On December 26, we were in the middle of a hot and sunny weather marathon. We walked down to the beach (near Belt Road, New Plymouth) and sat in the shade of the red-flowering pohutukawa trees. Fruitcake and cups of tea as we watched schools of minnows jump around in the near-still sea water. I've brought my sketchbook down here before but haven't been inspired until now. The bottom drawing is my ballpoint pen drawing from the day. The top one is a Photoshop painted version that I did at home later while trying to remember all the colours.
Lots of action at Port Taranaki in the distance. The next day a large cruise ship was coming in for a day visit. Not a big deal for some cities, but it's been some time since one came in around here and there was lots of interest. The morning of the arrival, we went out to the end of the breakwater to watch it come in. It was raining lightly, making everyone soggy, but the atmosphere was high with people waving to the passengers. After the ship docked, it fined up for more hot weather.
It's now the last day of the year and it's raining again - this time for a much longer period. Time to have a look at this year's sketchbooks and get ready for another year of sketchcrawls.