Originally I had hoped to do a two-week road trip after my weekend in Newcastle but for a number of reasons it was not to be. But I did manage to spend a few hours in Kurri Kurri which was to be my last destination on the road trip.
Kurri Kurri is known for being the home of the Big Kookaburra (an Australian bird with a distinctive call that sounds like someone laughing) but I was more interested in sketching one or more of the big pubs – a remnant from the days when this was an important coal mining town.
On one of the corners of the main intersection was one of these pubs – so that was my first sketch! What a way to warm up – with big trucks constantly driving past and momentarily blocking my view.
Ah! I love the energy of sketching in busy locations!
Although I am quite comfortable with the set of Pitt Artist Pens that I carry around, I’m still experimenting with layering different colours to get the results I want. So it was fun to use 3 colours (or was it 4?) for the shadow areas in this sketch.
There are quite a few big ‘things’ in Australia – last year I sketched the Big Merino in Goulburn and the Big Murray Cod in Swan Hill. For my Australian friends – how many of the big things have you sketched?
A totally unplanned sketch of the park… I was initially just going to draw the tree but then I kept going. I considered leaving it as a line drawing but it’s just so easy to use Pitt Pens so colour was added.
This ease of applying colour with the Pitt Pens is a big reason why I love them so much. I’ve realised that I sometimes think ‘I couldn’t be bothered getting my paints out’ but the Pitt Pens totally remove this mental hurdle.
I’ve mentioned recently how I’ve become a bit of a softie lately – only sketching in comfortable locations where there is a bench or a wall to sit on. So it felt really good to be sitting in an odd spot (I was sitting cross-legged on the ground) and it was a good reminder to me that the more unusual your location the more interaction with locals you are potentially exposed to!
I had an absolute ball chatting to numerous locals (being outside the Hardware Store was a good spot for lots of banter) including a local historian who told me some interesting things about the hotel and Kurri Kurri.
It was then time to head home but I had a lovely 3 hours in Kurri Kurri and it made me so happy to be in a country town again!
It was only a mini-trip (4 nights) but it felt so good to get away. I really should do this more often! 🙂