Variations on view towards Peninsula: View over Bay #1

I did some sketches from the top of the gondala and from the road along from Lyttleton.  I used these to try and do some watercolour variations. This is number one.

Watercolour, 14 by 20cm


Sun on the water

I was in a car driving along the motorway towards Wellington. The sun was coming out and glinted on the water. Part of sky and water were still grey. The colour of the water was stunning. This is my impression of the memory of that moment.

Watercolour, 14.5 by 19.5cm

Views from a gondola

I went up on the gondola on two different days and from the walkway around the restaurant did some pen sketches. One shows the view out to the Peninsula on a still, nice day and the other is overlooking the sandspit towards New Brighton on an overcast day.  Later at home I put wash on them.  Sun changes the colour of most everything!

Pen and wash, 10 by 14cm

June’s Vase

June shared her vase at a meeting. I borrowed the vase and put Japanese Anemones in it. They looked happy and combined with a cloth made a lovely image that I had to try to portray. I wanted to play with the white on white and the airiness of the flowers.

Watercolour, 24 by 30cm

A Grey Day

On Waitangi Day, my daughter drove us towards Governor’s Bay. We picnicked along the coast and looked over at Banks Peninsula. It was a grey day, dry but cloudy and the view was a variation in greys and browns with some touches of green. The narrow palette and moodiness of the scene appealed to me.

Watercolour, 27 by 19cm

Lazy Sunday in the Park

On a lazy lovely warm Sunday, I sat on a bench in the Botanical Gardens and watched people walking, picnicking, enjoying themselves. It was a pleasant happy scene and I made a quick pen sketch. Later at home I added a wash.

Pen and wash, 10.5 by 15cm


On Waitangi Day I walked at Governors Bay.  It was a grey day. I enjoyed the view of the mudflats with the crisscrossing waterways, the gleaming puddles and the forms and colours of grasses and flaxes with Banks Peninsula in the background.  I wanted to try to paint the opposites, strong and soft colours, straight lines and flowing ones, showing depth and distance, making patterns.

Watercolour, 24 by 14.5cm