Red Roofs, Books & Swedish Fika

IMG_9566THURSDAY JUNE 27 ’13

“Oh not building blocks” was one sketcher’s comment on arrival. Yes but don’t think of them that way. They are red roof tops as you look from above.

I agree you need a big imagination for that, but we’re warming up for our street sketching.

In fact once we talk about the eye level bit, and which way the blocks are going away from you, it begins to make some sense.

Looking down James St

Looking down James St

Next was sketching on James Street, the next street down. It is quite a hill, and there are some very red tile roofs we’re looking over.

That was our subject. Make it Manly. Red brick and tile roofs is very Manly. Very Sydney.

This was a great subject. Everyone could see how this would work when travelling in Venice or Florence particularly. All those roofs. How to make them look individual when they all seem the same colour. However today it’s Sweden.

Crisp Swedish decor

Crisp Swedish decor

Colour on the tables

Colour on the tables

A new cafe for us today. Fika Swedish Kitchen. Meaning share some time, some food some coffee. We did. Excellent coffee and delicious salmon egg and fish roe on rye.

The sketches looked so lovely when all done and laid out to photograph.

You have to search for the focus of your sketch when you begin, and not get too distracted by everything else.

Nice work Thursday group. And as it turns out the only group to do red roofs this week!

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FRIDAY JUNE 28 ’13

Blocks

FRIDAY JUNE 28 ’13

Wot no birthday this week!  Somehow we got by.

The building block perspectives really do help people to take the shapes apart visually, and then to see where the next shape locks in.

The rain kept coming down, even when we’d willed it to stop.

Now which way does it go.

Now which way does it go.

So rather than do our rooflines, which gave us no shelter, we kept going till we reached the library, and chose to sketch looking out from the upstairs windows.

Silence in the library

Silence in the library

Opposite the library was our Swedish cafe  We all happily sat down at our lime washed table and admired the decor and the menu.

Lunches and coffee were ordered and sketches completed. A lovely way to spend a rainy ol’ day.

A touch of Sweden

A touch of Sweden

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SATURDAY JUNE 29’13

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SATURDAY JUNE 29 ’13

Oh so wet wet wet. Red roofs had no chance today.

However over the groans people decided that there was no way out. of it so lets get stuck in and get that perspective going.

I’d cut out some viewing guides which some people found very helpful.

At least when you look through to the still life, you can view the position it should be on your page.

Saturday class lunch/sketching

Saturday class lunch/sketching

 Today’s group did 2 sketches each.Maybe they were inspired by Vivianne, who will be one of our sketch tutors when we get the other classes going.Down the hill we all trailed, hats, gloves, umbrellas, boots, coats, scarves!  No it wasn’t cold. it was just wet.

Into the library we went and spread out looking for some books or shelves or something seen through the window.

Again I had to whisper while giving guidance. Very hard for me to pipe down!

Then into our Swedish Fika cafe for tasty dishes and a hard earned coffee.

Work was completed and several cafe sketches were done while we talked and laughed and thought what better place to be on a really rainy weekend

Sketching lunch

Sketching lunch

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And a sketch from me

And a sketch from me

So that’s it from us this week. Again I’m so proud of what our sketchers come up with. Always delightful and all tell a story.

©ErinHill2013

2 comments

  1. michie7@optusnet.com.au

    Hi Erin please could you note me down as an interested sketcher for the next hi tea.I will confirm a little closer to the date. Thanks so much cheers micheline 

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