Yesterday I had another fun sketching outing to the City and it was another occasion when I didn’t have a plan beforehand.
Now that school has started again for the year it was much harder to find a park near Greenwich Wharf and I could only find a 3-hour spot. So this meant yet another short sketching session (approx 2.5 hours).
The first thing that I saw as I exited Circular Station was this amazing inflatable tiger as part of the Sydney Luna Festival. It was sitting in front of Customs House – the building I sketched last time. But first I needed a coffee…
… and then I found myself looking at and then sketching one of James Barnet’s greatest works – the Land Department building. I have been putting it off for the last few weeks, so it was time.
I just did one section of it yesterday…
and I didn’t do a very accurate sketch! But this was a great way to begin the exploratory process and start to really appreciate its design.
I was very interested in one of the window designs and can’t recall ever seeing an arched window like this.
The forecast said that there was a chance of rain but it looked as if the clouds were starting to clear. I wanted to sit in some sun and so ended up doing another sketch of SOH (Sydney Opera House). It was very quiet while I was sitting here sketching.
I wanted to use some different colours (than last time) and so I picked up a lime green Coloursoft Colour Pencil for the first few lines. I didn’t achieve the result I was hoping for but I do really like the unexpected nature of painting over coloured pencils. I want to explore this technique further.
Once I had finished the SOH sketch I looked up and saw Cadmans Cottage and had an urge to sketch it again. I sketched this building in early March last year and in Feb 2020. So maybe I’m starting a new tradition!
This week as part of the Foundations Group Run-through we’re looking at sight measuring and so I decided to do a little measuring for this.
But it was very minimal – all I measured was the height of the building and the length (twice the height) and then drew these lines with my paintbrush. A few other divisions and then went from there.
Here is the final version, the logo on my coffee cup (from earlier) and a map of my morning’s adventure
Hmm… I needed another coffee and then only had about 15 minutes to sketch the tiger. I had a number of lovely chats with people walking past (one of the best things about urban sketching) and I’m thankful to John for taking this photo.
This is what I got done in the 15 minutes…
… and when I got home I decided to leave it as it was.
And then, just like that, it was time to catch the ferry back to Greenwich – I never tire of this form of transport!
Another extremely fun and satisfying short sketching session. I’m really happy with my decision to keep visiting the City like this.
That tiger is so great and what a fantastic memory capture for the season!
I love the tiger Liz! Of course the Jimmy B buildings are lovely too!
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