Painting what you feel

Autumn mountains

Autumn is upon us, Ive been busy painting some Autumn scenes. All the colours inspire me with the different shades of oranges, yellows, ochres  , and theres the cooler tones, turquoise and purples to name a few. I find that as each season comes I tend to feel like painting it. But sometimes when I […]

A Mountain Treck

Fog Mist in the trees

Seen as I love mountains and trecking so much I decided to go on another one recently right after my trip from Europe. I was still recovering jet lag and a flue but I really need to get out into the wilderness again. My husband chose the walk, our two boys age 15 and 12 […]

How to find your own painting style

How to Develop a Personal Painting Style Part of being an artist is having an identifiable style, that special something that enables someone to look at a painting and know that it by you, regardless of what the subject of the painting is. A particular painting style is something a gallery will want to see […]

Pohutukawa -Omana Beach

Im really enjoying painting out side on location, pleinair, while painting  at Omana beach I could see so many paintings in front of me, choosing just one is hard, but I can take more canvas for more later. The  sound of the waves crashing beside me have a relaxing effect, and theres a soft breeze […]

June news


It sure has been a wet month but I have been busy working towards an exhibition for the spring. Ive also got  4 of my paintings sent off to Wellington for the NZ Artshow. The picture is of Mitre Peak and is one of the entries.   July  Im going to be working on some […]

May news

Visual diary, helenblairsart

I haven’t been on any recent trips to the mountains but I have been busy painting for a few different exhibitions. My work has also recently been selected for a New Zealand Art show in Wellington, the biggest show to be held in NZ!. I do have plans to travel with my paint box to […]

Lots to do news

Mountain Lupins, helenblairsart

Well just realised I havent posted anything for a while, since last October. The start of the year has just flown by, life keeps getting busier I think. The last 3 months I have painted some works for an up and coming artshow, and have been selling lots too. I have been working on getting […]

Glenorchy- MiddleEarth

Glenorchy, helenblairsar

My recent trip to Glenorchy, also know as MiddleEarth . A strong wind blew down the Dart River creating a haze of dust below the   Mountains. It was a spectacular sight. Glenorchy is New Zealand’s natural Paradise, home to some of New Zealand’s finest scenery, Paradise itself and the famous Routeburn Track; one of the […]

On The Easil

helenblairsart- Bush Treck - Canvas print

Bush Treck oil painting started, first layers going on , have a lot more to go yet. This is a scene from the South Island of New Zealand,( Middle Earth), I walked this track with my family last summer , its called the Routeburn Track, world famous for its beauty, many tourists and New Zealanders […]