THURSDAY MAY 16 ’13
This week is about the garden.
Our setups are cacti and succulents, and potted blooms, one in an old rusty hanging basket.
I seem to wanting more sketches from everyone these days and people are stepping up to the mark.
At least 2 in the first hour to be completed.
Down the hill we go ( it’s always down to start with! ) and straight ahead till we reach Short St Plaza.
Now you wouldn’t look twice along here, it’s something of a wind tunnel but there’s no reason why it couldn’t be an inviting place to stop and enjoy a quiet moment. And the Manly Village Cafe is setting the trend.
There it is. An oasis among the concrete surrounds.
Mike and Di have turned it into a rustic garden courtyard and European style cafe.
Di has her hair salon adjoining so you can have lunch while she styles you.
For our sketchers who are all keen on colour and coffee and tasty food – it was heaven.
As you can see, some very inspired fast sketches today.
FRIDAY MAY 17 ’13
I must say the sight of the plants and cacti brings very positive comments when people arrive.
Flowers and gardens do have a calming effect on us all.
Somehow we weren’t quite as speedy as I’d wanted but the results were very pleasing and everyone was so enjoying their sketching.
That’s the point of it really.
Away down the hill in the sun we walked, with a light breeze behind, and soon we arrived at our little piece of paradise in the concrete jungle.
The planting and colour is riotous. We all order a coffee to get started, and begin to do 3 sketches.
Actually everybody did just that. Either vignettes or single scenes, but so enjoyed the atmosphere and tasty dishes prepared by Michael while we worked away.
You’ll see some beautiful work from today, all entirely different, but each telling their own story.
Such a gorgeous day again and we chat our way down the hill towards Manly Village Cafe where the sun is pouring in.
Aaahhhh……our first coffee is within reach.
Once everyone has their coffee then it’s time to decide what to sketch. Always tricky with so many little corners that are appealing.
Think about what it is that’s caught your attention.
That becomes the focus of your sketch.
Use your colours more around that area and soften all else.
Otherwise – wallpaper. Meaning your eye doesn’t know where to look – it’s all the same intensity.
We had a great time this week and every person did sketches to be proud of.
More sketching adventures next week.