- I could stay home but then I wouldn’t get my walk, a cafe coffee, or a sketch done.
- I could go into a cafe but at the moment I significantly prefer to be outside sketching. There is something super special about being on the street with my sketchbook.
- I could get my usual takeaway coffee and sketch outside. There is really only one reliable spot in my local area where I can sit on a wet day (a taxi stand) and I knew that with all the rain and wind that we had overnight that it wouldn’t be that sheltered.
So not a lot of options, but I went for the most uncomfortable one and sat on a cold damp bench at the taxi stand (after wiping the raindrops off) and tried to sketch even though the wind was driving some rain onto my page. I didn’t spend a lot of time sketching as the rain got heavier but as always it felt great to be sketching on location!!!
BTW I could also have sketched standing up… and I really should start doing that on wet days but I couldn’t then ‘sip and sketch.’
The rain was a little inconvenient but I believe that it’s always worth pushing through a few barriers in order to build a consistent habit of urban sketching. (A few barriers while still remaining safe!) Yesterday for a spring day in Sydney was a little cool (so I put on an extra layer before heading out), but of course, this can’t compare with the temperatures that I know some of you are experiencing at the moment as you head into winter.
And then in the afternoon, I had a brief visit to Lane Cove National Park. This is one of the best spots to visit when it’s raining because there are so many covered places to sketch from. I love the bush when it’s wet and the birds seem even noisier than usual.
Yesterday was the first time I could sit at a new picnic table but I had to walk through mud and very soggy grass to get there.
So yesterday was a good reminder that to keep a sketching habit going you just have to keep sketching (somehow) even on days when the weather isn’t ideal.
In everyday life (especially when we’ve had so much rain in recent months) it does require a bit more of a push to go out sketching in the rain. But I don’t think twice about it when I’m travelling, teaching or attending a sketch meet. Here are a few sketches and photos from the past….
I’ve been taking risks and sketching in crazy conditions from the early days – this was during an International Sketchcrawl day many years ago! I wrote at the time that it was raining too hard to get up but it does look as if I was trying to pack up.
A more recent example during a USK Sydney event last year. I was sitting on a bench under an umbrella and once again, intentionally let my sketch get wet at times throughout the sketch.
Ah! it’s so much fun to revisit a few sketches/photos of previous rainy-day sketches and it makes me even more determined to not to let the weather stop me from sketching regularly!
I’d love to hear your thoughts about sketching in the rain. Is it something you are happy to do or do you avoid it at all costs?
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