Kathryn has continued to paint in Northland since her last exhibition Rangitapu in November. She has spent time in the Bay of Islands over the summer by the sea, drawing and sketching in isolated bays past Whangamumu and further on Urupukapuka Island and the Cavalli Islands.
In February she went south to Invercargill, Bluff and Rakiura Stewart Island flying over the Southern lakes which she found incredibly beautiful, with an interesting occupational history of survival so far south and unexpectedly white sand beaches. As a result, this emerging work reflects the impact the bush light and sea had on her.
Kathryn drove to Manganui in the north after Easter to look at beaches and coastline beyond Cape Brett and came back via the Old Russell Road which emerges at the base of the Cape Brett peninsula to view the coastline.
She writes as she paints and below is an excerpt of what she has diarised at Cape Brett about colour and the atmosphere at the time of writing:
One morning near Cape Brett, after the rain - verdant green bush colours against a cobalt blue sky, a green sea and fresh white breakers. Sunlight hits the bush on the island headland then ochre below and above, the great brown rocks are illuminated as in a theatre.
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