The Vic Park Arts Centre (Victoria Park, Perth) had an open morning today and the Urban Sketchers Perth were invited along…..It’s a lovely old weatherboard building (formerly a house) with lots of creative and colourful sculptures and lovely gardens. I started by sketching inside one of the rooms, then moved out into the garden at the back, could have spent the whole day sketching here….a lovely location.
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….
A little (A6 size) sketch of the Perth skyline this afternoon, a chilly wind blowing across the Swan River….I sat in the car to sketch and stay warm.
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.
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.