My latest workshop was to “Workshops NZ” in Silverdale New Zealand ( North Island) where I painted en plein air most days and retired to the studio for a couple of afternoons of leisurely painting.

The subject matter was varied ranging from river estuaries, boat repairs and landscapes to the native Pohutukawa¬†trees. Studio paintings included street scenes and Cornish fishing villages. We also did a portrait and still life. The course I gave was very comprehensive based on my “Five Steps To Watercolour” process ( refer to the Media section of this web site).

The fun of painting in New Zealand, as opposed to Australia, is that it offers the opportunity to use different colours, especially green, and to use different methods to paint foliage and the landscape, water, rivers and seascapes. The ubiquitous gum tree is not as dominant in NZ so handling of pastoral views is a different challenge.

I enjoyed catching up with the great group of artists at this workshop and having very positive productivity during the course of the week.¬†We all enjoyed our host’s Tim and Pat Felton ( ) hospitality, accommodation , great food and enjoyable evenings around the dinner table.

Please enjoy the following images of my demonstrations from a very successful painting holiday.