'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

Go here to find out more.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Ask Me

Ooo, yummy!  Just picked up the trial prints and digital images of my fishy paintings that I did when I was painting in the pet shop.
They have come out true to the original colours, and nice and crisp.  The originals are going to be on display in a local showhome but I plan to make some A4 prints available online.

From back: Dwarf Gourami, Yellow Lab and Blue Ram.
Coloured pencil over chalk on black paper.

Now, a request. Would you help me?
As an addition to my art website (katherinesteeds.com), I want to make up a set of questions people might want to ask me regarding my art, influences, and processes etc.
Although many of you and I go back a long way, if you didn't know much about me, what would you like to know?
Answers in the comments or email kate.steeds@gmail.com.

Finally, no, I haven't forgotten the Who Owns This Front Door competition.  Coming soon. Promise.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Granny goes to the Exhibition

One day last week I picked Granny up early and brought her over the hill to the exhibition.  She looked at all the paintings and had a cup of tea and a piece of carrot cake then read the entire three volumes of the 'Mother and Daughter's Trip to the World'. Later after lunch she had a two hour nap on Natalie's bed.
She said the house looked very nice and the paintings were very interesting but asked to be excused reading all the writing on them but she was a bit short to see it properly.

Diary Page with Snowy Owl.  Watercolour on paper. 42cm x 55cm

Monday, 11 August 2014

Monday, 4 August 2014

•Kuaka• The Godwit Exhibition Opening Night

If you're into it, you can follow the whole journey and beyond on my Facebook page:

Friday, 18 July 2014


Well, we are nearly there.  After more than three years of preparation, research and painting:  The Godwit Series is about to be shared with the world.

If anyone of my dear blogger friends are in New Zealand in two weeks time... do call in!
Opening night is 1st August 5.30pm - 7.00pm... nibbles and drinkies.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Wind Coming

I've just heard that there's a gale warning for the Bay of Plenty.  It might explain why I felt vaguely uneasy down on the beach this morning.  The sky was millky and I could almost look directly at the sun.
However there were some nice patterns in the sand as the tide was very far out.
The whiter sand is lighter and gets 'sorted' to the top.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Ohope Beach

More gorgeousness.  Let me know when you want me to stop.

Sunrise Ohope Beach. 6.7.14

An hour after sunrise, Ohope Beach 6.7.14