27 Aug 2016


Tropical leaves at Pukekura Park

outside Len Lye building, New Plymouth


Nice day to sketch the view down Queen Street , New Plymouth  to the sea,   with the clock tower in the foreground and on past the Len Lye Centre   MLB

20 Aug 2016

Vintage Industries

Steve's Vintage Industries/ Lighting an internet based business now opening in New Plymouth.

4 Aug 2016

Rainy mornings in New Plymouth

More wet weather this week. This drawing was started last month. On a busy corner in New Plymouth, there's a cafe that looks out into the intersection. Since it's winter, it's still dark before work and the wet roads have lots of reflected light. I get a drink and sketch for about 15 minutes at a time. Now that it's August, I've noticed that I've filled up half a coffee card.

26 Jul 2016

The Third Eye

Tuatara means 'peaks on the back',  It's ancestors are 200 million years old. They can grow up to 80cm in length. They have a pronounced photoreceptive eye - the so-called third eye.
It is unique in having two sets of upper teeth which overlap one set of lower teeth.  They are able to hear but have no external ear.  They typically live 60 years but can be well over 100. 

24 Jul 2016

Giant White

An afternoon sketching at Puke Ariki Museum , New Plymouth. This massive model of a giant white shark  ( Carcharodon Megalodon),  which hangs high above the main entrance ,  is  an ancient relative of the current great white and is popular with the kids  and adults who can view it at eye level.  MLB

21 Jul 2016


Here's a sketch from a Classic Motorcycle Show. Although there were some very old and rare bikes here, I chose some from the early 80's. These three bikes all have 'Turbo' decals at least once on the outside. Of course, this is short for the Turbocharged engines that they had. This term is a bit spoiled to me and seems slightly kitsch now. Back in the 80's, there were so many things that were said to be 'Turbo'. Bicycles, Gobots, washing machines and pretty much any other home appliance at the time.
I also liked how one of the bikes had Turbo written in reverse on the front... as if someone has good enough eyesight to look in their rear-view mirror and can read that while driving.