ART CHAT #19: Draw Your World – Wanaka & Queenstown

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.…

September 6, 2023
New Zealand

NZ Trip – Wanaka to Queenstown

Day 6 (18 May) The weather God’s were smiling down on us today. The rain stopped! It was still a cloudy day but we actually saw glimpses of blue sky on occasion. This morning we did a lakeside walk past the famous #ThatWanakaTree and…

August 30, 2023
Bunya Mountains

Bunya Mountains

I felt the need to get away again. When we were in New Zealand I had a bit of an ‘ah ha’ moment. I was reminded how much good it does me to be immersed in nature and free of the binds of domesticity…

August 23, 2023
Ink and Watercolour sketch

ART CHAT #18: Draw Your World – Fox Glacier

FOX GLACIER – ART CHAT #18 CLICK ON ONE OF THE PHOTO’S ABOVE AND ARROW THROUGH ALL THREE TO SEE AT FULL SIZE. The above sketches are those that I managed to get done at Fox Glacier during our New Zealand trip. I was…

August 9, 2023
New Zealand

NZ Trip: Fox Glacier & Wanaka

Day 4 (16 May) After our visit to the West Coast Treetop Walkway at Hokitika (see previous NZ Trip post) we hit the road headed to Franz Josef.  This day didn’t go according to plan and I actually got quite frazzled at one point,…

August 2, 2023
Art Chat

ART CHAT #17: Draw Your World – TransAlpine Train + Hokitika

  Days 3 to 4 of our New Zealand trip were covered in a recent post. We left Christchurch on a rainy morning to catch the TransAlpine train across to Greymouth and from there (after collecting our rental car) we visited the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks…

July 26, 2023
Taking Stock

Taking Stock – June 2023

I’m taking a break this week from my New Zealand trip posts and my ‘Art Chat’ travel sketches to do my June Taking Stock post which I nearly forgot! It’s my second quarterly Taking Stock post for 2023. The last one was towards the…

July 19, 2023
New Zealand

NZ Trip: TransAlpine journey – Christchurch to Hokitika

Day 3 (15 May) Day 3 of our south island of New Zealand holiday and we were up early this morning to go by taxi to Christchurch Railway Station. We were going on the TransAlpine train journey across to Greymouth and were very excited…

July 12, 2023

ART CHAT #16: Draw Your World – Christchurch NZ

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…

June 28, 2023

NZ Trip: Christchurch, New Zealand

CHRISTCHURCH – Days 1 to 3 Our journey began on Friday 12 May 2023. Lots of last minute packing, getting cleaning and tidying and things done around the house, and lots of waiting around! You see, our flight was delayed several times! We decided…

June 21, 2023

Ciao mo tenei wa / Ciao for now!

When this post publishes, it will only be a few days to go until we leave for New Zealand. I do hope I’m feeling more organised by then and I’m ready to go! There’s that saying that “it never rains but pours” and that…

May 10, 2023