Rail Heritage Museum Bassendean

Urban Sketchers Perth met at the Rail Heritage Museum WA in Bassendean yesterday afternoon, it’s right next to the train line, packed with old locomotives and carriages from bygone days. Volunteers do a fantastic job to restore and maintain everything, apparently some of the Locos do still work but the insurance is too high to allow the volunteers to start them up.

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Perth World Fringe Festival

Out with the Urban Sketchers Perth yesterday morning in the heart of Perth – The Cultural Centre (next to the state Art Gallery and State Library). Lots of bright and colourful tents and kiosks for the entertainment (shows and bars only open in the evenings). The pink fence was back again this year (I sketched it 2 years ago on our inaugural sketch-meet, don’t have much opportunity to use Permanent Rose straight from the pan, contrasted with the golden yellow of the tent below….

Morris Commercial truck

Morris Commercial truck with gorgeous rust colouring (I think it might once have been a yellow colour – traces of yellow paint) sitting on a verge in Osborne Park (Western Australia). This was a tough one to sketch as there is no shade nearby and it was a 31’C day so I sat in my car and sketched as fast as possible….the watercolour paint dried so fast. Lots of Quinacridone Gold and Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet in the rust colours plus some Winsor Lemon Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, Indigo and a touch of Raw Sienna. A blob of white gouache for the highlight on the bumper (the only shiny parts were the chrome bumper, manufacturers badge and the beautiful headlights). The vehicle hasn’t been here long (it doesn’t appear on google map dated Sept 2017). According to a Google search this could be an LC3 model from the 1940’s-50’s….but it’s in very serious need of some TLC!

South Perth Foreshore Panorama

South Perth foreshore this morning for an end of year Christmas catch-up with the Perth Urban Sketchers.  It was a lovely morning sitting down under the paperbark trees next to the “Funcat” hire kiosk, we all brought some food to share and sketched the city, the sailboats, dog walkers and Sunday promenaders. I decided to try a different format for the city skyline….I had cut a sheet of A4 paper into 3 lengthways then taped them together on the back to create one long piece of paper. This enabled me to create a long panorama sketch starting at the South Perth foreshore on the left, travelling over the narrows bridge, past King’s Park and into the city over on the right. Unfortunately I underestimated the length of the city so I only got about halfway along Langley Park before I ran out of paper! Also I misjudged how tall the BHP tower is so I continued the tower on bottom edge of my sketch book….(live and learn….note to self….next time take extra paper and start sketch in the middle of the city with the tallest building first).

Perth Zoo

A visit to Perth Zoo yesterday, I spent 5 & 1/5 hours sketching yesterday. So much to draw….feathers, fur and scales….all sorts of shapes and sizes, some of the creatures are “collages”….those that moved around….either I had to wait until it returned to the same spot of pick another similar relative! The lioness was one that got away….I’d just started drawing her when a noisy bunch of school kids arrived so she got up and walked off into the long grass and I didn’t see her again!