Ramblings of a much published New Zealand author

16 May 2011

New Zealand Odyssey: Old Malthouse, Riverlands, Marlborough

'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 is the end view of a very interesting old malthouse at Riverlands, near Blenheim. I was unable to find out any history about it and it was clearly well past its 'use by' date although there was a bit of farm machinery and lots of dangling cobwebs inside. But it wasn't badly derelict and a bit of love and care could have made it useful again. That was in 1988 - perhaps it lives again now?

A technical note for confidence tricksters: I did the bricks by drawing their mortar lines with liquid rubber solution, then painting the pink wash, then peeling off the rubber solution. The dry grasses are scratched out of oil pastel and watercolour wash with a scalpel blade. All the world loves a cheat!


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