Como Rotary Classic Car Show

With the Urban Sketchers Perth at the Como Rotary Classic Car Show on Sunday morning…lots of “classic” cars…

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Perth Royal Show 2019

7 and a half hours sketching the last day of the Perth Royal Show at the Royal Agricultural Society show grounds in Claremont, had a fantastic time and managed 11 sketches…a personal record! Started with a couple of pencil sketches in the cattle sheds to warm up then changed to fountain pen and watercolours…Soooo much to sketch…it’s not cheap to get into the show (adult ticket is $32 at the gate, $28 pre-purchase at IGA) but so long as you have time to stay and really look around it’s worth it to meet the farmers and crafts people and see all the exhibits.I was chatting with smiths at the Blacksmiths’ Association of Western Australia who have invited the urban sketchers to go and sketch again at the forge works.

Tom Fricker Cottage

Sketching with the Perth Plein Air Painters this morning…this is “Tom Fricker Cottage”. It’s an old single storey iron and weatherboard house that was originally sited in nearby Jolimont but moved to Swanbourne and placed next to Tom Collins house as examples of early WA architecture, set among mature gum trees it’s beautiful spot…

Koonalda Homestead – Nullabor

Koonalda Homestead…abandoned station and former petrol station along the old Eyre Highway….about 20 minute drive up a rocky track off the “new” A1 Eyre Highway connecting Western Australia to South Australia. Camped here just after Christmas, the wrecked cars are all pre-1970 vintage…crashes or mechanical failures on the bone shaker old road. I sketched an old Ford Zephyr, classic shape that’s slowly rusting into the dirt. Also the old petrol pump, naked with all it’s cogs, dials and flywheel on display, amazingly the orange lamp cover was intact! Koonalda is definitely worth a visit, the old homestead is unlocked…walking around is taking a step back in time. And the cars….so many all piled up…could have spent a week there sketching…another time…