning History

I hadn't realised that Singapore' Fort Canning contained a large cemetery years ago, but these images in the Straits Times shows what the place was like in the past and what it is like now.

Fort Canning is one of those places that one feels a deep almost spiritual connection to; now I know why.

Fort Canning then

Fort Canning now

Friday, 27 May 2016

New Singapore Art Prints

Check out these my Singapore art prints on this Ppinterest board

Monday, 18 April 2016

How Kiwis Can Watch The LPGA Swinging Skirts Streamed Live - For Free!

In December 2015 Coliseum Sport Media promised that Kiwis could watch Lydia Ko's title defences Live & Free through their streaming service

They have honoured this pledge and here is how you do it:

Step One:

Go to WorldGolf

Step Two:

Click on the subscribe button which will take you through to here.

Step Three:

Click on 'Single Week Pass' to highlight it and then click 'Subscribe Now'.

Step Four:

Add the promotion code CLEARWATER into the package selected panel and click Check.

Then complete the World Golf Pass Registration online form or sign in if you are a current user.

If you already have an account simply sign in.

Now you will be able to see the golf rounds live and for free. That's all there is to it, except to say #GoKo !

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Old Singapore - New Book

I have just produced a publication showcasing old Singapore postcard images.  It's quite fascinating to see how Singapore was in days past.

Click on the book to view of use this direct link.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

The Art Of Golf - When Twin Passions Come Together

I have written before about my my late and growing interest in watching the LPGA. The main reason for this 'sporting flowering' being the rise and progress of New Zealand's own golfing superstar, Lydia Ko.

To see someone so young achieve so much, in such a short space of time, has been quite extraordinary.  She is a credit to her family and a proud Kiwi, which her adopted country greatly appreciates.

A growing interest in golf reminded me of the unique shape and patterns of golfing paraphernalia and the figures in action which lent themselves to artistic interpretation.

The result is this coffee table book which records recent art works based on a golfing theme.  As I stated in its introduction I make no apologies for the eclectic mix of styles.  They were used as the mood took me!

Click on the book above to see a preview or go directly to the publishers here. The art works illustrated in the publication are also available as quality prints from TheGolfStore.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Digerarti IV - New art book

My new art book published today. Click on the pages to view the contents