The Hobart Sketchers Group met at Fitzroy Gardens in South Hobart, Tasmania, today on this Day for Valentines. We had a nice group of ten gather at the beautiful and green gardens, including an urban sketcher from Launceston. kunanyi’s organ pipes were really well-marked and distinctive from this viewpoint. This mountain looks over Hobart and is a feature from many different angles depending which suburb you are viewing it from. The organ pipes could be so clearly seen from here.
I decided to sketch a house on Fitzroy Crescent, number 43. I had a clear view of the house until a car parked in front of me.
Then the owner of the house wandered across the street to have a bit of a sticky beak and was so enthusiastic about what we were doing and our drawings that he moved the car, rubbish bins and even offered to make us a cup of coffee!
Then he offered to take a photo of me drawing. I think it is quite a cool shot with the house so clearly in view. He’s got a photographer’s eye!
I mucked up the bay windows. I didn’t draw them big enough. Next time…..
Thanks for visiting and I hope that you make time to draw, drawing outdoors, indoors looking out or indoors looking in.
This year, our new CEO decided to increase our parking fees from zero dollars per year to $1500 per year. Consequently, I decided to park and walk to work. There are a few free parking places along some of the streets on the Glebe in Hobart, Tasmania but you have to be early to get them. Consequently, I find myself arriving at work ridiculously early, a few minutes after 7 am! I decided that I should try to smell the roses and draw on my way to work. A lofty idea but it’s turned out to be more difficult for me to do than I thought. But this morning, I did stop and smell some roses and drew this house on Shoobridge Street.
Because there was little planning involved, I did the drawing while standing, which adds to the difficulty, the sun was shining at a low, diagonal angle so I drew the house straight-on (so I could see!!) and I only had my Lamy pen on hand.
I wish Lamy ink didn’t bleed so much. A little bleed is nice but too much is not. In other words, settle down, Lamy! As soon as water touches it, it turns the area inky.
The perspective was particularly challenging and my picture doesn’t convey how much I was looking up at the house but hopefully it has captured the essence of one of many Hobart’s charming houses. I’ll keep trying.
Went for a wander early in the morning in Dubai before the heat set in and heading to the airport and came across the Garhoud Mosque.
My sketch of the mosque.
Some more discoveries. I thought this collection of cranes looked cool.
On the trains in Dubai, you see such a variety of dress, races and cultures. It is all so seamless, ladies dressed in full black burqas, white, black, beige or colourful hijabs, colourful saris, Arabian white robes, western clothes and nobody stops to have a second look. It’s such a good example of acceptance and respect that countries around Dubai should aspire to.
Thanks for visiting. I’m off to explore Lisbon, Portugal!