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While looking for some art materials I happened upon a picture that I had forgtten about. this is a detail of that picture. a water colour entitled "Peaceful" and dated 25.6.74'
at that time, I was still at school and dreaming of having my very own dog, a German Shepherd. about a year later, I did get a dog, a German Shepherd called Jacinda Of Von Laine (Hney). She was to prove to be my best friend and I had her for many years.

 
 
 
 
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Zareth-Shahar, Arabian mare enjoying the snow.
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The snow and spring weather have provided many photographic opportunites
 
 
Today I finished a project that I had been wanting to produce for some time.

The project was a tribute to my wonderful Arabian stallion Quassa who passed away on the 9th of February this year.

Quassa was born at Lawrence Arabians and was the first colt, hence we referred to him as "The Boy". He was the most  honest and genuine little horse that God gave life to and we were privilged to have him in our lives.

As long as I am alive, I shall miss "The Boy".

Check out the movie .
 
 
Well, winter is with us now, but still plenty of oppertunites to record the beauty all around us.
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June is here and it is still warm. The grass is still growing and the atmosphere has been lacking the clarity of the winter's days in previous years. It has been quite challenging to take good photographs.

Below is a shot of the Waitaki river as it continues to cut into the south bank, taking away valuable farm land  and all the while edging closer to our own property.
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While walking through the farm the other day I noticed a curious thing. Mushrooms growing oo/in the bark of Lombardy poplars
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Like most people, I have been truly saddened by the devastin earthquake in Christchurch  and it is good to be able to help in any way possible.
The Mane Focus Studio has joined others and donated to the online auction organised by Barbara Poulter of Masada Park Arabians.

You can support this wonderful inititiave by going here
http://www.arabianhorseauction.com.au/auction_details.php?name=ADVERT-DESIGN&auction_id=100619
 
 
Many years ago I was commissioned to paint a famous harness horse called One Over Kenny. The people who comissioned me were thrilled with the picture. However, time gallops on, on in this case, paces on, and circumstance change.

I will let the pictures speak for themselves.
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Well we are into the second month of 2011 and I am still trying to find time to do something artistic.

Just a few snaps is all I have managed to take.
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The bottom of the spillway at Benmore Dam.