THURSDAY MARCH 21 ’13
Our still life setups were in place. A nice old ‘Ford’ car on one table and a small not very accurate model of the good ship Endeavour on the other.
Tom arrived with a bag of fresh out of the oven pretzels! – as you do!
‘We’re having a musical soiree at home and these are a few spare pretzels to share’.
Onto the plates, with some butter and a tasty addition to the transport setups to sketch.
Before we left to go down the hill, they were all eaten. All gone.
We were looking for a red or blue Vespa which parks in the street down there. Yes – there’s the red one. Very red. Very Italian.
Everyone used pure colour for this. Mostly that would be too much. Not today.
Then it was bicycles. Lots of them tied to the garden railings in the park and lots of styles.
You think you know how a bicycle looks, until you really look.
The sketches are great. Some bikes look beat up, others ended up in the garden, others with flat tyres.
No matter. We know what they are and it’s how we saw them!
Lunch was at Alchemy with just the right amount of breeze, sitting under the awnings on this hot day.
We have a lot of fun.
That’s what sketching is about. It’s just for your own enjoyment, and that we are good at.
FRIDAY MARCH 21 ’13
Our last week before Easter Break. Still have Week 8 & 9 after that though.
I felt that it would be nice to do an Easter Bunny and egg sketch, so the Endeavour went back in it’s box. After all, yesterday had pretzels!
The old Ford remained but with a choc bunny and 2 eggs atop.
This seemed to please everyone and some happy sketches resulted.
The old car seemed just as much a challenge but people are working out the perspective now.
It was Vespa day! Found 2 bright red ones and a blue one. You can see which colour won.
Actually every one of the sketches caught the smooth design and proportion in one way or another.
Annie did bicycles as she has ‘done’ red Vespas before.
So it was nice to have one with bicycles in the park as a contrast.
Cafe Alchemy did us proud again and much conversation and painting took place over delicious lunch time specials of Quiche and salad.
We’ll see one another after Easter.
Once everyone was in their seats it was straight into the bunnies, eggs and the old car. By now people are understanding the ‘going away’ of objects into the distance.
This makes outdoor sketching so much easier. If you understand the shape of a thing you can sketch very quickly.
Off to the park and lo and behold, there were some motor cycles but not the same ones.
No matter, sketching is like that. Whatever is around is your sketch.
It was great to see the variety of subjects chosen today. Everything from abandoned supermarket trolleys to fountains and bicycles.
Alissa from Urban Sketchers Sydney, was meeting us in the park, and she would meet everyone, take a look at their work and once at the cafe, give a demo of her own.
The first item she laid eyes on was the little fat round teapot.
Alissa uses watercolour pencils and a waterbrush, which she carefully uses like paint. This way she can work her way over the sketch, then go back with more pencil as needed.
It was quite fascinating to the class to see her in action, and to see another style of sketching.
Over lunch everyone completed their work from the park, and chatted with Alissa.
A bowl of green apples came out from the cafe counter and that became another sketch.
It’s so nice to have other ways to work being presented and discussed, and certainly inspired everyone to try something new.
Easter next week so it’s a small gap before we all catch up again.