Perth City Farm

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Perth City Farm this morning. This is a community garden next to the main Midland to Perth train line (formerly scrap metal yard and battery recycling plant). The farm was started in 1994 so it’s quite well established now. A smallish garden area was packed with very green and well watered plants (there were bananas and passion fruit growing next to my sketching spot). Organic and Biodynamic fruit, veg, dairy, eggs (free range chickens on site) and honey is sold here every Saturday morning together with other health foods, clothing and body care products. There is a lovely cafe here too.

Two versions of the same sketch drawn on location but photo edited after. The weird and wonderful object in the sketch is a bell made from all sorts of pieces of metal welded together, somewhat rusty in places. The right hand picture is the original as I coloured it with watercolour paints, but the moment that I put the green paint on for the trees…. I wished I had stopped and kept it much simpler. So I’ve made some changes in Photoshop (Elements 8) to remove the green and push it to a more neutral grey background.


Yum Cha at the Dragon Palace….sketch-eat

20160419 Dragon Palace Yum ChaThe Perth Sketchers met at the Dragon Palace Chinese restaurant in Northbridge, Perth this brunch time for “yum cha”. A seemingly endless flow of trolleys with delicious Cantonese food, sticky rice, pork buns, dim sum, pastries, seafood, vegetables….. The trick to sketching any of the food was to put some on your plate an resist the urge to eat until it was sketched (rapidly). Trying to sketch food on the rotating lazy susan was just about impossible!20160419 Dragon Palace Yum Cha Sketches



Some of the sketches from today….


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A quick sketch of Norm while he was busy sketching the food…



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Some younger apprentice sketchers joined in…mainly for the feasting !

Mends Street, South Perth

20160405 Mends Street South PerthThis is a view of “The Old Mill Pharmacy” on Mends Street in South Perth. According to the Heritage council it’s a classic example of federation era styling, built in 1898 as Mrs Boucher’s Tearooms. It originally catered for visitors heading to Perth Zoo (presumably tee-total customers) as the Windsor Hotel is almost opposite! The Swan river ferry still operates from the bottom of Mends Street (there were 4 jetties around 1890) across the Swan river to Elizabeth Quay (was Barrack Street jetty until earlier this year) about a 10 minute boat ride. The big blue and red cranes are a sign of new developments – apartments going up which will have fabulous views of the city from the South Perth Esplanade.

Lamy Safari EF fountain pen, various watercolours, Uniball Gel pens. Holcroft sketch diary.

Below a very quick sketch of the P.S. Decoy (paddle steamer) moored at Mends Street Jetty this morning. Built in 1986 in Fremantle it is a replica of an original paddle steamer that used to ply the swan river in the 1870’s. It is now used exclusively for private functions. (wikipedia)

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Pilot Parallel pen 1.5mm with De Atramentis document ink, Uniball Signo Gel pens