Throwing Pots

Sketching my daughters pottery class at The Mairangi Arts Centre. Involving much hilarity around the term 'throwing pots' and when they could start throwing some clay at each other. They were having a great time but it does take some concentration... 


Britomart Station/Central Post Office

I've wanted to have a crack at this building for a while, but it's difficult to get a good angle to sketch it from! I discovered though that if you stand near the east side entrance the Downtown Westfield mall you get a great front elevation view. The only thing is there is so much stuff in front - buses, bus shelters, a water sculpture. I just left it all out.


Kennedy Park, Castor Bay

With kids you're always on the lookout for interesting parks to let them blow off a bit of steam. We found J.F. Kennedy Park on the 'Shore', it's perched on a cliff and the kids tell me the view from the top of the climbing tree over the Hauraki Gulf is fantastic. I had about 15 minutes to sketch before they demanded I spin each one in those red cup looking things toward the bottom of the picture, trust me, they're terrific for bringing a greenish tinge to your childs face...


Sketch Inspiration: The Artist as Reporter

VISUAL JOURNALISM: The Artist as Reporter

Check out this excellent series I've been enjoying on Today's Inspiration put together by Daniel Zalkus (who does a pretty mean reportage himself, check him out here). Featuring some stunning 60's reportage, an era where sketch journalism was used in major magazines such as Fortune and Life. I particularly like the paired down aesthetic of Robert Weavers drawings in charcoal. Well worth a look...




Revamped MOTAT 2 with 6 year old

Short Sunderland by Mr Dewhurst

Short Sunderland, a photo by Mr Dewhurst on Flickr.
The incredibly enormous and rare (only 4 left worldwide) Short Sunderland (centre) with Lockheed Hudson and Solent on left, Lodestar on right. The 6 year old has been hounding me to go since the new hanger opened late last year. The new building and layout are a great improvement, with more room (for energetic 6 year olds to run) and new stuff we hadn't seen before, definitely worth a visit.


Case closes on legal landmark

I've been intrigued by this building on Wyndham Street for years. Still looking dignified - I suspect it has always looked this way - despite various neighbours coming and going over the years, adult shops, bars, massage parlours and now various Asian restaurants. The brass plaque and strange old-style wooden screens inside the windows announce 'Thorne Thorne White Clark-Walker Barristers' and enough books and papers clutter the upstairs windows to confirm a thoroughly 'analogue' business

Passing recently I noticed the plaques and screens have been removed and the building for lease - time to sketch it before it gets made over into a noodle shop or massage parlour!

From what I can find online the building appears to have been under almost continual* use as a legal chambers since the 1870's with the departing business being founded in the early 1900's by William Thorne, I presume the founder of what is now Thorne Thorne White Clark-Walker Barristers. There wouldn't be that many Auckland businesses that have survived that long, let alone occupied the same building for so long! Is this some sort of record?

* The building was for a short time in the 1880's, home of the Evening Star newspaper and housed homing pigeons in the roof. The pigeons brought news from the Thames goldfields and international news from ships arriving in Russell.