Mundane May

That heading sounds a bit boring but it has been a quiet month so far. Classes start next month, and sales have been very slow. Quiet time means time to regroup and get the jobs done that are passed over during the busy season. Cleaning the studio, putting the paints and tools back in their allocated areas so I know where to grab them when I need them. Also a great time for reframing works and getting them exhibition ready.

Work that is exhibition ready.
731. Reconnecting Landscape

Although my abstract work is different from my reconnecting series I still see similarities. Horizon lines, water and the land are constant within the images.

730. Seascape

I attended the Creative BOP workshop on Writing an Artist Statement and Pricing Artwork. Great time to meet other artists and obtain ideas for working on my business.

742. Across the Lake

My next beginners watercolour class starts on Tuesday 1st June 10-12 for 5 weeks.

Weekend classes available 12/13th or 19/20th. 9-3. $120 with all materials supplied.

Abstract watercolour workshop. Friday 11th or Friday 25th June. 9-3. $80

Not for beginners.

735. Landscape

Thank you for following my blog. If there is anything you would like me to include please be in touch. I had a request from a subscriber who would like a video of me working on my abstract paintings. I’m currently looking into this so watch this space.

Ka kite


My world in April

I love the beach at this time ( actually I like it at anytime) and it continues to inspire my art journey and feed my soul.

This month I have taken another abstract watercolour workshop and again I learnt so much. A small group but so busy and went away with some stunning works.

Abstract watercolour workshop. The ultimate in ‘letting go’.

Unlimited Palette group finishes their online exhibition at the end of April. This has been held through Taranaki artist, Dale Copeland’s on line gallery Check it out!

Artist Journals

On a recent road trip to Taranaki I purchased a supply of possum skins for making my leather journals. In New Zealand opossum are a pest as they eat the young shoots of the native trees causing a lot of destruction. But the leather from this animal is soft and pliable and beautiful to work with. It gives me a lot of sensory pleasure in working with it and I’m sure those who have these unique books enjoy the tactile experience as well.

The April / May publication of Focus magazine, a promotional free magazine, has included Bay of Plenty ‘creatives’ and have included a write up of Pamela Lines – watercolourist. For those of you unable to pick up a copy go to Another opportunity for me to reach more people.

My most up to date way to show my work is through my instagram account, waihibeachart.

Thank you once again for following my blog. Until next month, Ka kite ano.

Pamela Lines

March Update

Whew! Exciting month already. We have just come back from a week in our camper van ( in the loose sense of the words!! A bed and a pota potty) and had the excitement of evacuating our beach front camp site early Friday morning with tsunami alerts on our mobile phones. Wonderful technology! So the van was driven to higher ground, and there we stayed for 4 hours while we waited for a tsunami or the all clear, whichever came first.

The view from the back of the van where we waited. Made lots of coffee’s and cups of teas for those not as lucky to have their facilities with them.

It gave me to opportunity to sit and do some plein air painting as well
Waiting for a tsunami, Ohiwa Harbour.
After going inland that night we went back to the coast when it was clear and spent the day at Thornton Beach. More plein air attempted.
Thornton Beach

Towards the end of February I had a small class to do an Abstract Watercolour day. Experienced artists who will use the knowledge they gained to extend into their own style and techniques. A very rewarding time for all of us.

Surprisingly last year was a good year for sales of original works for me. Thank you to those of you who have purchased my art and I would love to see photos of them on your walls. It always makes me feel good to know that someone loves my work enough to want it.

I’m not going to say anything about COVID 19 apart from the fact that it has given the art world the opportunity to exhibit across the globe in a far more frequent and acceptable manner.
On my English cousins recommendation I have entered the Jacksons Painting Prize 2021 in Watercolour. ( thanks Margaret). I’m looking forward to that going live and seeing an international array of watercolourists next month.
Dale Copeland artist, has a virtual gallery at and for this month is showcasing art from the small group Unlimited Palette, of which I am a member. Check out the works on this website. We have had some great responses from artists all over the world.
The Windsor and Newton Summer Competition of the Watercolour NZ society includes a painting of mine.

Thank you all for following my blog. Would love to have some feedback about it.
Ka kite

February Catchup

It’s been a quiet month in my studio in February. Mainly as we have had a road trip away in our van. A chance to take a breather and appreciate our beautiful country.

Plein air opportunities abound.

Patea River Stratford
Patea River. Plein air.
Beginning the Wanganui River Road.
Whanganui River
The Bridge to Nowhere
The Bridge to Nowhere

Although I did have the opportunity to do these sketches I also took lots of photos that may inspire me for future paintings.

Turakina Beach.
Waverley Beach

I’m looking forward to getting back to my studio and using some of my images in abstract ways.

Thank you for following my blog.

Ka kite ano

Pamela Lines.

January 2021

Happy New Year to you all. Thank you for following my monthly blog of what’s happening in my art world.

The exhibition Less is More, continued through to the 15th January at the Historic Village in Tauranga. I had lots of positive feedback and some sales as well.

I’m thrilled to be part of Andrew’s space at Waihi Beach Art Gallery. Two of my pieces sold quickly and another is in the window at the moment.

A full sheet watercolour painting with a floating backing, framed by Andrew at the Waihi Beach Gallery.

On the 9th January I opened the studio doors for my Open Studio day. I got lots of visitors and again made some sales. I do enjoy my Open Studio days when I can talk about my art journey and where I’m going with it.

I’m also open to people ringing me to book a time to come and see my art. If I’m home I’m more than happy to have visitors.

My studio.

I’m currently taking a 5 session Beginners Watercolour course with three very talented ladies. This is a fun course but also informative on materials used in watercolour painting, mixing colours, tonal value and perspective.

Abstract Watercolour

I’m currently taking bookings for an abstract watercolour workshop for the end of February, beginning of March.

This is not a beginners workshop. Please contact me if you would like to be part of this one day watercolour workshop.

The Waihi Plein Air Painters will meet once a month this year as well. We visit local places of interest to paint, in and around Waihi, Waihi Beach, Athenree and Katikati. If you are interested in joining this group please make contact with me and I can give you the venue.

Athenree Harbour. PleinAir.

I do love to get feedback from my blog so please make contact if you wish to do so.

Until next month, keep safe.

Ka kite ano


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.

Checkout my instagram waihibeachart and for sales

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.