Bar Coluzzi

Coffee shop sketch
Bar Coluzzi, Darlinghurst

To beat the early morning Sydney traffic I arrived in Sydney very early and found Bar Coluzzi in Darlinghurst … guaranteed to be open at 6am. I had plenty of time to throw down a few coffees and do this little sketch. Its a tight  little shop so I was lucky to get a table and chair right near the action. Great coffee by the way.

Some Byron Bay moments

Guitarist and Bongo player in markets
Market Music

A recent photographic job in Byron Bay inspired the sketch book to come out and play… at home where we were staying and at the markets. Gravitating to the music groove of Tim Stokes I sat in the light rain and sketched the guys punching out the tunes. Of course these guys are not drawn to scale. Maybe I was just ‘closer to the beat’.

Still life
A nice little corner caught my eye.

If you really want to stay in a cool place in Byron try the relaxing Barbara’s Guest House in Burns Rd. Just over the track from ‘The Rails’ it is a short walk to everything.

A few days worth

I think I mentioned somewhere along the line that I had started doing my sketches in a book … as opposed to loose leaf. This has changed the way I think about/approach my sketching. Before on the single sheets I used to think that a possible ‘major work’ was in the making. Now, in the moleskine journal, I am undergoing ‘exercises’ on a continual basis mainly inspired by a book recommended by Georgia Mansur

Georgia uses Daniel Smith watercolours and was recommending I try her ‘swatch’ of colours / her palette. She also recommended this book by Danny Gregory ‘Creative License’ which I got and find very good indeed. 

So I have been following his guidance and am really enjoying it. Here’s some snippetts from the last few days:

Street sketches
Milton street scenes from the Scarecrow Festival
Various sketch exercises
Top left is supposed to be a mandarine. When applying the colour wash I forgot that the ink was not waterproof therefore YUK! Click to Enlarge
sketches
Exercises and sketches