29 Apr 2017

Making time for fries

I've been busy this month with lots of extra jobs. As a result, I haven't made time for sketching. One day, I did have some extra time when I was in town and saw a sign that said "Curly French Fries". Oh, aggressive marketing... you win again! So I sat at a table with a street view and did this one.

26 Apr 2017

55th World Wide Sketchcrawl Day.

Maurice was in Hamilton for Sketchcrawl Day. He still wanted to participate so he slotted this sketch of the Fairfield Bridge into his busy schedule:

23 Apr 2017

55th World Wide Sketchcrawl Day

Mary hid herself away off the path to get a better view of Te Rewa Rewa Bridge.

Here is her sketch:

22 Apr 2017

55th World Wide Sketchcrawl Day.

Today was the 55th World Wide Sketchcrawl Day. Some of our group members were away or not well, so we only had a small group this time. We still got out there though!

The theme we decided on after a bit of thought and discussion was 'Bridges'. We Hoped this would mean the members of our group that weren't here could still participate.

It was a glorious day today. Perfect weather for going out sketching. Before lunch I went to the East End Reserve and walked from there along the Te Henui Walkway to the second walking bridge across the Te Henui Stream. I set myself up beside the path and began to sketch. It was rather an interesting location to sit, as a lot of walkers and their dogs came past. People were constantly coming over to have a look at my sketch and a chat. One couple posed on the bridge and waited for me to look up. I'd just been talking to them about whether to put people into the sketch or not. We had a good giggle over that. One man even told me I'd drawn his house.

Here is my sketch:

Te Henui Walking Bridge.

In the afternoon I went to Te Rewa Rewa Bridge. Another walking bridge over the Waiwhakaiho River. I went there last weekend and got rained out, so ended up sketching in the car. Today the weather was the opposite to that. Hot and sunny. There were heaps of people there. So many I couldn't see the bridge at times! I had no choice but to put a couple in.

Here is my sketch:

And here's some photos of Te Rewa Rewa Bridge and the Waiwhakaiho River:

17 Apr 2017

Lake Rotomanu and Te Rewa Rewa Bridge.

Saturday Sketching on a rather iffy day. In the end we opted for this view across Lake Rotomanu of Te Rewa Rewa Bridge.

12 Apr 2017

NZCB Apprentice Challenge

Three Apprentices spent the day at ITM hard at work constructing an elaborate table each (to be donated) - they worked from dawn till dusk.

Congratulations to Tom who won the day.

8 Apr 2017

Regatta in the distance.

What a glorious afternoon for sketching after all the rain we've had. The sea was blue, blue, blue and sparkling in the sunlight. I walked along the foreshore walkway and saw the view looking back to the port. There was a sailing regatta underway just visible in the distance.

I decided to try less drawing, more painting, and this was the result!


26 Mar 2017

Centennial Park Top Car Park.

It was a grey moody day yesterday and I had an hour or so to kill. I wasn't feeling too well, so shopping was out. I went up to Centennial Park and sat in the car sketching the view of the Saddle Back Rock and Paritutu Rock. It was raining on and off. Hopefully I've caught the moody colours.

Pencil and watercolour. I'm quite liking going across both pages of my Moleskine Sketch Book.

16 Mar 2017

Taranaki Multi-Ethnic Parade

I didn't plan on drawing the Taranaki Multi-Ethnic Parade. I came down to see it and was just going to draw the New Plymouth clock tower as I waited for it to start. When people started to wave the flags around though, I decided to include the crowd that was growing, just before the start of it.
When the parade was finished, I was still drawing and some of the groups were now walking back to the start area where, I guess, their cars were. On the sidewalk, there was a group of Irish kids together with some Chinese kids, both in national costume. Proud mums were taking photos of the multicultural bunch who was having a good ol' time. They were just having fun and not noticing that what they were doing was actually the whole point of the event.

12 Mar 2017

Sketch New Plymouth

Sketch New Plymouth weekend - Seaside Market at Ngamotu Beach , New Plymouth. Great time for families with a wide variety of stalls and bean bags for anyone to enjoy.
The weekend coincided with New Plymouth's  annual Multi Ethnic Extravaganza with a parade in the morning and a gala fair for the rest of the day.