Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Watercolour sketch 1/30


The view from our deck: the Tararua Mountains

I haven't painted in maybe a year now, I think. I can't even remember which colours are which in my palette. I'll have to completely redo my palette, of course. I've forgotten which colours lift and which don't. I've forgotten which colours I used to mix for everything. I've even forgotten how to do clouds.

So I am going to try and do a quick 1-2 minute mini (2x2 inch) watercolour sketch of something each day if possible. Hopefully I will look back after 30 days and see lots of improvement!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sketches from Sixtus Lodge, Manawatu

  View down the road. Black superfine Staedler pen

View from the lounge. Black superfine Staedler pen

   A fellow traveller at the lodge, reading. Black superfine Staedler pen

  A fellow traveller at the lodge, reading. Black superfine Staedler pen

  A fellow traveller at the lodge, reading. 2B pencil

NZ forest, near Sixtus Lodge

Some sketches of people

Sepia fineliner

Black super fine Staedler pen

Black micron pen

Black superfine Staedler pen

 Black superfine Staedler pen
Sepia fineliner

Above all done on Big Yellow bee paper (a5 sketchbook), which I am loving using.

Medium Charcoal pencil, A4 sketchbook

2B pencil (4cm x 4cm)


B pencil, A4 sketchbook


 Sunrise

Friday, March 21, 2014

Envelope art: Mini racing

The front: a mini racing through the countryside. The address goes on the roadside sign.



The back: Driving through the countryside. The sender's address goes in the side mirror.



A gratuitous photo of 90 Mile Beach in Northland, North Island, New Zealand (photo by Jonas)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sketch: Man at the markets




A sketch of a man at a market on wonderful Big Yellow Bee paper. 8B pencil. This is 8B graphite pencil is different brand from the previous sketch, and I prefer the previous Staedler 8B graphite pencil.

Below: Late afternoon sun in a cafe. 0.1mm Staedler fineliner.




A beach in Northland, North Island, New Zealand (photo by Jonas)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Big Yellow Bee paper sketch: 8B pencil


8B pencil on Big Yellow Bee, Co-Mo Draw 130gsm paper (which my amazing penfriend in Portland sent me). I love this paper.


Powell River in the mist, Tararua Forest Park, North Island, New Zealand


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Sketching at the Botanic Gardens

I went to the Wellington Sketchers meetup at Wellington Botanic Gardens. I decided to sketch around the gardens rather than walk down through Thorndon.



There was a brass band concert on at the Soundshell, so I sat and sketched that. Lots of people were having a picnic lunch listening to brass bands from all around the North Island. This isn't normally my thing, but it was a beautiful, sunny day and I rather enjoyed it.


While I was waiting to meet up with my family wandering around the gardens, I saw that they had put a series of art installations around the gardens. This one was where they hung clothes in amongst the trees and flower beds.





A gratuitous photo of the Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand (photo by Jonas)