New Plymouth New Zealand [RESULTS] under the mountain

October 15th 2011
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New Plymouth New Zealand [RESULTS] under the mountain

Postby thetaranakisketchers » Sat Oct 15, 2011 5:04 am

Kia Ora Global Sketchers,

Owing to a quirk in the great cosmic switching yards, along with Auckland and Wellington our alarm clocks go off a little earlier than yours.

This year the brainwave was a cycling sketch crawl along our award winning Coastal Walkway. What a day! gorgeous calm, blue-skied, sunny spells, mixed with scudding squalls racing in from the Tasman sea to give us heavy dumping. At one point the sky over the mountain was pitch black. But still the bikes were a lot of fun, and the weather didn't seem to hinder the yacht races and the surfers or us.

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Raring to go (Tough question: can you guess which of us originally came from England?)

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Robert's (the commercial fisherman) tractors - Lee Breakwater near the Port

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Sarel & friend watching for a bite. (There were lots of dads and their kids fishing on the breakwater)

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Chaddy's Charters - Trevor (Chaddy has an old UK Lifeboat he takes people out to the Sugarloaf islands and reefs spotting seals, penguins etc)

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Nodding Jenny - Trevor (The Moturoa Oilfields were the first to be utilised in the British Empire in 1865 - We have of an onshore gas and oilfields in Taranaki)

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Honeyfield Drinking Fountain - by Trevor (This fountain was erected in 1907 as part of a beautification of the Esplanade

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Brian and Paul cycling past the Len Lye Wind Wand (millennium project) looking for suitable sketching spots)

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My new friend, Jacob, also sheltering from a squall

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Paul & Brian making use of the shelter next to the Fitzroy Surf Club

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Their view looking back to town, the port and the Sugarloaf Islands (volcanic plugs)

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Some of our bikes

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Me drawing bikes (I'd lashed my sketching stool to my bike!)

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Westie and owner

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Brian, Eileen & Jackie outside Peggy Gordons the Irish Pub (The pub in mourning due to the Rugby World Cup quarter final loss of Ireland to Wales)

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Brian ready for a racing start
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Re: New Plymouth New Zealand [RESULTS] under the mountain

Postby jackie.flynn » Sat Oct 15, 2011 5:30 am

Hi everyone!
What a great day out sketching and biking. Some of us hadn't been on a bike for quite a while, but what a great way to sketch.
First of all we cycled down to the port, and sketched the fishermen on the Lee Breakwater and the fishing boats etc.

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Fishing from the Lee Breakwater.
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Unfortunately Eileen and I got drowned in a squall on our way back for lunch, but we soon dried off.

Lunch at Cafe Govett-Brewster.
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After lunch we cycled along towards Fitzroy.

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This is Eileen trying to sketch a seagull, but it took off at a crucial moment!

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Our bikes parked up.

Unfortunately we got another squall in the middle of sketching, so that one will follow as it's half done!

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This one is of the Huatoki Plaza Lights in town where Eileen and I sought shelter from the rain.

And the final debrief and afternoon tea.
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What a great day. Absolutely an inspired idea!
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Re: New Plymouth New Zealand [RESULTS] under the mountain

Postby CyberDave » Sat Oct 15, 2011 5:58 am

Hi..

I'll come back again later this week-end after my crawl but just checked in to see what happened in NZ.
:lol: Scott... I think you captured not only Brian's likeness but his character too..
Great stuff..

I just did a remote crawl for a French town.. it will be posted with "Taties" post tomorrow.

Well it's off to bed so I can get up early and do my Vancouver crawl. :wave: My eyes are bleary and zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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Re: New Plymouth New Zealand [RESULTS] under the mountain

Postby m9fred » Sat Oct 15, 2011 6:55 am

Hello,
Gorgous sketches from all of you and beautiful photos and a very nice story! :clap:
You had a veryenjoyable and productive day.
Now it's time to be off for sketchcrawling in Vienna.

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Re: New Plymouth New Zealand [RESULTS] under the mountain

Postby gnyp » Sat Oct 15, 2011 7:13 am

A bit of a wet day today... but the sun kept coming back to tempt us. I decided to use a red ball-point pen again since I had some pretty good success with it on the last SketchCrawl a few months ago.
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We started out at Port Taranaki and the weather was fine. I started this one of an unfinished yacht in the area where they build ships for premium customers. Like the boatbuilders, I stopped work on it as well. The rain was coming in and I thought that I wanted to be in the CBD when the rain came. Some of the others weren't so lucky! :lol:
At lunch we got to see who made it there dry. A good recharge. I did a quick sketch of a kid having lunch (and moving quite a bit).
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We decided to head east on the Coastal Pathway. We could see another front coming in off the water so we decided to look for some shelter that we could use when the rain hit. It turns out that we got there just as it hit and it stayed for a while. We ended up sketching a bit at the Fitzroy Surf Club. The view is roughly in the same direction as my first sketch and shares some of the same background.
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My website: briangnyp.com!

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Re: New Plymouth New Zealand [RESULTS] under the mountain

Postby thetaranakisketchers » Sat Oct 15, 2011 7:43 pm

Thanks & danke schön Cyber Dave & m9fred for your comments.
We'll be looking forward to the Canadian and Austrian contributions.

The following are from Paul
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Recurring theme of the day

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The Bach Restaurant by the sea

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View of the New Plymouth Port

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Re: New Plymouth New Zealand [RESULTS] under the mountain

Postby mzsketchusa » Sat Oct 15, 2011 9:44 pm

Great sketches, intrepid sketchers!

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Postby thetaranakisketchers » Sun Oct 16, 2011 6:31 pm

Thanks mzsketcherusa.

I'm not sure how intrepid we were but the bikes made a change in how far we could range.
I'm sure your weather in CA would have been slightly more conducive to sketching.

Attached is a pic of the Tombow ABTs I carried, I very recently bought the full complement so am spoilt for choice. They weigh about the same as my little sketching stool!

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Re: New Plymouth New Zealand [RESULTS] under the mountain

Postby CyberDave » Sun Oct 16, 2011 6:51 pm

Wow.. what a nice selection selection.. decisions, decisions, decisions.. :think:

Is this a fanny-pack that you have them in?

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Re: New Plymouth New Zealand [RESULTS] under the mountain

Postby Mr Dewhurst » Sun Oct 16, 2011 7:47 pm

Wow, a prolific effort in New Plymouth! Great sketches and really good to see so many out, and on bikes as well, my personal sketch vehicle of choice. Educational too — I had no idea we pumped oil back then. Great work.
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Postby thetaranakisketchers » Mon Oct 17, 2011 8:06 am

Yes CyberDave I like such decisions, and it is a home made bag, I chopped the top off one and the bottom of another and stitched them together.

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Thanks Murray, we always have a laugh and I was surprised how much fun the bike sketching was.
A few more pics just in from the expedition

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Setting off

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Trevor's boats

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Refueling at lunch

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Postby thetaranakisketchers » Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:35 am

Attempted sketch of a couple of our sketchers at our last coffee stop. Finished at home

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Postby CyberDave » Tue Oct 18, 2011 4:00 pm

Scott..

Wow, these last two sketches are just incredible. Fantastic sketch of Brian. Very Cool 8) 8) :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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New Plymouth New Zealand [RESULTS] under the mountain

Postby thetaranakisketchers » Wed Oct 19, 2011 5:01 am

Thanks CyberDave for the encouragement (and that includes to all the other sketchers you have replied to), and the Moderation role.

One last sketch from the Saturday night at a little country hall where there was a party on. A lot of the friends were ceroc (modern jive) dancers, so the women were flung over shoulders, swung prostrate on the floor etc very entertaining.
Other friends played the Djembe drums and Island slit drums. They called themselves Drum Rise. It was a bit hard to draw in the dark.

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Postby jackie.flynn » Wed Oct 19, 2011 5:56 am

Here's my rained out sketch. Finally found time to finish it!
The Coastal Walkway looking back towards Port Taranaki with the windwand in view.

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Thanks for all the comments everyone! :thumbup:
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