Sunday 2 April 2017

Mrs Macquarie's Chair


Urban sketchers, Sydney, met at Boy Charlton Pool on Saturday for a sketchathon. We had 30 min at each site to sketch.  The work above is of Fort Denison which was a penal and defence site in earlier days.  The governor's wife, Mrs Macquarie  would sit on a chair, carved into the sandstone, and look upon  the harbour including this view.

      I sat under a sandstone overhanging rock to sketch this view across a bay towards the governor general's home and the Royal Botannical Gardens.

After lunch in the Domain, one last sketch looking towards the Art Gallery of NSW.
It was a beautiful day after many days of rain, greatly enjoyed.


Tuesday 28 March 2017

Appian Way

The Appian Way, Burwood is a heritage listed street said to be one of the finest streets of federation houses in Australia. 
The developer in the early 20th century had an idea, not of building nice houses and selling them, but of building and then renting them out to wealthy tenants. There are thirty houses of various Federation styles built along an oval shaped street.  In the middle is a green space which originally was a space for tennis, croquet and bowls.  Over years, tennis took over the space and there is a lovely Edwardian Tennis club house there too. The people who own the homes have shares in the tennis club. 
Sydney sketch club had a great afternoon sketching in the Appian Way on the weekend. Above is one of the lovely house and gardens there.

Thursday 23 March 2017

Week Seven at the pub


This is about half the Jazz band, Mortal Blow. They were playing new music this week and there was a bit of discussion and argy bargy going on as they tried to make the sound perfect, everyone interpreting the music their own way. The drummer seemed to be getting into trouble quite a bit.

Two things are constant...The musicians seem to enjoy our sketches and are eager to see what we've done and take photos and...the rain is still coming down.

Friday 17 March 2017

Cement Works, Glebe


This busy cement works is in Glebe, very close to the city and on the water across from the fish markets.  Glebe used to have much more industry but now it has been gentrified and is mostly residential.  Cement is in great demand with all the development going on everywhere and this place is humming with activity.
I love to see this type of urban landscape. This was sketched in a rare sunny moment (it seems to have been raining non stop for weeks).

Tuesday 7 March 2017

Week five at the pub


I used a double size (A3) size paper on Monday night to sketch the band. The hotel had removed the billiard table so we could get in closer. Great night!

Wednesday 1 March 2017

Week three and four at the pub


Week three at the pub.  Anne started singing this week.


This is the fourth week at the Lewisham Hotel sketching Mortal Blows Big Band. There are more band members but I couldn't fit them in.  Too much fun!

Friday 24 February 2017

A couple more FireStations


This firestation is in Mascot, a suburb near the airport. The red facade and signage make it a very nice example. 

This firestation is in Burwood and is over a hundred years old. It was built in the orchard of
of  the house behind. An addition was built on the front which does cause it to look modern. I like the old fashioned sign on the side.