ART CHAT #19
DAY 6 – WANAKA
18 May 2023
This is the day (evening actually) when I said to myself “MIN, step away from the sketchbook!!”. I realised that I was T.I.R.E.D. and not in the right headspace to be doing my art. I was rushing to ‘just get it done’. I was feeling pressured to keep up and do what I said I’d do. I realised that I had put this pressure on myself and so I could remove it. I was putting time every evening into daily travel update posts on Facebook and Instagram and had little left in the tank to do my art. My days were full of exploring and awe and wonder and I wanted to be present for all of it and they were physical days too (lots of walking). When evening came along, I was tired and I needed to switch off so I could rest and relax.
On this evening in Wanaka, I felt pressured (by myself) to sit down and produce some sketches. What I produced was terrible. I know I could have done much better. The sketches were rushed. The second one was basically scribbled in a bid to get it done and dusted so I could go and rest . I decided then and there that I was going to lift that pressure from myself and if that meant I would need to complete my sketchbook when I got home from holidays, then so be it. And that is what happened after this night. No more drawing, sketching or painting was done for the remainder of the trip (apart from a few notes and ideas as prompts). Once that pressure was removed from me, I felt so much better. Much as I love art and doing art, I really needed some time out from pressures, jobs and obligations. I lived in every moment. I rested when I needed rest, and now that I’m home again, when I get some free time I am slowly but surely filling up my travel sketchbook based on photographs I took while holidaying in New Zealand.
So I present to you – my last sketches done whilst actually in New Zealand. The second one is the one that made me decide to step away from the sketchbook (have a look at the trees). Please note that some of these have photographed better than others.
DAY 7 – WANAKA, BRADRONA, QUEENSTOWN
19 May 2023
These sketches/paintings were done once I was home again.
For your information – the sketch directly above that I did from where I was sitting at Pub on Wharf at Queenstown – note that to the right of the glass of wine is the Pub on Wharf menu. Notice the writing at the top of it. It actually is drawn as it looks and it reads “I never met a pub I didn’t like”. I was confused for a while as to what that was supposed to say … until I had a few sips of my wine haha and it all became clear! I thought it was very clever!
For all the details about the locations I’ve sketched and painted here, please refer to this post – NZ Trip: Wanaka to Queenstown.
Ciao for now,
Linking up with Denyse Whelan’s ‘Wednesday’s Words and Pics‘