Clouds And Reflections, Mangawhai

Mangawhai, New Zealand is my favorite place to paint in the world. The wide sandy beach with endless wet sand reflections, interesting sea rock shapes, big, open sky and and lovely green hills make it an artist paradise. I've painted there many times on location as well as from my many treasured photos. I will share with you all that I know about painting this scene including brushwork, color mixing, design and composition. My palette is visible during the entire video lesson.

What students say

I have taken a number of workshops, mentoring sessions and online classes and Kristen is hands-down my favorite instructor. She is not only an extremely talented artist, but an effective teacher. It is truly a gift to be able to provide valuable and meaningful advice and guidance in a positive and inspirational way. Kristen is so encouraging and can explain difficult concepts clearly and put them in the context of your individual skills as an artist. I highly recommend Kristen’s online classes and if you have the opportunity to work with her in person, don’t miss it!


Kristen is not only a fabulous painter, but a very a highly skilled instructor. I have taken several watercolor courses from her and always am blown away by how much I didn’t know!! Her instruction has really impacted my work. She answers questions well and is very motivated to help students at all levels of experience. I appreciate her kindness and vast level of knowledge. Highly recommended! 


I enjoyed that immensely. Got so immersed in it I forgot about the open home we were having and when the real estate arrived there was paint everywhere! I’m a messy painter. 

I can see from the photo there’s a few mistakes. But I learnt a lot and next time I do cliffs I hope to nail it. 


Example Curriculum

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This online class includes a personal critique of your finished painting

The View From The Cliff Trail

Mangawhai Heads

This painting is in the corporate art collections of ASB Bank

This painting depicts a view high above Mangawhai Beach.

Looking out across the dry grass and native red flax, then down to the beach far below the cliff trail. Then the viewer can meander over the rocky reef and out to The Hen And Chicken Islands and Sail Rock.