My visit to Auckland though, culminated in a request that threw me out of my comfort zone and provided me with quite a few hours challenging hours. An old friend (not old in age, but 'old' as in the fact that we've known each other nearly 40 years), commissioned me to do a large collage for her son's wedding. The collage was to be an interpretation of the area in Western Auckland where he'd grown up, and now still lives. We spent a morning exploring the area where I tried to absorb everything and take photos. One concern I had was the "green" everywhere - a colour I don't use very much in my paintings these days!
Once in Sydney my thoughts of working outside were stopped by the constant rain, so I set myself up in the garage using the wire clothes dryer as my painting table. I started by doing some sketches of the 3 or 4 of main 'points of interest'.... then the collage began and I got myself mentally into New Zealand mode and by brain conjured up images of paua shell, cabbage trees, tikis and the like. It was an incredibly interesting exercise! The largest collage I've completed to date is A3 and this was 4 times that size, so at first there seemed to be an awful lot of paper to cover, but once I got into the grove, I could have kept on forever!