This January I’m making more of an effort to go on regular sketching outings so on Thursday I had a short visit to Cockatoo Island. It’s one of my favourite places to sketch in Sydney – so many sketchable subjects in a short area and also lots of great memories from outings over the years.
We’re having a lot of rain lately here in Sydney (and Thursday’s forecast wasn’t great) so Cockatoo Island was a perfect place to visit as there are a lot of great undercover sketching locations. Even though it rained twice during the two hours I was on the island I’m really thankful that I wasn’t really impacted by rain.
As I was sketching this I was remembering a Urban Sketchers Australia sketch meet we had here in 2016 and some of my earliest visits to the island with Wendy Shortland. I was thinking about Wendy a lot on Thursday and miss all the great art chats we used to have!
This end of the main industrial shed is one of my favourite parts of Cockatoo Island. I couldn’t help remembering a version that I did of this at the end of a two-day workshop I taught here with Paul Wang in 2014.
Ah! it’s nice to have a large sketchbook (11×14 Alpha) for this tall subject.
In addition to my dagger brush I also used an eradicator (medium size) for some texture and an R18 Triangular Brush for the fine lines. This brush just happened to be the smallest/finest brush in my bag on the day.
Here is a scan of the finished sketch.
Note: I’d been on the island for just over an hour at this point.
Ah! it was so good to be here again.
I decided to catch the next ferry back (making it only 2 hours on the island) and considered doing another sketch of this view – the Cockatoo Island guardians as I refer to them. But there was rain around and no shelter in this area.
And well, I was more interested in the banksia trees that have grown so much since I was last here.
So there you have it – a very productive 2 hours on Cockatoo Island!
This outing was a good reminder to me that it’s really easy to pop over to the island for a quick visit… and once again, how great it feels to be out sketching on location!