December Already

Hi there. Welcome to my December blog where I let you know what’s been happening in my world of art.

Watercolour New Zealand exhibition in Wellington was a success, with three of my four entries sold and a merit award for this little piece.

In November I also entered the Bay of Plenty Garden and Art festival. Four days of having my art in a beautiful garden in Katikati. Lots of people came to the garden and many left with pieces of my artwork.

The weather was superb and only one calamity where a piece fell from its easel and dented the frame. It was donated to Sue who owns the garden and hangs in her home where the dent is not noticed.

Last night saw the opening of the Less is More exhibition at the Imprint Gallery, Historic Village in Tauranga.

Small works for the exhibition running until the New Year.
One of the pieces in the Less is More exhibition.

I’m now going to sit back and enjoy the rest of the year and the holiday season at the beach.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and hope that 2021 is full of creative opportunities and time spent with friends and family in a safe COVID free environment.

Ka kite ano.


Action November

Although Covid 19 put a stop to many exhibitions this year, it has been very busy for the art scene this time of the year.

This little watercolour on Yupo paper was sold at our pop up exhibition held at the United Church hall on the Saturday of Labour weekend. Lots of people visited our space and we had some very nice feedback on our work.
My watercolour Arctic Light got a Merit Award at the Watercolour New Zealand exhibition SPLASH on from 24th October til 8th November. I’m also very happy about the red dot on it too. This is a major exhibition of the year for me and to receive an award is very humbling.

The next major exhibition event for me begins on 19th November with the Tauranga Garden and Arts festival. Four days in Sue’s beautiful garden at Highfield Dr, Katikati.

A beautiful stream meanders through Sue’s garden.

Part of the festival involves an exhibition of art at the Tauranga Racecourse. These are some recent works that will be on show at this venue.

Still enjoying my abstract work with wet on wet.

The final event for 2020 will be an exhibition at the Imprint Gallery, Historic Village, Tauranga. Titled Less is More and will showcase small works by myself and Sally Thrush. Opening night for guests Friday 4th December and the exhibition will run until 5th January 2021. As a subscriber to my blog I would like to invite you to the opening. Please contact me if you would like to attend.

Thank you for following my blog and would love to have some feedback regarding my work or observations.

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Til next month. Ka kite ano.


October Already

I’m still working with my wet on wet works that continue to surprise me. Colour and movement come together and some amazing things happen. This IS watercolour.

These are 2 of my recent works. Harbour Light and Old Forest.

The Carlton Gallery exhibition was a success with lots of foot traffic and visitors, with it being the school holidays. Several works were sold between the five participating artists of Unlimited Palette.

I sold ‘Down by the Boat Ramp‘ at the Carlton Gallery.

POP UP. On the Saturday of Labour weekend four artists from the Unlimited Palette group will be exhibiting at the United Church hall, Wilson Rd, Waihi Beach. Saturday 24th October from 9-3pm.

SPLASH is the annual exhibition of Watercolour NZ. This opens on Saturday 24th October (Labour weekend), and goes through til the 8th November. It is held at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts, 1 Queens Wharf, Wellington. I’m looking forward to visiting this exhibition to see some of my work hanging.

Until next month. Ka kite ano.


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.


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
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 ‘

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


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.

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 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

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.
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.

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.