All the following paintings can serve as inspiration for larger pieces. If you see one that you would like to commission in another format, please contact me about it.
I am happy to create a tailor-made painting for you!

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Katja Schmitt New Zealand Auckland Pastel Painting

“Auckland” | 42 x 56 cm | 1500 €
[Soft pastels on natural white 100% recycled watercolour paper, 220 g/m², acid-free]

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Our journey started in Auckland, and so my first North Island Collection starts here, too.
This cityscape is a bit different than all the other New Zealand landscape paintings (obviously), mostly because I chose to ‘alienate’ the colours and then also keep it in a very narrow colour range. I thought about this for a long time, but was reassured after posting a snippet on Instagram and receiving very positive feedback.

Here are some variations of how you could decorate this painting three different ways for the holiday season.

Katja Schmitt New Zealand Auckland Pastel Painting

Violet and turquoise actually look good together, too, so you could combine one or more designs from the ‘Pacific Inspiration’ series with the ‘Auckland’ pastel painting.

Katja Schmitt New Zealand Auckland and Pacific Watercolor and Pastel

If you are interested in this watercolour or any other ‘Pacific Inspiration’ design, please, send me an email! You can buy a mini painting ‘solo’ or in combination with one of the pastel paintings. Let me know what you have in mind and we can talk about the details.
[this watercolour: 21 x 10,5 cm, aquarelle papier satiné, 50 €]

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Katja Schmitt New Zealand Hahei Cathedral Cove Pastel Painting

“Hahei” | 42 x 56 cm | 1500 €
[Soft pastels on natural white 100% recycled watercolour paper, 220 g/m², acid-free]

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Cathedral Cove is one of those ‘NZ Must-Do’s – And while it really is a beautiful place (I definitely plan to add a painting of it later!), the walk from Hahei to the cove has left a stronger impression in my memory. There were so many stunning views! I found lots of lovely trees and interesting plants – It was still the beginning of our journey and everything was new and unfamiliar. Also, it was our first hike, even if a comparatively shorter one.
This study was the first North Island painting I finished. I posted a detail of it on Instagram and received a comment from a New Zealander which made me very happy: “I know that view with every bit of my soul. #ChildhoodHappiness”

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Katja Schmitt New Zealand Rainbow Falls Pastel Painting

“Rainbow Falls” | 42 x 56 cm | 1500 €
[Soft pastels and charcoal on natural white 100% recycled watercolour paper, 220 g/m², acid-free]

It was raining while we visited the Rainbow Falls, so we didn’t do all the usual ‘touristy’ things like swimming or clambering into the cave behind the waterfall, but I loved the scene nevertheless! We looked at the waterfall from various positions, and I’m very inspired to paint another view from the side and higher up which was amazing…

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This painting was challenging, because I had to make sure that each layer was truly finished before adding the next one, which led to a lot of pussyfooting around….. 😉

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Katja Schmitt New Zealand Bay of Islands Pastel Painting

“Bay of Islands No. 1” | 42 x 56 cm | 1500 €
[Soft pastels and charcoal on acid-free, age-resistant watercolour paper, 300 g/m²]

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Our stay at the Bay of Islands (and Opononi / Hokianga before that) was the part of our journey which truly felt like a summer holiday, not so much like a road trip. This was important, because I had worked literally until the last minute, and I needed a bit of time to get into the right frame of mind. Everything still felt a bit surreal. I had shovelled snow only a few days earlier, and now I was at a bar sipping a drink and looking at the bay… This is also the place where I fell in love with New Zealand’s Christmas tree, the Pohutukawa!

Katja Schmitt New Zealand Bay of Islands Pastel Painting

This mini watercolour painting also was inspired by our visit to the Bay of Islands. If you’re thinking of creating a vignette or gallery wall, it could be a fitting addition to “Bay of Islands No. 1”. Framed, this little piece also would look pretty on a mantlepiece or on a smaller wall, together with other travel mementos.

Katja Schmitt New Zealand Bay of Islands 2 Watercolor Aquarell

If you are interested in this watercolour, please, send me an email! You can buy the mini painting ‘solo’ or in combination with one of the pastel paintings. Let me know what you have in mind and we can talk about the details.
[10,5 x 20,5 cm, watercolour and ink, handmade paper, 60 €]

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Katja Schmitt New Zealand Pohutukawa Christmas Tree Pastel Painting

“Pohutukawa No. 1” | 42 x 56 cm | Soft pastels and charcoal on natural
white 100% recycled watercolour paper, 220 g/m², acid-free

I fell in love with the Pohutukawa in Paihia, Bay of Islands. If you have been to New Zealand, then I hope you were lucky enough to see the ‘Kiwi Christmas Tree’ in bloom!

Right now this painting is not yet available for sale. Please, contact me if you are interested in the original and/or a print.

I have chosen the Pohutukawa as my motif for this year’s holiday design, season’s greetings, home decor…
I created some additional watercolour / mixed media pieces.
Prints / printables / greeting cards will be available soon. I’ll post a link!

Katja Schmitt New Zealand Pohutukawa Christmas Tree Pastel Painting

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Katja Schmitt New Zealand Wai-O-Tapu Ngakoro Pastel Painting

“Wai-O-Tapu No. 1” | 56 x 42 cm | 1500 €
[Soft pastels and charcoal on acid-free, age-resistant watercolour paper, 300 g/m²]

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This is the first of the Wai-O-Tapu paintings that I finished. There are a few more in progress, but I’m still not quite satisfied with the results, so you’ll have to be patient and wait for the next North Island series 😉

The ‘Thermal Wonderland’ was endlessly fascinating and inspiring for me as an artist – so many interesting minerals and colours and colour combinations. In a perfect painter’s world I would have been able and allowed to simply scoop up all the pigments, but well…
This painting shows Lake Ngakoro (‘the grandfather’). The lake was created during an eruption about 700 years ago – and it is very green!

Katja Schmitt New Zealand Wai-O-Tapu Ngakoro Pastel Painting

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Katja Schmitt New Zealand Lake Taupo Pastel Painting

“Lake Taupo” | 42 x 56 cm | 1500 €
[Soft pastels on natural white 100% recycled watercolour paper, 220 g/m², acid-free]

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We didn’t really spend much time at Lake Taupo, because we had visited Wai-O-Tapu and Huka Falls on our way there and had to leave rather early the next morning so that we could hike around the Tongariro National Park. Still, give me a big body of water and gorgeous light and I’m inspired! 🙂

Katja Schmitt New Zealand Lake Taupo Pastel Painting

There’s this one huge difference between painting the lakes of the North Island and those of the South Island: because of the minerals in the water, the colours of the sky aren’t necessarily reflected in the colours of a lake on the South Island. That is not the case here!
Both conditions have their own special appeal to me as a painter.

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Katja Schmitt New Zealand Tongariro 1 Pastel Painting

“Tongariro No. 1” | 56 x 42 cm | 1500 €
[Soft pastels and charcoal on natural white 100% recycled watercolour paper, 220 g/m², acid-free]

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Inspired by our walk along the edge of the lava flow at the Tongariro National Park.
Heiligabend / Christmas Eve. We had planned to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. The painting shows the fog of this day. Of which there was *a lot*! One of the volcanoes should be visible in this painting, but as you can see: you see nothing… There was no way we were going to attempt the Crossing. Sad, but the responsible choice. And a reason to come back 🙂
We tramped to the Taranaki Falls instead. And I was so very inspired by this hike!! There are lots of watercolour minis and I also plan a small pastel series.

Katja Schmitt New Zealand Tongariro 1 Pastel Painting

Here are several of the watercolour minis I painted this spring which were all inspired by the Tongariro National Park. If you are interested in any of them, please contact me via email and let me know. They look good alone, or in groupings or in combination with one of the pastel paintings.

Katja Schmitt New Zealand Tongariro Watercolors Aquarell

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Katja Schmitt New Zealand Hobbiton Matamata Pastel Painting

“Hobbiton” | 42 x 56 cm | 1500 €
[Soft pastels and charcoal on natural white 100% recycled watercolour paper, 220 g/m², acid-free]

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I had dreams about New Zealand loooong before the movies were made. But I *am* a huge Tolkien fan, and Hobbiton was exactly as I had imagined. So it was a dream come true that we were able to visit the movie set! It’s wonderful that they used permanent materials the second time around. And everything is so lovingly made and maintained! So many beautiful sites. One pretty Hobbit hole after another. Two lovely hours spent in the Shire, and a drink at the Green Dragon to finish the experience.

I knew this painting would be a challenge. Hobbiton does not lend itself to my style of pastel painting ‘naturally’, so I had my work cut out to find a way. I am pleased with the result 🙂

Katja Schmitt New Zealand Hobbiton Matamata Pastel Painting

I did some drawings of Hobbiton, because I think it would look great to combine a pastel painting with some black and white pieces. Let me know if you are interested in these ink drawings – whether in the originals or in prints – and I’ll send you images of the whole pieces (they have a postcard format, not square)

Katja Schmitt New Zealand Hobbiton Matamata Drawings

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Katja Schmitt New Zealand Pacific 1 Watercolour Aquarell

“Pacific No. 1” a study in watercolour | 49 x 69 cm | 590 €
[Watercolour on aquarelle papier satiné]

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This is one of the abstract watercolour paintings inspired by the Pacific Ocean. Most of them are rather small, but here I experimented with a large size, and I think the effect is great!
I decided to include some of the ‘Pacific Inspiration’ pieces in the North Island collection to create variety and a different style.

Katja Schmitt New Zealand Pacific 1 Watercolour Aquarell

Here are some designs using the ‘Pacific Inspiration’. I’ll add a link soon to the various watercolour minis and products. In the meantime, if you have questions or requests, please send me an email.

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Thank you for accompanying me on this journey.
– Hei konā rā, Katja

Click here to see the South Island Collection!