Saturday, 18 November 2017

Old Berwick Post Office

I discovered a seat conveniently in front of the Old Post Office in Berwick, Victoria, so how could I pass up the opportunity to sketch this old building. (I didn’t have my paints with me so I added the colours after I got home). 



This historical landmark with what was the court house next door (and postmaster's residence behind) was built in 1884 and is one of a number of 19th century buildings preserved in Berwick’s High Street area.


#LamyPen, watercolour, #MoleskineWatercolourAlbum, 5x8” 

Sunday, 12 November 2017

#USkglobal24hrsketchwalk

On Saturday 11th November 2017, Urban Sketcher (USk) chapters from around the globe held sketchwalks in their cities to celebrate 10 years of Urban Sketchers. (There are more than 200 official chapters). Using GMT time, photos from each chapter were uploaded in turn at designated times to the USk Instagram account starting with the first chapter to see daylight (Auckland, New Zealand) to the last chapter to see the sunset (O’ahu, USA). The hashtag was #USkglobal24hrsketchwalk. 

I sketched on the train going to the Melbourne Urban Sketchers sketchwalk for the #USkglobal24hrsketchwalk. 



I only attended the morning session held at the Block Arcade in the Melbourne CBD (the afternoon session was held at Flinders Street Station). 

The Block Arcade, Melbourne. 



One of Melbourne’s most richly decorated interior spaces, it was erected in 1892, the design inspired by an arcade in Milan. There was a poignant start to the sketchwalk when the whole CBD observed a minute’s silence at 11am for Remembrance Day.

A rather daunting scene but here is my sketch finished in an hour, a rush job as I was expecting to be pounced upon by the manager of the arcade who was going around telling us sketchers to leave. 



Management later changed their minds, welcomed our presence and said we should come more often! The sketch group got a lot of attention from shoppers.

An unexpected bonus was entertainment by opera singer Sarah Lobegeiger. She caused a painting in a shop to fall and smash when she hit a high note!



I was chuffed that she shared my sketch on her Facebook page!



And here's the group photo (courtesy of Melbourne Urban Sketchers). 



How exciting to have been part of this USk event!

Marker pens, watercolour, #MoleskineWatercolourAlbum, 5x8” 

Berwick Artists' Society

Sketching the scene and people there was a good way to remember who I met at my first weekly meeting of the Berwick Artists' Society. It was held outdoors due to a power failure in the meeting room but what a nice day to be outside! Old Cheese Factory grounds, Berwick, Melbourne.


Marker pens, watercolour, #MoleskineWatercolourAlbum, 5x8” 

Sketching at the Doctor's

It was a long wait to see the doctor but what better opportunity to sketch people.





Marker pens, #Moleskinesketchbook 3.5”x5.5”

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Pelikan Societe, Hastings

Lunch at the coastal town of Hastings (on the western arm of Western Port Bay east of Melbourne, Australia). Pity it was too cold and blustery to be outside. The town has many marinas but was unexciting to say the least (it won the Victorian Tidy Town Award in 2004!). This restaurant as we discovered was a gem. (Obviously many people already knew that).




Some white mangrove near the shore. They are common in around Western Port Bay.


Marker pens, watercolour, #MoleskineWatercolourAlbum, 5x8”.

Dundas Street, Dunedin

This is perhaps my favourite sketch from our Dunedin, New Zealand trip. I found a spot to sit on some steps by the pavilion on North Ground field on our last (and only warm sunny) day. I was facing part of Dundas Street, looking at a row of new and heritage houses and a church. I loved the bare trees and the hill behind.



It was beginning to cloud over when I left.



Marker pens, watercolour, #MoleskineWatercolourAlbum, 5x8”

Sketching Dunedin Architecture

I really liked Dunedin...except I’m told it’s dark and cold all year round. The distinctive 19th and early 20th century architecture has been preserved giving the town a special charm. Old buildings have been re-purposed for new uses. Built in stone or brick, these buildings were built to last by the early Scottish founders. 

Here's a sketch at the University of Otago. The brickwork pattern was dizzying to draw until I got to understand it. 





Here's the former police station, viewed through the window of the very interesting Toitu Otago Settlers Museum cafe. The vegetable muffin I had for lunch wasn't bad either.


I wish I'd had more time and the weather better. Here's a building on the University of Otago campus. 


The former railway station now houses art galleries. 


Marker pens, watercolour, #MoleskineWatercolourAlbum, 5x8”.