Al­ways seek­ing the per­fect spot

Taupo Times - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - TAMARA THORN

‘‘It's about get­ting out there, do­ing it and giv­ing it a go.’’ An­drew Whyte

Some artists use a stu­dio to pro­duce their work, but for An­drew Whyte, the great out­doors is his stu­dio.

Whyte is a Taupo painter who chooses to use the out­doors to help his ideas flow onto his blank can­vas.

‘‘I pre­fer to be out­side,’’ he said, as it is easy to walk two to three hours to a des­ti­na­tion, paint a piece and walk back again.

Whyte is an en Plein Air (in open air) Artist, mean­ing he paints mostly in the out­doors with a por­ta­ble easel where he said he can en­joy ex­po­sure to the ever chang­ing light, the el­e­ments and many in­ter­ested peo­ple.

Whyte started paint­ing in 1993 with his first ex­hi­bi­tion the fol­low­ing year, and since then has had another six solo ex­hi­bi­tions.

Whyte wants to share the ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing in the out­doors with oth­ers by start­ing up a paint­ing tour called ‘Great Lake Paint­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence’.

This ex­pe­ri­ence will in­volve tak­ing vis­i­tors, lo­cals and artists en Plein Air (in open air) paint­ing in the moun­tains, the geo­ther­mal fields and around Lake Taupo.

‘‘All art sup­plies, tu­ition and trans­port pro­vided for a fun easy day or half day out.’’

The small group will tour around Lake Taupo and the moun­tains of the Cen­tral Plateau.

He said it is a day to en­joy the New Zealand out­doors and cre­ate some­thing spe­cial that you can eas­ily take home.

‘‘It’s about get­ting out there, do­ing it and giv­ing it a go.’’

He said you don’t have to be a painter to go on the tour, but as long as you are hav­ing fun then that is what mat­ters.

‘‘It’s all about be­ing out and about in an en­vi­ron­ment where you don’t have to think too hard.’’

The tours are set to take place in the up­com­ing sum­mer.

Along with the up­com­ing tours, Whyte has in­vented his own de­vice called the white easel nappy to help make his por­ta­ble paint­ing life­style eas­ier. It holds his brushes, wa­ter and paints.

This is some­thing that Whyte is look­ing at mak­ing avail­able for peo­ple to buy to make their paint­ing ex­pe­ri­ence eas­ier.

He plans to make them avail­able lo­cally and sold to help por­ta­ble paint­ing more con­ve­nient.

‘‘Most artists are in­ven­tors in their own way,’’ he said, and this was some­thing Whyte in­vented to make paint­ing eas­ier for him. ‘‘Ev­ery­thing fits into my bag, and it is por­ta­ble,’’ he said.

TAMARA THORN/FAIR­FAX NZ

Artist An­drew Whyte with dis­play­ing his en Plein Air (open air) art

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