Shoot it, Sketch it: Historic Empire Hotel

Historic Empire Hotel, Ross – ink and watercolour, 200 x 255 mm, 2013
Historic Empire Hotel, Ross – ink and watercolour, 200 x 255 mm, 2013
Historic Empire Hotel – Ross, 2013
Historic Empire Hotel – Ross, 2013

Fresh off the drawing board, here is a little sketch of the hotel we stayed at in Ross last weekend. The town was established in 1865 during the West Coast gold rush and once had a population of more than 3,000 ― now it’s closer to 300. We had a wonderful time at a friend’s ‘When I’m 64’ birthday party and jam night : )

On the way there, I took a few photos of the mountains which are looking positively picturesque at the moment (Christchurch to Ross via Arthur’s Pass). I’ve posted my absolute favourite shots on my Facebook page.

7 thoughts on “Shoot it, Sketch it: Historic Empire Hotel

  1. Thanks for the message you left on my blog. It seems a coincidence for me, as I’ve never received a comment from a New Zealander before. But one of my sons was in Christchurch just last week! (My partner’s family live in the North Island, which I have also briefly visited – not very often unfortunately, as it’s rather expensive from France!)
    This house immediately said something to me – I really like all those wooden buildings you have in NZ. I guess many of them have been destroyed in Christchurch – the message we got was that there was nothing left hardly – how devastating for everyone. I hope that things get better & good luck with your artwork.

    1. Hi and thanks : ) I hope your son enjoyed his visit. We have had a bit of a rough time with all the quakes… a lot of buildings were destroyed but large parts of the city are fine (relatively speaking). Buildings made of wood seemed to cope with the shaking a lot better than some brick and concrete structures so, thankfully, there are still plenty of lovely old wooden houses around Christchurch.

  2. Great sketch Anna!
    I really surprised when I see many posts here that I missed !
    Recently I have problem in my wordpress and many new posts is not coming to my readers . So I have to check blogs one by one ! 😊
    Anyway, great posts ❤️

    1. Thanks, Violet.

      You’re not the only one having problems with the Reader. I don’t always see the blogs I’m following either (and there’s no rhyme or reason to it). Anyway, it’s good to have you back : )

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