Aoraki Mt Cook In Our Own Good Time Ltd Edition Framed Print by Grant McSherry
Double Matted Image with a 60mm wide x 20mm deep Pine Rimu Stain with some distressed detail Frame.
These Prints are Mounted to a adhesive foamboard to create a perfect finish.
Print Name is In Our Own Good Time – this is a computer generated image of the frame.
Art prints: Limited edition (offset on paper) 750, hand numbered & signed. Large size: (image area) 727 mm x 488 mm
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Since first painting Aoraki / Mount Cook in 2001, my interest in working with the mountain has only grown and I have revisited the region several times in search of something new to say about a favourite subject
Left: The original, ‘In Our Own Good Time’ is a large size oil painting, finished in a hand crafted, gold leaf frame.
Driving down Highway 80 in the autumn of 2003, with Aoraki / Mt Cook looming in my windscreen, I caught a glimpse of a flashing orange light in the distance. It became clear that a mob of Merino sheep, perhaps one of the largest I have seen, was being mustered along the road toward me and away from Aoraki / Mt Cook. I stopped and asked the young woman in her 4×4 with the flashing light how far they were going, trying to figure out how I could best get some photos to work with. “All the way to Glentanner” she replied. “Fantastic!” I said. “This has made my day!” As motorists generally consider sheep on the road (particularly this many) to be a complete hassle, she must have thought I was more than just a bit strange…
I drove about two kilometres back down Highway 80, in the direction I had come, away from Aoraki / Mt Cook, until the road aligned again with the great mountain. After finding just the right spot, I settled in patiently with my camera at the ready. I waited…and waited. By the time the Merino flock finally rounded the bend, it seemed like every sand fly in the Mackenzie basin had found me. It became obvious as to why the delay had been so long. The Merinos were meandering generally in one direction, but at the same time in all directions, stopping in small groups to savour the dry yellow grasses. The sheep were travelling to Glentanner behind the 4 x 4 with the flashing light in their own good time. Progress took place in a pattern. When the flock caught up to the stationary vehicle, the woman would drive further up the road and wait for the sheep to follow. ‘In our own good time’ depicts the first few Merino sheep at the head of the flock making their way along Highway 80 towards Glentanner.
I painted Aoraki / Mount Cook as seen from just off the side of Highway 80, further away from Mt Cook National Park than where my previous oil painting ‘Highway 80’ is set.
This oil painting of Aoraki / Mt Cook earned its title in more ways than one. The Merino sheep were heading to Glentanner in their own good time, and it seems I produced this Aoraki / Mount Cook painting in a similar vein. I began the oil painting in June 2003 but I did not complete ‘In our own good time’ until February 2004, as I had accepted some project work with the Christchurch newspaper during that time which allowed me to take a more leisurely approach to painting for a while. I valued the opportunity I had to take my own good time with this amazing image and I trust that I have been able to create a meaningful ‘sense of place’ of the area around Aoraki / Mt Cook, the highest point of NZ’s Southern Alps and New Zealand’s tallest peak. As a note Aoraki / Mount Cook’s elevation was revised down by 30m to 3724 metres in January 2014. A slip in December 1991 had taken 10m from the summit and a further 20m had melted from the ice cap.
|Dimensions||1100 × 800 × 10 cm|