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Watercoloring the South Island of New Zealand

Te Hapu

Te Hapu

I mentioned that we didn’t have a camera with us at Te Hapu; it got edited from our gear when we began trying to get everything to fit on our bikes. Instead, Anita carried watercolors and painted landscape studies at the places where we spent a significant amount of time.

Te Nikau

Te Nikau

The watercolor of Te Nikau, on the west coast further south than Te Hapu, scanned in a little differently than the others; I’m not sure why. We got a bit stuck Te Nikau, waiting over a week for the rains to let up enough so we could keep cycling. It was a beautiful place to be stuck — lush rainforest, dramatic cliffs, wild beaches — and I loved the excess of greenery everywhere, but all that vegetation needs a lot of rain, and I came to the conclusion that the west coast might be better seen from a car. We had better weather and better cycling in the northern parts of the island, Te Hapu, Upper Moutere, Abel Tasman, and the Marlborough Sound.

Upper Moutere

Upper Moutere

Abel Tasman

Abel Tasman

Marlborough Sound

Marlborough Sound

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7 Responses to “Watercoloring the South Island of New Zealand”

  1. January 10th, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Carol says:

    These are really beautiful! Lovely!

  2. January 10th, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Gayle Madwin says:

    Anita is quite an artist! I do watercolor myself occasionally, so I know something about how much time and skill these must have taken. It’s particularly impressive to me that she managed to do so many.

  3. January 10th, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Town Mouse says:

    Beautiful! I myself like to sometimes sketch and do watercolors when I travel. I often see so much more if I stop and look at things enough to do a watercolor picture.

  4. January 10th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    keewee says:

    Anita your watercolors of my homeland are beautiful.Sometime in the future I want to learn the art of watercolor.

  5. January 10th, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Susie says:

    Really beautiful. Anita is qute accomplished, I can just feel the locations.

  6. January 16th, 2010 at 11:39 am

    ryan says:

    Anita says thanks for the kind words, everyone.

  7. February 5th, 2010 at 1:50 am

    sunny says:

    Nice watercolours, I spent a year landscaping in New Zealand, loved it so much, also enjoyed working with lava rock.