Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Summer in Margaret River, Western Australia



This December our family flew to Perth, Western Australia to visit relatives for the Christmas break. In Perth we had one night at the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle. It's restored wooden façade stretches the width of a full block and looks so grand with its large balcony. The park across the road provided a good view to sketch from and I tried to imbue the late afternoon shade that stretched all the way to the hotel's rooftop from the huge tree behind me in the park.


For several days of the trip the sun shone with all it's strength and I was pleased I had set out in the early morning to sketch this beautiful home in Margaret River. Even then the pen work was completed on one morning before needing to retreat indoors from the heat, then I returned the following morning to complete the watercolour.
 
I had attempted to draw this house a few years ago but gave up after being overwhelmed by both architecture and foliage! I'm so grateful for this year of being involved in the Urban Sketching community as I've learnt so much and was able to give this sketch another try with much more confidence knowing I could finish it.   Wishing all of this community a fantastic 2014 of learning, sharing and friendship!

7 comments:

  1. Happy New Year, Chantal!! Wow, you've posted two amazing masterpieces. Congrats on your work. Yes, let us enjoy darwing and painting in 2014.
    Best wishes, Sadami

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    1. Happy New Year, Sadami :) Thanks for your generous praise. Looking forward to seeing more of your lovely paintings this year.

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  2. Hello Chantal, I spent 4 days over christmas at The Esplanade and in between eating, presents, cricket and the Sydney/Hobart race, did some
    sketching from the balcony overlooking the park (I don't know how to uploa!) Your sketches are great, free and joyous. Thanks. Drusilla, Perth

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    1. Hi Drusilla, I'd love to see your sketching from the balcony! Are you on facebook or flickr? They are the easiest places to upload your sketches to. The Urban Sketchers Australia facebook group is https://www.facebook.com/groups/uskaus/ and the flickr group is http://www.flickr.com/groups/uskaustralia/ once you join (may take a day or two for someone on admin to accept you) you can post your sketches there and converse with other sketchers. Also I think in the facebook group you may find a few other Perth residents who have been going sketching together .
      Thanks for your kind comment on my sketching. So glad you were able to enjoy the same hotel. Cheers!

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  3. Beautiful sketches. Happy 2014 and lots of sketching in the future

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    1. Thank you! I wish the same for you. You've got some lovely sketches on your blog.

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  4. It's wonderful to see you come so far in just one year! Could be time to pull out some drawings from storage and try to rework them now. I'd be excited to see how much more different and better they might turn out now!

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