In June 2008 I decided to start a Blogger(blogspot) blog after a few months of posting to Flickr. Back in these early days of sharing online, Flickr was my main home, so I didn’t doing a proper “I’m starting a blog’ type of post. I just re-posted from Flickr.
Therefore, as my blog didn’t have a proper start, I’ve now updated this first entry here to include a few highlights of my early work between March-June 2008. I had no idea when I started this blog where it would lead me. I’m just so happy that I have such a detailed record of my sketching journey, and even more happy that you are going to be a part of it.
I hope that you will enjoy looking at my sketches, reading my thoughts and seeing how sketching truly changed my life.
Note: You can read more about how I started sketching here. This post is more about beginning to share my work online.
FIRST POST ON THE BLOG
- I took this photo on a freezing winter late afternoon.
- I am not used to these subtle and purple tones.
- My squirrel brush was a real struggle with this one and I added a fair bit of pen work afterwards – which I rarely do!
And BTW welcome to my blog. I’m going to start sharing my Flickr posts here as well!
OTHER EARLY SKETCHES (from Jan2007 – Jun2008)
This was my first image uploaded to Flickr on 11 March 2018.
I think it’s really significant that my first post shared publicly online was of a fun dinner with friends. Not only did I sketch the food, but I got them involved and recorded their verdict on the food.
So the theme of ‘sharing my art’ is right there on my first upload!
SKETCHING OUT AND ABOUT
My first sketch of the Sydney Opera House done in 2007 on a sketching outing with Esther Semmens who was living in Australia at the time. As mentioned the article links above, Esther was the person who started me sketching with watercolour.
An outing to Middle Head
My first cafe sketch every – at the Art Gallery of NSW.
Cactus Garden in the Botanic Gardens.
Another cafe visit – I remember feeling nervous about the waiter seeing what we were doing, but it was nice to have Esther with me.
Sketching in bad traffic
Sketching at a family gathering for my nephew’s first birthday.
EVERYDAY MATTERS CHALLENGES
But, as you can see, I enjoyed designing my pages.
As was re-living some of my overseas trips… and sketching food. This is one of my favourite sketches of all time. Yum!
And this spread done on a Friday night in early May 2008 (out of order I know) was monumental. I work up the next day and knew that it was just time to upgrade from Cotman to Artist Quality Winsor and Newton paints.
ARCHITECTURAL SKETCHES AND STUDIES (from photos)
which record what I was reading at the time. Florence churches
And another one!
I had been doing these type of drawings for years, but I suddenly had a place to share them with others.
And I started trying to do more finished sketches – not just elevations.
My sketchbooks have always been a journal of my life and so this means I would include my notes from Sundays (sermons or excerpts from the books I was reading). So here are two more examples like the image at the head of this post. This is of Segovia – another previous trip….
and this one is Loch Maree in Scotland.
My sister lives in Scotland, so Scottish landscapes feature quite a lot! (Loch Assynt page before the notes went on)
So there you have it…A collection of my early work as posted to Flickr between March-June 2008. Please note that these are only a selection and that there are numerous other sketches done during this time period which were less successful. It’s fun to notice the difference between the work done at home vs those done on location.
I hope you enjoyed it and will stick around and become part of my sketching adventure!
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