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The Hill of Tamatea; The Land Eater

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The Hill of Tamatea; The Land Eater

2006
Oil on Canvas
915mm x 610mm

After travelling up to the Hawkes Bay with my sister, where opportunity was presented to visit a few different locations to paint en plein air. One of them was this location, the view from the north of this mountain which sports the longest name in the world. We took the back roads to get there, away from the signpost with all the tourists.
Initially I painted it with acrylics, and then later went over the top of them with oil paint to give a vibrancy and a sheen to it. Officially it was my first use of oil paints.
Taumata­whakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­turi­pukakapiki­maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenua­kitanatahu is the name of this hill, and it’s literal translation tells the story of Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the climber of mountains, the land-swallower who travelled about, played his nose flute to his loved one.
Read more about Taumata here.