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Friday, December 26, 2008

081226 Watching the start of the Sydney to Hobart Race

The first time we have ever been to see the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. D&I booked a spot at the Old Quarantine Station at the North Head of the harbour. Only 300 people there and they let us sit on the verandah - so had a great view in the comfort of dense shade and lovely cool breeze. Sketching this was the only time I was in the sun!
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Filling in time sketching boats and people...
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Middle head - this is the place that i think would be the best location (it is my favourite spot in Sydney) but who knows how crowded it would be
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A vertical slice of the panaroma view
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Getting ready for the start.... a real start line was forming and the spectator craft in the foreground was building up!
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A bit crazy trying to draw as the leading boat sails past... I then proceeded to overwork the colouring! Sigh!
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Last sketch for the day - the second boat, Scandia going through the heads. I then sat and just watched the boats - it was just SO amazing - I had tears in my was so special! What a wonderful day!
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  1. these sketches are absolutely to die for!!!

  2. These are terrific! Great layout and composition and sketching. Love the color washes, too. What a fun day you had!

  3. Sounds like a wonderful day, adn you got a lot fof sketching in. I really like the clean crisp style of these sketches. Beautiful!