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 that 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.
The 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 time 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!