Wendy and I had coffee at The Starving Artist Café in Napier's Emerson Street on Tuesday. There were several paintings on view which took our fancy but one of them spoke to me in quite a strong voice and said "You are attracted to me and I will hang on your wall in Scotland one day." The flowing lines were, I had to admit, very attractive and the New Zealand Flax combined with the classical Art Deco was a very tempting combination. I looked more closely and the face had a curious quality which puzzled me and drew me to it. I resisted temptation. Then. But all that night I thought about it. Next day I wandered back into the café and the owner said to me "Ah. So you've come back for it have you?" Nothing escapes her, obviously. And now it is hanging in its temporary home above my bed before it begins its journey to Scotland.
The picture is called Flowing Flax and is by Vida Gardiner from Tauranga.