Easter sketching: Family time, architecture sketching, Cockatoo Island and T2

April 9, 2012 | 2 Comments

So here is what I got up to over Easter.

Friday – family day at home

A Hot Cross bun

A local tree

Cricket match: The fact that I even attempted this sketch is an achievement for me!


Had a lovely morning in the city sketching today with Alissa.

Lots of great thoughts about sketching architecture were bounced around after we have had our morning tea and scones.

Sadly my actual sketching didn’t turn out quite as I hoped. Here are my 4 non-tearoom sketches from today…

I enjoy talking about architecture sketching but am increasingly finding sketching buildings in Sydney a little boring (no Baroque buildings, no Italian piazzas) just lots of Victorian Architecture… big & blocky with little variation in wall planes facing busy streets… and very little exciting public spaces.

Some practicing faces, faces faces as fast as I can!


Cockatoo Island

An absolutely AMAZING blue-skied sunny crisp autumn day (as good as we had in summer)- so lovely to be sketching on Cockatoo Island with friends and sitting in the sun.

The bright intense Australian sun certainly seemed to affect my painting… Subtle is definitely out of my reach today(even more than normal… Subtle Liz I don’t think ever exists!!!) and I was too heavy handed with the pigment. It does seem to happen a lot to me when I sit in the sun.

I am getting increasingly frustrated with not being able to mix the amazing warm light I am seeing in the dark shadows from our bright sun.

It would be good to have another go at these views….

Another T2 visit – of course!

Back to work tomorrow!


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