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Monday, November 30, 2009

Day 18 - Isle of Skye

Day 18_01 Summary
A day when I didn’t have to go anywhere if I didn’t want to... Just enjoying being on the Isle of Skye – a day when I was planning to try to take it easy...but ended up doing more and driving more than I should have. Still it was a great day and the last solo day of my trip – from this point onward I would be surrounded by dear friends!
Day 18_02 Museum and Castle
First thing was going to a wee folk museum, a quick wander a quick sketch and then a ruined castle. Both of which I had been to before in 2000. Must be time for a cuppa next?
Day 18_03 Staffin Morning Tea
Taking the advice of some locals I went to a café with a view and a good scone and tried to really slow down and take it easy for a while....
Day 18_04 Lunch with a Cuillin View
And then to slow down even more I then progressed to a nice place for lunch – pity that clouds prevented me from seeing much of the Cullins! I could quite make this sketch do what I want it to do – far more at home with buildings than I am with landscapes so it was good to try something different.
Day 18_05 Cuppa and Castle
Then I slowed down even more (for me!) and had a cup of tea and drew the tartan rug. Ok effort of this lazing around – lets go and find a building to sketch – and a castle would really hit the spot even more. Have not been to Dunvegan Castle before (though have driven past it) as it was late in the day, I got a garden ticket only – for me a exterior sketch was worth more than tiring myself out going through room after room....
Day 18_06 Dunvegan Midge Attack
The front façade of the building was great and I set myself up for a decent sketch – after all that relaxing I was rearing to go...but disaster struck – I was attacked by MIDGES!! There was no way that I could continue so I left it in this state – adding the colour when I got back to my B&B.
Day 18_07 Dunvegan Take 2
After wandering around the garden and taking a few photos, I sat down at the wharf and tried a sketch from the other side. Thankfully midge free. Lovely and peaceful and it was lovely to have had no rain after the terrible weather the day (weeks) before
Day 18_08 Room with a View
To finish off my ‘quiet’ day with my 8th double spread I sketched the view out of the window of my B&B room. I love the subtle colours in the Scottish landscape – the heather was in its last stages and the typical scatter of white houses completes the scene for me!

BTW I was staying in the most wonderful B&B
http://www.cruinnbheinn.co.uk/
Typical Evening activity
I was too tired to go out for dinner so instead I stayed in and survived on cream cheese and oatcakes for dinner and worked hard on catching up of pages in my sketchbook.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Day 17 Heading for the Highlands

Day 17_01 Summary
Time to get back to my travel sketchbooks – this is Volume 3. The Scottish Highlands. First Day was a huge driving day – from Glasgow to Skye in wild and wet weather all day.
Day 17_02 Glen Coe
Was hoping to do a nice sketch at Glen Coe as haven’t been there for 9 years but not to be... It still is pretty special in hostile weather though!
Day 17_03 Eileen Donan Castle
A quick sketch just before I crossed the bridge to Skye.... There was no way that I could drive past this ionic castle without doing a sketch could I?
Day 17_04 Portree Dinner
Just feeling exhausted but still I push myself to sketch....

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

091126 Happy Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving to all my US friends. To share in the mood (because of course we don’t celebrate it), I went out and had a turkey and cranberry sandwich. (remember we are ahead here in Australia)
I had the same last year here
http://www.flickr.com/photos/borrominibear/3066531609/

I also did an Australian turkey page here
http://www.flickr.com/photos/borrominibear/3066532009/in/photostream/

I have just realised that I really should treat myself to going out for lunch and sketch once a week and try out all the earl grey teas of Crows Nest – where I work. It brings back the holiday mood, gives me the creative buzz and is very pleasant food/drink wise too! I always feel self conscious when in my home turf – or work turf but why should it bother me that people I know might see me?

In regard to the creation of the page....I keep forgetting...
Rule No. 1:Ask for the business card when you walk in the door – I did plan for it but was out of scale and ended up having to crop it slightly. Also, I ended up wanting to write more so my my text sizes, spacing and alignment are not perfect (it is the architect in me!)...so maybe another rule
Rule No. 2: allow for more text than you initially think.
Also, I would like to colour my rectangle but it is so incredibly difficult to do it well on this cartridge paper. I have been testing out some WC paper – I am really longing to start using better page...although there are many things that I love about these books.

Happy Thanksgiving

091126 Happy Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving to all my US friends. To share in the mood (because of course we don’t celebrate it), I went out and had a turkey and cranberry sandwich. (remember we are ahead here in Australia)
I had the same last year here
http://www.flickr.com/photos/borrominibear/3066531609/

I also did an Australian turkey page here
http://www.flickr.com/photos/borrominibear/3066532009/in/photostream/

I have just realised that I really should treat myself to going out for lunch and sketch once a week and try out all the earl grey teas of Crows Nest – where I work. It brings back the holiday mood, gives me the creative buzz and is very pleasant food/drink wise too! I always feel self conscious when in my home turf – or work turf but why should it bother me that people I know might see me?

In regard to the creation of the page....I keep forgetting...
Rule No. 1:Ask for the business card when you walk in the door – I did plan for it but was out of scale and ended up having to crop it slightly. Also, I ended up wanting to write more and made a bit of a mess with my text sizes, spacing and alignment...so maybe another rule
Rule No. 2: allow for more text than you initially think.
Also, I would like to colour my rectangle but it is so incredibly difficult to do it well on this cartridge paper. I have been testing out some WC paper – I am really longing to start using better page...although there are many things that I love about these books.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Day 16- Last Day in Edinburgh

Day16_01 Summary
My third day to explore Edinburgh – wow! It is such a beautiful city – I am glad to have a few days to wander its streets.
Day16_02 Royal Mile
This day was Open Doors day and I was hanging with Eza (my sketching companion who was coming to Paris with me during the last week of my trip) We booked a tour of the Advocates Library and had maybe 20 minutes to spare... Of course a sketch was in order. This was still wet when we returned into Parliament House
Day16_03 Advocate Library Tour
I did these sketches during the tour – it is good practice to work so fast. Paint added from memory 2 weeks later on the flight home.
Day16_04 Lunch View
An Australian in the Scottish autumn was feeling rather cold and so we found a nice warm café to have a hot bowl of soup – had a nice view too. I don’t take my journal too seriously hence the red and grey lines! A lovely sight seeing and chatting day with less sketches than a ‘normal’ day – but Eza and I would make up to it when we were in Paris!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Day 15 - Edinburgh

Day15_01 Summary
Are you getting sick of all my travel sketchbook posts yet? We are not yet at the half way mark – I am still plugging away...it is such a huge task to scan and post it all!
I must say that I did enjoy sketching my breakfast every couple of days...
Day15_02 Edinburgh Church
I was determined to do a quick sketch of this church which I had passed the day before - it looked familiar... I kinda knew that I didn’t know the architect but didn’t take me long to realise that it is used in the BBC version of Elizabeth Gaskells North and South (which I love)... So of course I had to draw it. On the right is sketches from lunch a bit out of order!
Day15_03 Eteaket Tearoom Again!
I had had such an amazing time at Eteaket the day before – that I just had to go back... Can you tell I am in my element in this place?
Borromini with Rachel Henderson
This is very exciting – Borromini got to meet a Scottish knitting guru! Her name is Rachel Henderson and she is a friend of my sister and while I was in Scotland had a lovely article on her in the weekend paper magazine. She helped me buy some wool in order to knit a Scottish thistle tea cosy – I have a bit of an idea but haven’t started yet.
http://www.rachelhendersoncrafts.co.uk/index.html
Day15_04 Purchases
Next I did a bit of shopping...I actually drew these late at night and coloured at 5am since woke up and knew I wasn’t going to get back to sleep. I was determined to make these neat sketches – as a result of my meeting up with Stuart Kerr and being so taken with his confident linework... But more of that next...
Day15_05 Grassmarket
It was very exciting to meet up with another Urban Sketcher correspondent, Stuart Kerr. What better way than to ‘warm up’ by sketching while I waited. It is also an easy way to be spotted. After only 10 minutes someone walked past and said “Are you Liz” ...so this is a far as I got!
Day15_06 Sketching with Stuart Kerr 01
After a lot of chatting we settled down to draw one of Edinburgh's amazing little alleyways. After doing a lot of solo sketching is it quite hard to chat and sketch at the same time – I was so unhappy with this at the time as it was so badly inaccurate!
Day15_07 Sketching with Stuart Kerr 02
I turned the page and had another attempt...
Sketching with Stuart
A lovely contrast with Wil’s work – both of them use Moleskine sketchbooks but their work is completely different. The confidence of Stu’s linework blew me away and it was wonderful to see a dip pen in action. I would really like to try that.
Borromini and Stuarts sketch
This is the last we saw of Stu’s sketch – the final version is here
http://www.flickr.com/photos/stu_kerr/3955876806/
Day15_08 Eteaket yet again!!!!
And then to finish off my day, before I went to friends place for dinner, what else was there for me to do but have a cuppa – and visit my fav tearoom for the third time in 1.5 days! (I was also freezing cold and need a warm place to shelter!)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Sydney Sketchcrawl

A great day with a good group of people – the biggest sketchcrawl I have been on!
Hot day – we spent the morning in the botanic gardens (my favourite place being the cactus garden) and trying to find an architectural subject. Lovely lunch passing sketchbooks around and general sketch chatting.
091121 Sketchcrawl 25_1
091121 Sketchcrawl 25_2
091121 Sketchcrawl 25_3
091121 Sketchcrawl 25_4
091121 Sketchcrawl 25_5
Sydney Sketchcrawl 25 Group
Sydney Sketchcrawl 25 Cactus Garden
Sydney Sketchcrawl 25 Sketches
In the afternoon the die hard sketchers went back to the Art Gallery to sketch an amazing installation work – two rooms constructed around two equestrian sculptures – not sure if my sketches explain it....
091121 Sketchcrawl 25_6
091121 Sketchcrawl 25_7
091121 Sketchcrawl 25_8
Sydney Sketchcrawl 25 War and Peace Sketchers
Sydney Sketchcrawl 25 War and Peace

Friday, November 20, 2009

Day 14 - To Edinburgh

Day14_01-2 Edinburgh
From Glasgow to Edinburgh day – my third Old Country Roses breakfast! Although only an hour drive I really hit the wall this day and felt too exhausted – even to sketch. I had been going flat out for 2 weeks at this point. I didn’t finish my sketch of Moray Place- now that is unusual! But having said that, I was enjoying walking through the New Town – sometime that I have not done in my previous 2 visits to Edinburgh. I then met up with my dear friend and sketching buddy Eza and didn’t sketch the bowl of soup I had for lunch!
Day14_03 Edinbrugh Castle
After lunch I went for a walk and sat and sketched the castle – after all that is what one HAS to do
first day in Edinburgh. The darkness of the rock that the castle is built on must have made an impact on me. This sketch now reminds me of how the first visit to Edinburgh in 2000 – after driving up through England and visit small quaint villages, I initially found the city almost oppressive – the tall building too dark and dirty and stone and that it took me half a day to get used to it. No so this trip – I just totally fell in love with this amazing city!
Day14_04 Outstanding Tearoom
Must be time for a cup of tea? Well, in for a treat! This was the most amazing tearoom – the best of my trip. Amazing tea, great random cups and lovely atmosphere. Like a girly T2! Can you tell I was in my element.
Day14_04 Sketching while waiting
In the afternoon, I meet up with Eza – sketching while I was waiting (the exhausted phase had come and gone – after a tearoom like that...!) This was an important moment for me – made a mess of the sketch but realised a great method (for me) for quick drawing of buildings – start at the largest divisions and work down – that way it is actually quite ‘easy’ to get the spacing of the smaller details accurate. Fairly obvious... But often light bulb moments are.
Getting excited about the next day in my trip – yet another Urban Sketcher to meet and hoping to go back to that tearoom again... Plus meeting a famous Scottish knitting guru!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Day 13 - Glasgow

Day13_01 Summary
Day 13: Excited today as I was going to meet a fellow urban sketcher correspondence – Wil Freeborn...but first....
I was rather distressed at my poor cups the night before so I was determined to do a decent one at breakfast
Day13_02 Glasgow School of Art
A brisk walk into town – I left myself a bit of extra time so that I could do a warm up sketch before meeting Wil. So a quick sketch of another Mackintosh building – this time the School of Art – this is the 3rd or 4th time I have visited it – once I did the tour. Sometimes my cartridge paper reminds me that I am not using watercolour paper – and perhaps I should!
Day13_03 Meeting Wil Freeborn
Met Wil outside another Mack building and was able to do another quick sketch. Willow Tea room got in the Top 50 tearooms but was crowded and the interesting space of the atrium was closed – so we decided to go elsewhere. Was so AMAZING to see Wil’s sketchbook in real life – they are totally amazing! Plus we had lots of fun sketch chatting!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ghostschool/
Day13_04 Glasgow Skyline
Next we went to one of his favourite places to sketch – and it just so happened to be another Mackintosh building (though I didn’t sketch the building itself) Hey, I managed a lot of CRM in a short period! Didn’t realise this before. The lookout tower has sensation views of Glasgow – so we sat in the comfort of a glazed observation desk (out of the wind!) and sketched. I was afraid of over working mine as I was doing a far bit of talking at the time and not 100% concentrating on what I was doing....
Wil’s wonderful completed sketch is here (coloured added later so unfortunately I didn’t see it in real life)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ghostschool/3950516125/
Thanks for a great morning Wil! Hope to be able to catch up again next time I am in Scotland.
Day13_05 Quick Lunch Scribbles
It is so inspiring to meet other artists... My hand and pen just wouldn’t stop – even when trying to have a quick lunch and make tracks...
Day13_06 Greek Thomson Church
I REALLY wanted to do a sketch of Greek Thomson’s St Vincent St church – my only option of doing this was a sub-5 min sketch as I walked past – so time for my Pentel Pocket Brush!
Day13_07 A Stirling Quick Visit
One of my very dear friends from Inverness was heading to northern England for holidays and would be back in time for me to see them in Inverness. So we organised to meet as they travelled down in the carpark of the the William Wallace monument. REALLY quick sketch which I splashed colour onto when I got back to my room.
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