Plein Air Painting and Picnic day

watercolour Middleton bay Opunake plein air 2016-4-14

Last Thursday I woke up to wonderful clear sunny autumn morning. It was too nice to stay home so I decided to set forth to Opunake a lovely beach side town about 33 kilometers from Hawera. I wanted to try painting with my water colours again outside in the “plein air” . I do struggle a little with water colours but practice makes perfect or at least better so away I went. I used a small A5 pad and actually as I favour landscapes I think I need a bigger canvas lol. However after a lovely couple of hours picnicking and doodling and dabbling in my paints I came up with the above painting of Middleton Bay in Opunake. The tide was almost fully in and the sun was shining brightly so my colours are bright as well.

I also took my camera to take photos of the Mountain which is totally bare of snow at the moment. I took some of the Middleton beach as well so you can compare my artistic licence with the real thing. It was a fun day and I will do it again.

 

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Walks on the beach

Yesterday was a lovely spring day sunny but with a fresh breeze. A friend and I decided to take our little dogs for a walk and blow the cobwebs away. I packed a picnic for us and after our walk we all sat in the sun looking at the views. These are the times that I really appreciate being “retired” as I can just do what ever the impulse is and today was the beach.  I took lots of photos of Poppy  and her little friend Olley. Poppy is a bit of a Prima Donna and does not get her feet wet whereas Olley was all for it after his first fright when a wave nearly got him. he had not been to the beach before. The river was easy and he was happy paddling while Princess Poppy stayed on dry land. 🙂 It is lovely to think of the happy warm days coming especially when today has turned overcast and cool.

Ohawe Beach
Ohawe Beach
Ears flying in the wind Princess Poppy
Ears flying in the wind Princess Poppy
Olley exploring
Olley exploring
swim maybe its a bit cold mum
swim maybe its a bit cold mum