A wet afternoon in Hunter's Hill

August 10, 2020 | 2 Comments

On Saturday afternoon I spent a few hours sketching in the lovely suburb of Hunters Hill with a friend. We hadn’t seen each other since the beginning of March so it was great to actually see each other, sketch together and have some inspiring art chat!

The forecast was for rain on Saturday but didn’t affect our plans as I knew that there was a bench under an awning where we could sit and sketch. It didn’t end up raining much but there was a lot of moisture in the air which meant our washes stayed wet!

I ended up doing three sketches (I would have done more if my paint had dried!) and I had a strong feeling of deja vu! This is because they were all sketches which I did last year during a big filming day for SketchingNow Watercolour On Location Lesson 5. But even though I sat in the same spots and sketched the same subjects, I did them in a different way.

I’m wanting to create slightly more abstract sketches but I’m not sure exactly how to get there. So for this sketch I tried to ignore accuracy and just focus on my washes and the textures I was creating.

I didn’t achieve what I wanted but I had a lot of fun and have a few ideas of what to try next time. And in fact, today (Monday) I did something which built on what I was trying here. Every sketch is another step in the journey, isn’t it?

Did you get out sketching on the weekend?



  • Kimberly Ester says:

    I love your shadow washes, you’ve got a lot of separation and glow in them. I noticed right away and then read how that was a focus for you on Saturday. It’s fun to spot the green in the windows and the turquoise around the window frames of your last sketch.

  • Dean Oliver says:

    Fine sketches of Hunters Hill and interesting observations.
    Good to be able to click on the images and read the Bible references 🙂

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