Perth Cultural Centre Sketching

Out with the Urban Sketchers Perth for a sketch-meet post Covid19 lockdown…so long as we’re appropriately socially distanced we can get out sketching together again….so lovely to see fellow sketchers again. We met outside of the Art Gallery of Western Australia and I sketched an old building on nearby Beaufort Street plus people passing by the Urban Orchard near Perth Train station20200607_13545820200607_133402

Brisbane Sketchfest 2019

Brisbane Sketchfest 2019…….175 sketchers from around Australia and as far as New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia gathered in Brisbane last weekend for 3 days of urban sketching workshops, sketch-crawls and shared sketching action. I took workshops with Peter Rush using coloured pencils on cereal packet, Ch’ng Kieah Kiean (known as “KK”) using sharpened twigs dipped into Sumi ink plus brush and watercolour, Robyn Bauer drawing trees using diluted sumi inks and varied lines.

Brisbane was a fun city with lots happening, evening markets, electric scooters zooming everywhere, lovely to walk around the city a mix of old colonial style next to high rise buildings. The city was buzzing with people and the Botanical Gardens were very beautiful and peaceful….

Sketches by me and others over the 3 day event…

South Perth – Swan River

A lovely spring day for a cycle ride around the Swan River, lots of people out enjoying the Sunday sunshine. This is the view from the Riverside Cafe at Barrack Street, the Swan river has a tinge of brown in the water….all the recent rain must have washed some dirt down from the Darling Range….

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….

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.

Crawley Edge Boathouse

The iconic Crawley Edge Boatshed along Mounts Bay Road (just up from UWA) sketched about noon today. Constructed in the 1930’s I think this must be the most photographed building in Perth…There’s always a stream of people walking along the boardwalk to have their picture taken or to take a selfie, loads of wedding photos here on the weekends. But I don’t think that I’ve ever seen a boat inside the boathouse!

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….