Ramblings of a much published New Zealand author

19 April 2011

New Zealand Odyssey: The Old Granary, Marton

'New Zealand Odyssey', published in 1989 by Heinemann, was authored by me, Don Donovan (who did the text and illustrations) and Euan Sarginson, who did the photography and design. In this series of blog posts, I will publish some of my drawings.

This dear little shop in Marton is a good example of what can be done with thoughtful additions to a simple structure. Four things set it apart from the ordinary: firstly the paint job, a plain choice of black and white; then that striped awning, slightly frivolous but in keeping with the decor; thirdly the Old English lettering which, when it comes to 'Ye Olde Tea Shoppe' is usually a bit twee but in this case fits the antiques and arts and crafts functionality of the shop; finally that nice symbol of the wheatsheaf to carry on the memory of what the building was once about.

It's unusual to do a full-colour painting that comes out looking like black and white but there were a few things in the windows - and the brass doorstep -  that allowed me to use other colours in the paint box.



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