Saturday, 7 October 2017

Pelikan Societe, Hastings

Lunch at the coastal town of Hastings (on the western arm of Western Port Bay east of Melbourne, Australia). Pity it was too cold and blustery to be outside. The town has many marinas but was unexciting to say the least (it won the Victorian Tidy Town Award in 2004!). This restaurant as we discovered was a gem. (Obviously many people already knew that).




Some white mangrove near the shore. They are common in around Western Port Bay.


Marker pens, watercolour, #MoleskineWatercolourAlbum, 5x8”.

Dundas Street, Dunedin

This is perhaps my favourite sketch from our Dunedin, New Zealand trip. I found a spot to sit on some steps by the pavilion on North Ground field on our last (and only warm sunny) day. I was facing part of Dundas Street, looking at a row of new and heritage houses and a church. I loved the bare trees and the hill behind.



It was beginning to cloud over when I left.



Marker pens, watercolour, #MoleskineWatercolourAlbum, 5x8”

Sketching Dunedin Architecture

I really liked Dunedin...except I’m told it’s dark and cold all year round. The distinctive 19th and early 20th century architecture has been preserved giving the town a special charm. Old buildings have been re-purposed for new uses. Built in stone or brick, these buildings were built to last by the early Scottish founders. 

Here's a sketch at the University of Otago. The brickwork pattern was dizzying to draw until I got to understand it. 



Here's the former police station, viewed through the window of the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum cafe. The vegetable muffin I had for lunch wasn't bad either.


I wish I'd had more time and the weather better. Here's a building on the University of Otago campus. 


The former railway station now houses art galleries. 


Marker pens, watercolour, #MoleskineWatercolourAlbum, 5x8”.

Madam Woo Dunedin

On our recent trip to Dunedin we had dinner at the famed Madam Woo restaurant. We had an excellent Malaysian hawker food inspired meal but it was expensive. 

Some of our dishes were authentic (as I know them from Singapore/Malaysia) and others were interesting fusion food. I would go there again!



Madam Woo Dunedin is one of five in the country founded by Michelin-star chef Josh Emmett. Coincidentally the Air New Zealand magazine on our flight home featured an article about him taking his staff on a culinary tour of Penang, Malaysia. How neat is that!


#TombowMarker, #Moleskinesketchbook 3.5”x5.5”

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Dunedin Museum Sketches

It was cold and a bit rainy during the 3 days I spent in Dunedin, New Zealand recently but I got some enjoyable sketching time at a couple of museums there. 

At the Otago Museum. For this sketch I tried something new and prepared the coloured  background for the page before the sketch.



The mechanical Dimetrodon (it was an exhibition of dinosaurs from the Permian age). I got tired of it roaring every time someone walked past.


Here an old trolley car and a ceremonial Maori kite at the very informative Toitu Otago Settlers Museum. 


My visit was made all the more meaningful knowing that my son-in-law’s late mother (whom I sadly never got to meet) was once the director of the institution.

Marker pens, watercolour, #MoleskineWatercolourAlbum, 5x8”.25”.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Planes and More Planes

I did some sketching of planes on a recent trip to New Zealand. 

At Melbourne Airport


And Dunedin Airport on the way home via Christchurch and Auckland. That's cows in the paddock. The tiny Air New Zealand plane arrived for me to sketch just 7 minutes before I had to leave!


Good thing our flight was not disrupted due to the fuel crisis at Auckland Airport and we got home as planned. (Damage to the pipeline bringing fuel to Auckland Airport was the cause of the disruptions which lasted several days).


Marker pens, #Moleskinesketchbook 3.5”x5.5”

Sunday, 3 September 2017

San Remo

Armed with my sketchbook and paints we took a drive to San Remo, Victoria, Australia. The beach away from the touristy cafe area was just beautiful but the wind was freezing! No wonder it was so cold, we were after all close to the southern most tip of the mainland of Australia. I only managed a quick gestural setup with pencil and painted it at home from a photo reference.



Looking across to Philip Island and beyond to Bass Strait. 



A bit of history.



The San Remo Jetty.


Pelikan feeding takes place every day at noon (at the fish and chip restaurant by the jetty). Beware the tourist prices if you eat there, 2 pieces of fish (Gummy Flake) and one serve of chips will set you back almost $20. It was a good lunch I'm pleased to say.



The gulls were feeling rather left out.



Watercolour, #MoleskineWatercolourAlbum, 5x8.25ins.