Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Rainy Villa

On a covered deck in the rain I got a cold that lasted a week. Now, the sun's back and so am I.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Salmon Building

I only see this place in winter even though it's painted a bright salmon orange. The plants and moss growing on the side of it camouflage it into the fresh spring leaves. I did this one in September and the building's already starting to disappear among the trees.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Good & Bad Parking

Even though these racks are for bicycles, the scooter beside the upright rack shows an example of good parking. The bent over one adjacent to the parallel car park area shows a past-tense example of bad parking.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Foreground to background

An interesting layering of building colours and textures, with spray tag as a repetitive element.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Drawing an Orchestra

I made arrangements to sketch at a Wellington Chamber Orchestra rehearsal. They were preparing for an upcoming concert, and played Rachmaninoff
 — Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Tchaikovsky
 — Romeo and Juliet Overture–Fantasia. They were excellent and we all enjoyed listening and drawing. The music certainly added extra energy to my drawing. Some results are below:

Beautiful drawings with a Bic Biro From Cory


MrBlack took his usual approach, with varying line widths and a few patches of coloured pencil and watercolour.

Anne produced this great wide concertina page with drawing on top of pre-prepared washes and splashes of watercolour

And here's my effort.

I'm hoping to have some more events like this in the future, so if you have any ideas, please let me know. Andrew

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Celebration of New Zealand women gaining the right to vote in 1893 – a world first

People gathered at the steps of Parliament Buildings in Wellington on Wednesday 19 September for speeches and free performances in honour of the day 125 years ago when the 1893 Electoral Act was passed in New Zealand, making this country the first in the world to grant all women voting rights in parliamentary elections.

A group of men and women in colourful traditional Cook Islands dress waited in the shadow of the 'Beehive'. Then a solitary figure dressed in black moved slowly towards the group, holding a large, gently smoking poi in one hand.

A group of six Maori and Pasifika women moved in a stately procession across the grounds.

The performance was called 'Mausina', and directed by internationally acclaimed artist Lemi Ponifasio (founder of the dance theatre company MAU). It combined Maori and Pasifika languages, sound and movement, expressing 'adaptability and resilience' in a turbulent world.

The wind played over the dancers' graceful dresses on this beautiful spring evening.

This wahine with her spanner was unforgettable!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Vaiata Clarke's fabulous dress
in Wellington colours!

Kia Orana! Cook Islands culture in Wellington  

I sketched at a free workshop showing people how to make an Ei Katu (flower garland) at the National Library of NZ on 4 August. With Cook Island music on Spotify and doughnuts at the ready for when we all took a break, people of all ages and backgrounds got to work....

The workshop coincided with Cook Islands Language Week and a photography exhibition. The Cook Islands is an independent nation in the South Pacific with political links to NZ; Cook Islanders are NZ citizens. 

Mānea | Beautiful!

Organiser Anna Tiaki from National Library tells us she has 20 different types of head garlands at home – one for every occasion!  

Ei Katu are made from fresh leaves and tropical flowers such as sweet-smelling frangipani and gardenia. They are worn for adornment on special occasions like birthdays and weddings, but also every day. Artist Ani O'Neil says wearing one is like "wearing the live, fresh essence of our island'. It's a celebration of culture and connection to the land. 

With a little help from "our Chinese brothers and sisters"... 

In NZ, garlands are generally made using artificial flowers from $2 shops, which can still look beautiful, as we found out.... 

• Start by making a a hoop with blue packing tape

• Wind some plastic duct tape around this to make it more comfortable to wear

• Make a small bunch of flowers & leaves that appeal to you, & secure to the outside of the hoop by winding plastic raffia around tightly near the flower head. Lay another bunch just below this.

Advice and encouragement from Teremoana Hodges (centre)

Continue on like this. Some of the ladies made repeated colour patterns with the flowers, or you can keep it random – it's up to you.

Like tivaevae (quiltmaking), garland making is
a relaxing and social activity that women traditionally do together in the Islands. Chatting and singing is essential!

Auntie Teremoana taught us some Cook Islands words:

• Kia Orana | Hello
• Pe'a Koe | How are you
• Meitaki ma'ata | Thank you
• Aere Ra | Goodbye

Thanks so much for the special insight into Cook Islands culture organiser Anna Tiaki and her Aunties; Teremoana Hodges and Vaiata Clarke.