Claisebrook Cove, Perth

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….

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.

Subiaco sketch-walk

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.

Barrack Street Jetty, Perth

Barrack Street Jetty in Perth this morning with the Urban Sketchers Perth (10 of us). A lovely morning sketching around the bustling jetties…. ferries across the river to Mends Street, down the river to Freo and onwards to Rottnest Island, plus river cruises up and down the river all depart from here.

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Below….found a lovely quiet and shady spot around the back of one of the cafes to sketch these posts – each post had a resident bird, mostly seagulls and one cormorant (locally known as “shags”) , the water was very calm and glassy.

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Rosalie Blum at Cinema Paradiso

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Waiting for French film “Rosalie Blum” to start this afternoon at Cinema Paradiso in Northbridge. Cinema Paradiso is a lovely small cinema which shows mainly art house and non-mainstream films….Such a refreshing change from some of the recycled Hollywood crap that’s currently out there. Great film, story, actors and subtitles (my French is pretty rusty). Nice to step into another world for a couple of hours.

Brittania Coffee Palace

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This is a section of the former “Brittania Coffee Palace” (built 1897) on the corner of Francis and William streets in Northbridge.

The Brittania was constructed to cater for the temperance movement – “coffee palaces” were alternative to licensed premises providing accomodation and facilities for tea-totalling travellers and families. Located close to the city it was one of many hotels that sprang up to cater for the gold rush hopefulls that made their way to Perth. Up to 150 boarders could be accommodated… many young men who signed up for the first world war listed the Brittania as their home address.

It is currently cafe and retail on the ground floor and a backpackers on the upper floors….probably not tea-total!

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