Monday, January 16, 2017

Sketch Walk in Wellington Sunday 22 January

Sunday 22 January 2017,  10.00 am - 1.00 pm

Come sketching with Urban Sketchers Wellington. All welcome. Bring your own drawing materials.

Ideas for drawing: Antique shops and old buildings on Tinakori Road, Botanical Garden picnicers and flowers.

Meet at the end for a coffee and chat.

Start: Outside the Sprig and Fern, 342 Tinakori Road.
Finish: Picnic Cafe - at the rose garden in the botanical gardens.

Masters Building Demolition

I had the day off, so I went into town to find something interesting to sketch. They were dismantling the Masters Building on Egmont Street. A lot of people stopped by to watch and some commented that they would miss that building. There's a lot of discussion about preserving the heritage buildings but most aren't earthquake safe. Some need saving but they need to be functional to make the idea realistic. It's maybe more important to make sure that the new buildings that replace these ones have a bit of style and character. It will help them stay occupied and not just be another box. All these older buildings that people love, used to be modern buildings that people love when they were first built.

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Funksters

A warm sheltered day down at the Tupare Garden Fair Market Day - a long queue for gelatos, the German Bradwurst trike with umbrella, lavender products...  tours of the Chapman Taylor designed house and music down on the lawn.  The Funksters - I had to draw quickly as they were onto their last numbers - hence Mike at the keyboard is not sitting on anything.

Actually I'd drawn these guys a year or two back
Was fun drawing letting the beat soak in.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

No swimming at Oriental Bay

I've always wanted to swim at Oriental Bay, I don't know why, just have. Sadly the famous Wellington weather has never come right for me on my infrequent visits and that swim has never eventuated. 

I had high hopes on a quick trip to the capital last week but it wasn't to be – I'm not complaining though – because I got to make this sketch between rain showers followed by an excellent breakfast at Beach Babylon.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

On the ferry

We took the car on the ferry to Picton for Christmas. Travelling on the ferry involves a lot of waiting around, so brings good opportunities for sketching.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Friday, December 23, 2016

Assembled Ensemble

Tupare is a former famous, adzed private home with extensive gardens now administered by the City. Set down near the river it periodically hosts a market and musical events.  It was a pleasure listening to the Ensemble as I sketched on this warm summer afternoon.  I drew standing up as I had to move about a bit to view each of the players so it wasn't exactly what a camera would have shot.

A week or so later one of our fellow sketchers who plays sax with these guys was even able to name who was who, so I must have got some part of them right (unless he was guessing by their instruments!)