which is why i'm not a world famous artiste -
Mauao is the sacred mountain at
the entrance to Tauranga Harbour.
Its name, meaning ‘caught in the
light of the day’, comes from the
legend in which Mauao was once
a nameless mountain, spurned
in love by the beautiful mountain
Puwhenua. One night he begged the
fairy-like creatures of the forest
to drag him to the ocean and end
his misery. But the creatures fled as
the morning sun’s rays struck,
and he was transfixed on the spot.
I had this idea in my head - for my painting journal, I'd paint after the style of Nicolas de Stael. Mostly because he doesn't bovver with faces or minutiae. I'd use limited hues (which is art-speak for colours) and paint with a piece of card instead of a brush. I'd put Puwhenua inside the mountain -
even though she did not love him.
And then I painted it.
Um, I don't think I'll become a Specialist Art Teacher then.