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…

Perth panorama

Last official sketch-meet of the year for the urban sketchers at Coode Street jetty, South Perth. Fabulous views across the Swan River, sailboats and lots of people enjoying a warm summers morning. The bottom sketch is drawn on a sheet of A4 catridge (ordinary printer) paper….cut lengthways into 3 even strips and taped together on the reverse to creaye a really long panorama.

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!