A grand building - The International College of Management, Sydney in Manly

May 21, 2015 | 2 Comments



I met up with some friends this morning at the The International College of Management, Sydney up on the hill in Manly. A grand building (once St Patricks Seminary) and we sat in the sun sketching and drawing. It is a daunting building to sketch!

My first sketch was a big one in my A4 moleskine which I have neglected a bit lately. My hand wasn’t feeling in the mood for a detailed version so I started with paint. We had a painter/ photographer come up to see what we were doing and while chatting I somehow managed to close my book! I don’t use my hands when I talk do I???? Rather than thinking this was a disaster (hmm, it was NOT what I was planning) I decided to put more paint on and then close the book again. Then I had to live with these paint marks. The result a very loose version of the building.

One of the limitations of posting to a blog is that you can’t get a sense of the size of this sketch.  And ironically the next sketch though half the size is posted huge!

A second attempt at a detail (while talking) was done with my new Winsor and Newton Watercolour Markers (well, there was a little bit in the first sketch as well as some fog grey lines)and then watercolour over the top, more markers and then more paint… whatever!?!
Colours: Yellow Ochre, Paynes Grey and Burnt Umber.

Some of us then went for lunch at Bella Vista North Head. Great view and great Minestrone Soup. I then rushed off to a meeting in Alexandria but sadly no time for a sketch.  Lots of outings, meetings and appointments this week! And not a thought at all to what I was supposed to sketch for EDiM… what was it for today?


  • Melliott says:

    I know what you mean about EDiM–it can become a tyrant! But the idea is, sketch every day in May, and you have certainly done that here! These are wonderful. I laughed about the "I closed the book" part.

  • Liz Steel says:

    thanks Melliott… I wasn't quite laughing at the time. Oh dear… never concentrate on what I am doing when I talk – especially talking about sketching… very excitable, can you tell?

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