Mudgee has become a very popular town for Sydneysiders to visit – mainly because of good food and wine plus a number of historic villages in the region.
This is my first visit to Mudgee and I have to say that I was impressed. It definitely would make a good base for future trips!
There is a direct road from Hill End to Mudgee, but I took a longer way so that I could visit a few historic towns. It also meant that I could do a sketch of the countryside on the winding road I had driven along the day before. A little morning fog was still hanging around when I did this sketch.
Next stop was the town of Kandos (where they make cement). There seems to be a very cool museum there but sadly it is closed on Tuesdays so I just did a quick line drawing from the street.
And I drew a map of the main street.
I wanted to sketch this view but felt that it was too wide to draw. Something that I will have to get used to!
The next town was Rylstone which I loved a lot. Once again I was fascinated by the main street – Louee St. This time there were cars parked parallel in the middle of the street under trees. But the most interesting about Louee St was that it had a kink!
I wandered the streets trying to find the best view in order to explain this bend in the road.
And on the way came across this seafood truck from the Central Coast (over 3.5hours drive away!)
Another photo of Louee St – this is a view which I sketched.
I also parked my car under the trees and used my car’s bonnet (hood) as a bench for my sketchbook (hmm, it’s a good height for that.)
And here are my sketches – including a wonky sketch of the Telegraph Office done standing up and a map – of course!
Note: I am drawing a lot of maps, but realising that they take up a lot of room.
Mudgee was more beautiful than the photos I had seen of it. It’s especially nice to see all those red leaves!
The first thing I did on arrival was to get a coffee (there are a lot of good cafes here) and do a sketch (you will see that shortly).
And then I did a 20 minute sketch at the main intersection in town. The signature view of the clock tower includes the church in the background, but in the late afternoon sun, the bank on the opposite corner looked better!
Here is the full spread including my afternoon coffee (and cake!) sketch and a funny juxtaposition with the town hall sketch.
The next day I had breakfast at one of the popular cafes Alby & Esthers.
Very nice and a good way to start the day.
Next, I went back to the clock tower intersection and sketched the view with the church.
After a visit to a honey shop I walked around some wetlands. The signboard indicated that there were platypus in this creek but there was a noisy worker nearby so no hope for me seeing one.
Note: Spotting a platypus in the wild is extremely rare so I wasn’t really expecting to see one.
Here is a little more about these incredible creatures!
A walk around a lake and a quick sketch (coming soon) was a good way to fill in time until 12 noon. I wanted to visit a winery to sketch the views and planned to be there around lunch so it wouldn’t be obvious that I wasn’t there for wine tasting.
Chris had recommended Lowe Family Wine Co. so that is where I went. It was lovely.
Notice the back-burning in the distance (safety measures to help control future bushfires).
I did a number of quick landscapes including this one with a flat brush – intentionally trying to abstract the shapes.
Here is the first spread of landscape sketches from the morning…
and the second one…
plus the final version with text and a map!
The road from the wetlands to the winery was unsealed so my car was a little dirty afterwards!
Back to the main streets of Mudgee – a 10 minute line drawing of Church St.
An unusual building (which I didn’t bother to sketch)
Local art store (Mudgee Art Shed) which had an Etchr Lab section right at the front door. Wow!
And my final sketches of Mudgee: Church St, the grand buildings on Market St and the Guardian Newspaper building in late afternoon sun!
Another wonderful two days of exploring and sketching,