Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Bunnies


Happy Easter. I was at the Bendigo Easter Festival (Victoria) and this is my favourite sketch of the day. These huge Easter Bunnies were there to pose for photos. There tops were actually psychedelic. They were cutest when they walked – quite a sight with their big bums swaying excessively.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tennyson Rd, Breakfast Point, NSW

The cranes seem to be permanent fixtures around here these days. I've been watching them going up after the old places I've been drawing are pulled down. But I  found the series of verticals on this corner  a fascinating study.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

USKSYD:Saturday 3 May 2014: The Kokoda Track to Rivendell

Special thanks to Chris H for organising this one…... at a favourite spot of mine - hope to see you there. Everyone welcome!

Let's meet at 9:45am for a 10 am start in the carpark beside the Kokoda Café at the end of Killoola Street. We will begin drawing  along the Kokoda Track Walkway in a rainforest area, which is a memorial to the veterans of WW2. It includes striking granite walls with images that have been sand blasted onto them and audio stations that explain the better known New Guinea battles. After 45 minutes, we will step back in time and walk the few minutes to Rivendell, a beautiful old 19th century estate on the Parramatta River which  has a wonderful gatehouse, lovely courtyards, a three-storey clock tower, and at the river's edge the original boathouse which was once the first building entered by convalescents who arrived at Rivendell by ferry from Sydney. I know you will find the building really interesting and there are lots of aspects to keep us drawing until 12:30, when we will have show and tell.

Transport: It’s only about a 5 minute walk from Rhodes railway station. If driving, you can use the carpark beside the Kokoda café to start with but there is only parking there for 2 hours, so if you want to leave your car all morning/ day,  the Hospital car park on Hospital Road has a flat fee of $5. Be warned, it’s worth paying  the fee as the traffic officers are lethal around the hospital area!

Lunch: There is food at the Kokoda Café, the Hospital café, or down in Concord itself, but if you think you’d like to stay on to draw in the afternoon, you might like to bring some lunch with you. The grounds are lovely and it’s right beside the river so it has pleasant surroundings.

Sketching at the Cathedral of Saint Stephens Brisbane

Friday, April 11, 2014

Art Town 2014

Melbourne Urban Sketchers participated in Art Town on 29 March 2014. It was a fun experience to draw and capture the precinct. Besides Melbourne USKers, there were artists working in various media, including photography, oils, installation and sculpture. We had various sketching sessions – along the footpath, at coffee/lunch and at a railway station.


We had an awesome collection of work at the end of the day, which the artists could submit to an exhibition.


Melbourne USkers are modest - only 10 works were submitted, and they all looked amazing on the walls of Chapel Off Chapel Gallery.


A few of us went to the opening of the exhibition. It was an enjoyable evening – a celebration of our efforts and times spent drawing. Congratulations on work well done.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sketchwalk in St Peters

The Sydney gang headed back to St Peters on Saturday - this time for our first sketchwalk. The aim was to move along a specified route with about 40 minutes at each spot. It was a lot of fun!

It was great to be able to sketch together as a group (often we seem to scatter) and the 40 minute period went fast - oh so fast! Everyone managed to get at least 3 sketches done - so it was great to share all the work at the end of the session.

We were very pleased to have a visitor from the USK group in Portland Oregon with us. Whilst I don't think I met Heather at the 1st USK symposium in Portland in 2010, we had a number of friends in common... and it is always lovely to feel part of the global community.

Created with flickr slideshow.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Urban Sketchers Sydney - Saturday 5 April. St Peters Sketchwalk

Saturday 5 April... we will be heading back to St Peters to explore the backstreets with our sketchbooks.
Thanks to Rod for the suggested route and the great tour that he gave last month.
Hope to see you there- everyone welcome!