Australia Day is January 26 and it is great to enjoy another public holiday after all the Xmas festivities. This year our public holiday was wet so there were not so many people out and about. I spent a good part of the day at Sirius Cove, on Sydney Harbour in Mosman. Sirius Cove has an art history as Curlew Camp was on the eastern shore of the cove. This camp was established about 1890 and two of our most important Impressionist painters, Arthur Streeeton and Tom Roberts, lived there. There were about 6 tents, a dining tent, a dance floor and even a piano. It was a cheap way for artists to live and work. It is such a beautiful part of the city, perfect for artists to work en plein air. There are a number of paintings in our public galleries painted at Sirius Cove.
A friend and I sat on the verandah of the Sea Scout hall to sketch the Harbour in varying degrees of wet weather. The watercolour sketch above shows the boats lining the shore and the city skyline in the background.
The sketch below shows the view towards the beach. People were taking small boats out to their yachts.