Do you remember someone stating that even though my Foundations Course was finishing up (in Feb) that I would still continue my weekly SketchingNow Adventures. Ha! That hasn’t happened has it? I am trying to work out a way to schedule these sketching outings into my weeks and although today’s adventure was in response to an appointment I had, it has reminded me how important it is to get out sketching more regularly. So here is the collection from today.
To start with I visited Parkers Art Store to pick up a Paynes Grey Winsor and Newton Watercolour Marker. I have had my eye on these for a while, and last month bought a single one (Yellow Ochre) and didn’t quite warm to it. A few weeks ago when they came up on Facebook, I started thinking about them… and well the short story is that yesterday I bought a few (at The Artscene) to test. But I forgot to get a Payne’s Grey – hence the ‘need’ to visit Parkers today. So of course I needed to test it out straight away! I was walking to Macquarie St and have been thinking that I am not sketching many modern buildings… so when Museum of Sydney presented itself… and I saw a nice step to sit on, it was time to test out that new marker! Full details about these markers on another occasion, but I added Fog Grey lines over the top and liking the result! (Please don’t rush out and buy the full set based on this blog post… give me a chance to test them properly – ok?)
After my appointment, I was standing at the traffic lights waiting to cross and noticed complete stranger smiling at me on the other side of the road (‘must be someone standing behind me… I do not know her!’) When I crossed the road she came up to me “Are you Liz Steel? I am Tanya!. WOW!
Tanya is one of our most active Sydney Urban Sketchers but as she is busy on Saturdays and I don’t do Sunday sketching, we have never met. I have been hoping that one day I will walk past her sitting on the ground sketching, so you can imagine how excited I was… and even better than we both had the time to have lunch together, swap sketchbooks and talk about sketching and paint etc etc. Tanya carries a LOT of stuff with her – I don’t think I saw it all! What a treat! – she is such a lovely enthusiastic sketcher… you can just imagine how much fun we had! Thanks Tanya – you really made my day today.
I got back to Circular Quay 1 minute too late for my ferry… so time for a cafe visit/ sketch (1 hour wait in fact). The EDiM challenge for the day was ‘draw a cupcake’ and I was hoping that I would walk past somewhere to buy one on my travels (cupcakes are not at all on my radar… I prefer scones… but I think you know that). Instead of a cupcake I drew a coffee!
I also started sketching the view of the bar with Customs House in the background with my fog grey pen but it ran out of ink… so out came the watercolour marker again. Another fun sketch that is giving me more ideas as to how to use these markers…
And as I had carried my camera around all day, I will finish this post with a photo of the ferry leaving Woolwich dock. I was home 3 hours later than I had planned, but totally enjoyed my day… and am enjoying the fact that I am actually writing up a blog post on the day that I created the sketches. This spontaneous blogging is something that I don’t do as much these days.
Ok time to get some work done for the day!