Saturday, February 25, 2017

'Let's Sketch' New Plymouth Aotearoa Urban Sketching Weekend 4/5 March 2017


Fri Evening 6.30pm Drink n Draw Prohibition Burgers & Hooch 41 Brougham St.  Craft beer and burgers

Sat Morning
  • 9am meet outside Len Lye 42 Queen St:  Len Lye/ White Hart Hotel/ Clock Tower/ King & Queen Street vicinity (incl St Mary’s Cathedral). If very wet can retreat to Puke Ariki Museum 1 Ariki St
  • 10 - 10.30am Ozone Café 47a King St for a break (in that vicinity)
  • 10.30 am Step out to the Multi Ethnic Extravaganza Parade Devon St (as it comes past Len Lye & Clocktower)
  • 10.30 – Noon same area
  • Noon Lunch at Public Catering 43a Queen St across from Len Lye inside White Hart (if need overflow – Monika’s Eatery at Govett Brewster cnr King & Queen Sts)
 Sat Afternoon
  • 1.15pm Pukekura Park meet at the Band Rotunda (near Tea Kiosk) Within vicinity the Fernery, gnarly trees, Poets Bridge, The Gables, Brooklands Zoo, Chinese Pavilion,.  Also Mult Ethnic Extravaganza – food, dance, music at the nearby Pukekura Raceway 11am-4pm. (Gold coin donation entry)  - Note: if very wet head directly to ‘The Fernery’ (get directions from the Tea House).
  • 3 - 3.30pm break at Tea House on the Lake. 
  • 3.30 – 4.30pm same vicinity
 Sat early evening
  • 4.30 – 6.30pm Drink & Draw  Joe’s Garage 162 Devon St East
  • 6.30pm No official meal
 Sun Morning
  • 9am meet at Te Rewa Rewa bridge Clemow Rd – to view but not necessarily to draw. Others may head straight to the Seaside Market which starts officially at 10am.
  • 9.30am move to Ngamotu Beach, Ocean View Parade by the port (15 min drive) to the Seaside Market – food, music, crafty stalls starts 10am
  • Noon lunch (or early break) at Manous 5 Ocean View Parade (overflow at The Bach on Breakwater)
Sun Afternoon
  • Free afternoon – sight-seeing or impromptu sketching
 Accommodation ideas

Friday, February 24, 2017

Taranaki Sketchcrawl Map



 ORANGE 
Suggested Sketching Areas
This includes the large orange area of Pukekura Park.
 PURPLE 
Secondary (Poor-weather Plan B) Areas
This includes the large purple area of Devon Street. These areas are places that sketching is possible due to rain. Purple points include cafes that are central but have a good outlook into a sketchable area, such as a street.
 BLACK 
Suggested Meet-up Cafes and Restaurants

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Shade at Gentleman's Quarters


Intriguing to see Mt Taranaki appear on the back of a boy's head, and various korus along the side of his 'shade'. Jetcharm Barbers shop and Gentlemen's Quarters is where you can buy a coffee and sit in their outside seats or view their tiny boutique gallery.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Bus Station Primping

On the left here is the New Plymouth Bus Station. While I was sketching, saw a bunch of people arrive on a bus. The last guy out seemed to be sorting out something in his bags for some time. After the bus and other passengers had gone, he stood up and adjusted his backwards-worn cap in a slightly reflective glass door. Front. Side. Tilt head up. No way. All wrong. Cap off. Get the knitted winter hat out. (It's summer.) Front. Side. Smiley head shake. Still no. Back to the cap. Still backwards. Maybe push it a bit forward though. Side. Point at yourself in the reflection. Yeah. Now it's doing it. Awesome. Where's that hostel?

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Hahei store

Coromandel peninsula - the Hahei store. Brush pen (water brush filled with Indian ink) on location then coloured with red and blue watercolour in the campground.



At the pool



It has been a shy summer so far this year here on the south island, we can have summer and winter days all on the same week, but February is usually the hot month. So now, every day is precious to jump to the water and enjoy. This time we went to the Lyttelton new pools, which has the mountains and the harbor as a background. The kids were happily shouting and the parents were bored waiting. Gouache dry quite fast which is good for a quick sketch, and a the black watercolor gives a bit of drama to the shades.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A sea of people at Takapuna Beach


Were you in Auckland this Waitangi Weekend? It was a superb weekend weather wise, so we wandered along to Takapuna for a swim not expecting such huge crowds – Aucklanders must have stayed home for the weekend!