I did a solo trip to Cockatoo Island on Saturday. Staying with my son Ben and his wife Phoebe at Neutral Bay the wharf is not too far away. I was on a mission having immersed myself in a new book on drawing. New method, new thinking, love it.
So the plan was to be nonstop drawing … from the time I got on the first ferry till arrival back at Neutral Bay.
Materials were kept simple … one 5B .7mm Avery fat tech pencil on Moleskin with sort of yellowing pages … not sure what they call it.
After completing a little session at the Slipway area (North West) I went up to the top level, sat on an old stone wall and proceed to strip off layer after layer of clothing as the weather was clear and warm … and sketched some more:
You’ll notice some heavier lines … this is all part of the method, the envelope.
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.
Having always wanted to make a sketch from this pic I took some years back, today was the ideal opportunity because I dont know how to draw rain thats going sideways. There are a million lane ways like this throughout Italy. If you take the photo it will bring back memories. If you then do a sketch you can almost smell the air. Almost. Sepia wash on Moleskin.