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Losing sight of the shore

Coastline – ink, watercolour and digital, 2016

Kaikoura coast panorama, New Zealand — original photograph, 2013

Kaikoura coast panorama, New Zealand — original photograph, 2013

“One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” André Gide

Click on the images for a clearer view.

P.S. If the landscape looks a little familiar, that may be because I painted the same photograph last month (The View).

Going for a walk

Kererū study – 150 x 185 mm, 2016

Kererū study – ink, watercolour and digital, 2016

Kererū / New Zealand pigeon, somewhere near Nelson, 2004

Kererū / New Zealand pigeon, somewhere near Nelson, 2004

“A drawing is simply a line going for a walk.” Paul Klee

Go after it

Magnolia study – ink and watercolour, 140 x 170 mm, 2016

Magnolia study – ink and watercolour, 140 x 170 mm, 2016

Magnolia, Mona Vale, Christchurch, 2013

Magnolias at Mona Vale, Christchurch, 2013

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” Jack London

Time warp (pen vs earthquake)

Pen vs earthquake #7 – Jubilee Clock Tower, 2014

Pen vs earthquake #7 – Jubilee Clock Tower, 2014

This coming Sunday will be the fourth anniversary of the magnitude 6.3 earthquake that rocked Christchurch (22nd February 2011). Four years on and we are still the City of Orange Road Cones. One sign of progress is the restoration of the Jubilee Clock Tower ― the road cones are now gone and the clock is no longer frozen in time!

Jubilee Clock Tower, 2014

Jubilee Clock Tower, 2014

Other pen vs earthquake updates:

The deconstructed band rotunda Retour is still in a sorry state. I have no idea what they plan to do with the dome that has been salvaged.

As far as I know, Christchurch resident Peter Croft is still planning to restore Shand’s Emporium but progress has been slow, apparently due to new city council rules and regulations.
Update: Shand’s Emporium touches down on Manchester Street, Christchurch. June 2015

The Octagon is being repaired and earthquake strengthened, and work is finally underway on Mona Vale Homestead. If all goes according to plan, Mona Vale will re-open in June 2016.

My pen vs earthquake sketches are originally from a student project. Ben Heine’s ingenious Pencil Vs Camera images inspired the series.

I can see for miles and miles

Diamond Creek sketch, ink and watercolour, 2015; photograph of the view that inspired the sketch

Diamond Creek sketch, ink and watercolour, 2015; photograph of the view that inspired the sketch. This is where we stayed over Christmas for two glorious weeks in Melbourne : )