Ok…another HUGE sketching Saturday…
As per my sketchabout tradition, I started the day with a walk across the Harbour Bridge and a visit to Tara Tearoom. The tearoom is located on a street with markets so there are plenty of people to sketch if I sit outside!!! I have realised that one of the big problems with my sketching of people is that I rarely add colour… adding colour is SO important to me in defining my sketches and it is also the part that I love the most (I love drawing too but often the colour hides linework that I wasn’t happy with!)…so doing these sketches today were a bit of a lightbulb moment.
Also- about drawing maps… they do not need to be accurate to record your movements – in fact this one shows a lot more than I would be able if it was accurate- Sydney Harbour is not that narrow!
Ok… a lovely time sketching my tea and scone. A new tea cosy Leroy came to visit me. (Please note: if anyone finds this tea cosy offensive please let me know and I will adjust/remove it – I personally was very attached as a child to a similar knitted toy that my nanna made for me…but do not want to offend anyone)
BTW, I discovered this week that in Devon the cream goes on first and the jam on top but in Cornwall it is the other way around. This is the first time I put cream first and really enjoyed it and will stick with it I think! So I am now a cream first(scone) as well as a milk first(tea) girl!
Time to head for the gardens(I was supposed to get there early for some focused sketching)…but it started raining and blowing a gale – nevertheless(i love that word!) I sketched with the threat of rain – this is a wonderful art installation made of building fragments. I have wanted to sketch since I discovered it but it has either been rainy or way too hot to sketch in the sun…so at least I have the first sketch now…but of course I want to go back some day!
Next- a lovely surprise – an open day at the nearby Conservatorium of Music with some events in the garden – so I had to sketch it! Next, lunch with some sketchers before the really sketchabout started. (BTW, I didn’t sketch what I was eating!)
Another great group today and thankfully it did not rain! About 25 people – really getting to know some of the regulars and lovely meeting new people each week!!
I started by sketching an art installation which was a little challenging – had a lovely chat to fellow sketchers in the middle.
Then time to actually draw a detail of a plant and then another Moreton Bay Fig – love these trees. More chatting to new sketchabout attendees – it is such a lovely social event. I have worked out that as long as I get my sketches 80% finished, I can chat a lot and still sketch my usual amount (just a bit more to do at night!)
I went in search of Sadami and found her sketching musicans back up at the Vista Pavilion and then I joined in sketching- just as a jazz performance started- it was WONDERFUL!!!
Once again…I am a little nervous of sketching people with others looking around me but adding the paint helps me. Did a few sketches on loose sheets – takes some of the pressure off!
Finally…time for the big walk back to my car (I walked a total of 8km- 5 miles today) and I was cold and needed a hot drink…so ended up back at Tara for the second time in the one day! (Oh Liz!!!) and then felt so revived that I then stopped to sketch on the bridge on the return walk. Trying a bit to hard to make an interesting spread and connect the two sketches.
BTW, there are baskets with communal knitting in the tearoom.
Wow! Big day…all I can say is that I am so glad for the end of daylight saving tonight – I have need that extra hour to finish off my pages and scan and post these!