Always seeking the perfect spot
‘‘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.
Artist Andrew Whyte with displaying his en Plein Air (open air) art