Sunday, October 22, 2017

Motorama 2017 (and 2016)

Went to Taranaki Motorama again this year and ended up looking at a 1980 Pontiac Trans-AM. The sketch on the right is the one that I did last year at the same show at East End Reserve but haven't uploaded it until now.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Licorice, Cinnamon and Ricotta

Three regulars in the farmyard section of the Brooklands zoo are Cinnamon, Ricotta and Licorice the alpacas.   Throw in some kunekune (wild pigs) and an Aussie import - the Brolga from Queensland.
My mum sketching next to me had little kids lining up in front of her waiting to have their portraits done.  Six pages left in her sketchbook wasn't enough!

Little villages of the Spanish Pyrenees

Village of Plan

Hello everyone!
Renee Walden here, the newest New Zealand correspondent, and I am very happy to have been asked :-)

I'm an artist from Lake Hawea (near Wanaka), but 6 months a year my husband and I live in a little van in Europe and I sketch everywhere we go.

We're almost at the end of this trip and of course I have many sketches. For my first post here, I thought to share some from the Sobrarbe region of the Spanish Pyrenees where we have spent a lot of time. I'll leave you to Google to look up where it is! It has all the ingredients of a perfect destination for us. There's lots of rock climbing and hiking, not many people and plenty of authentic little villages with an abundance of historic buildings. A sketchers paradise.





Ermita de la Fuensanta




Next time I'll have some sketches from little mountain villages in France.

Renee Walden

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Liardet Street

I just got back from my annual holiday so I haven't been drawing much the last few weeks. Same vacation as last year; it's the one where I hurt my back and do nothing for a while. It's good to be drawing again.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Colourize Project: Tugboat

Colorized version from two years ago of a tugboat between the two breakwaters heading out from Port Taranaki.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Wedding car et al

1938 V8 Wedding car pulled up as we were drawing The Gables - I raced over to capture it before the photo shoot finished.

Continued on with The Gables - former colonial hospital - now housing the art society.

Inline skating champs weekend - drawing midst the gymnasium aroma - and thwacks as the puck slams into the barriers, or occasionally as players did so too.  Local Ravens defending.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Sizzling Sicily

Time spent in Sizzling Sicily and Naples this July. A trip of extremes, amazing people, food, street life, beaches, history and ruins, a continuous heat wave and a terrifying midnight trip to the Syracuse hospital. The panorama of the Bay of Naples only attempted in the tiny hot kitchen because I had been given a concertina sketchbook by Murray.