Kathy: It was an enthusiastic group who were keen to see what we had on the agenda for today. It’s always a secret. Shhh. You never know what you’ll sketch, just like any day. You sketch whatever is around you from where you happen to be. Wow look at the fruit, smell the aroma! On the table were apples and citrus fruits. Let’s look at leaving whites top and sides and colour down centre. Then your sketch has dimension. Easy. A few colours in the right place and it pops off the page.
Then it was trees. Good to get a grip on trees! You may have noticed they occur everywhere so let’s have a way of sketching them without all the worry about detail. Such lovely outcomes from just a few colours. Roma and Co was our cafe for Tuesday. Great coffee, great location and some marvellous sketches for just the second class. Makes me a very proud tutor.
Toni: Everyone arrived back at class this week full of enthusiasm and after sharing some of the sketches you’d done during the week at home, we launched into sketching citrus fruits and apples. Lots of rounds, some in front, some behind, some dimples and shadows. Yellows, greens and reds. Leave those whites! We could see that each shape has its own personality and character. Just like us sketchers!
Then we were off to Ivanhoe Park to sketch a fast tree, practicing layering our colours to create beautiful rich browns. A beautiful winter day to be out sketching. Lunch at Dolce Terre, delicious salads, juices and coffee. Jenny and I were so impressed with your café sketches, to see your own style shining through, some neat and tidy, some bright and bold, some soft and gentle. Your style, your way and buoyed along with our travel sketching techniques to guide you.
In Week 3 we will consolidate our wc pencil skills and play with water brush. Ooh, cant wait!
Kathy: Christmas in July, our theme was wrapped around a recipe for mulled wine. So the studio smelled of cinnamon, cloves and star anise and we sketched citrus and candles and wine and baubles. Our group warmed up with wonderful contour sketching. Really crazy, really loose but oh so freeing up. Colour? Well it’s ‘Christmas’ so lets paint with red wine, maybe toss in a bit of gold paint – and a dab of nail varnish! Ramp it up. Let’s go the whole way!
The Bavarian Cafe happily allowed us to take over the tables with the best views and everyone continued sketching. For some that meant sketching the impressive bar rather than the harbour views… Something for everyone! Total concentration and some really fabulous sketches.
Toni: It was Christmas in July with mulled wine. Beautiful textures of spices, pine needles, oranges and lemons…Even a few Christmas crackers. Lots of fun with a busy still life where we choose what to leave in and what to leave out. Everyone had a go at contour sketching. Eye on the subject. Pen on the page. Sketch what your eyes see and no looking at the page!! NO LOOKING. After creating some really great sketches we threw caution to the wind and using red wine as our paint. Some sketchers used the ‘fast & slow’ technique, painting main shapes first and then adding line, while others sketched first and then highlighted with wine. Great fun all round.
Off to the Bavarian Café at Manly Wharf, a gorgeous view of Manly Cove, great coffee, freshly baked pretzels and yummy food. So much to sketch, even the chef was a sketching opportunity in his navy striped apron. Another fabulous week. Your sketches are showing so much confidence and creativity.
We can’t wait to see what you sketch for us next week!
TUESDAY NEW SKETCHERS. JULY 26 ’16
TUESDAY GENERAL. JULY 26 ’16
WEDNESDAY GENERAL. JULY 27 ’16
WEDNESDAY NEW SKETCHERS. JULY 27 ’16
THURSDAY GENERAL. JULY 28 ’16
SATURDAY GENERAL. JULY 30 ’16
Thats it for this week. Happy sketching.