Subiaco sketch-walk

The Urban Sketchers Perth met for their monthly sketch-meet and decided to do  “sketch-walk” – we walked around Subiaco stopping for only about 5 minutes to sketch whatever appeared and appealed. This is a great way to force yourself to really look at the environment around you….buildings that you may have walked past many times suddenly appear much more interesting when you really look and see the shapes and details…..Of course only 5 minutes sketching time means only the very basic lines and shapes can be drawn – no time for details! Below are my sketches as we wandered around, colour was added later from memory.

Fishing Cottesloe Groyne

Watching the fishers at Cottesloe Groyne today, the guy in the foreground didn’t have much luck, the fish weren’t biting for him. But one of the fishos further along the groyne started reeling herring in one after the other – the school of fish was clearly visible, shining just under the surface, it was just about impossible not to catch fish today. Apparently the secret to catching herring is….. low tide, a generous amount of burley made with leftover roast chicken fat and a fair amount of luck!

Here’s what you can catch…..fresh herring….

Black Swans Matilda Bay

Black swans resting and grooming themselves down at the waters edge of the Swan River (yes the river is named after the swans) at Matilda Bay, Perth. The swans often stand balanced on one leg with their head curled onto their back, red beak nestled into wing feathers.

City Beach Kiosk and a cloudy day at North Cottesloe

This is the little kiosk at the South end of City Beach….I don’t think that it’s open anymore as there are new cafes higher up the beach that have opened recently…..

Below an unsuccessful attempt to capture the pale winter sun shining through high clouds at North Cottesloe. The sky colours were delicate yellow, peach and pale blue. I really should have taken proper watercolour paper to attempt this….needed lots of watery paint….and the ability to lift colour out again….another lesson learnt!