31 Dec 2013

Show & Tell

A good turnout at the Star of Anise after sketching

29 Dec 2013

Louie's Fat Boy

2013 Harley Davidson Fat Boy Soft Tail.  Louie kindly went back in for another drink to allow me to finish the sketch.

Punters at The Landing

Sketched by Patricia

22 Dec 2013

East End Beach on a Sunny but Windy Day.

Yesterday we went to East End Beach. The Pohutukawa Trees all have their flowers out. Pohutukawa are a native New Zealand tree and we call it "The New Zealand Christmas Tree." They always flower at Christmas time.

Here is the view looking back towards Port Taranaki.

Because of the high winds, the kite surfers were all out in force. This one was putting on a display for us!

16 Dec 2013

Cathedral Capers

We welcomed Sarah from Midweek, who snapped off some shots of us sketching at the Cathedral Christmas Market.

Diligent helpers lured four wheeled punters in by acting up with a large sign.

Meanwhile tinkling ivories and cheerful voices carolled at the entrance

Cathedral Sketchers & Watchers

Sketched by Patricia

14 Dec 2013

Sketching People Today.

Today we had a photographer from the Midweek Newspaper come and take pictures of us. She found it a little disconcerting when some of us sketched her!

I decided to carry on with my people theme, so here's one of Scott sketching.

9 Dec 2013

Volkwagen Kombi at the beach

About two more weeks until lots of people (and most businesses) shut down for up to a month. Combining Christmas, the New Year and plain old Kiwi summer holidays into a concentrated dose of serious time-off. But why wait? That's what weekends are for.

7 Dec 2013

Paritutu Rock and the Sugar Loaf Islands from the Oakura Motor Camp.

Today we went to the Oakura Motor Camp to sketch the VW Kombi Vans. I sat up on the hill and sketched the view looking towards New Plymouth.

 Paritutu rock and the Sugar Loaf Islands from the Oakura Motor Camp.

Splitties at Oakura

As a former beetle owner, current VW owner, and as a Kombi driver around Europe, understandably any VW gathering is still of interest, especially this one at the Oakura Beach campground.

Years ago we'd even made the pilgrimage to Wolfsburg with its own shipping canal, robots, Lamborghini sound-light shows - indeed a memorable day.  Wolfsburg is the same place the first split screen kombis were manufactured.  However these two 1960's T1s were built in a purpose built Transporter factory in Hanover.

Sadly the end of this year will see the last iconic Kombi produced.

The heat of the sun burnt through the clouds and we sketched with the squeals of family fun and games in the background.  Even Santa and his sleigh of two spaniels arrived to add to the Christmas spirit.

Beach weather coming

Sketched by Patricia