Monday, June 12, 2017

Ponsonby, Auckland and airports

We've had a couple of trips to Auckland lately. There wasn't really much time for sketching other than at the airport. One morning though, I decided to get up just before dawn to get another drawing in. The previous evening, I noticed this one building had a nice glow from the signs, lights and interior lighting that disappeared during the day.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Colourize Project: Security Pipe

The marina off the breakwater at Port Taranaki has a weird gate that seems to be a large steel pipe with a door cut into it. Here's the colour version of a sketch from a few years ago.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Colourize Project: Blagdon Hill

More rain!.. So I'm dusting off some old sketches again and giving them the colour treatment. This one is from the hill in Blagdon. It's a patch of steep farmland surrounded by houses. The local New Plymouth station, Access Radio Taranaki, broadcasts from the top and they have great sea views from up there.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Port Taranaki


The other day I was biking around the port area, looking for something to draw. I noticed a road sign that said 'Port View Crescent'. I've never been there before but with a name like that I went up the road hoping for a good view. Not much yet so I turned off a side street and had a nice open vista over Port Taranaki. Actually, between the end of a driveway and the start of an open grassy strip there was a park bench. I'm not sure who's it was but it overlooked the port and was out of the sun and under a tree. So if someone's reading this and noticed, "Hey... that's my bench", I hope you don't mind and thanks for putting it there!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Nuku Tewhatewha @ The Dowse


The Wellington group sketched at The Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt recently.  I sketched Nuku Tewhatewha, an elaborate pātaka, Maori store house.  It is of national significance because it is one of seven pātaka commissioned by North Island chiefs symbolising support for the Kingitanga movement.  It was built in 1856 in Naenae, a suburb in Lower Hutt.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

New Plymouth ANZAC Day 2017

I've been out sketching other things since it's actually been pretty dry lately, however here is my finished ANZAC Day dawn ceremony sketch. As you can see I've made most of it way darker. The areas that you had seen in my previous progress pic are sort of visual notes reminding me that these are the really dark areas. This allows me to do a reasonably detailed sketch of something that is only there for a short period of time. This is my third ANZAC sketch, three years in a row. I didn't plan on coming out to do another one this year, but my sketch from last year was chosen to be in an art show in New Plymouth (running from June to November). This sort of motivated me to try it again. I don't think I will do a fourth any year soon but I'm happy with three; they look good together.


Monday, May 8, 2017

Historic Racer


Interesting historic speedway midget racer sketched at the equally interesting Yesteryear Barn down near Paeroa on State Highway 2. Well worth a visit if you enjoy noseying around old sheds bursting with memorabilia.