Friday, 7 September 2018

Around the World in a Sketchbook

I'm so happy to have such a strong supporter in Judith at the Mechanics Institute Library, Berwick. My little show "Around the World in a Sketchbook" was on display there recently.

The artist statement: 

Kathleen Newman is an Urban Sketcher and sketchbook artist. She has lived and sketched her life in several countries while accompanying her spouse on his work assignments. 

These sketches (dating back to 2012) were done on location. Addition of colour and touch ups could be completed later at a more convenient time. 

She was a tutor in the “Keeping a Sketchbook” course for Casey U3A (first semester 2018).

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Adventures with a Sailor Fude Pen

Oops! A sudden switch in style brought about by an overly generous flow of ink from my Sailor Fude pen while sketching a corner of the garden.

Still experimenting with my Fude pen at Sawtell Inlet, Tooradin. This is a small coastal township at the top of Western Port Bay near Melbourne, Australia.

Another sketch, this time at Patterson Lakes – inlets, boats and retirement communities. 

After such busy traffic and miles of annoying roadworks, the Puerto Restaurant was quite a find. Right on a sunny inlet, it's quietly tucked away at the back of the chaotic Patterson Lakes Shopping Centre. 

More adventures with a Sailor Fude to come. I rather like the unpredictability of line.

#Sailorfude pen, watercolour, #MoleskineWatercolourAlbum, 5x8”, #HandbookJournal 5.5"x5.5"

Friday, 20 July 2018

Beaconsfield Village Bakery

A party pie (or two) is a treat on a freezing cold day! The Beaconsfield Village Bakehouse must be the most popular bakery in the area!

#TombowMarker, #HandbookJournal 5.5"x5.5"

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Daily Life

Here's a sketch from the dentist's surgery. I'm still nursing sore thumb joints and tendon strain hence the very light lines which I darkened at home (and added the other colours).

A good fish lunch is a nice way to end an unexpectedly successful shopping morning (for arriving family). Too cold and blustery to eat outside unfortunately.

The lavender is out under that strange shaped tree across the road. That's the Berwick Mechanics Institute and Free Library across there. It's one of the last Mechanics Institutes which still operates as a library in Victoria, Australia and one I enjoy visiting almost weekly. 

#TombowMarker, colour pencils #HandbookJournal 5.5"x5.5"

Winter Garden

The winter weather has been really grotty but I'm pleased to still be able to enjoy my garden. Here I'm trying out a new Urban Grey ink. The ink company De Artramentis has recently released this ink colour on the request of Urban Sketchers who feel that black ink is just too stark.  (Their Dove Grey is too blue for me).  

The latch on our garden gate has had to be adjusted twice in the last 2 years in order for the gate to close. This is the result of shifting soils which apparently is a feature of our neighbourhood! 

After living in Canada for 14 years I'm still getting my head around having outdoor flowering plants in winter and it's been a good growing season going by the plants which are doing well. 

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

Friday, 6 July 2018

Over the Garden Wall

Looking over our garden wall (while watching some birds we are feeding). The only ones that come are Spotted Turtle Doves. They squabble and fight among each other and the only bird which gets to feed is a large dominant one. So much for doves being peace loving.

I did this ink-only sketch first with my Sailor fude pen.  A fude pen has a bent nib and this was a 40 degree one (as opposed to the 55 degree ones you can also buy). I sure like the ease of attaining thick and thin lines depending on the angle one holds the pen. 

This second piece I did with direct watercolour (no line) using a Rosemary & Co dagger brush.

Finally I added watercolour to the ink-only sketch with a waterbrush. 

Although I like all three, I was able to achieve more interesting colour effects with the greater holding capacity of the dagger brush as compared with the waterbrush. The direct watercolour technique is easier to do on quick drying paper and my Moleskine Watercolour Journal worked well here. (Much better than the slower drying Bockingford paper I had tried earlier in a home made journal). 

I added some text and “extras” later in an attempt to achieve a better page layout.

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

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne

We finally got ourselves to the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne. This is solely an Australian garden. 

The gardens themselves are easily walkable but taking the hop-on hop-off bus is worthwhile for getting your bearings and to listen to the commentary about the gardens. Visiting in winter meant we missed out on seeing the flowering plants but we certainly enjoyed the quietness of the low season. 

Here's the desert inspired garden looking towards the visitor centre, surely something different!

Here's my sketch in progress of the desert garden from the visitor centre. The sketch was touched up at home to get the earth tones right though on site the sands seemed to change colour depending on the sun.

I was trying out my newish Sailor fude pen (40 degree nib). I always thought that black ink was too stark (as opposed to my usual brown) but it seemed fine after adding the colour. The fude pen, pronounced "fooday" (a Japanese word) does make it easy to get a variety of line thicknesses but holding it more or less upright to give a fine line takes some getting used to. Because it delivered a generous amount of ink it was easy to smudge the drawing in parts.

Here's the view...

and my touched up sketches.

Surrounding the gardens is quite a large area of virgin forest protected by a fence which keeps out predators. Stringybark Picnic Area in this native bush part was eerily quiet with paths leading to picnic tables almost hidden among tall gums. 

Here's an interesting snippet.

The highlight of our visit was spying a Southern Brown Bandicoot. Most rare of the Australian bandicoots, a colony is thriving in this protected area. 

The ranger said we were very lucky to see one!

For more info on the gardens click here.

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