Cottesloe Beach

The Urban Sketchers Perth met this morning at Cottesloe Beach to celebrate 10 years since the first Urban Sketchers started in the US.

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Perth Twilight Hawkers Market

An early evening meetup with the Urban Sketchers Perth in the centre of the city….Forrest Place has a “Hawkers Market” on every Friday night during the warmer months, lots of different food stalls, music and entertainment. I arrived a little late but had time to sketch this cute little caravan selling home made ice lollies.

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….

Perth’s water main replacement….

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.

#OneWeek100PeopleSymposium

Last week’s sketches for the #OneWeek100PeopleSymposium event (the world wide Urban Sketchers Symposium is happening right now in Chigaco). I sat in the Urban Orchard next to the Art Gallery of Western Australia and sketched a steady stream of people going to and from the Perth City train station towards Perth Cultural Centre. When you actually look closely at people walking you begin to notice the huge variety of body shapes, different clothing styles and range of walking gait that each person has. These are only quick gestural scribbles done over about an hour, no detail just body shapes. Lots of fun.