Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Shade at Gentleman's Quarters

Intriguing to see Mt Taranaki appear on the back of a boy's head, and various korus along the side of his 'shade'. Jetcharm Barbers shop and Gentlemen's Quarters is where you can buy a coffee and sit in their outside seats or view their tiny boutique gallery.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Bus Station Primping

On the left here is the New Plymouth Bus Station. While I was sketching, saw a bunch of people arrive on a bus. The last guy out seemed to be sorting out something in his bags for some time. After the bus and other passengers had gone, he stood up and adjusted his backwards-worn cap in a slightly reflective glass door. Front. Side. Tilt head up. No way. All wrong. Cap off. Get the knitted winter hat out. (It's summer.) Front. Side. Smiley head shake. Still no. Back to the cap. Still backwards. Maybe push it a bit forward though. Side. Point at yourself in the reflection. Yeah. Now it's doing it. Awesome. Where's that hostel?

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Hahei store

Coromandel peninsula - the Hahei store. Brush pen (water brush filled with Indian ink) on location then coloured with red and blue watercolour in the campground.

At the pool

It has been a shy summer so far this year here on the south island, we can have summer and winter days all on the same week, but February is usually the hot month. So now, every day is precious to jump to the water and enjoy. This time we went to the Lyttelton new pools, which has the mountains and the harbor as a background. The kids were happily shouting and the parents were bored waiting. Gouache dry quite fast which is good for a quick sketch, and a the black watercolor gives a bit of drama to the shades.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A sea of people at Takapuna Beach

Were you in Auckland this Waitangi Weekend? It was a superb weekend weather wise, so we wandered along to Takapuna for a swim not expecting such huge crowds – Aucklanders must have stayed home for the weekend!

Thursday, February 2, 2017


I was at the Stratford Aero Club's Open Day in central Taranaki on the weekend. Just after we got there, a Spitfire arrived from just off the horizon. The pilot did some close fly-bys and tilted the wings for the cameras. I've heard fighter planes before and this one didn't have a usual deep rumble that a grunty aircraft engine would make. It sounded like there was still a lot of power there but not as loud as I expected. I've read about the Spitfires and they were quite renowned for their performance in the skies. It seemed very classy (and stealthy?) to be 'that kind of fighter plane' and yet have this nice purring engine. These are great planes!
After it landed, and parked on the airfield I started to sketch. I overheard someone say to another enthusiast that this particular Spitfire was a seven-eighth size replica with a V8 engine. 
I just kept drawing...