Monday, April 16, 2018

Chinese Garden

Here's my sketch from the Chinese Garden, here in New Plymouth. I did the watercolour on the mid-left a while ago and the top-right one was sketched by Scott Wilson. It shows me sitting in the pavilion, getting the one last sunburn of the summer.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Let's Sketch Wellington - March 2018

A selection of photos taken at the sketching weekend in Wellington last month.  It was a fun weekend.  About a dozen sketchers took part, sketching in Aro Valley, Cuba Street and Oriental Parade.  It was good to catch up with the sketchers from out of town, as well as the Wellington folk including some new faces.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Old Cookhouse, Albert Town

The Old Cookhouse, Albert Town, Wanaka

It's been a summer for taking my sketchbooks into the hills and filling them with landscape paintings of the beautiful scenery that southern New Zealand is so well known for. Lots and lots of plein air sketching, but almost no urban sketching this year!

So it was such a treat to spend a morning with the Wanaka Painter's Group in Albert Town (just outside Wanaka) sketching the old cookhouse that was once part of the big station next to the Clutha River.

And finally something appropriate for sharing with all of you :-)

Renee Walden

Thursday, April 5, 2018

NZ Army Truck

There's a New Zealand Army recruitment office in New Plymouth. Sometimes, it will have a cool truck parked around the back. It's a type of older 1980's Mercedes-Benz Unimog with big tires and awesome tread.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Let’s Sketch Wellington - Sequeira Luz family

We had a great time in Wellington and were spoiled for choice of nice scenes to draw.
We met a good group of interesting people and got to go trough their sketchbooks when catching up in cool cafes. Our Sunday morning meeting point was in Aro valley, we had never been there before and loved it, the best thing was it was just a short walk from the farmers market so we went there for chestnuts and a quick sketch. Thanks Dave, Andrew and all the Wellington Sketchers for the warm welcome!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Once Was Urban, Waihi.

Once was urban... A couple of sketches of the remains of the Waihi Stamper Battery on Union Hill. The concrete and carefully laid stonework is now reclaimed by regenerating NZ native bush and wild radiata pine making the ruins of the old factory look like a lost jungle temple. Its wise to stay on the track, the surrounding radiata pines curve into fantastic shapes and hide deep open mine shafts covered with rotting timber and fallen branches.
A sketch of the pine tree above the Stamper Battery site drawn on damp watercolor paper.

Friday, March 16, 2018

The quintessential Island Bay vista

The view from Island Bay Esplanade on Wellington's south coast.  The island is Taputeranga Island, Island Bay's namesake.  The quality of light on the south coast is stunning, colours are crisp and bright.