Most of my time was spent in conversation so as a result I only ended up with two super quick (15 minutes max) sketches. The first one was my warm-up of the Sydney Opera House and the foreground cabbage palm trees…
Cabbage Palm trees were the first tree used by the European Settlers for wood in their buildings. The timber was soft enough to be worked with the poor tools they had.
I wasn’t in the mood to fix the problem at the time so when I was back home I decided to do a little experiment with the sky and darken its value. The experiment (which I will explain at some point in the future) didn’t work and I ended up working over my washes a number of times. In a way, this morphed into another experiment – seeing how many layers and partial lifting this Alpha paper could cope with. 🙂
The end result is a much darker and more threatening sky than there was at the time! And the sketch lost some of the initial spontaneity. But that’s fine with me as I’m totally okay with doing tests and experiments (and potentially sacrificing a sketch) in order to refine a new technique.
I’m particularly thinking about creating texture in my sketches at the moment…
Here is the final spread of my second sketch including the colour combo that I’m a little obsessed with. They are not colours that I would typically use (especially the pink and russet) but I just love using these Caran d’Ache Museum watercolour pencils in my sketches these days.
And then on Monday evening, I did a few experiments based on the same scene. I think this type of revisiting a subject that I’ve sketched on location is a really good way of doing some research and development. BTW this is my theme for April.
Do you ever revisit a scene like this back home?