Sometimes life gets hectic, nice hectic but hectic, and sketching can take a little bit of a break. So rather than try and do serious bits, practicing and studying other people’s art can take the pressure of self creation off and allow free sketching. Trying a zebra brush marker as well as other brush pens.
I met Patricia again and we started to draw in the Domain gardens although the weather looked threatening. We found shelter but the weatehr was against us. We visited a lovely cafe that gave us shelter and great Jazz music. The owner invited us to stay for as long as we wnted and that we didnt even have to but anything.
We chose an old shop front to draw, Old Bell Chambers. apparently the Old Bell Inn used to be on the site and these were built in the 1920s.
I haven’t added the ground floor with the modern shops, thought I would retro the bottom, I have some ideas.
Meanwhile outside the weather was looking better, although snow had fallen on the mountain, blue skies appeared, we risked sitting outside on the balcont and trying some of the church building from a table outside
SO out we went, well that lasted 10 minutes before the rain and
Some detail to add to this. Tricias was much better. See her facebook on it here.
We walked back to The Domain Gardens and unfortunately had to go our own way. Great company and great sharer of knowledge. Thanks Tricia.
IAgain I did the touristie bit and took a pile of photos for later use. Again the rain came and So I returned to complete the Elizabeth St scene
Eventually content I wandered back to our hotel, but need to warm up so popped into a cute little cafe. Feddy the owner let me sketch whilst he mopped up the floor. Eventually I left to return the next day and add a bit more
Day 2 I met Hobart urban Sketcher Patricia Hopwood-wade in Battery Point,; its an URBAN Skethcers paradise! Nokidding, for a Melbourne boy there were many buildings from the the 1840s on…. I could sketch here for a LONG time. (See Patricias fabulous art here but come back!)
Tricia took me to a building that she was intereseted in, she is also completing Liz Steels classes so I was happy to follow her lead. And to get out of the cold wind blowing.
We set up and we chatted like old school friends, which made it a fantastic experience. I look forward to hosting her on the mainland sometime. Part of the Urban sketching group is sharing our knowledge and getting over the challenge of sketching alone outside when you first start up. We both cracked on, and I learnt a lot about her art and processes, which was very generous of her to share. It’s amazing we got any sketching done. we went off for a coffee, I had two I needed to warm up.
We returned to our spot. A couple of people asked what we were doing and were kind enough to say they liked what we were doing.
The curves of the balcony were challenging. The ironwork too. When you sit and sketch you really pick up some details or I am alittle finicky? , the wire to stop birds getting in up under the round roof, the bathroom window above the lower floor door. the curving bay window plaster, yeah thanks architect for that! And again its on a hill. I forgot how hilly Hobart is, my calves did too!
A lesson for newbies! Go to the toilet when you go for coffee. another hour later and Tricia said goodbye, I must have walked quite strangely whilst I walked back to the cafe to use the facilities, (DESPARATELY).
I went into the cafe and was fortunate enough to get a window table looking at the Fusiliers house. Whilst eating my scallop pie and and drinking coffee and juice (watermelon and orange???) I sketched and coloured this one
There was an old labradour sitting at the front door. She was a little naughty, getting up to visit passing dogs, for a frienly sniff and then back to her spot. The owner told me her name was Olive 13y’o and starting to wander a little further than she should!
After lunch I wandered around and with the occasional rain spot I sought protection for my mnext adventure, (after taking photos of other buildings in Battery point!)
I sat outside the treasury building and got so much grit in my eyes from the wind! but that was Ok I was capturing a coulpe of old buildings in Elizabeth St and chatting to the passing bus passengers. It was starting to rain so left it at this. Quite happy with my days work and walking!
Day one over, Day 2 to come……
The trip to Hobart was successful in many ways especially as an experiement for me to sketch solidly for at least 7- 8 hours a day! Even though the weather was warm, cold, windy, rainy, sleety, sunny and other descriptive nouns….. I was prepared (maybe not for the dust in my eyes), long johns, sunnies, hat and of course ready to do arty stuff.
We met our travelling companions at the airport so I didnt start sketching until on the plane.
Jetstar colours are mainly orange! and I dint draw the kids staring at me until the end beacuse they didnt look at me until I nearly finished our 1 hour flight. It was a good test of my new art jacket (see below). Which I took off for security and put back on once thru, but as usual I was bomb/drug swiped. (I didn’t get tested in Hobart on the way home MIRACLE! I always get tested!)
We arrived at Hobart after a couple of delays, and then we walked to get the travelling out of our system. The sun was shining and it was quite warm so T wanted to lay down in the sun. This is always good for my sketching!
The customs house is a combination of different buildings., which was challegning as it is also on a hill so windows didnt line up and were of different sorts.
I still have shade to add, cast shadows and then a bit of colour.
I used non permanaent ink pen, I love the feel of it and that I can smudge it with a damp finger quickly after sketching. What I don’t like about it is the smudging when I add colour.
I am going to curve this one to the left and include the Supreme court building and the lovely flowers in the foreground, but maybe not the “smoking” couple behind us!
After a couple of moves to follow the sun,it was off to the shops to get breakfast supplies etc.
The trip was good test of my new jacket from my son for my birthday and successful addition to my apparatus!
I don’t have to carry my handbag anymore!
Even a large compartment at the back for my larger sketchpad!
Day 2 to come…….
Out with Tb off to her workshop, I went off to my self imposed sketching workshop. My aim is to sketch for the 8 hours and see where it gets me.
It was a windy day and got worse as day went on. I am still scratching grit out of my eyes……Anyway…
Met Hobart artist, sketcher and must say, very nice host Patricia Hopwood-wade, checkout her Art, but come back. We are both doing Liz Steels buildings course and we both tackled this complicated house with a curved balcony in Battery Hill.
The Fusiliers cottage (built 1840s) was across the road, so I did what came naturally started sketching whilst waiting for my scallop pie. There was an old black Labrador sitting outside. She got up and visited every dog who came past.
When I finished I asked the antiques owner about the dog. Olive is a 13 year old who “usually” stays near the house, but is starting to wander a little.
Then I wandered around and walked off my pie….. I tried to sketch but the wind was fierce and starting to rain, so back into town. I wanted a street scene and shelter. I sat under the eaves of some old government buildings and started the scene below, but it the end the weather forced me to retire. I will get back to this…the perspective may look a bit odd, because I had to move , causing pillars to obstruct my angles….but these are the little happy misfortunes of urban sketching..