Urban sketching in Canberra City

Urban sketching in Canberra City May 2016The local Urban Sketchers group decided to do some urban sketching in Canberra City and as usual we all had a great day. We met in the middle of the city which Canberrans call Civic.

Urban sketching in Canberra City May 2016 groupThe day was very blustery, with leaves and dust blowing everywhere so sitting outside was a bit of challenge but that did not deter people. They were soon in the spirit of it and sketchers could seen dotted all over the place.

Urban sketching in Canberra City May 2016I sketched the 4 Icarus statues by Jan Brown that are in the pedestrian mall. I am still experimenting a bit with media. Today you would have found in my hands 2 watercolour pencils each a different shade of sepia/brown a hero ink pen loaded with brown De Atramentis ink  but having fun. A smidgen of burnt umber, burnt siena watercolour paint to which I smooshed a bit of Paynes grey. I am currently using a Stillman and Birn Mixed media Alpha series sketchbook.

If you are interested in Urban sketching, the Canberra Urban Sketchers group meet on the first Sunday of the month and everyone is welcome. It is fun informal group. You can see what is happening on the groups Facebook page

After my Sydney trip I have been reviewing my personal goals and have decided that I am going to do the 100 day project challenge and apply it to sketching

What is the 100 day project? The 100 Days Project is open to anyone who wants to develop their creative skills. The full details are at TheGreatDiscontent.com but the idea is to repeat a creative exercise every day for 100 days. In my case I have decided to define that task as activity in my sketchbook. I imagine most days that activity will be sketching but I am leaving the definition open so if I want to add collage or want to experiment I can do so.

This is my Day 1 of my 100 Days Project challenge. I plan to post every few days my progress – hopefully there is some!

2016 Sydney Urban Sketchers sketch meet

Over the ANZAC weekend I attended the Urban Sketchers weekend sketchmeet held in Sydney.  So as is in the Urban sketchers tradition I am sharing some of sketches.

People came from all over Australia meeting chatting and learning from each other. I learnt a lot as I watched people who are far more proficient than I am at capturing the location they are in. As I review the experience of the weekend, I am also reviewing my sketching goals and habits.It is one of the advantages of attending such events as you get to ask yourself a whole lot of questions and dig over time at the answers.

This weekend I was trying out different paper in a different format (a Stillman and Brin Mixed media Alpha series landscape format sketch book) using different media, and of course there was the stimulation of sketching in a different city with people who were fast becoming sketching buddies.

customs house from 2016 USK Sydney sketch meet upThe front of the Customs house worked quickly in pencil.

Cockatoo island 2016 USK Sydney sketch meet upSaturday we went to the world heritage listed site of Cockatoo Island. It was wet most of the day but everyone got into the spirit of things and hung in there, sketched and enjoyed themselves regardless of the elements. This is worked in water colour – in drizzled rain which added a bit more ’texture’to the piece!

Barracks 2016 USK Sydney sketch meet upSunday the group met at the Hyde Park Barracks designed by convict architect Francis Greenway. This I used a sepia ink, raw siena and raw umber water colour paints and some watercolor pencils in tones that matched.

It was a wonderful event to bringing together sketchers from all over Australia. A big thank you to everyone who was involved in the organisation Chris Haldane, Chantal Vincent, the team leaders and everyone who helped with the event as it ran like clockwork, was warm and friendly and definitely a wonderful experience for everyone.


Canberra Sketchers

Yesterday a cluster of 7 people decided 5 degrees was far too cold to draw outside so we headed inside the Nishi building. It is actually a hotel that is eco-cool. Everything at Hotel, Hotel in New Acton screams modern hip design.

sketching and coffeeFor us as bunch of cold individuals the coffeeshop downstairs was most welcome. Not only is the architecture of the building interesting but the decor is littered with interesting objects. As you can see we all found lots of things to draw.

sketchbooks on table

Draw something you can keep in your pocket

I sketched this beetle a while back and forgot to share it. If you look carefully the real beetle is sitting in the fold of my journal.

Xmas-beetlesIn Australia these beetles are called Christmas beetles because they appear in early summer. As children we loved them as they alway arrive just before Christmas. Even though they are scratchy to hold, I often kept a beetle or two in my pocket and held them in my hands hidden under my school desk, daydreaming about the summer come while the teacher droned on in the early summer heat.

Towards the end of summer and the end of summer holidays the beetles start to die. this always was very sad to me. I found this dead beetle one on my morning walk and took it home to draw. As you can see I needed a magnifier to draw it.

I sketched it using artist pitt pens, watercolour paint, and pencil on a page that I covered in clear gesso as the paper was very smooth. It is page from my hand bound journal

This is EDM drawing challenge number 326 which reads Draw something you can keep in your pocket. Here is the full EDM List