Wednesday, May 28, 2014
|Sydney Eye Hospital and Sydney Hospital|
|Sydney Eye Hospital and Sydney Hospital|
|Hyde Park Barracks|
|St Stephens Uniting Church|
|State Library of NSW|
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Urbansketcher Session 1 - Kumi-san, Hoso-san, Miyu-san and Lionel-san (below)
We visited the Yebisu Beer Museum with beer tasting. I would never have picked going to a brewery as I went to so many of them as a uni student for our studies. But the tour guide gave a good coverage of not just the way that they made it but why it got to be so popular as Japan adopted Western culture.
It was great to see the different sketching style of everyone and as we had lunch and sketched around the table, we got to chat about interesting things at the same time.
Solo sketch 1 - Asakusa (below)
The sketch below is of Asakusa's Kaminarimon. I struggled with sketching it in the light drizzle but I love the effect it had on the page. I balanced the palette on a fence and had to keep adding the colour as it ran down the page.
Solo sketch 3 - Rikugien (below)
This was my second attempt at the Matsu tree. As I am not used to sketching this kind of tree, it was a bit difficult to get the spiky look of the leaf. You can also see the "inkan" or stamp I bought at Sekaido (Art shop in Shinkjuku).
Urbansketcher Session 2 - Kumi-san and Taizo-kun (below) and later with Ina-san, Tetsu-san, Takashi-san and Keith-san
The second urbansketch catch-up with Kumi-san!! It was the Sanja festival in Asakusa. Lots of people in Happi (top) and went up and down the street carrying the Omikoshi (a mini shrine). The lantern at the Kaminarimon was raised to allow the omikoshi to pass under it.
An amazing fun day. We had lunch at the restaurant overlooking the Kaminarimon followed by a jazz session by Akiko-san and Ikemen-san (sorry I don't remember the guitarist's name and this is what Akiko-san called him).
Although I was born in Japan, I don't get to go back as much I like. It makes it so much more enjoyable to visit a town, when guided by such kind locals such as Kumi-san.
I hope you all get to sketch with the Tokyo Urbansketchers some day - as I had a ball.
The rest of my sketches are on Flickr (see here).
Saturday, May 24, 2014
I am very pleased to announce details of our upcoming Urban Sketchers event in Launceston- Monday (Public Holiday) 09 June at 10.00am meeting outside Birchalls Books, heading down Cameron St and meeting back at QVMAG Royal Park Cafe - everyone welcome!
Also today we had a stunning morning of sketching at Hobart’s first Urban Sketchers meeting. Will do a full report when I get home but here are some photos from the day.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
We had a nice day in Melbourne last Saturday – just perfect for our sketchcrawl. It was neither cold nor windy.
Some of us found some nice seats outside a cafe for coffee, scones and mulled wine. This area is by the Yarra River, with lots to draw – buildings, boats, ferries….
I did not complete my sketch. I returned to the same spot after lunch to fill up the bottom of the sketch but unfortunately, I had to give up as there were too many people walking past and lingering. Maybe I will return there sometime during the week when it is less busy. But for now, this is it.
The building with the yellow on the top is Eureka Tower with the famous attraction, Eureka Skydeck on level 88. In front of it, is Crown Hotel (the green building). The building with the cranes on the top is Freshwater Place, a residential building. In front of it is the yellow slanting roof of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Building. The Melbourne CBD is just on the left of the bridge.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Well…this is not a sketch from Tasmania (Old Ryde Courthouse) but I think that it is similar in character to what we think of Tasmanian buildings. I am very excited to be going down for a few weeks from next week - not only to have the chance to go back to a part of Australia that I love…but to see if we can establish some USKer groups down there...so....
I am very pleased to announce an Urban Sketchers event in Hobart next Saturday 24 May at the Hunter St Wharf area. Details above.
This is a free public event open to anyone interested in sketching! If you are free and in the area please join us!
Parking: Metered Parking available along Hunter Street and Evans Street..Please note: some repairs to footbridge may alter approach if arriving by car.
Special thanks to Gerard for helping organise the event.
Also: Urban Sketchers event in the Launceston Area on Public Holiday Monday 9 June. More details will follow soon!
I will also be sharing my essential urban sketching tips at a number of workshops in both cities. More details on my blog
Or email Liz
Lets sketch Queen Victoria building!
Choose from exterior views and how it sits within the city, or the grand interior and dome, or elaborate details, or fancy shopfronts and shoppers.
What does QVB mean to you? What story do you want your sketch to tell?
Sunday, May 11, 2014
It was a cold and rainy day, but urban sketching went on with over 20 sketchers gathering in a rotunda in the gardens looking out or sketching each other. A few went to sit outside under umbrellas!
It was another fun session with awesome results.
I found it a challenge sketching in the gardens – plants are not really my thing – but I had fun anyway. Here is my piece, below, sketched with a stick dipped in ink, and watercolour.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Monday, May 5, 2014
Another great morning with the USK SYD gang - this time at Rhodes
We started the morning at the Kokoda memorial trail during a quick sketch in 45 minutes - most people sketching the Memorial Centrepiece.
Then we headed to Rivendell - Thomas Walker Convalescent Hospital. Chris gave us a great introduction at the gatehouse before we headed on down to the main building. A magnificent Free style Classical mansion on the shores of the Parramatta River..and a wonderful spot to spend the rest of the morning sketching.
Wonderful show and tell at the end of the morning as well!
A special thanks to Chris H for organising!
I have written a little more about the day on my blog