This is where I have spent the last few mornings this week. At Kauri Cliffs with my easel and paintbrushes watching the sunrise. I have been commissioned to paint a large painting the subject of which is a Toro lawnmower. The painting is to be gifted to the big Toro company in the States for their one hundredth anniversary. So this is an important painting for me and a piece not to be taken lightly.
Our friend who owns a holiday house next door to us owns a business selling Toro mowers in Hong Kong, has commissioned the painting. He arranged with Kauri Cliffs for me to go there and draw their machines for the painting. Kauri Cliffs is a luxury lodge and one of the best golf courses in the world. They use almost exclusively Toro lawnmowers on the grounds and gulf course, which is kept in perfect condition and tended every day. It only a half hours drive away from home and I had been there only once before to help on a horse trek. I drove down there one afternoon last week. Unfortunately, I picked one of their busiest days and also one of the windiest days of the year so they were very busy trying to keep windblown guests happy. But that did not in the least affect their professional warmth and attention to me. I was given a golf buggy, a map, and the most beautiful spots were recommended and I zipped off and explored the golf course looking for good painting locations.
The place is incredibly beautiful and well kept, the grass on the gulf course is perfect and yet the surrounding countryside retains the natural farm country look of New Zealand. The view looks over the Cavalli Islands and towards the South one can even see Cape Brett on the other side of the Bay of Islands. I really enjoyed driving around, but there was so many beautiful locations it was hard to choose one for painting the lawnmower in. But I managed to narrow it down to just a few.