Thursday, July 18, 2019

Standard 10 and the Harvard

Some more winter sketching in the Taranaki Aviation Technology & Transport Museum. There's so much stuff in here. Most things are grouped into sections but there's always the odd specimen randomly inserted. A toy-sized 1950's car is snuggled under the wing of a Harvard (T-6 Texan) fighter plane. I drew the plane a few years ago and I think it was damaged on a landing. That's why it lives in here with the cute cars and why its current propeller is too small. (It looks tons better than with no propeller though!)

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Sketch Tour Spain

Fancy a 10 day sketching tour of Spain in October? Imagine 10 days of sketching while being expertly guided by a native Catalan who knows all the best sketching spots. The tour includes Barcelona, Seville and Valencia and amongst other things prize winning paella, an Albufera boat trip and of course a Flamenco evening. 

For more information including reviews of previous trips visit 2ways Travel...

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

This was done over multiple lunches at about 15 minutes per day. The first day, there was a car with a roof rack. Being finicky, I didn't want to draw that so left the bottom for tomorrow. The next day, there was van with a roof rack. The third day, 6 out of the 8 vehicles had a roof rack. I was able to wrap up the cars and the people on the fourth day but it seemed like there was a conspiracy.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Character Buildings

Back of the Gables, former old military hospital on hill at Brooklands.  We've always sketched the chocolate box frontage but the lesser seen back has just as much character.

A character home near Boys High and the Race Course.  Kids peered out the front door yelling back inside 'they're painting our house'.  Something a little more formidable than we actually were doing.  Although one of us was a former Painter & Decorator!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Land Rovers' departure point to heaven

Today - a still, clear, crisp Taranaki day, four of us drove inland from Urenui to Okoki, papa rock, green, steep hill country valleys, rivers, isolated farms until we reached the spot where all Land Rovers and Range Rovers go to heaven.  Paddocks full in various states of decline, amongst the pigs, cattle, chooks and the odd cat,   Patches in the shade were still white with frost, in other spots steam rose from the valleys as the sun reached in, hordes of fantails flitted over the paddocks catching the midges.  Long Johns, gumboots and thermoses were the order of the day.  Gorgeous sketching in the sun, a sketchers paradise.

Okoki Expeditionary Forces

Monday, June 10, 2019

Sketchfest Brisbane

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Make sure you don't miss out on your favourite tutor's workshop at Sketchfest, some are getting close to full!!! 
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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Sunny autumn day in Christchurch

Some interesting and exciting new things are happening in the central Christchurch rebuild these days.  The old and oppressive brick buildings on Manchester Street suffered badly in the earthquake and their removal has opened up the once dark and crowded avenue into a wonderful view of the city in flux.  Thankfully this openness appears set to continue as low rise apartment buildings pop up with large grassy public areas and parks.

I sat on a small grassy rise in one such public space eating a picnic lunch to sketch this mixed media view of a snippet of the city - collage, pen and ink, watercolour, coloured pencils and gouache.  All the goodies in my art bag.

I love clear frosty days in Canterbury.

Shelley (June 2019)