Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Oakura Christmas

Another year without a white Christmas. What a bummer... it was horrible!

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Jury Garden

This is a sketch from one of the gardens that was in the Garden Festival. It still seems intact after the crowds returned home.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

View from my window


Here's a view from my window. A little bit of sun made it more appealling to sketch.  I've never drawn this view before since it always just seemed like too much at once. So many leaves! And tree ferns! So overwhelming. Well, I think I managed to find a way to draw it all without drawing EVRY leaf.

Monday, September 13, 2021

Prince's Gate Hotel in Rotorua

Before Lockdown, we stayed at a classy old-timey hotel in Rotorua. It had hotpools, creaky floors, stained glass and many chandeliers. The restaurant also had a painting of Duke, the man that the restaurant was named after. Clearly though, that was a nickname and is real name was George.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Collecting Seaweed at East End

This one was done in July before lockdown. It was just after a big storm and patches of seaweed were washing up on the beaches. Although I've never collected it myself, it's pretty good in a garden. There's a small window from when it shows up to when it washes back into the sea. At times, there were quite a few harvesters on the beach. While stuck at home, I gave this one this one the colour treatment.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Back of Tanuki's Cave

This is the back of the excellent Tanuki’s Cave and Kura cafes behind Auckland’s Queen Street. Sketched with Urban Sketchers Auckland last weekend. Sadly they weren't yet open when we finished, frozen and in need of a hot sake!

So fun to draw all the old bricks, flaky paint etc, especially on the kraft paper. Really nice that everything in this city isn’t completely redeveloped, shiny and corporate