Following on from last week’s article, here is part 2 of my five day City Break.
It was a really fantastic week – I got so much work done (reviewing this year and planning 2020) and I had a lot of fun being a tourist in my hometown. And I did a lot of sketching.
Last week marked the start of a month-long Sketching Diet- sketching everything I eat! I’ve done this numerous times since 2008 and will share more details in a future post. I wasn’t worrying about what I ate, just the fact that I recorded it. This was tough at times, especially when I was hungry, but it was a great discipline as it made me get my paints out on occasions when I normally wouldn’t.
Also, all the food sketches scattered through my book created some fun pages and interesting compositions.
I was using a Hahnmuhle Watercolour Book – A4 landscape – and I loved using it a lot! And yes, I promise to write a full review soon.
Here are the pages…
On Wednesday I decided to combine all my food onto one spread so that it didn’t feel as if all I did was eat. This worked well, but I thought the other pages from the day where a little boring compositionally. I realised that I love the variety of combining food with other sketches.
Garrison Church (as shared previously here) and a few colour swatches checking the granulation on this paper.
I normally only come here when I have international visitors, but I realized last week that it is a fantastic cafe to go to when I want to work. Such a great outlook even when half of the view is blocked by a big cruise ship.
It was nice to be able to walk ‘home’ from church after attending the mid-week meeting. I don’t think I have ever seen the Xmas lights in Martin Place as I would never be in this part of town in the evening.
As most of the top cafes in town are really busy before 9am, I stopped and sketched the Christmas tree in Martin Place first.
It was a very hot day (forecast of 41C) with bad smoke haze so I went to the Westfield food court to work but the air conditioning wasn’t that strong and soon it got very busy with people eating Asian food.
Somehow I ended up at Queen Victoria Building at The Tea Salon having a very naughty ‘lunch’. I was sitting opposite the door to a shop with very strong air conditioning so it was nice and cool. The smoke haze was visible inside the building…
By 3pm I noticed that the temperature had started to drop to a nice 32C! So I went down to Circular Quay for my afternoon coffee. I think that the smoke haze had started to lift by then but it was still very heavy and I didn’t want to sit around sketching in it.
If you are interested in seeing a flip-through of all my sketches please check out this video on my Instagram.
What a fun week of work and sketching! Staying in a hotel in the city made a big difference to how I saw my hometown, and without the pressure of getting home, I was more relaxed and sketched more. Have you ever been a tourist in your own city?