Saturday, April 30, 2016

Mail Art: NZ birds


Some more mail art: this time a few sketches of a NZ Pied Shag. We see lots of these at Pauatahanui Inlet not far from our house.

Front of envelope:

Back of envelope:




Monday, January 11, 2016

Some more landscape sketches

I'm trying get some sense of fading evening light in some quick pen sketches. 7cm x 11cm sketchbook.

0.05 Staedler pen. Cows in the field at sunset.

Uniball micro pen. 

Looking up to Egmont lighthouse. On reflection the clouds look like waves... Might have to rethink how I do dark clouds.



Saturday, January 9, 2016

Miniature landscape sketches

Some watercolour minatures (1 x 1.5 inch) for practising colour mixes etc. Using up scraps of Fabriano 300gsm rough watercolour paper.

Ailsa Mountains

Cows grazing in front of Mt Ruapehu

Some pen landscape sketches






11 x 7cm sketchbook. 0.05 Staedler fine liner. I still feel I am concentrating too much on trying to capture everything rather than looking at the design/composition and the play of lights of darks in the scene I am looking at. But its all practice.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Quick sketch: Whataroa River


Overcast morning on the Whataroa River, near Franz Josef, NZ

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Some quick watercolour sketches

I'm trying to decide whether to take my watercolours with me to the South Island, given that I'll only have very brief moments to sketch. I thought I'd try some quick miniature sketches for practice.

Piercy Island (practising colour mixing for a larger painting)

 Karamea Estuary in the fading afternoon light

 A thick early morning mist over the fields