Hello! Long time, no Art Chat!
I’ve decided to rename the Draw Your Day posts to ‘Draw Your World’ because I feel like that is less restrictive in what I can draw and it fits well for the sketches to come from our New Zealand holiday.
I’ll be publishing New Zealand travel posts to cover the three weeks that we road tripped around the south island of New Zealand. Following those posts I’ll publish an ART CHAT post with the sketches I’ve done that corresponds with the prior travel post.
Last week my post was for Days 1-3 at Christchurch, so this week my Art Chat post will cover the sketches I did around Christchurch.
Before I share them though, I need to repeat what I said in my South of Island of New Zealand – 20 observations from a first time visitor post:
My plans to do my travel journal/art in the evenings kind of went pear shaped. I started strong in Christchurch and got quite a bit done. Where we stayed had a nice little table with two chairs and very good lighting. Also – I was fresh, and keen! Then the next place we stayed for one night at Hokitika had very poor lighting and it had been a big day and I was too tired so I did a pencil sketch and thought I’d catch up at the next stop. Next stop was Fox Glacier. Can’t remember what was the problem there but I’ve just written a little note on a page of what to draw and thought I’ll catch up on both at the next stop. Next we were at Wanaka. This time, regardless of the fact I was tired, I decided to do a couple of sketches to represent our stay in Wanaka while fresh in mind and get back to the others at another time. I did two sketches at Wanaka – one is ok, the other is not good at all (I was way too tired). After the Wanaka sketch I wasn’t happy with because I was so tired, I decided to give myself a break. It wasn’t as easy as I thought. We were having huge big days that were very physical (walking and climbing etc) and were exhausted at night and a lot of the places we stayed at did not have a suitable place for me to set up and/or didn’t have good enough lighting. I was also posting NZ highlights every evening on both my private Facebook and blog Instagram/FB pages which took up a lot of time and effort. So, my plan now is to continue my travel sketchbook at home from photographs I took. It will still get completed.
Please note that these travel sketches are not intended to be masterpieces. They are quick line and wash sketches to capture memories from my holiday. Not a lot of time is spent on them. These ones from Christchurch were all done whilst we were there, except ‘The Parque’ which though it was sketched while we were away, wasn’t painted until we were home. I really wish I had calligraphy skills! Maybe that’s something to add to my list of things to learn!
Till next time!
Ciao for now,
Linking up with Denyse Whelan’s ‘Wednesday’s Words and Pics‘