Ramblings of a much published New Zealand author

08 May 2011

New Zealand Odyssey: 4 Port Street, Wellington

'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.

Wellington, a city in which I have lived twice, has always struck me as a place that people are passing through. Indeed, I went to a party once in Auckland of which all of the fourteen people present had once lived in Wellington! 

It's a town of apartments in the inner suburbs; of tenants who have little regard for their landlords or their neighbours. In this case the occupants of the ground floor keep to themselves and rarely see the light of day - or are they cowering from the noisy ones on the first floor who have parties on Saturday nights and a big clean up, including the weekly wash, on Sunday morning? There's obviously no garden otherwise why would the smalls all be hanging out on the balcony?

All speculation, of course. But I enjoyed painting the scene.


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