I am away at the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Brazil for a few weeks!
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Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
to move to a new location
I have sketched 52 double page spreads in 6 days!!!!! (not including
Sunday which is my rest day) - this is an incredible amount even for
me - though a lot are not complete and I haven't had time to do any
Time to pack for the next Italian location.
to 15 years at the one firm. It is supposed to be a significant break
professionally- today being back in a contemporary architectural
environment made me realise It has indeed been a big break.
Hopefully it will help my design creativity. Certainly I found some of
the displays inspirational.
The Australian pavilion was AMAZING. I couldn't resist buying the book
for which you need 3d glasses.
for the biennale is people meet in architecture) and contained a very
cool installation of suspended pencils. Borro loved it and we thought
it was a good theme for my trip.
architecture biennale. We enjoyed it very much.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
closest to burn out all trip this afternoon. Numerous unfinshed
sketches today as well!!! But still sketching such as this one.
got to sketch the outside of this Venetian baroque masterpiece in the
mid morning sun and shade.
ultramarine!! Is the bear saying - Liz why did you make that purchase?
Or looking guilty that he talked me into it or just over the moon to
be around such wonderful colour
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
perect view of the palazzo I was dying to sketch (ie I wanted to do a
front on elevation) bur this view was fun and not as hard as I
expected it to be!! Having trouble trying to get the balance between
getting a more accurate perspective setup and losing some of my
spontaneity and enjoyment or just going for it and using what i call
organic perspective in which I have more fun and explore the building
as I sketch not worrying about accuracy as much.
sketch and also the cathedral at murano. Both times I rushed and made
a mess. So this sketch before we left the delightful island of murano
I tried to take slowly and paint neat. The colours in real life were
sketch but in the end found that best view (not on a boat) was sitting
on the ledge of the water bus stop. Of course we had to be careful not
to have pen on paper when the boat hit the floating platform.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
was the boat moving fast but it was raining and my sketchbook and I
were getting rather wet. Very kindly the German woman next to me (who
was wearing a raincoat) put up her umbrella for me.
Doing this has given me an idea of how to do it better later on - if
it stops raining! So stay tuned.
verticals which are in reality straight but I didn't get the space of
the campo correct and had to squash the church to fit it in.
Yes - that is eza sketching in foreground.
Both me and eza have decided that we ate going to make sure that our
setup is better from now on. 'quite a challenge' she just said.
in the market colonnade for this.
Friday, September 17, 2010
extremely early flight which has wiped us both out somewhat but we
still managed to do the classic sketch!! Struggling with a bad
headache coming on(not surprising after the crazy time I have had) and
somewhat overwhelmed with how much there is to draw... So wasn't quite
in the groove when I did this.
Most of you know how much I love Italian baroque architecture (I know
st marks is not baroque - refering to other buildings in Venice) - how
often I have sketched from photos so it is really strange to be seeing
some of the buildings in the flesh that I have previously sketched.
And strangely overwhelming - just WAY TOO MUCH that I REALLY want to
Hopefully tomorrow after a good nights sleep we can make up for our
quiet start today!!!!!!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
room at night. Currently gillards from bath - gill it is great!!!!
online friends today at kew. Katherine Tyrell and Alison staite. Lots
of fun. Wasn't concentrating much during this sketch but I think that
all the bits that are totally out of whack will remind me of the great
time chatting and watching katherines hatching at the time.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Head to Italy with eza very early tomorrow morning.
Final day in Uk - and off to meet some more artists!! What fun!
away my bed on 2 occassions and trying to get to bath last Thursday.
Stuck for nearly 2.5 hours in traffic due to m4 accident and then
rental car broke down!!! Arrived 4 hours late at my destination At
least I felt safe at all times so much to be thankful for.
Naturally I sketched to calm my nerves.
5.50pm. The latest for my first sketch of the day.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
the best - tearoom of the trip in Cardiff - Waterloo gardens (haven't
finished page yet) and then a delightful castle - which is a' folly '.
Great time with church friends - one of which sketched with me today.
It was great. We managed to find a sheltered balcony to sketch the
courtyard from- cold and raining today!!!!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
to draw. Baroque over the top decoration is soooo much easiler. As I
was running out of time I tried a scribble version of the same
building from the most dramatic angle I cound find.
craziness of visiting two in a day, I just did one today (plus a
tearoom visit and driving for 4 hours!) So I had a good hour for this
sketch - making this the longest time I have spent on a sketch in the
past 6.5 weeks of my sketching grand tour.
As they say "hardwick hall, more glass than wall" Although I was
having fun, I did get a bit bored of all those panes of glass!!!
Tomorrow I am going to Blenheim Palace - you can imagine how excited I
am about the thought of drawing that!! Stay tuned....