Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Aerial views of Mount Taranaki and the South Taranaki coastline.

I viewed an u tube video of a helicopter flight over Mount Taranaki . The video was taken in the summer and only a small patch of snow remained in the crater. The views of the summit provided rocky images that aren't appreciated from a distance. Painting the mountain can all too easily become cliches but this video provided great images.

I made a view sketches  from photos captured by my cmaera from the video in a lined notebook - didn't have the sense to use a drawing pad. I have intentions of repeating the drawing later - and maybe make some into paintings.

U tube link  Mount Taranaki Worth a quick look.

The summit

Fanthams Peak


A second video was taken of the South Taranaki coastline taken by a drone-.This video also showed views of the landscape that cannot be appreciated from the ground.

U tube video South Taranaki coastline.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Drawings from a Taranaki geology book

On the way home from staying at Kumeu with my brother Graeme and his wife I stayed a night with my old friend John Charteris.

We had a great tour of the Hamilton Gardens - my two favorites were the Japanese and The Maori traditional garden.

While in the city John picked up a new book on Taranki geology and below are a few drawing based on photos from the book.

Maunga Taranaki
The Beehive extrusion on the mountain

The swamp between the ranges and the mountain

From the Whanganui  River to Maunga Taranaki

South Taranaki  cliffs Whenakura