Cycling back from Fremantle I stopped by the iconic (and heritage listed) Dingo Flour building, owned by Great Southern Roller Flour Mills Ltd. I sketched the same view almost exactly 5 years ago (25 June 2015) when the silos were still standing to the left of the main shed and it was rather rusty then (renovated in 2016 – new corrugated panels and repaint).
Fremantle slowly opening up again after the COVID-19 lockdown. The Fremantle Markets still aren’t open yet (probably too hard to control people numbers and social distancing inside) but cafes and shops opening again. Lots of people about on a beautiful sunny winter’s day (plus the usual cars/utes/motorbikes rumbling up and down the terrace…poseurs!). Quick and rough sketch of Gino’s cafe plus the back lane (Essex Lane).
Rain clouds clearing over Swanbourne Beach last Sunday…
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 station
A walk along South City Beach…a few surfers but no swimming – rips and dumping waves
Dark clouds approaching and disappearing horizon before a storm last week…Another day, calm returns with piles of seaweed ripped up by the big waves and tides…Good fishing for some too….
A quick sketch of a crested tern standing on one of the jarrah posts of the Old Swan Brewery jetty, photo is a bit blurry…trying to capture both the sketch and bird in the picture
The abandoned Fremantle Power Station, in North Coogee, I sketched this ruined building in November 2015 and have returned again to have another crack at it, this time an autumn day when it wasn’t so scorching hot. Opened in 1954 and closed in 1985 it has been empty and unloved for the last 35 years. Now surrounded by new apartments and luxury homes it looms as a ghost from the past on the horizon. My sketch squashed the long building onto a small rectangular page but that’s how this building felt to me, looking up at the solid concrete structure with the dark empty window frames (most glass is missing, just the odd one high up that remains intact).
South Mole lighthouse Fremantle midday…a strong Southerly breeze (blowing up from Antarctica…a bit chilly) watching the big container ships being escorted out of the port into Gage Roads…
A couple more sketches done in/around home…