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1/30/12

The Big Draw

Yesterdays first ever Auckland Anniversary Day Big Draw, saw about 25 or so sketchers happily drawing away at the Wynyard Quarter accompanied by an excellent soundtrack courtesy of the Laneway Festival. Very pleased with the numbers first time out and judging by the comments from happy participants and interested public we can look forward to many more and larger sketchcrawls.

The waterfront was packed with the various festival goers - Laneway Festival, Seafood Festival and Buskers Festival and Anniversary Day Regatta spectators which made it difficult at times to keep track of the group, but provided heaps of subject matter for our sketchbooks!

Sketching at North Wharf...


Under the Silos at Silo Park...



 Reviewing each others work at the end of the day...


A big thank you to Eric Ngan from Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development for instigating me to get busy and organise the event. Here are some of Eric's sketches...



The excellent view from Eric's office...


A couple of my sketches, with the Kestrel and Harbour bridge in the background...


The old buoys in the park make an excellent place to sketch...



Thank you to everyone who turned up, I look forward to sketching with you again!

1/21/12

Otara Market





After a very quick trip to the Otara Markets just before Christmas to buy Taro leaves to make Palusami for a Christmas dinner, I was determined to go back soon with the sketchbook. We did that yesterday, and squeezed in a swim at Maraetai on the way back, a nice day!

Otara Market is an excellent place to find Pacific ingredients (we even saw 'banana poke' for sale), here the Taro is being trimmed for display...


I tried sketching the huge crowd as they walked past, with little success...


Spotted this excellent old Kenworth truck being getting loaded at the end of the day...

1/16/12

Auckland Anniversary Day Big Draw

January 30 is Auckland Anniversary Day, and Auckland Tourism and Events have suggested we do a sketchcrawl as a small part of the festivities going on that weekend. It's a great idea as Auckland's waterfront will be packed with events for us to sketch including the big Anniversary Day Regatta, Seafood Festival, Buskers Festival and the Laneways music festival.
If you're in Auckland that weekend please come along, it should be fun! Find out more about the other Anniversary day events at  www.aucklandnz.com/birthday/

1/15/12

Campbells Bay 15.1.12

Campbells Bay 15.1.12 by Mr Dewhurst
Campbells Bay 15.1.12, a photo by Mr Dewhurst on Flickr.
Nice to get to the beach after days of changeable weather, or is the weather just better on the shore?

1/8/12

Camping Coromandel

Our summers are pretty fickle weather wise and this year is no exception. We've just returned, or rather been blown and rained out from a week camping at Stony Bay at the top of the peninsular.

The week started out really well with a sketch in the main street of Thames whilst waiting for Fish & Chips at the excellent Green Lipped Cafe on Pollen Street. Thames is a really interesting place with it's gold mining and Kauri logging history from the 1800's. It always amazes me that it was once one of our largest cities, fortunately most of the old buildings remain and they make excellent sketch subjects...


Once at Stony Bay we promptly pitched our tents with the best view overlooking the bay, we couldn't believe our luck that it was vacant. Not until later did we realise that the previous campers on this spot almost got blown away when the Northerly came through! Below is a far more sensible spot, with tents pitched along the stream, safe from the wind and with some protection from the sun, sketched in the rain however...


 Our camp cooker setup - ideal for those evenings when it's too windy to light a fire to cook on...

The kids had a ball, on the rope swing, fishing, building sandcastles and feeding the eels at night...



The parents enjoyed a few drinks around the campfire at night (wind allowing of course)...


Our neighbours at one stage (they seemed to have a shop awning attached to their Landcruiser?)...


A trip to Sandy Bay (yes, some bays come with very imaginative names) for a swim one day...


And a 5 hour blast over the old stock route to Fletchers Bay and back. We rode this about 18 years ago, but it seems a lot harder now! Unfortunately the grey day didn't help the view...



So the saturated tent and camp gear is drying at home and I'm back to work!