Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Ripe Cafe, Dandenongs

Melbourne, Australia can put on a beautiful sunny winter's day when it wants to. This was sketched at the Ripe Cafe in the Dandenong Ranges east of the city. The air here amid the native bushland is always crisp and clean.  This trip was part of an "art trail" outing I went on. A tourist destination, the Dandenong Ranges is dotted with numerous art galleries, cafes and gift shops.

Viola flowers decorated every dish that our group had for lunch. A couple of violas graced my baguette (filled with chicken, brie and cranberry sauce). I wasn't so impressed with the baguette but I sure was with the violas!

The magnificent bare tree outside was too much to resist but there wasn't much time! Colours on the outdoor sketch was added on the bus as we had to make a hasty departure. 

#Sailorfude pen, watercolour, #MoleskineWatercolourAlbum, 5x8”  

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Coffee and Cake

Still on tiny folding sketchbooks – reserving this one for recording coffee and cake at monthly sketchmeets with my Casey U3A class. A nice way to spend a cold and rainy afternoon when it's too miserable to be sketching outdoors.

#Sailorfude pen, watercolour, homemade concertina sketchbook, 3 1/2" x 21". 

Sunday, 23 June 2019

A Tiny Walled Garden

Loving this tiny homemade sketchbook. A panoramic sketch of our tiny walled garden sure makes it look huge!

#Sailorfude pen, watercolour, homemade concertina sketchbook, 3 1/2" x 28”.

Canberra Sketches

A moving Last Post Ceremony at the National War Memorial, Canberra. My brain was suffering from overload after the museum tour. This must be the mother of all war museums! 

I started the sketch on the ground floor when we first arrived and finished it from the first floor just before the ceremony. At each ceremony (at the end of each day), the story of one soldier who lost his or her life is read out. That’s the eternal flame in the pool. Circling cockatoos had a lot to say.

This was sketched over lunch at the National Museum but I experimented with a second colour after coming home. 

I must say it adds some pizzaz to the sketch!

#FaberCastellPittPen and #TombowMarker, #HandbookJournal 5.5"x5.5"

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Berwick Anzac Ceremony 2019

A moving Anzac ceremony on 25th April at the little war memorial in Berwick, Victoria (an outer suburb south east of Melbourne). As completed on location. 

Note the flypast of 2 planes overhead. 

This is one of several small stone monuments at the site. 

My grandparents and parents were badly affected by WWII and I lived through the Malayan Emergency. When I was a child, my family hid snacks for me in a toy panda puppet during long car trips on the open road in case we were stopped by communist soldiers looking for food.

Marker pens, #MoleskineWatercolourAlbum, 5x8” 

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Chinese Peranakan Dress

The Chinese Peranakans are the decendants of Chinese who went to live in SE Asia in about the 15th century and intermarried with local women. They have a culture evolved from a mix of Chinese, Malay, Indonesian and European cultures. 

This was sketched on location at the Melbourne Peranakan Association Australia Inc. Annual Dinner and Dance. The men nowadays wear batik patterned shirts with western trousers and the ladies wear colourful sarongs with heavily embroidered blouses. 

Only the men stand still! 

I didn't get a chance to sketch the women but here is a photo of some beautiful sarongs and blouses (called a kebaya). My grandmother only ever wore an embroidered white kebaya but the modern kebayas are very colourful. They are said to have originated from blouses worn by Dutch women living in Indonesia. The lady on the extreme right wears the traditional beaded shoe.

#FaberCastellPittPen, #HandbookJournal 5.5"x5.5"

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Isolation Hospital

This is the Isolation Hospital within the former Quarantine Station at Portsea at the south east entrance to Port Phillip Bay (on which stands the city of Melbourne). The 2 metre high corrugated iron fence was built in 1890 to separate sick passengers from healthy ones. The fence was removed in the 1960s but a small remnant remains (on right of sketch). An interesting verandah (seen at top of the stairs) wraps around the other side of this building but I chose to sketch this side to show the fence that is left. This rather sombre side of the building also indicated the grim nature of the quarantine station. A shed nearby was used to cremate those who died within the isolation compound. 

Sketched in a hurry before the rain returned (and painted later), midweek this was a deathly quiet creepy spot.

#Sailorfude pen, watercolour, #MoleskineWatercolourAlbum, 5x8”.