Art in Inglewood

A perfect day for sketching in my favorite neighborhood. Sandy did a masterful job, and I bumbled along as usual.

A great day regardless. Met a number of tradespeople familiar with the buildings in the neighborhood, got a bit of a sunburn, and soaked in the atmosphere of an impending long weekend…

Fast and Loose on Australia’s Sunshine Coast

I recently spent a few weeks at my old stomping grounds north of Brisbane, on the east coast of Australia. Warm, semitropical, and hundreds of miles of beaches centered on Noosa National Park….

I have come to the conclusion that I don’t have the patience or skill to do high accuracy drawings! My general goal these days is to loosen up my style and get better at capturing the feeling of a place. Aussie sketchers are really big on colour, so I have been moving that way too. Lots of experimentation, with mixed results…

Encroaching cyclones produced huge waves and high winds, which were interesting. Water is difficult to capture at any time!

Most of Australia’s beach towns are an eclectic mixture of cafes, shops, pubs and markets. Plenty of places for practice. I am always amazed by the amount of interest from owners and passerbys. I was often approached by people, and the reception was always positive.

The main draw is the ocean though! And at any given time you would find groups of people sitting and watching it while lost in thought, surfers checking out the break, people walking on the sand, and lifesavers going about their business…

Colonial Buildings in Adelaide

There are thousands of colonial buildings left in Australia, dating 1820-1920. The architecture is a unique blend of Victorian extravagance combined with practical wide verandas adopted from India, where many of the troops and diplomats were stationed. Almost all are protected by the National Trust or local bylaws. Entire streets and some neighborhoods retain their original streetscapes…

For some of these sketches it was over 40 degrees C! Fortunately, there is no shortage of outdoor cafes and bars.

Sketching with the Adelaide Urban Sketchers

Just back from South Australia, where I met with USk Adelaide, for a sketch meeting at one of the many central historic buildings. They were an incredibly inclusive group, who went out of their way to make sure I found the place and got settled in. They also extended an invitation to anyone else from USk Calgary in the future…

They meet twice a month on weekends, and once a month on a weekday. We sketched for about 2.1/2 hours followed by lunch in a cafe overlooking the river (every Australian city is full of independent cafe/bistros; you practically fall over them).  Afterwards most people post their drawing, and there is an active comparison on line about techniques, pens, and styles…

A great time, and a trip highlight for me…

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