Glenfalloch is at the end of about 50kms of winding gravel road, through a few gnarly fords and set right in the middle of the Southern Alps. It's actually only about 20kms as the bird flies to Hokitika!
We stayed in a cosy cottage and the generous farmers gave us free access to anywhere we wanted to go - our trusty hilux got us to some very cool painting spots.
I took both watercolour and acrylics with me as I was unsure of what I'd be facing. As it turned out I was facing very big mountains in every direction, my paintings got bigger and bigger over the week, ending up with a 600 x 900mm one! Painting this size outdoors with acrylic paint is challenging as the paint dries very fast - luckily I had thrown in my tube of retarder medium which slowed things down a bit, but I had to paint in quite a different way from usual, dealing with each area as I worked. The light changes rapidly in mountains that high, about an hour and a half and the shadows will be totally different, so there's no time to muck around.I did lots of watercolour sketches and filled my camera with photos.
Painting in a place like this is totally absorbing and my love for PA painting has been rekindled - I'll be back.