Pages from a sketchbook: Images of the Day (25 January 2016)

The Country store was to be found in many parts of pioneer New Zealand. Herewith McGuigans at Te Kereru:

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MCGUIGAN’S STORE, TE KERERU.

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By way of something a little different, a letter of the alphabet  drawn as part of a project to see of Illuminated Lettering was feasible using pen and ink as the medium:

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Pages from a sketchbook: Images of the Day (25 January 2016)

Pages from a sketchbook: The Daily Image (18 Jan’2016)

To return to the articulate steam locomotive theme from a few days ago, the Kitson-Meyer type was not the only large articulated steam engine to be manufactured in the United Kingdom. Another was the Beyer-Garratt type, an example of which appears below, along with that of an unsuccessful competitor, the ‘Modified Fairlie’ type:

Michael Keith

STEAM LOCOMOTIVES

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Beyer Garratt-type articulated steam locomotive.

(2-8-0 + 0-8-2 wheel arrangement)

Notes: Drawn with a black-ink pigment liner (0.5 nib) on white cartridge paper.  Image measures  5 in. x 6 in.

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Modified Fairlie-type steam locomotive.

(4-8-2 + 2-8-4 wheel arrangement)

The ‘Modified Fairlie’ was essentially a rigid-framed Beyer-Garratt, built to circumvent the various patents that applied to the Beyer-Garratt type.  Although it was successful in doing-so, the design itself was unsuccessful, with only a very small number being constructed.

Notes: Drawn with a black-ink pigment liner (0.5 nib) on white cartridge paper.  Image measures  5 in. x 6 in.

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Pages from a sketchbook: The Daily Image (18 Jan’2016)

Pages from a sketchbook: The Daily image (17 Jan’2016)

And now for something completely different; Lighthouses (‘Lighthees’?)  I have been experimenting with drawing  Lighthouses using pen and ink, to see what could result.  Two examples appear below:

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LIGHTHOUSE 1.

An older, multi-sided wooden lighthouse, of the sort sometimes  appearing at the ends of wharves and breakwaters.

Notes: Drawn with an 0.1 black-ink pigment liner on white cartridge paper. Image measures 19 mm x 14 mm.

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LIGHTHOUSE 2.

A reinforced-concrete lighthouse of the sort frequently placed on hill-sides or headlands on harbour-approaches.  The stripes are for visibility-purposes, and are intended to make the lighthouse stand-out against the background.

Notes: Drawn with an 0.1 black-ink pigment liner on white cartridge paper. Image measures 19 mm x 14 mm.

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Pages from a sketchbook: The Daily image (17 Jan’2016)

Pages from a sketchbook: The Daily image (16 Jan’ 2016)

As is already evident, I am interested in ‘things railway’ with particular emphasis of steam locomotives.  I especially like large articulated tank locomotives (of which there are various types and wheel arrangements). and inevitably these have appeared in my art. I am particularly interested in the Kitson-Meyer type of articulated locomotives, a little-known variant of articulated tank engine, a type most active in South America, and have posted two examples of this type of locomotive below. They belong to the Tickford Valley Railway Co. (London) Ltd. (TVR), an imagined narrow gauge railway line that is constructed through very hilly and difficult terrain in the western part of New Zealand’s North Island . A 1:148 scale representation of part of this railway (The ‘Kereru Branch’), has been constructed.

Michael Keith

STEAM LOCOMOTIVES

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KITSON-MEYER TYPE ARTICULATED LOCOMOTIVE

(Type 1. 0-6-6-0T)

(Tickford Valley Rly. Co. (London) Ltd.

Notes: Drawn with Black-ink Pigment Liner (.005 nib) on white cartridge paper.  Dimensions: 3 in. x 4.5 in.(76 mm x 114 mm).

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KITSON-MEYER TYPE ARTICULATED LOCOMOTIVE

(Type 3 . 0-6-6-0T)

(Tickford Valley Rly. Co. (London) Ltd.

Notes: Drawn with Black-ink Pigment Liner (.005 nib) on white cartridge paper.  Dimensions: 3 in. x 4.5 in.(76 mm x 114 mm).

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Pages from a sketchbook: The Daily image (16 Jan’ 2016)

Pages from a sketchbook: The Daily images (15 Jan’ 2015)

Despite the preponderance of gold-mining and railway-themed illustrations that appear on this site,  I have been known to draw other things, especially aircraft. Herewith an example.

AIRCRAFT

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ON-MARK B-26K ‘INVADER

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GOLD MINING

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‘A ‘CALIFORNIAN’ TYPE  5-STAMP BATTERY AS USED ON N.Z. GOLDFIELDS’. 

In most of the Coromandel Peninsula’s batteries (reduction-works), the stamper battery was the key to success.   The battery  invariably  operated in  groups of five (as illustrated).* Heavy weights (the ‘Stamps’),  operating  in a pre-programmed sequence and set at  the optimum height for the purpose, crushed the gold-bearing quartz-rock to talcum-powder fineness, releasing  the gold there-in for further chemical processing.

* Confusingly, in Australasia, the term ‘Battery’ was / is used to describe both the crushing  machinery (as illustrated), and the building / site where these machines were located.

Michael Keith

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Pages from a sketchbook: The Daily images (15 Jan’ 2015)

The Daily Images (14 Jan’ 2016)

GOLD MINING

‘Art’ takes many forms, not all of them necessarily mono-dimensional.  For many years I have been a model railway enthusiast, using 1: 148 scale (‘British’ N-scale) to reproduce in miniature the sorts of things that could be seen in the ‘full-sized’ world.  An example of this appears below. It depicts the battery (also known as a ‘reduction-works’) of the Kaisers Reef (Hauraki) Gold Mining Co. Ltd.   In common with many of my efforts it is fictional in concept, although based on actual similar plants and is technically-accurate in what it portrays.   It is included for your viewing pleasure as it is a verifiable ‘work of art’ , albeit in three dimensional form; the colours and techniques used in creating the model forming (at least in my opinion) a cohesive whole, and contributing to the over-all narrative.

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Kaisers Reef (Hauraki) G. M. Co. 40-stamp Battery and cyanide plant

Notes: Scale: 1:148.

Dimensions:  13 in. x 13.5 in. x  5 in.

Materials used: Mixed media.

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STEAM LOCOMOTIVES

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 New Zealand Government Rlys. Dept. Class Wb.

These were a small tank locomotive of 2-6-4T wheel arrangement, and were used on light track  and suburban service.

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The Daily Images (14 Jan’ 2016)

Pages from a sketchbook: THE DAILY IMAGES 13 JAN’ 2016

Today’s images portray a the surface workings of the Toi Toi Creek Gold Mining Co. Ltd. a fictional gold mining organisation  located ‘Somewhere on New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula, and an example of an actual New Zealand  Government  Railways Ub class mixed traffic locomotive, as used on railway tracks  in that country’s South Island. Thank you for visiting.

Michael Keith

GOLD MINING

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TOI TOI CREEK G.M.Co. LTD.

Pen and Ink image of the No.2 shaft and Poppett head (Headframe) of the Toi Toi Creek Gold. Mining. Co. Ltd.

‘The shaft was sunk to access the Anteater Reef  and is currently 400 ft deep. Five levels (numbered A, B, C, D  and E, and of varying lengths), have been driven off the shaft, with C and D levels encountering the reef system and currently on good gold. Levels D and E are currently being extended, with a view to exploring  more of the Company’s leases in the hope of locating other reefs holding similar or better values’.

Notes: Drawn with a Pigment liner with an 0.3-sized tip, on Cartridge paper.  Image measures 3 in x 4.5 in. (76 mm x 114 mm).

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STEAM LOCOMOTIVES

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NEW ZEALAND GOVERNMENT RAILWAYS CLASS Ub.

This class of locomotive (with a wheel arrangement of 4-6-0) was constructed by Baldwin Locomotive Co. (USA) and was used as a ‘Mixed traffic’ engine in New Zealand’s South Island. 

Notes: Drawn with a Bic ‘Finepoint’ black ballpoint pen on Cartridge paper.  Image measures 3 in x 4.5 in. (76 mm x 114 mm).

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Pages from a sketchbook: THE DAILY IMAGES 13 JAN’ 2016