Thursday, November 28, 2013
Finishing the year back at Cockatoo Island again….
Hope you can join us - everyone welcome!
Suggested options for ferries – check 131500.com.au for more details (please note there have been changes to the timetable recently!)
Dep: 9:45am Circular Quay, No. 5 Wharf, Sydney Arr: 10:14am Cockatoo Island Ferry Wharf, Sydney
Dep: 9:37am Circular Quay, No. 5 Wharf, Sydney Arr: 9:58am Cockatoo Island Ferry Wharf, Sydney
Dep: 9:07am Circular Quay, No. 5 Wharf, Sydney Arr: 9:28am Cockatoo Island Ferry Wharf, Sydney
And to give you advance notice:
We are planning our first Regional Urban Sketchers Australia event in Newcastle on Saturday 11 Jan. More details in a week or so - but please put the date in your diary now!
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
I was down in Western Victoria again for a Surprise 90th Birthday Party! It was such a fun lively gathering for wise L in Horsham.
We drove back Sunday so I had the Monday for some last minute sketches ...
Next time I'll have to be more organised and arrange a catch up with some Melbourne sketchers!
On the corner of Swanston St and Flinders St, you have 4 distinctly Melbourne buildings. The two that I sketched are St Paul's Cathedral and the Flinders St Station. The third is Federation Square and the only thing I know about it is that I had a nice meal although dead tired at Taxi when I was in Melbourne for work. The last building is a pub, the Young and Jackson. The Young and Jackson houses the once scandalous nude Chloe. So next time, I think I'll have to sketch the other two buildings.
I found a nice spot on the steps of the cathedral to paint the Station ... but I painted in full sun. It blinded me a bit and the colours turned out a little bit wild and bright. I don't think I have learnt to ease off on the Quin Gold or Azo Yellow ... as I am used to using Raw Sienna.
The painting of the Cathedral was done on the steps of the Station - pretty much underneath the central hand rails. It was tough as I painted it at what seemed like peak hour for Australian standards and I had people walking passed really closely - palette to the right, bag under my knees, no room for a water bucket so I was spraying the water into the palette which means no clean brush.
So I had two challenging sketch locations ... can other people share some tips on where they sit and how they get some space. Does having a small seat help?
The last sketch was done in very pleasant surroundings at two cafes! Toby's Estate and Phillipa's. I am always a bit torn between relaxing and enjoying the cup of tea or coffee or getting out the sketchbook!
I found links to the Flinders Street Station design competition here and here. They announced the winner of the competition in August 2013 - the same people that designed? the Tate Modern and National Stadium, "the Bird's Nest", in Beijing. They are now going to see if it's viable ...
Paper: Moleskine Watercolour A4
Tools: Watercolour, pencil
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Bridge Road in Richmond, Melbourne is such a nice place to sketch. It’s a busy street with power lines, trams, old buildings, and lots to cafes to sketch in. What more can one ask for!
Friday, November 8, 2013
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Where: Outside Cafe Jacoblicious (open space between the cafe and the Town Hall Art Gallery) 378A Burwood Road, Hawthorn.
When: 10 am on Saturday, 30 Nov 2013.
There is a lot to draw at this location – churches, town hall, beautiful old shopfronts, streetscapes…. And the place we are meeting at is an open space for us all to sit if we want to – bring your sketching chairs, foam seats, mats etc.
If it’s your first time, look for me under a red hat.
Should be fun – see you there!
Saturday, November 2, 2013
A group sketches meet - some sketched the harbour views and some sketched Luna Park- I did a bit of both.
I started with the entrance to Luna Park which has a special moustache as part of Movember.
I then tackled the Opera House... seems I can't come to Milsons Point without doing a sketch of the most iconic building in Sydney.
I am currently using the new zeta sketchbook from Stillman and Birn which is a beautiful smooth paper and is SO lovely to use with ink. So I thought it was a good excuse to get some of my non-lamy fountain pens out and test them. My hero and sailor pens aren't flowing so well for me so the smooth paper really helps. I love mixing it up and trying new stuff out!
Another enjoyable USKSYD event - next month Dec 7 at Cockatoo Island again! More details soon.