One of several books made while in the Cook Islands, New Zealand, and Australia. Sketchbook was handmade with watercolor paper, measuring 11.25″ x 6″ (22.5″ x 6″ when open). Most paintings done in watercolor and gouache.
A rainy day painting on Rarotonga.
In front of the Inn.
And looking down the beach.
There was a giant spider web (and spider) behind my right shoulder that I didn’t see until I was done painting.
Two different angles of the bay.
Quick light sketches at dawn.
Quick light sketches at dusk.
The view from my room.
View from my apartment at night – the scenic alley.
Memories from hiking. On Queen Charlotte’s Track, the tree trunks were a dark green set against the green glow of the rest of the forest. While hiking on Mt. Oberon (Wilson’s Prom.), you could the new growth coming up around trees that had been burned in a recent fire.
On New Zealand, North Island.
The seagulls really loved this rock.
Everywhere else felt like it was over 100 degrees, but in the moss garden the steady waterfall and stream created a cool environment. So of course I decided to stay and paint here.
This was the narrow passageway that leads into the Amphitheater, also called the Clothes Washer as flash floods have been known to swirl fiercely around and tear out the walkway you can see at the bottom.
Another rainy day sketch – I got a few souvenir raindrops on this one.
Quick sketch while hiking back as the sun goes down.
Another cove and a drift wood study.
A small beach stream study.
Wave study – a storm came in while I was painting this and I ended up getting drenched. Then my sketchbook closed on itself and I had to redo a bit of this when I finally got back inside.
Cloud study and rainy day painting inside.
Last week of the trip, after the storms had passed.