Sydney Harbour in all it’s Glory

IMG_9660THURSDAY JULY 4 ’13

Now this day is one out of the box for our last week of Term 2.  We have the most sensational winter days here in Aus. Unless it’s raining.

Clear blue skies, sun shining brightly, green leaves budding, water sparkling, coffee and cinnamon wafting from cafes.

You do get the picture by now.

Most of us headed off on the 9.20am ferry from Manly, some of the others caught the Mosman ferry.

Everyone seemed to be there when I did a count in Circular Quay, so nobody lost.

Beginning to get the idea of a little flag! Not really.

The mission today was to sketch the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour bridge, and surrounds.

There’s a lot more going on with the Op house than just those shell shapes. Take a look where they anchor down – into dark rectangles.

Take a look at the colours in those soaring sails. Cream, lavender, blue. lilac, pink.

Consider each one and how it compares to the next. Not one reflects light in the same way. Observe that.

At lunch it was up to the MCA cafe on the top floor, with one of those jaw dropping views of the harbour. It’s all there.

We had a table outside and another in. Both had all the views you’d want to sketch from.

Lunch was ordered, coffees consumed and colours applied.

Just as we were leaving the emergency alarm bells started. Everybody out, evacuate. We were certainly leaving in that case. and we scurried down the stairs and out into the sunlight. May have been a burning smell somewhere. We were all safe and that’s the main thing.

Some stunning impressions today.

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FRIDAY JULY 5 ’13

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FRIDAY JULY 5 ’13

The Opera House was glittering again this morning. With the sun behind, it works to sit where the huge palm trees cast a little shadow over your head. That way you can see the strong shadows and cast shadows against the sunlit cream of the Opera House sails.

It pays to take time to observe before you put a line down.

There are a myriad of colours in this lizard skin affect on the shells of the Opera House. So strong, but appearing so fragile.

A few people had to get away as we were about to go upstairs to the MCA for lunch. So we took separate pictures of their work.

Upstairs we took an outdoor table with a little shade. Tasty morsels were ordered and many tried the curves of the bridge this time, It’s easy to be distracted by the curves going underneath. Most did see the way it works and get it down in their sketchbooks. It’s good to understand what you are seeing, once again, before launching in. All is revealed if not!

Such a lovely way to spend a sunny winter day, and some beautiful sketches were produced.

Sketching adventure at Circular Quay

Sketching adventure at Circular Quay

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SATURDAY JULY 6 ’13

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SATURDAY JULY 6 ’13

Saturday in the city is an entirely different experience from mid week.

The 9.20am ferry to Manly didn’t seem too busy, but once we’d arrived at Circular Quay, it seemed everybody had decided to come to town.

The Carnival Spirit was in port and most of the passengers were along the promenade waiting their turn to board this massive cruise boat.

Then of course there was a sea of red, as the British and Irish Lion’s supporters added to the crowds all on their way to the Stadium for tonight’s third and final test against the Wallabies. Red red red everywhere and a very jolly mob they are, loving their visit to Australia and feeling very excited.

We moved our sketch spot way down, past the cruise ship, to the grass outside the Park Hyatt Hotel, as our view is completely blocked.

That’s sketching for you. You know what you want to sketch, but if plan A doesn’t work, resort to plan B.

This is a place where weddings are regularly photographed, and indeed there was a fluffy dress behind us, as well as a family portrait being done.

We headed up to the MCA cafe a little before everybody else might, as we were keen to have a table overlooking the view. Of course the Opera House wasn’t visible, but the bridge was. Just such a fabulous view over the harbour anyway, and to the bridge.

So we concluded our last sketch of Term 2, in grand style.

More coming in Term 3.

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