Thursday, November 16, 2017


After the Global 24-hour Sketchwalk, I gave a presentation and lead a sketchcrawl in the afternoon. It was an event tied to the 'Homework' art show at Puke Ariki, here in Taranaki. I went out looking for something to sketch and looked at the display house that Habitat for Humanity was constructing. The group uses an old Bedford truck to move supplies and gear around. It was missing a wheel, on a jack, and was waiting for its tire to be repaired. I also noticed that it was missing the letters "B-E-D-F" so it was now an "ORD". Yesterday, on the way home from work, I went by the house to see how far along it is now. The truck was there again and another flat tire. I stopped to chat with the guys that I met on the weekend. It turns out it was the same tire. They were happy with the result of the finished sketch and I got them to hold my drawing in front of the Ord.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Upcoming Drawings Exhibition

If by any chance you are in Christchurch on December and you like the Urban Sketchers, don´t miss this exhibition. 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Little French Villages

Archiane, south Vercors mountains, France

We're just back from a 6 month trip in Europe - climbing, flying, hiking and, of course, lots and lots of sketching. This time we spent 2 months in France mostly in the mountainous regions south of Grenoble and around Barcelonnette.

It goes without saying that I have plenty of landscape sketches of the beautiful mountain scenery, many of which I do in a pocket moleskine which goes on every hike with me. I'm sure, though, you're really interested in the urban sketches, so here are some of the pretty villages in the area.

Treminis, Devoluy mountains, France

The super, super old 'La Mere Eglise', Devoluy, France.

Getting caught up in the details. Old door, Le Seuil.

The window on Chapelle Saint-Antoine, near Saint Paul sur Ubaye, France

Little postcard, Fouillouse, France.

L'Abbaye du Laverq, Barcelonnette, France

Now I'm back home in beautiful Lake Hawea, surrounded by more beautiful mountains and a rather different style of towns. I hope to share some local sketches soon.

If you are interested in what kit I take hiking with me you can read about it on my blog.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Astoria Cafe in Midland Park

Drinking coffee and drawing at one of the outdoor tables at Astoria Cafe in Midland Park in central Wellington.  I like the organic looking bronze and stone fountain so was keen to draw it.  There were other sketchers around too as we met to draw together in Lambton Quay.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Motorama 2017 (and 2016)

Went to Taranaki Motorama again this year and ended up looking at a 1980 Pontiac Trans-AM. The sketch on the right is the one that I did last year at the same show at East End Reserve but haven't uploaded it until now.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Licorice, Cinnamon and Ricotta

Three regulars in the farmyard section of the Brooklands zoo are Cinnamon, Ricotta and Licorice the alpacas.   Throw in some kunekune (wild pigs) and an Aussie import - the Brolga from Queensland.
My mum sketching next to me had little kids lining up in front of her waiting to have their portraits done.  Six pages left in her sketchbook wasn't enough!

Little villages of the Spanish Pyrenees

Village of Plan

Hello everyone!
Renee Walden here, the newest New Zealand correspondent, and I am very happy to have been asked :-)

I'm an artist from Lake Hawea (near Wanaka), but 6 months a year my husband and I live in a little van in Europe and I sketch everywhere we go.

We're almost at the end of this trip and of course I have many sketches. For my first post here, I thought to share some from the Sobrarbe region of the Spanish Pyrenees where we have spent a lot of time. I'll leave you to Google to look up where it is! It has all the ingredients of a perfect destination for us. There's lots of rock climbing and hiking, not many people and plenty of authentic little villages with an abundance of historic buildings. A sketchers paradise.





Ermita de la Fuensanta




Next time I'll have some sketches from little mountain villages in France.

Renee Walden