If you don’t already know this, I am definitely in the first camp!
A few weeks ago, my great friend from Melbourne, Angela Williams, was in town. Due to a forecast of possible showers we decided to do a cafe-crawl in Surry Hills and ended up opposite Bourke St Bakery. This is the third time I have sketched from this location and bizarrely I have sat at a similar spot and done the same views each time – how uninteresting!
Sadly the lovely benches are gone ( you can see them here and here) and instead we (including Chris Haldane and Rooi) found ourselves sitting outside a construction site. Not quite as pleasant but still perfectly acceptable especially as there is the option of a ginger creme brulee tart from Bourke St Bakery – for morning tea. Oh! they are so incredibly good!
But when it came to sketching the bakery I decided that I needed to do something different. So I got out my small flat brush (Rosemary Series 222) and put some quick loose washes down first. Ah! I enjoyed this sketch.
I am still keen to go back (not just for the cake!) and have another go and do something a lot more radical next time.
I personally find it very beneficial to re-do the same scene and push myself to get something different each time. What about you? Do you find inspiration in repetition or do you need to be always sketching something different?