Saturday, September 23, 2017

Roulette 63824

Here's a set of three sketches of a fishing boat out of water getting some kind of work done on it. (In the August sketch, it's not the boat in front on the left.) I've done one per month so it's been there for a while now.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Crusty old locals


This beauty 'starred' in Hunt for the Winderpeople. It's under renovation too, great that it's going to be saved.

This classic bay villa on Ponsonby Road is due for demolition apparently - council
has removed heritage protection. Stink one.

Carlyle House, part of The United Church of Tonga buildings, gets spookier yet more interesting looking by the year. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Majestic Centre

I love buildings, and there are some real stunners in Wellington - St Mary of the Angels, the Public Trust and the law school are amazing achitechtual achievements in my eyes. Pretty much every unreinforced masonary building on Cuba Street is gorgeous, even if they are going to fall down in the next decent earthquake.

But the Majestic Centre, the tallest building in the city and a Wellington icon, wouldn't make my list of stunners. Its ugly crown protudes above all else. It's interesting and I am glad it's there, but I don't think it's much of a looker.
The building in front was the home of the Dominion Post for 50 years and is now mainly Athfield-designed appartments. Built in the late 1920's, it is now heritage listed. The facade is made from Caen stone but has since been painted. Thankfully the marble foyer has escaped that fate. Here's a cool old photo of it for people who like that sort of thing.

Just couple of years ago this view would have been blocked by the overbridge between the library and council buildings - that was removed in the post-Christchurch-quake legislation change early this decade, around the same time the Majestic Centre was reinforced at a cost of $83million. Natural disasters have a much wider impact than those which are immediately obvious.

Monday, September 4, 2017

From Sea to Shining Sea - New York

Over July/August this year I traveled through America, visiting four cities and staying about a week in each one


Fourth and final stop - New York.

America is huge and amazing. I loved it.

New York city scape

A war memorial




Sketching in Central Park with the NY Sketchers
Poetry in the Park

Sketching in Central Park with the NY Sketchers
Sketching in Central Park with the NY Sketchers - acapella busking inside the vaulted thoroughfare



Sketching in Central Park with the NY Sketchers - 5 minute walk / 2 minute sketch.
John Lennon Memorial


Sketching in Central Park with the NY Sketchers - 5 minute walk / 2 minute sketch.
Roller disco!

I found the Sketch Book Library in Brooklyn

Over 30,00 sketchbooks from round the world.
So cool





Statue of Liberty - seen all round the world.
Actually a very affecting and moving place.

Chinese garden inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art

IHOP in Harlem

 
The amazing architecture of the Guggenheim Museum

My sketch notes taken while attending a presentation at the Guggenheim.
I met the Event Coordinator who liked my sketch.
Subsequently featured on the Guggenheim Instagram account!


Unfinished sketch as the food was so yum!

The High Line - a disused elevated railway line, turned into a funky walking path with gardens, water features and sculptures!

From Sea to Shining Sea - Chicago

Over July/August this year I traveled through America, visiting four cities and staying about a week in each one


Third stop - Chicago - and USK Symposium
Paul Dempsey from New Plymouth was also attending, but we only crossed paths a couple of time as we had different workshop schedules.

Registration at the Urban Sketchers Symposium - 570 artists!

Art materials to buy buy buy!




Sketch crawl - checking out the amazing Chicago sky line

The Flamingo sculpture - using some of the items from the USK goodie bag

Workshop with Jose Louro

Jose Louro workshop - "Draw Less Show More."

Jose Louro workshop - "Draw Less Show More."

Chicago has awesome public art - Indian Spear thrower

Chicago Field Museum - Stegosaurus!

Tyrannosaurus! Field Museum

O'Hare airport - flights delayed a couple of hours due to incoming storm!
We ended up staying overnight at O'Hare airport due to flights being cancelled!


Sunday, September 3, 2017

From Sea to Shining Sea - San Francisco

Over July/August this year I traveled through America, visiting four cities and staying about a week in each one

Second stop - San Francisco


Pianist opposite the de Young Museum

SF Urban sketch session - Botanic Gardens

SF Urban sketch session - Botanic Gardens

San Francisco - Bay windows galore!

The Embarcadero near the piers




From Sea to Shining Sea - Los Angeles

Over July/August this year I traveled through America, visiting four cities and staying about a week in each one

The main reason for the journey was to attend the 2017 Urban Sketchers Symposium in Chicago.
My Wife and I decided to make the most of our first time in the US, so added a longer itinerary.
In the end we visited Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.

In each city I connected with the local Urban Sketch group and joined them for a sketch session.
Overall, I had an amazing time. Each city is so unique and has it's own personality and character. There's so much to discover!

First Stop - Los Angeles

A day out at the Lotus Festival


Lotus Festival sketch

A day out at the Science Museum - Space Shuttle Endeavour

I joined the LA Sketchers at the Endeavour


When travelling you get to spend time in Laundromats