At the beginning of December, a friend called me and bought one of my abstract watercolours as a wedding present for his good friends. Due to the pandemic he couldn’t be there, but he wanted to celebrate the occasion properly and also give something for their new home. This blogpost here is to show the process of what it was like to get the gift ready and sent off on his behalf.Read More →

Sechs Monate nach dem ersten Corona-Lockdown hatten wir dann doch endlich die Gelegenheit, eine Woche Urlaub zu machen: in Zeeland, was glücklicherweise nicht zum Risikogebiet erklärt wurde. Six months after the first Corona lockdown, we finally had the opportunity to take a week’s holiday: in Zeeland, which fortunately was not declared a risk area.Read More →

I want to offer you an authentic experience, that is why I promise you that I will not paint a place that I have not seen. Creating a piece of art that captures your most cherished memories is a personal, even intimate process. I spent much of 2019 developing an immersive, fully-featured and personal offer which is based on your experiences and which also creates new ones. It is supposed to include travel, meeting personally, shared memories et cetera… Then the Corona pandemic happened. How can we work together now? With the situation the way it is, I decided to take you with me onRead More →

Katja Schmitt New Zealand Glenorchy 1 Pastel Painting

The Evolution of | Die Entstehung von ‚Summer’s Day in Glenorchy‘ Today I’d like to show you the evolution of ‚Summer’s Day in Glenorchy‘. Even more than ‚Fox Glacier‚, which I wrote about the last time, it combines a more traditional approach to pastel painting (which still fascinates me, because I have done that very rarely until New Zealand) and my ’signature style‘ of emphasising shapes and textures in a more expressionist manner.Read More →

Katja Schmitt New Zealand Doubtful Sound Pastel Study

It’s coming very soon 🙂 Great news! The New Zealand Art Experience has been taking shape behind the scenes for a while now. You may have seen some work in progress in my Instagram account – and I have shown glimpses of my sketchbook and watercolour experiments, too. But now I am preparing to show the first series of ‚real‘ paintings!Read More →

Katja_Schmitt_London Eye_Pastel Painting

I love all my art, of course, but sometimes it really is a special joy to know the people who ‚adopt‘ a painting. In the case of „London Eye“ I was very happy that it found its new home with fellow London enthusiasts 🙂Read More →

Katja Schmitt London Squirrel Brampton

My family was somewhat nonplussed to get photos of pigs‘ heads, orange staircases, embroidered fabric, squirrel on tombstone, strange architecture, packaged sculptures and King Henry’s instructions for using the garderobe, „since to retain urine is hurtful to health“.1 Er, Katja??Read More →