Lots to share today… so let’s get going.
Arriving in Bathurst (Thursday late afternoon)
The first thing we did on arrival in Bathurst after our day at Mayfield Gardens (around 4pm in the afternoon) was to go to the station so Chris could sort out her train ride home. Just opposite the station was this magnificent old flour mill – Tremains Mill.
Oh! I had so much fun doing this – great volumes and strong lighting/shadow shapes. Funny that the paper didn’t bother me at all for this sketch!
BTW so many buildings in my sojourn so far have been painted in a Naples Yellow colour.
I also drew a map of their property later that day.
We were told that they had ruins of 100 year old mining works on their property – processing Molybdenum (Element 42 on the periodic table) which was mined over the hill. Would we like to sketch the ruins? Yes! absolutely!
This photo (of a special mug) is for my nephew – if you don’t know the significance plus refer here for more.
And BTW it was another beautiful day – and warm at about 20C!
Oh! look here is a rare photo of me carrying my gear – which includes a stool as well as my back joy (more here). I find the Backjoy more comfortable but if I’m not walking too far have been taking my stool as well. (The benefits of a road trip – everything is the car!)
(BTW I’m really getting used to the paper now – in Week 2 – so it’s all okay!)
Back in Bathurst
Two late afternoon sketches (Saturday evening) of the grand Courthouse (by James Barnet) which was sadly under scaffolding and the ANZAC Carillon which was rather topical. (It was Anzac Day (our war Memorial Day) the next day – Sunday.)
This was the last sketch I did with Chris who left the next morning…
On Monday morning (after my day of rest) I did a few quick sketches before leaving Bathurst. A number of big churches in the city centre was the feature that struck me the most so I did this quick sketch of the Pressie church from my car.
BTW this is the start of Sketchbook #2. Yes, I filled the first book in 6 days!
Sketching a coffee shop in a shipping container – Doppio – while waiting for my coffee. Even though it was 3C when I left the house there was no breeze. So it felt comfortably warm sitting in the sun at 8am.
I then did a few other quick sketches while waiting for the local art store to open which you will see below…
My final stop in Bathurst was the Gaol (Jail) – Bathurst Correctional Centre – to sketch the gate. It was another building by James Barnet and I really enjoyed doing a grand classical building after more simpler buildings in the last week!
I left Bathurst at 10am so I had a very good final 2.5 hours in the city.
And here are the finished pages (including a preview of where I was headed!)