Like Mudgee, Orange is another regional centre that is very popular with Sydneysiders. Once again it’s due to food and wine plus a number of historic towns nearby. I spent three nights in Orange which allowed me to do a few bit of sightseeing – and sketching of course.
The first town which I visited was Molong (after going on the Wellington Cave tour). I would say this had a classic small town main street including a pub on the corner. (Sorry this photo is blurry – it was the only one that I took!)
As I started this day in Dubbo, this made the third James Barnet sketch for the day. BTW I have started referring to him as JimmyB!
Here is the full spread with map and a sketch from my motel room (there was a football match on in Orange and hardly any accommodation available so an old style motel it had to be). Ah! the poplars are so nice at the moment.
Monday had been devoted to spending time in Orange but I decided to visit some little towns instead (more about that shortly). So the only other Orange sketching I did was on Monday afternoon and it was another JimmyB building! The Post Office with lots of lovely classical details!
I managed to get a park right outside but it was only for 30 minutes. It started to rain but I noticed a cafe opposite, so I set myself the challenge of doing the sketch in 25 minutes!
This is how much I managed to do in the time frame! It is totally crazy to attempt this complex building in only 30 minutes and to draw it that large. But if I hadn’t set myself the challenge I doubt that I would have attempted it. Tracking down James Barnet’s buildings is a nice mini project to do this trip and it gives me a reason to seek out some of the grander buildings in the towns I will visit.
The main street was nice but nothing special…
As mentioned above I used my “Orange day’ to explore some of the lovely historic towns surrounding it. Up first was Millthorpe. This was a very interesting town with lots of lovely buildings and fancy shops/cafes.
Next town was Blayney – but I didn’t stop or even take a photo there. Another ‘next time’ location!
Carcoar was the town I had intended to spend most of my tine at and it did not disappoint. (Well, apart from the fact that there was no cafe open! I was glad I had had a good breakfast in Millthorpe!))
And then went back to the main street and did two sketches. BTW here is another JimmyB courthouse (on the corner) but I didn’t realise at the time. Otherwise I would have done a more elaborate sketch of it.
I also stopped at Forest Reefs – it was just a pub on a corner, but one that was rather sketchable. And then went back to Millthorpe for my afternoon coffee. I was talking to lots of people while doing this sketch
In summary, I was really impressed by Orange and its surrounding area and highly recommend it as a destination!