Ramblings of a much published New Zealand author

26 January 2012

New Zealand Odyssey: Decay and Dereliction, Westland

'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.

Euan Sarginson, my late co-author, used to chuckle at my love of ruined buildings. 'Anything that's decaying turns you on,' he once said. True. Why? Because it gives one freedom from straight lines and allows all sorts of little tricks to be performed with pen, brush and pastel. 

The top drawing is of a derelict barn at Karangarua as it was in 1988. It's a salad of shapes and colours; the original hangs on the wall of a good friend in Christchurch.

The other two buildings are also on the West Coast, one near Franz Josef and the other a garden shed in Ross. Rust and Moss (sounds like a lawyers' practice).
donovan @ihug.co.nz

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