Nov 23, 2011

Cloudy days in New Plymouth

It's about to rain. It's overcast with cloud and no wind. A calm before the storm. Maybe the last chance to sketch outside for a few days.
Going into spring, the weather is generally getting better but it will be getting wetter before it gets dryer. Almost half a year ago I did this next one when the skies were quite dark during the day. But I was out of the rain at a cafe - drinking and sketching.
Of note:
- The car in that first picture was parked and also drove away before I finished the drawing. Don't people know they are ruining our compositions? So rude!
- In that second sketch, there is a wheat paste of a face on the building. This one is a collaborative work but the main artist did a good number of them (pastes) and wall paintings by himself at the time. He was 'notorious' and in the newspapers often which opened the debate, "Is this art?" It turned out that he was identified as someone who worked for the city council and that caused a bit of awkwardness since they technically have to remove it. Afterwards he also had some solo shows (inside the galleries this time) that were successful. I've met him and he seems to be a pretty cool guy which probably helped him turn the publicity into something positive. As of today, It's starting to peel like the rest and some of his large works have been painted over. You can see this one and others at his website.