Wednesday, 5 August 2020

zoom painting class - august 2020

Another wonderful Zoom class on 2 August, with 4 students joining me to paint a seascape from the Archway Islands at Wharariki Beach at the top of the South Island of New Zealand.

It's amazing what everyone achieved in just 3 hours. And, as you can see, I was pretty darn chuffed.

Next Zoom class the first weekend (or so) of September. Maximum 10 students and those on my mailing list get first dibs, so make sure you sign up at I'm already looking forward to it :-)

Sunday, 19 July 2020

a month in golden bay

Sunset from the lovely home we were 'house sitting'

So we were meant to have a little escape from our frosty home down south. A couple of weeks at the top of the South Island, to warm our souls. Turns out it was hard to tear ourselves away after a month.

Here are some of the sketches from our trip. A number of these I'm hoping to turn into larger finished works over the next little while. I took heaps of photos too, so I'm looking forward to doing some video tutorials and online Zoom lessons in the next month too.

The house we were staying has a wonderful garden. These Tree Aloes a definite highlight.


Super cold and frosty at home and here the banana plants had fruit!

The last bach left standing in the estuary at Ligar Bay. A bit of history still standing.

Moody, rainy day at Milnethorpe Quay.

Tide coming in at Patons Rock.

Definite sketching highlight.

Last sketch of the bay for a while. View from the Abel Tasman memorial towards Tata Islands.

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

online painting class via zoom

You can tell we had a lot of fun :-)

On Sunday, 7 wonderful folks from 4 countries joined me for an online painting class via Zoom. What fun it was! That's super chuffed me in the top middle above. I'm still buzzing :-)

Together we painted a rainy day scene from the Spanish Pyrenees, working from a photo I took a few years ago. I demo'd step-by-step and the students followed along. There was plenty of time for questions and students were able to show me their work as the paintings progressed. And just look at the results!

After the lesson students emailed me a photo of their finished paintings for a short (and friendly) critique by me.

Fantastic feedback from them all. I know we're excited to do this again soon. Join my mailing list if you'd like be notified when the next Zoom lesson is happening.

Just finished another one of @reneewaldenart ‘s online classes. 
What fun this was!Thank you so much Renee! I am thoroughly enjoying your classes and learning soooo much!!! :-) It makes some of the things that have intimidated me feel so much more doable. Your generous teaching has been such a gift. MC, Red Bluff, CA, USA

After a Zoom class
That was absolutely fabulous! So great. You teach really well and clearly, and the visuals were really clear also. I also love your videos, but to be able to get immediate feedback or questions answered works really well too. I really hope you do more! DM, Adelaide, Australia

new online painting lessons

Old church, Siurana, Spain - online watercolour painting lesson

I have two new landscape lessons available on my website. Both cover a large number of skills from composition, to colour mixing, to painting wet on wet and wet on dry. You learn how to paint skies, mountains, trees, buildings and even sheep.

Lesson details are here - WORKSHOPS

Golden Autumn - online watercolour painting lesson

Friday, 22 May 2020

painting an autumn postcard

Join me in painting a little autumn scene on a postcard. Seal your postcard with a little bit of spray varnish and pop it in the post! A wonderful way to spread some joy in this crazy world.

Happy painting!

Sunday, 10 May 2020

painting old boats - online watercolour lesson

Paint this scene with me - online watercolour lesson

In this online lesson we get to paint this very pretty scene. I break it down into small achievable parts - rainy sky, water and reflections and, of course, boats. At the end you'll have a beautiful painting. This full lesson includes how to setup your workspace, tricks on compostion, colour mixing and mark making, wet in wet and wet on dry techniques, and much more. In one lesson you will certainly learn a lot!

Lesson includes : 
  • 2 videos (full lesson is 40min long)
  • materials list
  • downloadable reference photo

Sign up here

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

painting an autumn mushroom

Follow me as I paint some pretty, red Amanita muscaria mushrooms in my sketchbook. If you have any questions, please pop them in the comments below. And if you do paint a mushroom, I'd love to see them! 

Materials list ... 
  • Sketchbook - The Perfect Sketchbook, by Etchr, A5 
  • Pen - Lamy Safari EF nib, Posca white marker Ink - DeAtrementis Document Ink, brown 
  • Colours - Pyroll Orange, Quinacridone Rose, Hansa Yellow Medium, Quinacridone Gold, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Paynes Grey, Permanent Violet 
Music "Home" by my amazing husband, David Walden (

Sunday, 19 April 2020

a day in the maniototo

Fishermen's Huts at Falls Dam, 58x38cm

Back in March I was invited by Catlins artist Lynley van Alphen to join her on a day's plein air painting in Central Otago. The day was showery and squally, but it didn't put us off and we both completed 3 paintings on the day, Lynley working in oils and me working in pen and watercolours in my sketchbook.

The scenery was incredible and moody and we both shot lots and lots of photos. Over the last month I've been painting largish finished works inspired by that day. The intention was for these paintings to be available at an upcoming group exhibition this past Easter. Since that exhibition had to be cancelled due to Covid-19, I decided today to add these paintings for sale on my website.

This series is by no means finished. I still have more paintings I want to do of this area, and I'm hoping to visit here again in winter to see this stark place in a winter blanket.

Until then, if you are interested in any of the paintings shown here, they are listed as for sale on my website.

Green Roofed Hut, Falls Dam, 38x28cm

Squall Approaching, 38x28cm

Rain Clearing at Homestead Camp, 38x28cm

Rain Over the Hawkduns, 38x28cm

Friday, 3 April 2020

painting fishing huts in pen and watercolour

In this video I show you how I painted these fishing huts in pen and watercolour, working from a photo I took a few weeks ago.
If you have any questions or comments, please let me know.

Materials list ... Paper - Fabriano Artistico, cold pressed, 300gsm, half sheet (58x38cm) Brushes - Daler Rowney, Skyflow, 1.5" flat Kaerell, Raphail, No 2 round Escoda, Perla, No 10 round AS Handover, No 2 round Colours - Winsor & Newton - Ultramarine Blue, Pthalo Blue, Cadmium Yellow Hue MaimeriBlu - Paynes Grey, Cadmium Yellow Light, Burnt Umber, Dragons Blood, Permanent Violet Daniel Smitth - Natural Sienna, Hansa Yellow Light, Sap Green Pens - Lamy Safari with EF and F nibs. DeAtrementis Document Ink. White Posca Marker.

And a few progress photos...

Big summer sky with puffy clouds

Distant mountains

Finished painting

Fishing Huts at Falls Dam, Maniototo
Pen and watercolour
Available - please contact me for details.

Thursday, 5 March 2020

upcoming workshops : painting landscapes in pen and watercolour

Painting landscapes in pen and watercolour

Painting landscapes in pen and watercolour.

In this one day workshop we’ll learn about aerial perspective, how to paint some different skies, trees, mountains and water. We’ll complete a couple of small paintings in the morning, painting step by step with me. Then you’ll work on your own painting in the afternoon (with lots of guidance from me).

Paints, paper and pens will be provided if you need them.

Course cost is $90.
Maximum number of people is 8, minimum is 4.

Location : Wanaka Arts Centre. 28 March 2020. 10am to 4pm.
UPDATE : CANCELLED! :-( New workshop date will be organised when we are no longer in lockdown.

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

outside painting workshop : class photos

Painting the historic Cardrona Hall

Some photos of my hardworking students from this weekend. They were amazing! Each took home 5 completed paintings. A record I think for one weekend!

Day one we spent learning linear perspective, painting at the historic Cardrona church and school.

Day two was all about landscapes, with the rain chasing us inside in the morning to complete paintings from photos.

I love passing on the joy of sketching outside and handing over a bunch of skills to give enthusiastic folks the push they need to head out on their own. This is my favourite workshop to teach and I always come away buzzing!

I will have one more workshop this summer, sometime in March. It will be an inside workshop on painting landscapes in pen and watercolour. Please follow me on Facebook or Instagram, as I will announce the dates and details on there soon.

I am also available for private, one-on-one watercolour tuition. Painting outside or inside at my studio in Lake Hawea. Subject matter is your choice! Please get in touch for more details.

Friday, 31 January 2020

big vistas

Looking towards Treble Cone and Black Peak from the Hawea River Track

Of course us lucky folk who live near the Southern Alps in New Zealand have the most wonderful big vistas at almost every turn of the road, or, for many, from the lounge window. Since the beginning of the year I've been adding many of these to my sketchbook. Here are a few for you to enjoy!

Glendhu Bay Campground and the Motutapu Valley

View from Sticky Forest over Lake Wanaka and towards Black Peak, Fog Peak and Niger Peak

Secret Beach, West Coast

Lake Hayes looking towards Cecil Peak

At the Wanaka Lavender Farm looking towards Crifflel Peak and Mt Barker

Do you have a big vista you would like captured in watercolour? Please get in touch, I'm open for commissions at the moment :-)

Friday, 17 January 2020

painting flowers in watercolour and ink : class photos

Little packages of arty materials and a room full of flowers

Another fantastic Saturday with 7 lovely folks painting flowers. 

We spent the morning learning a bit of watercolour theory - how to apply washes, wet on dry vs wet on wet, mark making, transparent vs opaque colours and some colour mixing theory.
In the afternoon the students dived in with painting fresh flowers of their choice.

Everyone worked hard, they took away a heap of new skills and I'm looking forward to them sharing their next paintings with me.

Watercolour theory

Watercolour theory

Watercolour theory

Painting Spanish Lavender

Grannie's Bonnet in watercolour and ink

Dahlia in watercolour and ink

Hydrangea petals in watercolour and ink

Getting started painting flowers in watercolour and ink

My next workshop is learning to paint outside. It's a full weekend course on 1 & 2 February 2020. I have one spot left. Get in touch if you'd like that space to be yours.