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Blue Chair and people on the beach

Warm day here and first fish of the season arriving today … they like worms. Flathead.

Which has got nothing to do with this Blue chair … That Blue Chair actually. So I went back down to the beach and caught the natives next to That chair … Good surf too with stiff NE breeze. Go the cricket.

pen ink sketch of spiral staircase

Cold day here. Southerly and ugg boots on … mid summer. Weird. So I sat inside and drew thru the glass. Muddy colours and it is a muddy day.

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.

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.

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

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Exercises and sketches

 

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