We've had a bit of a thing in Napier on Thursday and through the weekend... A man with a gun shot and killed a policeman and wounded two others and a civilian after they tried to search his house for drugs. He had been holed up in his house for 50 hours and they had to cordon off streets, the whole town was on police alert. Rather scary, I heard gunshots on Friday afternoon as the police tried to retrieve the body of the slain policeman, which was lying on the lawn where he had fallen... they didn't get to him till Saturday afternoon. Really horrible for the policeman's family. Anyway all is over now and although some people are still not allowed to go back to their homes as the police are still investigating the scene, life for us is getting back to normal.
(I like it here can I stay)
I had Brighton on my mind when doing these two last week... There is a different light in England to what we have here in Hawke's Bay, ours is a little more intense. These two are a bit smaller then the last series I did, but have longer bodies.
People have been commenting on how or whether my work will change after my trip... I am not sure that it will so much, I think it will be the things in the background may change more? the buildings, the colours, the sky, landmarks??? will be interesting to see.
I have decided to keep up with the two paintings a week that I did before we went away, it is good to have a small goal each week to work towards. I have also booked in an exhibition next year in October so I am looking forward to that, nice enough distance away that it still seems like a really good idea.
I went to see the Topp twins movie on Friday night with a few friends, was good, I came out feeling proud to be a kiwi.
One last thing, Happy Birthday to the best Mum in the world and in space!!!