Perth: Hanging out with Lynne

February 28, 2018 | 7 Comments

I’m in Perth at the moment having a little break – a real vacation – and catching up with my great sketching buddy Lynne Chapman. She is in Western Australia for a few months as artist in resident for UWA. Read more about that here.

I have never been to WA before, so it was lovely to explore downtown Perth yesterday.

After a wander through the centre of the city and the new Elizabeth Quay area we decided it was time for a sketch.

Ah! nice to be sitting on the pavement with a sketching friend. Here we are sketching the Perth Town Hall.

Here is my sketch… after a 5 hour flight I was feeling a little stiff, which resulted in a loose sketch.

After lunch we wandered up to Government House and managed to get into the gardens just before the gates closed.

But we were asked to leave so our only option was to sketch the front of the building from the pavement. Here is the result – mine on the left, Lynne’s on the right.


And here is the full spread in my sketchbook which includes a little ink drawing of the Supreme Court which I did during lunch.

While Lynne was finishing her sketch, I sat down in a nearby bus shelter and ended up sketching St George’s Cathedral using my water-soluble pencil. (So far in this sketchbook I had done every sketch in a different way). The map on the side is still incomplete.

The next thing I did was chill for a bit in Stirling Park. This was my view – yes! I was on my back!

Next we came back to the Supreme Court and I did a second version. Didn’t achieve what I was wanting, but it was just so good to be out sketching again!

How is this for a crazy tree?

I finished my sketching for the day with this monotone sketch of my view of Stirling Gardens.

Here is Lynne packing up at the end of the day. What a great start to my break.



  • pbass wil - February 28, 2018 reply

    Regularly seeing your sketches is becoming a part of my routine! I always learn or notice something fresh. Today I was particularly noticing how your sketches breathe freely – there's no constraint weighing them down. I think the white space you leave contributes to that freshness, a lot. You never 'colour in' your pen sketch. Rather, you add tone & colour where it feels right. Love it! You may not know it, but I'm one of your students. :^>

  • Joan Tavolott - February 28, 2018 reply

    How great that you are there sketching with a good friend. Looks like a great area to hit when I get to Perth. Nice sketches, especially the second one of the Supreme Court.

  • kathryn millard - March 1, 2018 reply

    After all your hard work recently I think you deserve a break, looks like you are back in the swing of things now. :)

  • Lexie [email protected] - March 1, 2018 reply

    Sketching is FUN! That’s the best part: you don’t have to be good at drawing to sketch <3

  • Roxana Taylor - March 1, 2018 reply

    Lovely sketches and it appears to have been a relaxing time. Thank you, I am a new follower, look forward to your posts to enhance my learning.

  • Angela Beckham - March 7, 2018 reply

    Love following your adventures! I find myself practicing with your posts.

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