Monday, February 28, 2011
First stop was my favourite tree. There are lots of Moreton Bay figs (or similar) in the Royal Botanic Gardens but this one is the best!!! Love all those aerial roots.
I was feeling a little exhausted (as I had been walking around town and sketching in the morning as well!) so I went to lie down on the grass in the shade for a bit. It was such a beautiful afternoon and there were lots of groups of people sun baking or resting in the shade so I was in good company. My rest didn't last long as I felt the urge to sketch. This Greek monument I have sketched before and was recently label a coffee plunger here by a Dutch flickr friend. I have always drawn this looking towards the Harbour Bridge but today sitting under the shade of a frangipani tree on a very warm summers day I was facing the opposite direction. No disrespect intended to the monument... I do really love it as a fine piece of Corinthian Greek architecture!
After the coffee plunger analogy surely it was time for a coffee - so I drew a grouping of palm trees while sipping a takeaway skinny latte. It is quite fun to be drawing more trees and landscaping...something that as an architect I used to really be unsure about doing...
And finally - I caught up with Alissa at 4.30 and we did a sketch in the herb garden.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Went to the Botanic Gardens yesterday to check out the Tropical Centre as a sketching venue for my classes if we get a wet day. There are so many inspiring and amazing things to draw in there. Particularly checked out some plants that would be easy for beginners to sketch from and get a really good result.
I had never seen this plant before. It's just gorgeous in the flesh. It's called Beehive Ginger, but I wonder if the botanical name means 'respectable ginger'? And if there is one that is less respectable.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
These are the sketches I did while 'pretending' to sketch! Of course I can't PRETEND to sketch... I am used to asking someone to photograph me while I am doing a sketch...so for the photography to be more important than what was happening on the page was rather different. Also strange was the need to be reminded to smile (normally I have that intensely serious concentrating look!) It was a lot of fun... but I am more and more convinced that it is often easier to sketch than to take a good photo!
And just as an aside - I am SOOO looking forward to sketching the afternoon tea as well as sketching in the garden. Nothing beats having a good cup of tea and cake after some serious sketching... and it is a lot of fun to sketch as well. I will certainly be booking a spot!
While Jaimie was photographing us, we were drawing him !!
Saturday, February 19, 2011
I am ashamed to admit that this is the first time I have been to Mrs Macquaries Chair in the six years I have lived in Sydney (and that's only because there are so may other lovely things to do in the Gardens)
It took me two hours to do my walk and that's because I was drawing along the way. My first stop was the Bottle tree and then a fig.
I then stopped in the shade of the rock wall to take inthe stunning view (and wishing that I had bought a picnic lunch)
and then finally out to Mrs Macquaries Chair.
Friday, February 11, 2011
And then... a wedding party arrived for a quick photo, before moving on. The photographer spent a few minutes lining them up for the photo, so I quickly scribbled down their shapes onto paper, adding the colour afterwards.