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)