Finally finally I have started a new sketchbook. I decided to use the one I made with toned paper. I still haven’t decided whether to go through the book consecutively, as I usually do, or whether to choose the colour according to the subject I’m sketching.
We went to Bicentennial Park at the end of Glebe Point Road. The main thing yesterday was to find a cool spot, and we found it under a huge Moreton Bay fig tree right on the point where a cool breeze was blowing. Whatever we sketched, it was going to be a panorama across the water. This area looks out over Rozelle Bay, across to a marina, with the heritage shipyard out of sight off to the left. The tall chimneys in the background are part of the White Bay Power Station. Here is a sketch I did of it from the other side, during an Open Day.
Because of the tall chimneys, I knew a lot of my page would be bare. That made it absolutely perfect for the title page of my new sketchbook, as I will write my name and contact details in the space. So that meant pale grey paper. For that reason I decided to use Prismacolour pencils, although for the major part of the book I plan to use only a black pen and a white Prismacolour pencil.
I included two watercolour paper folios (spreads, in sketching terms) when I made my book, in case I had a situation where I must use watercolours. So, really, it is probably unwise to work consecutively in this book. Let’s see what colour background I use next.
Last year when Robyn (Have Dogs Will travel) was visiting Sydney from Italy, we met up near the Maritime Museum and talked our heads off. As well as sketching, we have printmaking and artist’s books in common.
Robyn has been here again and last Thursday we had a solar plate printmaking day at Annie’s place, as she has her own press. Solar plates, of course, are supposed to be exposed in the sun. It bucketed down all day Wednesday and was gray, sprinkling and miserable on Thursday early. However as we got to Annie’s place the sun came peeking out. Robyn had a drawing ready on architect’s film, so we got her to expose her plate right away before it rained again. My drawing of the White Bay Power Station was also ready, so I got Robyn to expose that plate for me too as practice. After we do all the bits and pieces to our plates, we have to leave them out in the ‘sun’ for an hour. No sun, but we left them out there anyway. While they were ‘cooking’ Annie exposed a plate too.
While we waited we did some printing of existing plates. I did one of my gymea lily for Robyn to take home. I just inked the flowers in red and the rest in green. Worked well.
While our first plates were cooking we had to rescue them from tiny sprinkles of rain. They marked the plates, but strangely don’t show on the prints. The sun was out (coming & going) as well, so it was impossible to tell if it was raining. After lunch, I took a chair outside & became ‘rain monitor’.
I exposed my Trocadero print in the afternoon and managed to get a print of each new plate. Robyn prepared another drawing, made a plate and printed that. Solar plate etching is coming to Tuscany.
White Bay Power Station had an Open Day yesterday. It’s a huge derelict old place in Rozelle, near a major intersection, so I drive by it quite often. By the time I read about it in the Inner West Courier, all the tours were full. Nevertheless we were encouraged to go along anyway and found a comfortable bench in the shade (it was hot, hot, hot) and drew the whole thing. We were able to go inside a few of the buildings and the interiors are not unlike Cockatoo Island. I’ve put my name down to be notified early next time there’s an Open Day.