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Theatre country essays on landscape and whenua

Theatre Country 21st September — 12th October 2008.

  • Exactly 10 years later I found myself staying in a villa in Citerna, on the border between Umbria and Tuscany in Italy;
  • Geoff had come to visit me in London where I was working as a freelance graphic designer;
  • Primitive Savages and Primaval Samples 2zz 16;
  • During a 1986 fellowship at the Stout Research Centre he began researching his acclaimed ecological history of New Zealand, Nga Uruora 1995;
  • Thanks to my lovely Mum for her patience, and to Richard, Frances, Andrew, Niki and Bump Cathie for making the trip to Citerna not just possible but a wonder- filled pilgrimage to the source of this ideal world;
  • Geoff had come to visit me in London where I was working as a freelance graphic designer.

He was inspired by the warm, even and unchanging light of the countryside around Rome, and used it in his carefully arranged and idealized landscapes. William Hardy 2003 Chartwell Books.

Geoff had come to visit me in London where I was working as a freelance graphic designer. We hired a car and took the opportunity to visit the ancestral landscapes of our family. My grandfather hails from Egremont, now a fairly nondescript town on the Western edge of Cumbria, the English Lake District.

  1. The Italian images are all painted in oil on canvas, and loosely follow the Venetian Technique of painting made famous by Titian, Tintoretto, Canaletto, Caravaggio, Leonardo and others.
  2. This show is really the result of a series of happy coincidences.
  3. Theatre Country 21st September — 12th October 2008. Turi Park, September 2008.
  4. Park has brought the grace and lyrical qualities of a master storyteller to his writing. Conservation-Extinction wave or healing tide?

This town is one of many left in the wake of iron-mining for the furnaces of the Industrial Revolution. We also explored the places so familiar and inspiring to Wordsworth and Ruskin. At the time I remember thinking it an eccentric historical oddity.

Exactly 10 years later I found myself staying in a villa in Citerna, on the border between Umbria and Tuscany in Italy.

  • Beyond the Beauty Spots of the Uninitiated 143 11;
  • And most of all to Jane, Georgia and Jack for letting me paint when I should be with them;
  • Excerpts from Theatre Country;
  • The problem for tourists was the same as that for painters:

The same landscape that had inspired Claude to paint so well that the Claude glass was developed, and named in admiration. More than any other painter, the work and painting techniques of JMW Turner have been a revelation to me.

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This show is really the result of a series of happy coincidences. As a painter learning all the many subtleties that oils demand, being in this special part of Italy was like being a gourmet there for the food. This was a rare chance to paint the beauty of this landscape and the unforgettable light or chiaroscuro of these Italian scenes that has inspired so many others.

The Italian images are all painted in oil on canvas, and loosely follow the Venetian Technique of painting made famous by Titian, Tintoretto, Canaletto, Caravaggio, Leonardo and others.

  • Whenua-The ecology of placental connection 239;
  • We hired a car and took the opportunity to visit the ancestral landscapes of our family;
  • Nor did the English yet visit places for the express purpose of receiving visual pleasure from them;
  • The picturesque view of nature, of seeing it as scene after scene, each chosen for its capability of being formed into a picture, was not part of British culture until its travellers to Europe encountered the landscapes of Gaspard Poussin, Salvator Rosa and Claude Lorraine.

This process of painting starts with an imprimatura, or dark ground, then opaque colours and finally sfumato or delicate layers of glazes to create atmosphere and capture subtle light effects. Thanks to my lovely Mum for her patience, and to Richard, Frances, Andrew, Niki and Bump Cathie for making the trip to Citerna not just possible but a wonder- filled pilgrimage to the source of this ideal world.

And most of all to Jane, Georgia and Jack for letting me paint when I should be with them. Turi Park, September 2008.

  1. Ecology and History in a New Zealand Landscape 1995.
  2. This was a rare chance to paint the beauty of this landscape and the unforgettable light or chiaroscuro of these Italian scenes that has inspired so many others.
  3. As a painter learning all the many subtleties that oils demand, being in this special part of Italy was like being a gourmet there for the food.

Excerpts from Theatre Country: Geoff Park 2006 Victoria University Press. Nor did the English yet visit places for the express purpose of receiving visual pleasure from them. The picturesque view of nature, of seeing it as scene after scene, each chosen for its capability of being formed into a picture, was not part of British culture until its travellers to Europe encountered the landscapes of Gaspard Poussin, Salvator Rosa and Claude Lorraine.

For Poussin, landscape was a way to reiterate his belief in classical principles; for Rosa, a chance of evoking the strangeness of nature; and for Claude, a means of escape into a romantic dream world. The problem for tourists was the same as that for painters: So that such connoisseurs could render this feat of spatial organisation instantly, the Claude Glass was invented: