Power Plant – Auckland Domain

For eleven nights only the Auckland Arts Festival has taken over part of the Domain and filled it with atmospheric lighting and sounds, providing some great photo opportunities. These were all taken without a tripod but I’m still pretty happy with how they came out. What’d you think? On the way back home through the Domain…

Least popular posts of 2016

For whatever reason these posts weren’t very popular. At all. Blogging can be quite unpredictable it seems. I still quite like them though and perhaps this might give them a second lease of life. Here are the least popular post of 2016 (based on visits, some of these were posted pre-2016 but WordPress filters are…

Most popular posts of 2016

Slightly belatedly but here are the ten most popular posts on my blog in 2016, thrilling stuff… 1. New Zealand Great Walks Ranked A perennial favourite. My most popular post by some margin, possibly due to it being the top search result on Google for ‘great walks ranked’. 2. Best of 2016 – Auckland Theatre Performances…

Cultural Highlights – November / December 16

Final dose of culture before the summer holidays kick in and I spend most of my time outdoors exploring the less populated parts of New Zealand. Been a busy end to the year filled with gigs, award ceremonies, theatre, cinema and art. You can tell when summer is coming in New Zealand by the increase…

Life drawing – April to November 2016

Latest set of sketches from a couple of terms of life drawing at Studio One in Ponsonby, following on from my April 15 to March 16 set. Tried to mix things up a little, using brown and black paper, chalk, charcoal, ink, pastels,and coloured pencils (my favourite). Not sure I’m improving, but I’ve reached a…

Best of 2016 – Books

It’s been a particularly busy year with work, theatre going, travel and writing ~180 blogs, so I’ve only managed to read ~60 books, my lowest number in five years. I increasingly prefer non-fiction to fiction, finding it more reliably interesting and engaging. Here are my highlights of 2016. Once Upon A Time : The Lives of…

Botanical art

One way to fill a weekend in spring, joining a botanical art course at Auckland Botanic Gardens. Despite being the only person of my gender or generation on the course it was a good weekend learning some new techniques, including using embossing tools, masking fluid, and a twig! To start with some outdoor sketching, harder than…