Friday, February 21, 2014

"Wellington Bay–New Zealand"

"Wellington Bay-NZ" 6x9 watercolor

Wellington is the capital of New Zealand and is on the southern tip of the north island. It's on the shores of a protected harbor with views across the azure water to green hills and blue mountains in the distance.  I painted this sitting in a park bench on the waterfront, on a very windy gray day.

Wellington reminded me a lot of San Francisco with well maintained houses perched on rounded green hills.  Our driver, Colin showed us how some of the homes have such a steep access to the access road, that they have a garage built into the bottom of the hill and a mini gondola that brings people and groceries up the hill to the house.  Where, of course, they have spectacular views like this.






–Linda

Monday, February 10, 2014

"The Bay at Devonport-New Zealand"

"The Bay at Devonport-New Zealand", 6x9 watercolor

No, this isn't Tampa.  This is New Zealand!  Chris and I spent the month of January touring New Zealand and Australia.  It was the trip of a lifetime and we had a wonderful time.  I brought my watercolor kit (because watercolors are faster and oil painting gear is too bulky) and stopped to do a sketch when I could.

After a looong day of travel (Tampa to Houston to Los Angeles to Auckland) we finally arrived in New Zealand.  Auckland is a small city with a beautiful harbor surrounded by rolling hills.  We took the ferry to Devonport, which is a cute little town with lots of summer cottages.  Chris and I had a delicious picnic lunch sitting on a park bench looking out over this cerulean water.
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