Sketchwalk around Fremantle

Urban Sketchers Perth had a sketchwalk around Fremantle this morning, starting at the Fremantle Markets we walked around stopping and sketching for 10-15 minutes at a time. None of my sketches are very “finished” – there’s only so much you can get down on a page in such a short time, but all the drawing and watercolour was done in on location so I’m quite please with the results – given it takes a few minutes at least to decide on what to sketch before actually starting!

Stopping at corner of Parry St and South Terrace to sketch a disused corner shop “Beer’s Buildings” then down the road to the entrance of Fremantle Oval.

Walked around towards the town hall and sketched a man sitting on the pavement outside of the “Freo Convenience Store” (I miss spelled on my sketch – ran out of space). Finally headed back along Packenham St and drew one of the ornate lamp-posts.

This sketch below is one I did before we started, I’ve been wanting to go back and paint this doorway again, the buildings are in the process of being renovated but it looks like there still quite a lot of work to do….

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Cottesloe Beach – the old timber jetty appears ?

Autumn tides have shifted the sand around the local beaches exposing limestone reefs and ripping up old seaweed in great heaps on the beach. But today I saw something that I’ve never spotted before….old wooden post and rail with large iron bolts sticking out of the sand just in front of the Indiana Tea House on Cottesloe beach. It seems this wood could be part of the original Cottesloe Jetty built in 1906 to make it easier for fishos to get out past the reef and allow people to “promenade” as was the thing to do in those days. Unfortunately it was fairly short lived as the pylons were damaged by boring mollusc and later winter storms. The jetty was eventually condemned and blown up in 1952 with gelignite.

Read the full story at….

https://cottesloehistory.wordpress.com/2016/01/07/a-tale-of-two-jetties/

Finally a quick scribble with pen and coloured pencils, looking North….

Inside the Claremont Goods Shed….

First time inside the renovated space that is the old Claremont Goods Shed, now an art space, currently has some “tisher” lighting installations that are pretty cool…Interactive lights that turn or off or dim when blown in the breeze or touched by a hand, other creation that caught my eye was artificial butterflies trapped in large light bulbs that flutter to life when you walk past. Very hard to sketch someone else’s art creation especially installation art that is created by lights but a quick sketch of the gallery space below….

Somerville outdoor cinema, UWA

Spent a pleasant morning out painting with the Plein Air Painters Perth at the lovely Somerville Auditorium. This is a gorgeous outdoor theatre set in the University of Western Australia (UWA) grounds. This area of the university is also known as the “cathedral of pines” because of the huge Norfolk pine trees that were planted by William Somerville to create an open air venue sometime after 1927.

The Somerville is home to Perth’s International Film Festival with nightly showings after sunset in the summer months, the public gather to eat picnics on the grass surrounded by the massive trees before settling down in deckchairs at sunset to watch the film.

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On my bike ride into the city there was a yacht race on the Swan river just outside of Elizabeth Quay….the city makes a great back-drop for the race.

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Brittania Coffee Palace

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This is a section of the former “Brittania Coffee Palace” (built 1897) on the corner of Francis and William streets in Northbridge.

The Brittania was constructed to cater for the temperance movement – “coffee palaces” were alternative to licensed premises providing accomodation and facilities for tea-totalling travellers and families. Located close to the city it was one of many hotels that sprang up to cater for the gold rush hopefulls that made their way to Perth. Up to 150 boarders could be accommodated… many young men who signed up for the first world war listed the Brittania as their home address.

It is currently cafe and retail on the ground floor and a backpackers on the upper floors….probably not tea-total!

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