Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Edinburgh Gardens Sketchmeet

Another sketchmeet with Urban Sketchers Melbourne this time at Edinburgh Gardens. What glorious weather! Most of us were focused on the Fitzroy Memorial Rotunda built in 1925. The gardens were established in 1862. 

I stayed on to finish a panorama sketch after a lunch of burger and chips from the very convenient food truck which pulled up. The chips were the best ever! Were they fried in duck fat!?

#LamyPen, watercolour,#Stillman&Birn Beta Sketchbook, 5.5x8.5ins. 

Pencil, watercolour, on #Strathmore400 series Watercolour Journal 7.75”x9.75”

Port Melbourne Sketchmeet

Station Pier in Port Melbourne, Australia, opened in 1854. Today it is Melbourne’s primary passenger terminal for interstate ferries and cruise ships. It was the early landing/departure site for immigrants and troops going to war.

It was during this sketch with Urban Sketchers Melbourne on 24th September that I received the phone call that my latest grandchild had been born after his mother’s 36 hour labour. So much distraction didn't make for a good sketch!

There were lots of things to sketch at Port Melbourne – buildings, cranes, buoys, distant ships, trams, people, restaurants. It was a beautiful sunny day but the strong wind was uncomfortable especially for those sketchers painting on easels.

I (and many others) parked ourselves on part of the pier in a sheltered area. It was a nice experience to be sketching close to other sketchers surrounded with the sounds (and smell) of the sea below us (always mindful of not losing any sketching tools through the gaps between the wooden planks of the pier).

It was a good turn out for the sketchmeet.

#LamyPen, watercolour,#Stillman&Birn Beta Sketchbook, 5.5x8.5ins.