|A combination of green kauri, red road cutting, bush and hills - and the road|
|Young kauri tree at centre|
As a school adviser I have driven over most of the roads in Taranaki and done my best to admire the views. Over the years traveling to Palmerston North or Wanganui I have noted all the nikau palms, old houses and special places I like.
Last year I had to visit my sick brother a few times and during these long trips my daughter did the driving allowing me to relax and admire the drive.
On earlier drives as a passenger I developed the habit of taking quick digital photos of scenes particularly approaching corners. Usually as a driver this is the time you really need to concentrate on driving. The windy road through the Awakino Gorge is full of visual excitement and I have gathered a range of photos to use for later drawing and maybe paintings.
|Four small kauri and a red cutting|
On our visits to Whitianga I had forgotten my camera but had a small pad and a 4B pencil at hand so I amused myself trying to capture the essence of views while in motion.
It is an interesting challenge. You have to pick the corner almost intuitively ( there are so many to choose from) quickly look to focus on the details and then equally quickly record them on the pad.
Quite a number, seem to me, to have the beginnings of ideas to reinterpret in paintings which so far I haven't done.
As a passenger, armed with a digital camera or a drawing pencil, you seem to see far more than normal.
|Looking towards distant hills|
|Kauri, cutting and road cones|
|A 'wild' Eleagnus hedge|
|Kauri, wild hedge and hills|