Thursday was a very hot day. We found a shady place under a tree, with a breeze to cool us off. We were at Black wattle Bay recently, but this time we went around the corner, looking across to the fish market. (That’s the blue building.) Back in 2008, I did this sketch from almost the same spot, in my very first handmade sketchbook.
When it was time for lunch we only had to climb a flight of steps to Blackwattle Cafe, which was immediately above us. I had a toasted ham sandwich with brie, tomato rocket and tartare sauce (and some mystery ingredient that made it absolutely delicious.) The last couple of times I have had the pumpkin salad which is possibly my favourite thing on the menu, but it is big, and I wasn’t that hungry (It was too hot). It is a shame they discontinued the salmon rissoles though!
This sketch was done with a Pigma Micron pen and watercolour with a few touches of my white Sigma pen.
Last Thursday we went sketching in Glebe. It’s a suburb very close to the city and has some lovely old buildings. We were hoping for a nice day to go sketching an old fishing boat, but though it is high summer, the street lights were still on at 9.30 when I left home. We chose Glebe not only for the old buildings, but for its cafes, and for the fact that there is a shopping mall nearby that we could spend the day in if it rained.
In fact it was a nice day to be outside. We saw some wonderful things to draw if only we’d had stools or chairs with us. Nevertheless this old building, which is an Indian restaurant downstairs, was diagonally opposite a cafe where we had our morning coffee. I am embarking on experimentation with different colour pens. This one is a Pigma Micron brown 0.1 and I have since retired it. It is too fine and that makes it too indistinct. The drawing has to rely totally on the colour & that is not my aim.
We then wandered further up Glebe Point Road on the shady side, interviewing cafes solely on the basis of what was opposite. I really liked these three chimneys. The cafe was a great choice. I have to go back to find out the name. We both had ‘spicy fish salad’. It was so yummy – almost like a spicy fish slice. I have to have it again. I had an ‘aloe’drink with a flavour of ‘pink lemonade’. It was a bit too sweet, but as I got to the bottom it had so much lemon in it. I’ve never had a bottled drink with so much fruit. I have to try some of the other flavours.
After lunch we walked back down on the other side of the road and went into the little park there. It had wonderful old trees with contorted trunks. We just sat on a seat there and drew the nearest one. I used my Lamy pen with grey Noodlers ink for the tree.
Last weekend we had a sketch Meetup in the city. We went to see the Ranamok Glass Prize in the Angel Place Office Tower and we drew there also. I didn’t want to sketch the glass entries, so I sketched the foyer.
Many of the pieces of glass were just wonderful though. These were my favourite and we were lucky enough that the artist talk was by one of the makers of these pieces.
These masks were also wonderful and amazing. Glass is just so beautiful.
Last Saturday we went sketching at the Australian Museum again. I am on a roll using the timer or stopwatch in my camera. I am doing these drawings in around 10 minutes and when that takes into account sharpening my Prismacolours – it’s not so bad. I go straight in with the pen, and I am really not feeling that my drawings are noticeably worse that when I’m sl-o-o-o-o-ow.
For the 28th sketchcrawl we were drawing in the Asian Gallery at the Art Gallery of NSW due to a totally wet Sydney. The rain had stopped by 10am but everything was soaked. There were four sketchcrawlers.
Borromini Bear is with Urban Sketchers in Portland Oregon, so I had to draw FAST to make up for that. She’s usually the most prolific. I put on my timer in my phone and all my drawings took about 15 minutes. One time the timer alarm went off and workmen who were in the gallery but just out of sight said ‘what’s THAT”. I think they thought they were going to have to evacuate.
We went to the Asian Gallery first so that any latecomers could meet up with us there. However there was so much to draw that we just continued there. The pinkish statue on the right reminded me of Percy who is an art school friend. I was very surprised that it was from Vietnam as I had convinced myself that it must be Sri Lankan like Percy.
The only way I could achieve my fast drawings was ‘straight in with the pen’ – no pencil. Then at the end I used Prismacolours to add colour. Trouble is – those Prismacolours break all the time and that means lost time while sharpening. I’m using Como paper ( like a cartridge paper about 280 gsm I think) and I’m not using wet media at the moment as a challenge.
This last drawing took 25 min. I drew some lines with pencil first to get the angles of the limbs correct. It is on the title page of my sketchbook where my name and address go, so I didn’t want it to be a disaster. I have yet to draw a suitable border.
I bought this little lamp in Suva on one of my long holidays staying with a friend who was living there at the time.I guess it originally comes from India. I thought it would be fun to draw and it was.
My friend would be at work, and when I wasn’t swimming in the pool at the Fiji Club (and pressing the buzzer set into the palm tree for a drink) I’d be combing all the Indian shops in the town.
I’ve joined the Every Day in May Drawing Challenge. I’m also going to use my Winsor and Newton Field Box instead of using Peerless watercolours as I usually do. I need to get used to the colour palette, so this is my chance. It’s fairly basic – though I have removed the Black and the White and replaced with Payne’s Grey and Magenta.
Ugh – fashion breakdown. I had both blue jeans and a denim jacket. It was raining when I left home and I knew it was supposed to be warm & that we were sitting on a deck all day. I thought what if they’ve got it wrong and it’s cold. My denim jacket is actually wool, so I popped it on at the last minute instead of a rain jacket. I had to walk at the other end and I’d never been there before so I needed the comfy shoes therefore I couldn’t draw anything more aesthetically pleasing.