After a really wonderful Lord’s Day (Sunday) worshipping at a church in Wauchope, I was looking forward to a big week of sketching and socialising.
I was on my own for the first two days and had lots of plans! And yes beaches and cafes were to be part of that! 🙂
I normally work sequentially in my sketchbook and start a new day on a new double-page spread but this first spread breaks those rules. On the left you have an overflow of my sermon notes from the Lord’s Day, then my normal morning Bible texts. On the right you have a beach sketch done after a cafe visit (see below).
This sketch was done from the passenger seat of my car. I was sitting facing outwards with the door open until the rain got too heavy and I then had to complete the sketch from inside the car. But I did manage to get some fun rain texture.
The next stop was Roam cafe and the first Smashed Avo of the trip. (Note: I prefer mushrooms on toast but if that wasn’t on the menu I would choose avocado on toast). This version is the prettiest I have seen and some hot pink and alizarin madder markers were perfect for the pickles and beetroot.
(I returned to my car and sketched the above view with the sun out!)
Afterwards found myself walking down the river and ended up at another cafe – Little Shack. Just getting a coffee and lunch before the cafe closed. This is a great spot to spend a few hours in the afternoon.
More out-of-sequence pages… I sketched the coffee (above) and then the food (below). After eating I stayed on and sketched the view looking down at the tables and umbrellas (above).
I intended to finish the afternoon with some more beach sketches but a little trouble with my back meant it was a much quieter evening than planned.
Taking it slowly the next morning meant a chance to do a few swatches testing watercolours and ways of using a white resist (Lumocolour Permanent pencil vs Crayola Crayon) under watercolour. Thankfully my back was feeling better so late morning I was able to go out for a walk…
I then needed to get some shade so walked to the northern end of the beach where there are a few benches under Norfolk Pine trees. (Aside: As well as the highly sketchable rocks at PMQ beaches there are also numerous shady spots where you can sketch the beach without having to get sand on your feet!)
I was a little heavy-handed with the markers on the left so I did a second version on the right to remind myself to limit marker use to shadow areas. Dots of colours record the marker and watercolour colours I used in this second sketch.
Note: I started using a 1/4 inch dagger on Monday which helped me get used to the smaller size sketchbook. I used my usual 1/2 inch dagger for larger washes but the smaller brush was my go-to. And also… I was totally used to this 9×6″ sketchbook by this stage!
Time to think about dinner and I ended up grabbing a burger from Astys. (Burger No. 2 for this trip). I did the drawing of the building standing up and then added markers from a seated position all while waiting for my order.
I then drove back to Flynn’s Beach where I ate my burger and sketched the view from the driver’s seat.
Another two good days of sketching. I had hoped to do a few day trips out of Port Macquarie (Kempsey, Wauchope, Comboyne) but due to my back, I needed to walk and not sit in my car. But hey, being able to sketch PMQ beaches makes me very happy! So those day trips can wait till next time.