Out sketching with the Urban Sketchers Perth yesterday…. a beautiful sunny day down at the University of Western Australia [UWA] which by happy coincidence had the Perth Upmarket happening. Loads of food stalls and handicrafts in and around Winthrop Hall, people enjoying the foods and atmosphere.
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….
The Urban Sketchers Perth monthly meeting took place this morning at Claisebrook Cove in East Perth. We were scheduled to meet last weekend but due to awful winter weather we postponed a week, and this morning turned out to be beautiful….warm(ish) and sunning with a blue sky, worth waiting for. I decided to sit on the grassy knoll in the Victoria Gardens – a great view across the Swan River to the new almost completed sports stadium. My sketch isn’t quite accurate (I should have done some measuring first but was too keen to sketch) as I’ve made the stadium taller that it actually is. Overall I’m OK with my sketch, I moved some of the trees around to change the composition, I would make other changes if sketching again…..
This second sketch is of “Henry Lawson Walk” a view across the cove to the new townhouses that rise up on either side of the inlet….I didn’t have much time for this sketch so it’s mostly ink with just a dot of colour for a red front door and some planter boxes hanging onto the balcony….
I joined the Perth Plein Air Painters briefly this morning in Mount Hawthorne, most people were painting the street scene but I chose to paint the lovely bright yellow earth mover (Daniel Smith – Hansa Yellow Medium) and workmen who were busy replacing Perth’s 100 year old water mains. There is digging all around the city at the moment….huge new pipes being lifted up and then fed down a hole in the foreground….presumably to join up with another piece of the pipe puzzle.
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.
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!