It was only one hour’s drive from Canberra to Goulburn on another beautiful blue sky day. I haven’t been to Goulburn for many years and the images I have in my head were a bit vague so it felt as if it was a totally new place for me.
Here is a photo of the main street – and yes that is a JimmyB (James Barnet) building on the right.
Sally had told me that she got her possum merino fingerless gloves at the gift shop associated with it so I wanted to time my visit with good lighting. Another hour or so later would be best as there would be more sun on the face of the ram. (BTW: I’m using an app called Sun Seeker.)
Even though I was sitting in the sun I started to get really cold (maybe I need those gloves now!)
I’ve really gotten into the habit of taking a photo of my scene before I start sketching so this means that I’m able to check how long the sketch takes. This photo of the line drawing was at the 20 minute mark.
Time for another JimmyB – the Post Office – done without worrying too much about perfect perspective. This is how my spread looked when I stopped my Post Office sketch…
A local artist, who had stopped to chat while I was sketching the Post Office, mentioned the weir and Waterworks as a good place to visit. I needed a break from building sketches so this was my next destination.
I was reminded of our Palladian Odyssey Umbria workshops and the Landscape Session at Montone in similar wild and freezing conditions. But at least I had my fingerless gloves in time! I need a warm hat now. 🙂
My final on-location sketch for the day was of the Anglican Cathedral. A local walked past and said that ‘it is a cold day to be doing that’ which made me feel better. Obviously it WAS cold if a local thought so!
Having a lovely chai in a nice warm cafe was a great way to finish my last afternoon of the trip.
It felt so weird that evening, realising that it was my last of the trip! Along with finishing off my page I did a little research for the next day and the last town on my itinerary….
Note: I have been using this app (Sun Seeker) for a number of years but I really relied on it more this trip. I think that’s because I had so little time in each place and needed a clear plan for the day in order to sketch everything I wanted.
Last Day – driving home via Berrima
View from my parked car when I arrived in Berrima. It’s a historic town with lots of sketchable buildings. This is the oldest continuously licensed inn in Australia since 1839. Yes! I know it’s not really very old by other countries’ standards!
And then I tracked down the Courthouse – designed by Mortimer Lewis who also designed the one in Hartley (do you remember back to the first few days of my trip – see here!)
Hmm, another map I still have to do!
The last photo I took on the trip was this one. Some late autumn leaves and a reminder to me of how spotlessly clean all of the country public amenities have been. Oh dear, this is a tragic last photo… so I’ll share one more.
Note: There are two paperback art books in this bag, but the rest are all brochures
I did two quick sketches to signify ‘I’m home and back to normal life.’ Doing this type of ‘back home’ sketch is important to me after a big trip, as I love when everything feels different. And it did feel a bit strange to do this – but strange in the best possible way.
After this, the unpacking started… I’m still not sure what to do with all those brochures ie. where to find the place for them in my tiny apartment. Ah, it’s good to be home!
But wow! What an adventure this trip was!
I loved every minute of it and I’ve been so blown away by how many beautiful places there are in my own state (especially historic towns). I’ll do one final ‘reflections’ article in a few days’ time so there is still a little more on this trip to come.
Thanks so much for following along! It was really great to have been able to publish such regular and in-depth articles when I was travelling. So I hope you have enjoyed them as much as I have loved putting them together. And finally a special thanks to everyone who made the effort to leave a comment here on the blog – it means so much to me! Thanks!