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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

120229 Plane sketches

120229_01 Work Day trip to Melbourne
Been too busy and just a wee bit too stressed lately to be sketching much... so two sketches on the flight back from a VERY long day in Melbourne today (site visit and meetings)
A boring plane sketch! Need to try something different!
I am a little bored with my plane sketches... maybe it is because I just survived a huge day at work down and back to Melbourne in a day and all day in meetings on a construction site. Here is todays tired attempt on the way home. Actually I was rather excited that I had 2 red jackets, a blue and yellow cap AND leopard print today in my fellow passengers- now that is exciting!
120229_02 Filling on time in the plane (from a photo)

....and I just so happened to have a print out of a Baroque building from Venice amongst my papers today (now how did that happen?)

BTW, this was done with a waterbrush just as we were coming in to land. I hate using a waterbrush as the colours are always so flat and it is so hard to get the lovely interaction of pigments on the page which you can do with a real brush... does anyone have any tips...

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Waterfall Cottage

120225_04 Waterfall Cottage
Had a great day today at a wonderful house and garden at Bayview- Waterfall Cottage (only opened two weekends a year)
120225_01 Waterfall Cottage Map
120225_02 Waterfall Cottage Inside

Very loose and quick (ratty) sketching today. Colour later (in a similar style!)
120225_03 Waterfall Cottage Verandah cafe
I coloured this one at the time...

120225_05 T2 Queues and Milky Oolong

Nothing like a time of chill after being out in the sun sketching...before heading T2 teahouse of course!

Friday, February 24, 2012

120224 Sketch of The Art of Urban Sketching

there have been a few great sketches of this wonderful book...but seeing Pete Scully's version yesterday inspired me to do my own version....
I am loving reading it slowly!

120223 Sushi Train

120223 Sushi Train by borromini bear
120223 Sushi Train, a photo by borromini bear on Flickr.

Very splotchy sketch of dinner last night (think I drew too small for my brush which has a ruined point)
As I noted on the page, we didn't get given a docket and the plates had been already taken to the kitchen when we went to my sketch was used to confirm that the 6 plates were 3 x orange, 2 x green 1 x blue. The lovely staff informed us that they have 94 varieties of dishes we need to come back more and sketch every one!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Getting excited about my B reading list

Getting excited about my B- reading list
I don't expect most of you are interested in treasures from my architectural library...but for the few that are...
Here are the books I pulled out in preparation for my B-list of architects..ah! borromini, brunelleschi, bernini, bramante (no book on him!) AND right in the middle Marcel Breuer ie. the Architecture without Rules book)
Particularly interesting are the 3 books on the right...Harbison, Rowe and Hersey. Haven't read all of the first 2 but Hersey I have read twice (a bit mathematical but fascinating!)
I don't intend to read all these but it is nice to pull out some books and flick through them. Ah! I used to read a lot at night before I started sketching and sharing online!

I should also mention that I have read Blunt on Borromini more than once! But you would expect that! I think that there is a newish book on Borromini out - does anyone know what it is - there is a desperate need for a decent book on him- the bear agrees!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

ABC of Home_A2 Antenna Ando Adams

The next in my series- I really struggled to think of objects starting with A...but have a few architects that I wanted to record - Ando and Robert Adams. I didn't realise that I had three books on Ando! Another quick splashy sketch.
Next B... hmm, "one special architect beginning with B" says my wee bear!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

120218 Crazy Roof Extension

Even when I have a Saturday at home, I always feel the desire to pop out to do a wee sketch. Today it was incorporated with filling up with petrol (gas).

I like to drive around suburban blocks looking for houses that catch my eye. Many hideously overscaled new this one stood out this afternoon.

It also fits in with the USK AUS monthly theme of Roofscapes. Yes.... we have decided to have our own monthly theme...for more details visit our flickr or facebook.

Eastwood, Sydney, Australia

Thursday, February 16, 2012

ABC of Home_A

ABC of Home_A by borromini bear
ABC of Home_A, a photo by borromini bear on Flickr.

The start of a new series... going through the alphabet with everyday stuff at home and a book from my architectural library.
Very rushed tonight....

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

120215 Lunchtime Kerb Sketching

I finally got up the courage to sitting in the gutter (well actually on the kerb) between two cars to sketch today at lunch.
I was inspired by Lapin's habit of sitting there (as I witnessed in Portland) apart from making sure that the owner of the cars you are between doesn't turn up and wnat to drive away, it is a good spot as I don't think people notice you at all

I find it very hard to do a decent sketch at lunch - really only have 30 minutes(max) to do it.

Holterman St, Crows Nest Sydney

Sketching with Freddie from Georgia,USA

120214_02 Sketching with Freddie_Opera House

The first time an Urban Sketcher has visited Sydney (and made contact) Freddie from Georgia came into town on the Queen Mary yesterday. Last night 7 of us from the Sydney Sketch Club meet up with her at the Opera House – we did some sketching till the sun went down and then went and had dinner. A great time and wonderful to meet Freddie – she was at both symposiums in Portland and Lisbon and we never met!

A sketch of the Opera House...of course. I was really in the mood for concentrating (after a frantic and stressful day at work) so I chickened out on doing the foreground

120214_03 Sketching with Freddie_Pink Fluffy clouds
An attempt at the beautiful pink fluffy clouds. Such a treat to see the blue sky this summer!

120214_01 Sketching with Freddie_Waiting

This is a quick sketch I did while waiting. Sitting in the middle of the Opera House steps with my head bobbing up and down was a good sign post!
I have added additional noise to these photos for privacy reasons (not very good photos but a great record)

Friday, February 10, 2012

How not to bake my cakes (of watercolor)

Last month I learnt a great tip of setting tube paint in pans. 1 hour on low (50C) in the oven. It worked really well - set the paint without drying it out.
However last night I wasn't concentrating (trying to do too much!!!) and had my oven at 100C. The paint is still fine but those pans!!!
The second row is my second attempt which worked beautifully.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A million views later....

Last week I hit 1 million views on my flickr! I can’t quite comprehend the enormity of that number....a lot of people doing a lot of looking!
Many of the flickr views have come from my blog viewers... So....
thank you!!!!....
every one for coming to visit and for all the encouragement over the last 4 years. There is no doubt that I would not have sketched as much or have developed my skills as much without the encouragement and inspiration that I have gotten online!

Anyway I thought it would be fun to have a look at what I posted on my first upload (I had been sketching for just over a year when I tentatively first started a flickr account)

... It is very illuminating to see what type of sketches I choose at upload.
1. A Food Sketch. This was certainly early days in my sketching of food....but I love the fact that I was able to include my friends in the exercise - recording their verdict on the food.
2. A baroque Sketch (from Rome). Interesting textures I was experimenting with at the time -using citrus stripper and photocopier... Haven’t done that since but of course I have sure done a lot of Roman Baroque sketching!
3. A cup of tea Sketch... And Earl Grey as well. Hmm, need I say more. (In fact back then I didn’t sketch many cups of tea...honest!)
4. A ‘just-one-more-sketch-before-I-hit-the-road” sketch ... A quick pop into the succulent garden at the Botanic Gardens after a visit to the Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery...I really needed to be on my way to a birthday party that afternoon but just wanted to do a quick sketch before I left the city. The Botanic gardens has featured in my sketchbook a lot in over the past 18 months and will continue to do so.
5. A harbour view sketch. I love living in Sydney and particularly love Sydney harbour. Sketching harbour sites and especially those with remnants from the past is a big theme in my sketching outings.

So... It is funny that right at the beginning of my online experience the trends were there already!!!!!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

120204 T2 mezzanine and a 'castle'

120204_01 T2 Mezzanine View
I have never sat up on the mezzanine level at T2..but today was so crowded that I had to....not keen on the red lighting up there!

120204_02 T2 Sketching under the red lightbulbs
Very interesting sketching under red lighting...

120204_03 Curzon Hall
Hard to believe that I have never thought of sketching this grand building (not too far from where I live) until recently...
I wasn't really in the mood today (being attacked by ants!) but I can always go back soon.

Curzon Hall, Sydney - a popular wedding venue....

Friday, February 3, 2012

120203 Friday night architecture sketching

Instead of my often late night Baroque sketching... it was Indian Architecture sketching while watching an impressive performance by the Indian cricket team....
it has been raining so much that I am itching to get out and sketch some architecture on the mean time I keep myself sane by sketching from photos...(a poor substitute I know!!!)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

120202 African Tea

120202 African Tea by borromini bear
120202 African Tea, a photo by borromini bear on Flickr.

Ok... Some tea brought back from Tanzania today is a good excuse for a cup of tea sketch – don’t you think? Funny how the strong tea affected my paint- a little dark and heavy.
Sketched while listening to Bach performed by Africans - curiously this was one of the first CD’s I ever bought and one of the most unusual I own – the best track is here