Term 3 Week 5 Gorgeous buildings and Windy days

Welcome to the week 5 overview. Gosh we had a windy week! It didn’t stop us from  getting out our sketch books though, and taking refuge in our favourite local cafes. Take a look at the wonderful work…

Manly Tuesday General

A wonderful day to sketch the bell tower but first a warmup looking at window details. This was a great opportunity to create sandstone colours and to study reflections in the glass. The bell tower was perfect for looking at main shapes, editing details, and deciding which elements add character. Well done everyone.
Next term we will be back to sketch the beautiful stained glass windows!

 

The Rocks Wednesday General

We started by preparing our pages with watercolour washes at our favourite Pier 8 cafe, did an exercise looking at tone, then headed out to sketch architecture. Walsh Bay is in theory an easy place to find plenty of inspiration, however the winds blew so hard we headed straight into the next cafe. Wharf 3, Sydney Dance Company!  Spectacular views, a divine space for sketching, and we have been warmly welcomed back. What a lovely sketching morning. And what great sketches we produced!

 

The Blue Mountains Thursday General

We started in a cafe in Leura, LilyPad. Great service and wonderful selection of mountains friendly treats. After our class about wet on wet technique, and  with Robbie keen to sketch the moody boat scenes from Kathys class last week, we did a few pages of watercolour backgrounds then headed out into the icy cold winds to sketch the local church.  We didnt last long and headed back to another cafe where the log fire was burning. We wrapped ourselves in the blankets and sketched the ambience of the cafe. Next week we will meet in the cosy studio. Time to go indoors for a few weeks, and wait out spring.

 

Manly Thursday General

A wonderful day to sketch the bell tower but first a warmup looking at window details. This was a great opportunity to create sandstone colours and to study reflections in the glass. The bell tower was perfect for looking at main shapes, editing details, and deciding which elements add character. Well done everyone.
Next term we will be back to sketch the beautiful stained glass windows!

 

Manly Thursday Evening General

We had the whole beautiful quiet building to ourselves. Our numbers were down due to flu or travel but we were very happy to be sketching outdoors at night thanks to St Patrick’s great floodlit facade.
Good to catch up on Caroline’s travels, she flew in the same afternoon. That’s dedication!

 

Manly Friday General

Wild and crazy weather which blew down half a Norfolk pine in Manly but didn’t stop us sketching!
We found a relatively sheltered spot after preparing some pages in the college cafe, and set about simplifying such a complex, ornate roofline into simple shapes and angles. The results speak for themselves, lovely individual and simplified sketches, some bold, some delicate.

 

Manly Friday New Sketchers 

Keen to catch up to the other New classes, we started early today. Lots of fun getting to know our watercolours and chinagraph pencils. We created warm sandstone, jacaranda purple, aquamarine blues, stormy greys and foliage greens by layering two or three colours on the page.
Avoiding the arctic gale we headed down to Manly to sketch Donny’s Bar in flat perspective. We identified the main shape and the smaller shapes within, a few details for character and we were ready to test our watercolour skills. Great work everyone. Enjoy experimenting with your new watercolour paints at home 😉

 

The Rocks Friday New Sketchers 

The Polyanthus were welcomed with enthusiasm this morning. As we sketched and painted them they came to life, making us all feel the brightness of the colours.
After a quick tea break and delicious scones at the “Tea Cosy”, we made thumbnail sketches of the terrace a few doors down. The gusty winds contributed to a decision to complete the sketch indoors.
We dropped lighter colours onto the windows as well as the walls to make it more inviting and memorable.
Looking forward to next week.

 

Manly Saturday General

Today we were once again in the grounds of St Patrick’s estate. We attempted to tell the whole story of this beautiful building, from the ornate gates to the decorative brackets on the down pipes. We ended up in the Roast Office down the hill, delicious food and coffee.

 

Manly Saturday New Sketchers 

A sunny but brisk morning saw us extend watercolour layering skills as well as learning about ‘flat perspective’. We spent the last minutes of our time reviewing techniques with pencil to capture water ….

 

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