Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Study of stones for Dunedin painting

Gratuitous photo of the south coast of the Wairarapa, near Sail Rock, Noth Island, New Zealand

Monday, January 26, 2015

Value sketch - Dunedin Peninsula

A value sketch (sketch to figure out the lights and darks) for a future painting of a stone wall on the Dunedin Peninsula. I am wanting it to be a fairly high key painting, with some very dark shadow contrasts, as it will be showing midday light.

Gratuitous photo of the coastline near Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand. Photo: Jonas

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Watercolour 16/30

Arches N.O.T. paper. I am starting to think I prefer the hot pressed paper. I was trying for a more graphic design look with solid blocks of colour painted with gum arabic. I think the N.O.T. paper isn't the best choice for this. I might re-try this painting a little later on.

Gratuitous photo of Arthurs Pass area, South Island, New Zealand. Photo: Jonas.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Catlins Estuary

In my goal to do 30 watercolours over 30 days (OK, maybe over 3 months), this is watercolour 15 of 30. Fabriano 300 gsm hot press paper.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Value sketch of Lake Wakatipu

Although I want to concentrate on finishing the previous Catlins painting, over breakfast I did a value sketch (a sketch that concentrates on figuring out the placement of lights and darks), of the sun setting on Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown.

 Gratuitous photo of the Dart River Valley (next to Wakatipu), South Island, New Zealand. Photo: Jonas.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Watercolour 14/30

Another miniature study (8 x 12 cm) for a future larger painting of the Catlins Estuary.

Gratuitous photo of elsewhere in the Catlins area, South Island, New Zealand (photo: Jonas)

Catlins sketch # 2

Sketch of Catlins area. Staedler 0.05 black pen.

Gratuitous photo of Arthurs Pass area (I think), South Island, New Zealand. Photo: Jonas.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Caitlins sketch

A value sketch for another go at painting the Caitlins Estuary in my previous post. I wanted more of a graphic look to the painting, because the lines between the various values was quite marked (rather than all mingled as in my previous painting of it), which was what appealed to me in the first place. Done on A5 recycled paper, Superfine Staedler Black felt-tip pen.

I'm trying to decide if I like the top sketch, or the one below with more contrast added.

Below: the same sketch before I put the storm in.

Gratuitous photo of a lighthouse in the Caitlins area, South Island, New Zealand (photo:Jonas)

Watercolour 13/30

Above: Late afternoon storms over Caitlins Estuary, South Island, New Zealand. 8 x 12c. Arches 300gsm paper.
The line between the still water, which reflected the stormy sky, and the water in the foreground and background which had a faint breeze on it, was supposed to be quite a clear line. At some point during one of the washes I messed it up. I might come back later and try this one again.I'm still trying to do the 30 watercolors in 30 days challenge, although not always managing it!

Gratuitous photo of Mt Cook Village, South Island, New Zealand

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Postal art: Vintage streets

Some envelope art / mail art.


A gratuitous photo of Mt Cook, South Island, New Zealand (photo: Jonas)

Monday, January 12, 2015

Sketch of a boat and harbour

A quick sketch after breakfast. I'm practising a really fast, looser style.

A boat tied up somewhere in Tauranga Harbour

Gratuitous photo of the coastline around Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Another sketch from the skatepark

Another quick chance at sketching, this time at Upper Hutt skatepark while my kids biked and scootered there. I didn't get to finish the sketch though.

These huge Australian gums have a massive reach, heaps of branches, and I found it pretty hard to draw, while trying to capture the 3Dness of it. I'm sure I'll be off to the skatepark again soon and will have plenty of chances to practise sketching Mr Tree. 

Sitting at the table after dinner, wanting to sketch but lacking inspiration, So I sketched someone else's sketch: one of the sketches from Gwen Diehn's book Real Life Journals. These two are done with the Uniball micron pen.

Finally, a quick sketch after dessert.

 Gratuitous photo of the landscape, somewhere between Mt Cook and Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand. Photo: Jonas

Sketching at Island Bay skatepark

While my youngest scootered at the Island Bay skatepark I managed to get a few sketches in. I used a 0.05 Staedler pen, which is not the quickest to sketch with.

I did this from my car while my son slept, before we went to the skatepark.

I did this one standing beside the skate park, while I kept an eye on my kids.

 Gratuitous photo of rocks somewhere between Mt Cook and Dunedin, 
South Island, New Zealand (photo: Jonas)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Sketch of a picnic

Sketch from a photo of a picnic. 0.05 Staedler black pen. Photocopier paper (!). 10 x 15 cm.

 Pauatahanui Inlet, north of Wellington, North Island

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Watercolour 12/30

Above: Before the background was done. 300 gsm Arches paper. Approx 8 x 12ish cm.

Below: With a background.

Gratuitous photo of a waterfall near the Caitlins area, South Island, NZ (photo:Jonas)