Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Especially sad to see the weatherboard house on the right going under the bulldozer... the guy who lives across the road from it told me it’s the oldest house in the area. I love the peeling paint and the carving on the front under the roof. It would have been lovely in its day! By the next morning it was all boarded up, so lucky I had the time to draw it then!
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
One more, yes, Friends, please get surprised that we stayed at an all-handmade house. Thirty years ago, like pioneers, my dear friend's sibling built up the house brick by brick with friends' help on a hill. Tada~~, see this wonderful and super-solid brick house with a chimney and water tanks! What I loved most was that the house has all 19th century setting in it -- no electricity! As if we were time slipping back to a frontier time!
Can you imagine? Oh, everything antique in the house, around the house amused visitors such as a kitchen, an attic room, a loo, furniture, coal irons, oil lamps, a white tin pail bucket etc, etc, Hail the builders' frontier spirit!
I'll take you into the house.
Here, a kitchen has a very old fashioned atmosphere. What would you like to cook for dinner? I've also learned how much important water is in bush. We tried to save it as much as possible.
BTW, an out side of the house, I picked up a small animal's skull, old and broken. I googled a rabbit, a possum, a kangaroo, a wombat, a flying fox, a sheep, a dingo, a cat, but none of them seems to match that skull (*or simply because my lack of knowledge of animal anatomy...) Mystery?! Does anyone have an idea?
In bush walking, the friends said, "Wombats put (their pulled down) trees over their holes and cover it." Oh, I see. But trees were too big and too clear. I said, "Well, in my eyes, it's more like showing off their house number plates, not cover-up!" We giggled!
When a night came, so many stars came up. Those dark starry skies were incredible. Interestingly, when the bright moon rose, the stars lost shining and the dark sky got brighter.
Then, a chimney was so pleasant in eye and for heart. Come closer and make yourself at home. Relax! (*Under a lamp, in the nearly darkness, I made this image! But an enhanced value worked well. Hurray!)
Ann James is so glad to know this experience has enriched my images. Great inspirations for illustration!! Friends, go to the "bush" and sketch anything that interests you!
Friends, Happy Painting!
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
I had already completed half of my personal worldwide sketchcrawl by the time I arrived in Paris from the US (see Part 1: http://australia.urbansketchers.org/2014/04/a-personal-worldwide-sketchcrawl-part-1.html). It was early on a Sunday morning and, despite the jet lag, I had an afternoon meeting with some Parisian urban sketchers to look forward to (thanks again Liz Steel for the intro).
It had been the Paris Drawing Week (la semaine du dessin) and amongst the activities a drawing exhibition of classical “masters” was being held in the Palais Brongniart (former stock exchange). So a group of sketchers decided to meet at a cafe beside the exhibition building and avoid the entrance fee by sketching the building instead, and/or the environs.
As it happened we never quite left the cafe. We chatted, drew what was in view, including each other, and enjoyed the afternoon. It was a perfect unwind and introduction to a new time zone for me. And great to meet such talented and interesting people.
Here is my drawing of “not the Palais Brongniart” (it was behind me from where I sat – although the statue is just behind the building in question). :-)
(Confession: I mis-spelt the name of the cafe, it is Le préaumur).
And here is proof that I was there: Marion Rivolier's lovely sketch of some of the group in the cafe:
Monday, April 21, 2014
This was a month long business trip in late March and early April - long even by my standards, with lots of time in airports and on aeroplanes. The view below was en route from Sydney to Washington DC, and is as typical as any other I see on these trips. :-)
My major stops this time were Washington DC, San Diego, LA, Paris, Freudenstadt, and Munich. Although my work did get a little in the way of sketching, I had free weekends with time to sketch in Washington DC, San Diego and Paris...
I landed in DC on a Saturday night. This was the only location that Liz didn't have any contacts for me with, so I set out to sketch on my own on the Sunday morning. They have this wonderfully enormous of post office in Washington, which I find strangely appealing. As I sketched the temperature plummeted and I managed to complete this just before the snow started (I had been wondering why my hands were shaking):
In San Diego, however, the sketching was far from a solo activity. I was hosted wonderfully by Lydia Velarde and the group from the San Diego Urban Sketchers. We had a lovely weekend sketching, first of all in the quirky City Farmers Nursery near the centre of town. Here is my sketch of an abandoned horse float surrounded by pot plants:
Saturday, April 19, 2014
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
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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.
Friday, April 11, 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
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.