20 Jun 2017

Walking and Sketching.

I decided today, (because it was such a nice day), that if I'm going out walking and the weather is good enough, I should carry my sketch gear on my back! That is what I did today. I walked 7.8km and stopped for a quick sketch of the Waitara River-mouth on the way.

Here is my sketch:

That was time well spent, plus I saw plenty of future sketching spots along the way.

17th June 2017. The View from Churchill Heights.

Saturday was a beautiful fine winter's day. Sun, not too hot and no wind. A perfect day for sketching. We went up Churchill Heights which has views of the city and the mountain. I planned to sketch the mountain, but it was under cloud, so I did the view out to the Port Taranaki and the Tasman Sea instead.

Here is my sketch:

12 Jun 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.

7 Jun 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.

28 May 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.

22 May 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!

19 May 2017

13th May 2013 Pukekura Park Fernery.

Last Saturday was a cold windy day, threatening to rain at times. We took refuge in the Fernery at Pukekura Park.

Here is my sketch:

I decided to try my Inktense Pencils and drew this Orchid.

11 May 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.

30 Apr 2017

Tupare Light.

Last year we went to Tupare to sketch. I sat in the sun and did a pencil drawing of one of their lampposts. Then I had a play with watercolour. I liked the sketch, but I thought I could do better with the colours in the background. I have been fiddling about with this sketch for a while. Yesterday was pouring rain and not fit for sketching. I decided to finish my new version of my sketch. I love the effect of letting the watercolour run and look like the painting is melting off the paper.

Here it is:

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.

4 Mar 2017

Let’s Sketch New Plymouth’ Informal Aotearoa Urban Sketching weekend 4/5 March

Today was the first day of the 'Informal' Aotearoa Urban Sketching weekend. What a full  on day it was too. Last night we had a dinner and a few of us sketched each other across the table:

Faye Sketching at Dinner.

Today the early birds started by sketching in the area of the Len Lye Centre. I met up with everyone at Ozone Coffee Roasters. It decided to rain, so we stayed put and sketched. I started sketching a cool leather bag that was hanging up on one of the coat hooks. Trouble was, the owner came and took it before I had finished!

We then went and had a look around the Len Lye Centre and the Govett Brewster Art Gallery. After that? Lunch.

Next stop Pukekura Park. I decided to try the Band rotunda. I've looked at this many times, but I've never tried to sketch it as it is quite intricate. I thought I would be brave today.

And here's a few photos:

Eileen, Paul and Maurice:

Dave and Andrew:

Eric, Paul and Maurice:

A gaggle of sketchers at the band rotunda:

Liliana from Lyttelton:

Coreen and Brian:

Eric from Auckland:

Coreen, Brian and Liliana:

The Wellington Group:

Dave and Andrew: