Round & Oblong shapes, Big Gates & Pizza

IMG_0800IMG_0796THURSDAY SEPT 5 ’13

What a glorious day for me to return to the Studio.

Today I felt a little perspective should be back on board after all the cake- ish things we’ve sketched recently.

Round and box shapes.

Watch the way boxes become narrower as they go away.

Notice that round things have no pointed corners!

Everybody did well, and although a couple of brain freezes occurred, but were back on track seeing well again in a second.

Through the park we walked and down to where the big gates to Allegra are.

Right on a corner of a street and a laneway.

Don’t step back!

The focus would be the gates. Big iron ones in a contemporary design.

These are welcoming you in.

Be sure to place your colours more towards where you want our eye to go.

Add softer colours for the tree and window details beyond.

 We were headed to an arcade where Larissa from Manly Wine and Pizza had a long table beautifully set up for us.
Red and white checked cloths, yellow chrysanthemums in tomato tins, and right there in the middle of what felt like the market.
Of course our coffees were a must and then before we got back to sketching, some tasty pizza dishes, with some wines and beers to help it go down.
Our sketchers are amazingly dedicated about their food.
Most have mastered the art of sketching eating and drinking all at the same time.
Multi skilled we are.
Everyone did 2 sketches this morning and another two by the end of class.
Excellent.
Have another wine.
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FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 6 ’13

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FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 6 ’13

Another bright sunny day, which means everyone feels sunny too when they arrive.

Yes the rounds and oblongs are more difficult than cakes and flowers, but there is a reason.

Here you are observing how the boxes get smaller as they get further away from you.  Problem is you know they’re all the same size so how can that be?  It’s an illusion.

They’re not really smaller but they are further away, so they seem smaller.

Again as we talked about it, people began to see what was happening.

Once you can think through the concept you’ll have no trouble when out on location.

 Our big gates and steps were looking very grand in the sun today.
The sketchers could see where their eye level was, and use that to work out which way the angles go,  above and below that.
We will continue dropping this lesson in between the others.
It’s worth getting it right.

Along we went to our cafe in the arcade. Manly Wine and Pizza. Perfect for our first coffee.

One of the girls hadn’t had breakfast so she was ready to eat my arm if the pizza didn’t come first. Thank goodness it did!

The sketches were really lovely today.

All the steps took us up to the gates and invited us through.  Gentle ochres and warms in front with cooler touches of blue and green beyond.

Very successful all round.

 

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SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7 ’13

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SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7 ’13

Blue skies, very warm. Election day.

So down to the local school where we devoted constituents can ‘have our say’.

Back up the hill to the Studio in time for class.

I know boxes and elipses mean some hard core observation, and a bit of dispute between what you THINK is there, and what IS there. But everyone is definitely ‘getting it’.

Some very successful sketches here.

A walk back down the hill and along to our big gates, which were closed today!

Must have been concerned about this group of suspects standing outside every day and ‘making notes’!

These things don’t faze our dedicated sketchers.

Open or closed. A gate is a gate.

We can still make it inviting and lead our eye into the garden beyond.

Off to our table in the arcade and the yellow chrysanthemums on the red checked gingham cloths. Very Italy.

Sharday kindly took our coffee orders and we all sank into our chairs considering what tasty something we would order.

I must admit my pear, rocket and parmesan salad was really delicious. I’m a parmesan fan. I even stopped going round the table to finish it.

Everyone did a table sketch while the food was being prepared by Adrian, and a lot of fun was had with much looser sketches –  because somehow it didn’t seem to matter.

These are often the most appealing sketches anyway.

Off we all disappeared into the afternoon, and several of us will be taking off on our Fijian Sketching Holiday later this week.

Bula bula.

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©ErinHill2013

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