On top of Cantonment Hill in Fremantle is the beautfull nautically inspired watch tower currently used by the Fremantle Volunteer Sea Rescue. This is a a volunteer organisation (part of the DFES) assisting water-users – logging sailors in and out of ports/harbours and providing rescue assistance to those in distress with 4 rescue vessels and crews.
Leighton Beech on a sunny Saturday afternoon, lots of people and dogs enjoying the sea (this is one of the most popular dog beaches in Perth). Big piles of rotting seaweed thrown up in the winter storms along the sand.
Out with the Urban Sketchers Perth for our first meet-up of 2018. We gathered at Fremantle “E” shed on the Victoria Quay then scattered to sketch around the sheds and docks…. I drew the cranes as a little warm up sketch (A6) then set about sketching the West side of the “A” shed (there were originally 8 sheds A-H). The weatherboards are looking rather weather-beaten and characterful, I was intrigued by the little padlocked door set into the wall….I wonder what is inside?
If you’re interested in seeing what’s at Fremantle Port right now, the Fremantle Ports Authority have 14 webcams set up….copy the link and select your view to see what’s in port….
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….
A beautiful balmy Autumn afternoon down at the Indian Ocean on Marine Parade, Cottesloe. The sea was really calm, a few people about – dog walking, stand-up paddle boarding, a scuba diver, some swimming and a few disappointed surfers (tiny swell). The water looked so inviting, pity I forgot my bathers…..next time….
A quick sketch below of Pakenham Street, Fremantle, the big cranes of the wharf on the horizon.