Potted Plants and a Garden Cafe

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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.

Thursday. Beginning a sketch

Thursday. Beginning a sketch

Perfect bench height for sketching

Perfect bench height for sketching

Time to chat between sketches

Time to chat between sketches

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.

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FRIDAY MAY 17 ’13

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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.

Friday. Exterior sketching

Friday. Exterior sketching

Sketching in the garden courtyard

Sketching in the garden courtyard

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.

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SATURDAY MAY 18 ’13
IMG_9028IMG_9031The sketches this week have been so lovely. Indeed everyone responds to the flowers and cacti setups very well.Almost everyone did 2 sketches within the hour, but if people really want to complete what they start it’s fine by me. I’ll always push for faster sketching.

Such a gorgeous day again and we chat our way down the hill towards Manly Village Cafe where the sun is pouring in.

Saturday sketching at Manly Village Cafe

Saturday sketching at Manly Village Cafe

Coffee and sketch

Coffee and sketch

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.

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©ErinHill2013

2 comments

  1. Helen Fox

    What a lovely blog/site. Amazing what each person sees through their artistic pair of eyes. Nice to see your inspiration has come through some of our interesting and quirky local places. My mother’s funeral array of roses from White House flowers was just staggeringly beautiful. Your drawings reminded me of how artistic their work is. Just love all the different angles people approached their drawings in and around the café. Really delightful. Jude

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    • How lovely is your comment. It’s such a pleasure to know that others around do appreciate the different styles and approaches each student has, and how much they learn from each other.
      I agree with the outstanding arrangements which come from White House Flowers. Maybe you saw my sketch of the gorgeous bunch which came from there.
      Why don’t you catch up one day and see if sketching is for you. Cheers Erin

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