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”. 

Some Memories of Sorrento

I finally got round to putting the finishing touches to some more sketches done on my recent trip to Sorrento (on the south eastern entrance to Port Phillip Bay on which sits the city of Melbourne, Australia). The sketches were done over dinner at a pizza place and watching the departure of the ferry to Queenscliff (on the other side of the bay).

Here I was attempting to combine sketches done on different days into a one page spread and I'm getting to like my Sailor Fude pen! 

This spread was done with De Artramentis Urban Grey ink, a 20 year old watersoluble pencil and some touches of colour.

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

Sorrento, Victoria

It's easy to be immersed in history when visiting Sorrento (a seaside township south east of Melbourne city). From left the Sorrento Post Office built in 1903 and Stringers Store established in 1888. 

Sorrento, settled in 1803 is the first European settlement in the Australian state of Victoria. It sits at the eastern entrance to Port Phillip Bay on which the city of Melbourne is located. Sketched and painted on location. Touch up done later.

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

The Berwick Show 2019

Cows and bulls at the Berwick (Agricultural) Show, Victoria, Australia. Sketching people and animals in motion was an interesting challenge.

During judging, the handlers led their animals past the judges. When standing still, they continually scratched the bellies of the animals with a prod. This prod looked something like a golf club and the scratching keeps them quiet. The prod has a pointy tip to prod the feet of the animals to make them stand "correctly" for judging. The scratchy bit is a curved prong and some prods have a brush as well! 

Paint to one sketch was added soon after the judging finished when I found a chair to sit on in the food truck area.

Marker pens, watercolour, #MoleskineWatercolourAlbum, 5x8” .

Gladysdale Bakehouse & Blue Lotus Water Gardens

The Gladysdale Bakehouse – good food and picturesque views (loved their faux distressed table tops) before a visit to the Blue Lotus Water Gardens in Yarra Junction, north east of Melbourne, Australia.

The lotus and waterlily ponds at the Water Gardens were impressive, as was their garden shop but not the tacky Chinese pavilions and "Balinese" setting of one area (complete with concrete crocodiles). 

I was interested in sketcher Liz Steel’s blog post of 13 Feb “Should I add colour to my sketch” and the discussion that ensued. (See: I ran out of time with this sketch done at the Blue Lotus Water Gardens and added colour at home. I prefer my unpainted version. As always for me (with brown ink at least) some of the more interesting line work has been obliterated by my watercolour. Perhaps I should stick to black ink when I use watercolour?

Marker pens, watercolour, #MoleskineWatercolourAlbum, 5x8”.

Sketching at Collins and Russell Streets

Sketching at the corner of Collins and Russell Streets, Melbourne, Australia before an afternoon show at the Regent Theatre. 

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

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Touch of Dutch Cafe

Out and about getting chores done before the next day's expected 43C degree heat. A muffin and cup of tea was a nice addition to the morning at the Touch of Dutch cafe in Berwick (an outer suburb of Melbourne). 

The group at the table up and left just as I was going to sketch them.

#FaberCastellPittPen, #HandbookJournal 5.5"x5.5"

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Primary@Pioneer Cafe

Sketching while supposedly helping to mind the grandkids at the playground (errant grandmother!).

This is watercolour followed by my 40 degree Sailor Fude Pen again. I don't like the way the lines are always a bit too thick on the painted part even when it is dry but I might as well continue. 

This is the Primary@Pioneer Cafe in the suburb of Berwick. It's next to Pioneer Park and is housed in the former Old Berwick Primary School. The oldest parts of the building date back to 1876. It is also the headquarters of the Casey Cardinia branch of the National Heritage Trust. 

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

Monday, 7 January 2019

The Old Post Office, Berwick

First sketch for the year 2019! 

Afternoon shadows on the iconic Old Post Office, Berwick, Victoria. Built in 1885, it is considered architecturally significant as a superior example of a dual function building (combined post office and court house) with a secondary function (Postmaster's residence at the rear).

This was done from the little park that divides the High Street that runs through the shopping strip. A sunny afternoon but not too hot. 

Loose watercolour was done first followed by a 40 degree Sailor Fude pen. 

I was at first disappointed with the roughness and wonkiness of the drawing but am happy that it ended up looking a confident sketch. 

#Sailorfude pen, watercolour, #Strathmore400 series Watercolour Journal 7.75”x9.75”