13 Sep 2017

Colourize Project: Len Lye Centre & the White Hart

Some people have seen this colour version of this sketch but I haven't uploaded it here until now. This is when the Len Lye Centre opened and they closed down the street so that everyone could take selfies in the stainless steel walls for the first time. This was also done before the White Hart Hotel had the glass put in on the balcony so it's still a bit more old-timey in this sketch.

3 Sep 2017

Colourize Project: Huatoki Street Art

Huatoki Plaza, where the recently flooded stream flows, has several major wall areas in or near it. Some of the artworks last a while and other walls seem to rotate more frequently. This is part of my Colorize Project so these are old sketches. The 2015 sketch looks pretty much the same where the 2013 wall has been painted over.

2 Sep 2017

The People's Tower

An impressive raising of The People's Tower at the Pukekura Park Cricket Ground.  Lots of kids pitching in.  They were gradually raising the levels.  Pity about the light rain but still fun all the same. 

Olivier GrossetĂȘte from Valence, France was the leading light - he has done many worldwide.
 View of the Lee Breakwater - sitting next to my mum I was hoping to get some tips.

30 Aug 2017

Colourize Project: Huatoki Stream

A couple of nights ago, we had a fair bit of rain here in Taranaki. When some people woke up this morning, they found themselves flooded. For the most part, if you lived near a river or something you might have had a bad day. There's a stream that flows through central New Plymouth and it overflowed in parts. These two sketches show that area in nicer weather. They both are part of my 'Colourize Project' where I take old sketches and give them the colour treatment.

24 Aug 2017

Cafe on the corner

There's a cafe on the corner with a big window towards the intersection. I like the variety of different directions and I can practice my life drawing. The one above, I did this week. The one below, I did in 2015, but never uploaded it. The bottom one is a coloured rainy early morning sketch from 2016.





23 Aug 2017

Kawaroa slide to the sea

Just a quick one of a couple of slides in a park by the Coastal Walkway. Spring is almost here. This winter I've noticed a bunch of sketches and coloured sketches that have never been scanned or and/or uploaded. I've also added to the pile so I'm going to try to catch up so and start fresh for the better weather.

17 Aug 2017

Cake and Sketching. Just my cup of tea!

Yesterday Angela and I went midweek sketching to Humdingers Cakes. Red velvet cupcakes. Yum yum yum.

Here is my sketch:


Pen and wash with watercolour pencil.

31 Jul 2017

On the corner

When this one was started, I was just looking for a warm and dry place to do a bit of sketching. I ended up in the Egmont Street Deli and came back there on multiple lunches to finish this one off. While the building on the opposite corner has tons of detail, that's not the reason that it took me so long. It turns out that the person who makes the desserts at the deli really knows what they are doing. So, I ended up doing way more eating at lunch, than drawing. (If you're the one responsible for that and are reading this, I think that the orange chocolate torte should be available EVERY day.)