Saturday, 11 May 2019

The Winter Gardens Auckland New Zealand

A Visit to the Winter Gardens Auckland

It is always a pleasure to visit the Winter Gardens in Auckland, in April there
was a riot of chrysanthemums, dahlias and many other species which
I could only guess at.

My little granddaughter loved the water lilies, peering into the water we
could see shoals of tiny fish.

There were so many people photographing these chrysanthemums
that I had to dodge around them to get any shots.

The spikey ones are my favourites and what a wonderful smell
so evocative!

This beautiful flowering plant was covered in blossom.


Auckland was at its' Autumny best with glorious sunny days and then 
some thunder and heavy showers.  This photo, taken from the garden where
we were staying, shows what appeared to be a tornado breaking up.

All imaged copyright Frances Jill Studd 2019

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Artist's Photographs from the Residency Whanganui New Zealand

Some Photos from Whanganui

Here are some photos from Whanganui where we spent the last month at the
Glasgow St Arts Centre.  The first one is an old one probably taken about
1923, it shows my Mother at Virginia Lake feeding the black swans and 
the ducks.

She was born in Whanganui in 1913 and lived there until 1925.  Here she is wearing
school uniform, is it the Girl's College uniform?  I know that she was attending there
when they left.

An image from Virginia Lake in January, now we could see only white swans.

Taken at the Bason Reserve where we went to visit the orchid houses and 
the gardens..

Some of the bush at Bush Park.  We were lucky enough to see hihi and  
tÄ«eke as we walked through the bush to see Ratanui the giant rata tree.  So many
changes and improvements since our last visit.

Lastly but not least a picture of Wild Castlecliff, the wind was blowing off the
sea and it was impossible to walk far to take photos.  My Grandmother used to
tell me about catching the tram out to Castlecliff and having to walk on
flax mats down to the sea as the black sand was so hot.

All images copyright Frances Jill Studd 2019

Saturday, 12 January 2019

New Paintings from a wild garden in New Zealand

Wild Garden Paintings 

I have been working as artist in residence at the Glasgow Street Arts Centre in
Whanganui for the last two weeks.  The weather has been hot, sometimes
the paint dries so quickly that it is difficult to find that space that you
need to work things through.
Anyway here are some of my paintings just called 
Wild Garden Series

Let's see what the next two weeks will find.

All images copyright Frances Jill Studd 2019

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Rare New Zealand Dotterel at Waikanae Estuary

Rare New Zealand Dotterel

For the first time a dotterel has raised two chicks at Waikanae Estuary.
We have seen the adult birds there on many occasions but the chicks
are a new event here for the endangered bird.

The Department of Conservation has put up signs warning dog owners to keep
them on a leash, and the chicks have caused excitement among local
bird watchers.

This is a Spring Garden painting made from an old photograph.  This lovely 
garden was used as the scene for many family afternoon teas and picnics.  

Painting image copyright Frances Jill Studd 2018
Dotterel photos courtesy of the local paper.

Monday, 12 November 2018

The Centenary of World War I, Remembering Family

Remembering family who died in World War I

I have photographs of two family who died in World War I and of another who
fought and survived.  Here is a photo of Archie Studd and Felix Alexander.

Archie is on the left, he served in the London Regiment (London Scottish), he died on
the first of July at the Battle of Gommencourt he was 22 years old.
Felix on the right served in the Northumberland Fusiliers, Norfolk Regiment and 
he died on the 14th of November 1916, he was only 20.  They are remembered on
the Thiepval Memorial. They are shown with a white poppy for peace.
Ernest Studd was a second Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers and survived.
All three are now commemorated at the Lochnagar Crater Memorial.
These young men are remembered with thousands of others on this centenary.

This is Ernest George Studd he was younger than my Grandfather and would have 
have been about thirty when the war began. He had trained as a tailor with my
 my Grandfather who was exempt from joining up as he was doing
essential war work making uniforms at the family firm.

Here is their advertisement for toga coats from the Country Life magazine.
They made nurses coats and uniforms as well as those for the troops.

 All images copyright Frances Jill Studd 2018

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

New Zealand baby fur seal at Peka Peka Beach

Baby Seal at Peka Peka

This baby seal was seen at Peka Peka Beach recently, it is quite usual for seals
this small to visit our beaches as they are left to fend for themselves by their 
mothers.  This one was playing in the shallows but approached a family
 and went up to sniff their hands.  The Department of Conservation advises
that they should not be approached and dogs should be kept on leashes.

Someone in Raumati South returned from the beach to find one on her porch,
and it didn't stop there going inside her house to sit by the fire for about
ten minutes. It also ate the fish she had saved for her supper.  

The number of seals visiting our beaches seems to be rising as they recover from the
being harvested for their pelts in the eighteenth century.  They are now fully protected
but are sometimes caught in nets from fishing vessels.

Photos courtesy Stuff

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Bird and Beetles from New Zealand

The Extinct Huia

The Huia bird is now extinct, I made this drawing using a photograph of huia skins
which are common in our museums.  They were beautiful birds of black and
white with much valued tail feathers with a white tip, they lived only in
the North Island and had very limited flight using bounds and leaps to
travel through the trees.  In 1901 the tail feather became a fashionable item
to adorn hats and hair after being seen on the Duke of York's hat when he
visited New Zealand, this and predation as well as loss of habitat led to the 
extinction of this lovely bird.  This drawing is a lament, I have called
it Huia Singing in the Kowhai.

Here are some of our native beetles, New Zealand has an amazing 
selection of weevil and other types of small insects.  Many are most active at
night so the black paper seems to suit them.

All images copyright Frances Jill Studd 2018