Thursday, July 24, 2014

Urban Sketchers Sydney: Saturday 02 August

Our next get together will be at the Australian Museum on Saturday 2 August.
Meet outside the entrance opposite Hyde Park at 9:45 for its 10:00am opening.

August is renowned for its winds so this provides a warm inside venue if required. You might like to look at the current display by the Scott sisters of watercolours they painted over a 20-year period for their father’s scientific publication on moths and butterflies. Also on display are some new additions to the skeletons exhibition.

If you aren’t interested in these, then of course there are lots of sketching opportunities in the city all around the museum.

Meet back at the foyer at 12.30 for a show and tell

Museum admission Adult $15 Concession $8  more details here

Friday, July 18, 2014

Sketching at Captain Burke Park, Brisbane, with Elaine Pang

We met around 11.00 am to sketch, here are mine.
Looking across the river at customs house

Wash added on site

My view

My lunch at the PUK Cafe just around the corner.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sydney spontaneous sketching

Some days I specifically go out to a sketch a certain place or event, such as our monthly Urban Sketchers events in Sydney or the flickr weekly Urban Sketching challenge . But the majority of my urban sketching is spontaneous. I carry my pencils and Moleskine watercolour sketchbook with me all the time, so am always prepared.

I use watercolour pencils and Lamy Safari Joy ink pen. Sometimes on their own, sometimes combined. Today I used them separately. Here are two different styles of my Urban Sketching.


I  did a quick  unplanned sketch of some buskers, Winterbourne in the Pitt Street Mall. I found a place out of the crowd, leaning up against a wall, and decided what to include in my sketch. I started with the main guitarist, then the second one really got into it and so I quickly sketched him.  It took one song to do this

My next sketch was when I arrived very early for my hairdressers appointment. I found a place in the sun, leant up against a wall and spent about half an hour on this. I drew in the lines of the buildings, either in the colour they are (such as Burnt Yellow Ochre for the side of the cliff) , or in Paynes Grey . I then took colour off the tip of the pencil with the waterbrush and added it to the page. Then added the final lines of street lights and poles.

Urbane Sketchers Bne sketching the 44th worldwide Sketchcrawl

We sketched at Roma Street Parklands, and met Sydney Urban Sketcher Fang Xu along the way.  He graciously joined us for the day, it was super.

Thank you Liz for the wonderful idea to sketch on coffee cups.  My group loved it.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

USK SYD Sketching on Coffee cups

On Saturday the USK SYD gang drew on coffee cups as well as in their sketchbooks.

One of our members who has been working on the events for The Rocks Aroma Festival ask us if we would like to draw on some cups and submit to a coffee installation. So here was our results for the day.

We were all amazed at how nice the recycled paper cups were to draw on AND paint. The surface seems waxy but watercolour applied wonderfully.

It was another glorious sunny winters day and so lots of sat outside sipping coffee and drawing on coffee cups.

BRISBANITES - JULY 12 - 44th Worldwide Sketchcrawl

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sydney city people and places

Sydney city, like all others, is made up of both people and places. I have been out sketching both this week, with my watercolour pencils
Martin Place is a pedestrian area that extends over several blocks. There are large areas for the public, including a stage and steps. There is also space where skateboarders congregate. It is school holidays, so there was a younger crowd there this week.

The Big Issue seller in Martin Place. The Big Issue magazine is a fortnightly, independent magazine that is sold on the streets by homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people

a coffee shop in Hunter Connection, Wynard . I went there because someone recommended the coffee and because of the coffee cups. I did the sketch in Payne Grey watercolour pencil while I waited for my coffee. There was a bit of a queue , but they were quick, so I did not get very long to sketch. Coffee cup sketched later .

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Sketching with the Brisbane Urban Sketchers

Firstly we met at The Old Museum in Gregory Terrace.  The Old Museum was originally called the Exhibition Building and Concert Hall. It was built in 1891 for the Queensland National Agricultural and Industrial Association after Brisbane's first exhibition building, which had occupied the land, was destroyed by fire on 13 June 1888.

It was peoples day today.  The Museum holds markets twice a year

Lunch at the Chingu Korean & Japanese Table BBQ at Chinatown - and a Chance to get a sketch done.

Next stop is the McWhirter Building - Built 1930-31 it is art deco in style features a commanding facadethat was designed by the Brisbane architectural firm of T.R. Hall and L.B. Phillips, who also designed the Brisbane City Hall

My last sketch whilst waiting for the bus to take me home..