Te Motu Piu / Dog Island

I have always been fascinated with NZ lighthouses (in fact I have done a series of works on plates of lighthouses which included the unique light flickering sequence and number of each one).

My favourite light house has always been Te Motu Piu / Dog Island which is also the tallest one in NZ.  It was originally made from rock quarried on the island (which is quite small) but as it developed a lean over the years it was concreted over.   I was fortunate to be offered a trip to Te Motu Piu on a cool 1959 motor launch, vintage is always a passion, and had a marvellous day painting!

I was remindeed of the difficulties of getting wet canvases on and off boats.  Thanks Rawiri!

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