September and the start of SPRING

A very productive month for new works on paper. I’m loving using the technique of intense colour scraped onto a very wet sheet of watercolour paper. I’m getting lots of positive feedback from my instagram account waihibeachart, where I put all my works as they are completed.

This image ‘Estuary Texture’ uses rock salt on the wet pigment to form the texture.

The following piece was a commission that the client was very happy with.

Winter Wonder.

Our art group, Unlimited Palette, will be having their next exhibition at the Carlton Gallery, Katikati, from the 21st September until the 4th October. The exhibition is titled “ Landscapes of our Soul” and the five artists will interpret this in their own medium.

I have just completed a very successful watercolour art class with 3 very enthusiastic people who did some wonderful creative work. If you, or someone you know would like to be involved in my next class please contact me for details.

Ka kite ano.

Pam

A Long Wet August

Welcome to my August blog. Well the world is still suffering from a pandemic and the effects of it will last for many years, but on a personal level I give thanks that myself and my family are all well and adjusting to a new normal.

The beach is my inspiration and go to place for resting my soul.

While recently watching YouTube I came across two artists that resonated with my own ideas on watercolour. John Halley and Lena Gemzoe have inspired me to go further with my wet on wet watercolour, using intense colour on a very wet paper and letting the water move the pigment.

Stormy Reflections
Autumn
Towards the Heads
Down by the Boat Ramp

Some of these images will be part of my next combined exhibition with Unlimited Palette at the Carlton Gallery in Katikati. The exhibition is titled ‘Landscapes of the Soul’ and runs from 21st September until 4th October.

You can see more of my work on instagram‘waihibeachart’ or ‘pamsart.felt.co.nz.

Until next month, keep safe, keep happy and be creative.

Pamela

July and it’s the middle of winter

Already half way through the year. Wow where did it go? (Most of it in lockdown actually)

Today I took down the exhibition ‘Coastal Connections’ at the Imprint Gallery Tauranga. It was very successful for Sally and I and we may look towards the space again in the future. Many thanks to Stella and Jackie.

Imprint Gallery at the Historic Village, Tauranga.

Another month of cramped space in my studio due to alterations in our house, overflowing into my studio. Not to be outdone I am working on a new series titled ‘Landscapes of the Soul.’ Abstract landscapes using a card scrapped across a wet paper, but leaving a dry horizon line. I’m loving the energy and freedom of movement in these works and would like to show some examples of these here.

Landscape
For Trees
Tidal Landscape
Across the Waikato

If you are reading this, I would love to hear from you and have some feedback please.

Check out pamsart.felt.co.nz where I have a shop for some of my work. If there is anything you would like to buy let me know and I will list it on my felt shop.

In this world of change stay safe, be kind and I will blog again next month. Pamela

Update for June

Alterations are happening at our house so my studio is full of extra pieces of furniture, but I have managed to do some exciting experimenting with my art. The process starts with wetting the paper but leaving a horizon line. Using a piece of card I scrape paint across the dry horizon, making sure to touch the wet paper as well, then watch the paint move. Totally unpredictable.

On 5th June fellow artist, Sally Thrush and myself opened our exhibition at the Imprint Gallery, Historic Village, Tauranga. This gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 2pm and the exhibition goes until the 3rd July.

Pamela and Sally at Imprint Gallery

Sales have started again after the impact of COVID-19, so I have reinstated my felt account for the ease and protection of selling my work. Check out pamsart.felt.co.nz.

Catch up next month.

Level 2 in Lockdown.

The world has changed and social media is now the most accessible contact we can have at the moment. Therefore I’m trying to keep my blog up to date with what’s happening in my art world.

I love to look at the stats. on my website and see the various visitors who have taken the time to view my work. This last month they have included people from China, France, Germany, New Zealand, Denmark, USA, Australia, UK and Argentina. If you are one of those lovely people welcome and leave me a message to let me know how my work is for you?

Last blog I showed the 3 paintings of week 1 of the NZ Watercolour challenge. This blog I’m going to include week 2 and 3.

These 6 artworks are from my experiences and images in the South Island on the Otago Rail Trail.

Ida Valley
Alexandra Bridge
Hyde Bridge. Otago.
Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown.
Oturehua.
Sunset at Wedderburn. Otago.

Some things have happened in the art world in NZ because of Covid-19. The Royal Easter Show was cancelled, the stunning gallery Macandmor in Tauranga permanently closed its doors and the NZ Art Show 2020 is online. All changes that affect how artists promote and sell their art, but hopefully there are still sales to help artists survive.

One of the great opportunities I have been given, with my artist friend Sally Thrush, is to exhibit at the Imprint Gallery, at the Historic Village, Tauranga. Coastal Connections runs from the 5th June until the 3rd July, open Tuesday to Saturday 10 -2pm at the beautiful Historic Village.

Please leave me some feedback about my blog and check out all my current work on my instagram account waihibeachart.

Pam Lines

Life in Lockdown

Coming up 3 weeks into lockdown. What a surreal experience it is . I don’t remember the last time my husband and I have been around each other for 24/7 for this long. But this time has given me the opportunity to paint and think again about my art journey.

At the beginning of L. D. I did some miniatures of my reconnecting series. They hang on a wire in my studio and I enjoy their display.

Seascape
Another seascape
Seascape 3

I really wanted to loosen up and throw some paint around so I took my palette knife and spritzer bottle to watercolour paints and got some interesting results.

Otago. Watercolour with palette knife.
Seascape with lots of water.

Last week I started the NZWatercolour 3×3 challenge. 3 paintings for 3 weeks. These are the paintings of week 1.

Lockdown at the beach 1
Reflections of Lockdown
Beach Bubble

That’s me for this month. Hope you are all keeping well. Kia kaha.

Exhibitions, galleries and sketches.

The last four months have been very busy for me. Not necessarily in my art world. I have spent time in art galleries and art exhibitions, doing en plein aire and meeting with other artists and like minded people, but I haven’t been very productive in painting.

Another venue for my work is the Waihi Accounting Services Ltd. Their front window now has some strong watercolour artwork .

Window display in Waihi Accounting

Art Edit Magazine is an Australian produced magazine that I was able to put an article and some work of mine in. Lots of new areas of exposure. This was featured in their Summer Edition 2020 magazine.

December was a time when I did feel the need to paint the beautiful Waihi beach once more.

Afternoon at the Beach

The March April 2020 edition of New Zealand Artist Magazine has an article about the small art group, Unlimited Palette. As a member of this group it has been another opportunity for me to show my work to a wider audience.

With the likelihood of the cancelation of the Royal Easter Show due to Covid-19, I will not be exhibiting two pieces that were ready to be transported to the big event. They will now be in my home studio for personal viewing. Contact me if you would like to view.

Finally I would like to share some little plein aire sketches that I have just done while cycling the Otago Rail Trail with my daughter.

Clyde. Otago
Kokonga Otago

Keep safe out there. From Pamela.

My continuing art journey…

It’s been such a busy couple of months! I work hard through the winter months to build up my portfolio that I use during the exhibition period.

Exhibitions

This years exhibition period started when I sold ‘Birds on the Beach’ at the Franklin Arts festival held in Pukekohe.

Birds on the Beach
Birds on the Beach

 

I had a work in the Salon de Refusse in the Rotorua exhibition which I also sold.

Sulphur Point Reconnecting
Sulphur Point Reconnecting

A flight to Wellington saw us arrive at the Watercolour New Zealand ‘SPLASH’ exhibition. Thrilled to see my painting with a red dot. The Wellington exhibition is a highlight of my art year. Over 300 paintings all of which are watercolour, together in one space, so inspirational.

Harbour Light
Harbour Light

Also had a Popup at Waihi Beach and was in the Waikino exhibition on Labour Weekend.

For all those who have connected with my art, through a Popup, exhibition or in my studio, thank you!

Art Classes

I have had some inquires recently from people who have attended my Beginner Watercolour class wanting to progress their skills and learn more at an intermediate level.  I’m looking at a 4 week course on either Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning for 2 hours, starting 25th or 26th November.  Cost – $80 (provide own materials). Contact me if you would like some more information.

Instagram

Loving posting my paintings as I do them! Follow me on Instagram waihibeachart

Festive Season

I would like to wish you all a safe and happy festive season. If you are around the Waihi Beach area, please feel free to contact me and visit my studio.

Pamela