Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Ina Te Papatahi

For this term the topic is Art Alive, and we have been focusing on the artist Charles Fredrick Goldie in extension. The goal was to reproduce a painting of Charles Fredrick Goldie. Above is my version of the painting Ina Te Papatahi painted in 1910. Ina Te Papatahi was painted using a canvas and oil paint, but my reproduced version was done digitally. I would like to find out more about the moko on the chin, I believe the moko tells a story.

I observed very closely at all the detail in the painting like the blanket, moko, wrinkles, shading and  the background. All these features in the painting were quite difficult to reproduce. The hardest stage was colouring in the hair and background, as you can see I have used multiple colours.  I used the colour wheel on Hyperstudio to get the right colours, I had to be focused to get the right colours, but in the end I did.

Charles Fredrick Goldie painted Ina Te Papatahi and many other Maori people. Why? He wanted to preserve the Maori culture and he did that through painting. Paintings can last over 100 years, infact the painting Ina Te Papatahi is 102 years old.


  1. Hi Seini-Mino, What a wonderful end product!!! You have done an amazing job! I am very proud of you and the skills you are showing in your work. Well done Seini-Mino! very proud Mum!

  2. Malo e lelei Seini-Mino. WOW and WOW!! It's a Masterpiece! Is it on sale? LOL You have a gifted hands and eyes...those details are just great. Well done! Uncle & Aunty are very proud of you. Looking forward to seeing more!!! 'ofa lahi atu, Uncle & Aunty from Tonga.

  3. Hello Seini-Mino,
    Great Job on your picture. It's just GREAT, the detail is amazing. My favourite part of your picture is the hair. I like how the grey, black and white are blended together. It makes it stand out. Keep up the good work!

    From Your cousin, Gloria


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