A lovely sunny afternoon sitting sketching by the lake in Pukekura Park today. I decided to try
the Poet's Bridge again today.
Here is my sketch:
Pen and wash with watercolour.
The Taranaki Herald reported on 24 April, 1883 that, "the
lucky winner who drew The Poet in the Auckland Autumn Handicap
Sweepstake resides in New Plymouth, and has determined, in consequence
of his good fortune, to erect a suspension bridge across the lake in the
Recreation Grounds, to be called, we believe, "The Poet's Corner."
The lucky punter was James T. Davis, a local New Plymouth
businessman, and the sum donated was £150. In the end the bridge was a
fixed wooden structure with a span of 70 feet and has always been known
as "The Poet's Bridge".
It was designed by Mr Henry Vere Barclay and the contruction was the
responsibility of Mr Hooker. He was assisted by Mr William Campbell
(carpenter), Mr James Bellringer (painter) and Mr James Revell
(blacksmith). The bridge was officially opened on the evening of 10
March, 1884 by the Mayoress, Mrs Bayly.
In a tragic twist of fate, the donor, Mr Davis, was found drowned under the bridge in 1891.
The original bridge was rebuilt in 1938. Its colour scheme is based on the famous red-lacquered Shinkyo Bridge at Nikko,Japan.
In 1905 a Ladies bathing shed with tea rooms attached was constructed for 68 pounds. It sent the Recreation Grounds Board well into overdraft. The original land was purchased in 1876 and was called "The Rec". Only in 1907 was the term Pukekura Park used, named after the stream which had been dammed to form the lake. Pukekura meaning "Red Hill".
In 1931 the tea rooms were removed and a new tea kiosk constructed.
A steady stream of ice-cream purchasers queued up at the counter.
World Wide Sketch Crawl day today - our local theme was Maori and Colonial.
Hei Tiki - Hei means to suspend and tiki is human form. Often made from an old adze its shape tended to be tomahawk shaped. Made of Pounamu traded up from the west coast of the South Island it was considered treasured. Taonga - treasures tended to gain their value/ mana from who had owned them previously.
Patu - whalebone mere. Note that even the little figure inscribed is also holding a mere. More used as a stabbing hand to hand weapon.
Putorino flute often made from two pieces of Mati (black pine) lashed together.
Paepae - carving likely from a bench in front of a meeting house. In local style with pointy heads andpungawerewere (spiderweb) decoration.
I've just spent a few days in Dunedin visiting my daughter. Not a lot of time for sketching, but I managed a few.
There is a very good Art shop down here, so I bought myself a Moleskine and some Inktense pencils.
I decided to try a Pen and Wash sketch as I had an hour to fill in.
Here is my sketch:
And practicing sketching people:
Sketching at the top of the Mount Cargill Organ Pipes:
89 Pendarves St, New Plymouth: Batten - board style.
Our hosts kindly provided water and a tour in addition to letting us sketch their historic home. London newspaper wallpaper dated 1859 was glued to a former wall. The location was considered a safe area between Marslands Hill and Niger Fort.
It was six years since we had sketched the three of the five 'Chickens' of 1860's 'Hen and Chickens' fame across the road. The Hen being the parent's (Thomas and Grace Hirst) home, and the Chickens identical houses for the four daughters and one son. The Soldiers Cottage predates the Hen and Chickens.