Friday, 31 October 2014

Millers Point

            Millers Point is one of the earliest areas to be settled in Sydney.  There was a large windmill on what is now Observatory Hill, overlooking the harbour and nice and high in order to catch the breezes.  Flour was needed for the locals and this was where it was ground.  The windmill is long gone but there are lots of Colonial and Victorian buildings.  There is quite a bit of development in this area.  The sketch below shows the new casino.  We were sitting in the shade in front of a gate to more development and got moved along.  The new spot didn't have quite the same view/perspective which made it a bit tricky to finish.  However...

Monday, 27 October 2014

Rozelle Markets

                                                                         Rozelle Markets, Sydney, is a weekend market held at a primary school yard.  This school was built in 1877 and the sandstone it was built from glows in the sunshine.  The market has been going on for years and is open both Saturday and Sunday.
It has a great atmosphere and there is always the excitement of finding a treasure.
This sketch was done last Sunday morning on a hot, sunny day.  I had a quick look around and then found a shady spot to sketch.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Hunters Hill

                                                                   This is the Congregational church in Hunters Hill, circa 1876. The sketch group met here today for a morning's fun.  The sketch below shows some of the church grounds.  Weather was beautiful and we enjoyed a sausage sizzle afterwards.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Harbour Bridge

It was beautiful this past weekend in Sydney.  Friends and I spent some time in the Rocks sketching this scene.  There was a wedding happening in the church just out of sight on the right of this sketch.  It was fun watching the guests and then the wedding party arrive.  The bells were ringing and it was a very happy event. It felt like we were a bit involved ourselves.
Before we finished our sketches a bus pulled up right in front of us and parked, blocking our view.  That was the end of our sketch!

Friday, 17 October 2014

Interiors at the Ranamok Glass prize

Sketch club went to the Ranamok Glass Prize in Pitt St, Sydney, today and there was some beautiful work there.  Many of the sketchers did drawings of the glass but I was more interested in the high ceiling room.  Here are two views of the exhibition and you can see a few of the sketchers.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

More Hooking

 Seeing my mother's and her friend's hooking projects inspired me to do a little work myself.  This is a small piece which will be made into an ipad mini cover.  The design was from one of mom's hooking magazines which I changed a little.
Below is the frame which makes it easier to work on the linen.  The fabric stretches across the frame and the metal Velcro holds it on.  My father made this particular frame and it works a treat.

Now I just have to sew a backing onto the hooked side and the ipad cover will be complete.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Sydney Central Station

Central Station Sydney
Central Station is the largest railway station in Australia and suburban and country trains both leave from here.It was built in 1906 after they decided that the main station at Redfern was not meeting rail needs.  Under the clock tower is the entrance to the area where the country trains leave.  Sometimes there is a steam train there for a special trip.  I have fond memories from a few years ago of arriving here on a rainy dark morning about 6 AM.  There was french music playing and the atmosphere was wonderful inside.  It also helped that a nice weekend away with a friend was in store.
I sketched this yesterday morning before meeting a friend for lunch.  I was amused when a 10 year old boy stopped to shake my hand and congratulate me on my work.  Very cute.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

The Parasol Building, Seville

Parasol building, Seville
 I sketched this very modern building called the Parasol a few weeks ago when in Seville.  It is a massive structure, reported to be the biggest wooden building in the world.  It's amazing to think that it is made of wood.
The Parasol was designed by the German architect Jurgen Mayer-Hermann and was completed in 2011. An Australian engineering firm in Brisbane built it.  The structure consists of 6 parasols whose design was inspired by the vaults of the cathedral of Seville and the ficus trees in the nearby plaza.  This building is located in the old city on the site of a market.
I sketched this one Sunday morning, sitting on the step of a bank which was closed.  There were quite a few cafes serving breakfast around me and it was a lovely atmosphere.