bits and pieces in pen and paint


Sketching my morning

I tried to sketch the significant moments of my morning today. It got harder as I went but here we are:
1. Sunrise
Sunrise 30 Aug 2015
2. Breakfast at Bar Zini
Bar Zini Breakfast
3. A walk out to the point
Giba Park
4. Waiting in Kent St while Judy visited the library
5. A beer before lunch at the newly opened Palisade Hotel

A musical weekend

Here is a summary of the weekend:

Saturday morning: The opening of the new park in the old dockyard area to the west of Sydney city, the Barangaroo Reserve. (Development of a casino, residential and office blocks is underway further south in this district).

Barangaroo reserve opening

Then an evening of Mozart and Brahms with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.


Sunday: A rainy day, but still a chance to get to the local pub for an open mic session this afternoon.


Drawing people

i signed up for a Marc Taro Holmes online course on “Sketching a people in Motion”. It was (is!) fantastic. I haven’t consistently applied all of the learnings ( must practice more!) but have been focusing a lot more on getting people into my pix. Here are some recent efforts.

The gentleman at reception in my Lyon hotel, and a couple on the Metro in Paris…   


A lady looking out the window while having petit dejeuner at Gare de Lyon


A collage of images captured in Germany


My local bakery


A fantastic old Sydney pub


And a friend’s band at a bar


Back in the saddle

A conversation with a friend during the week reminded me that I haven’t blogged for a while – in fact since January now that I look. As it happens, I have travelled and sketched quite a bit since then, so this will be a quick update on my travel sketching.

February and March were big travel months for me – I was away for five weeks out of six at one stage. That included stays in San Diego, Tokyo, Abingdon, Lyon, Paris, Dublin, Bremen, Freudenstadt and Munich (with a couple of side trips). Here are some of the sketches:

1) I arrived at LAX and drove straight to Old Poway Park to catch up with the San Diego Urban Sketchers


2) a week later we met at the Rancho Bernardo Winery 


3) and in the meantime I had visited the wonderful Balboa Park ( on Valentines Day)


4) my first weekend in Europe was in Paris, with the Paris Urban Sketchers practicing people sketching in the Passages des Panoramas


5) and my second was in Germany:

a) driving from Freudenstadt to Munich via Baden Baden


b) and taking a side trip on the Sunday to Salzburg


And in between quite a bit of work…


Narooma sketching

I’ve had a lovely week relaxing on the NSW South Coast, at the pretty little town of Narooma. And lots of time to sketch. My sketching followed the themes of our chilled out week…

Morning (or lunchtime…or evening…) coffee

Sketching the table markers while we waited for our coffee to arrive was an entertaining pastime (thanks to my sister-in-law for the challenge)
Cute “symbol” table markers at Casey’s Cafe


Cool nautical marker, with a view of the inlet at the Wharf Cafe

Beach-side table marker, at Ciccio’s by Narooma Surf Beach


And sometimes just sketching the cafe (Quarterdeck Cafe)



I got in some excellent body surfing here in the afternoons. Just a short walk from our apartment. :-)


And just enjoying walking the town


South Coast Getaway

Judy and I are taking a week away in Narooma on the New a South Wales South Coast. And I am trying to document our time in sketches.

We have rented a holiday apartment that looks out to the sea, from a wide bacony


And a cafe just a short walk down the street serves a very respectable breakfast, with cute table markers to keep track of your order.


The boardwalk along the northern edge of the inlet leads out to the breakwater.

and this coffee shop, visited after a fantastic thunderstorm this afternoon, has a terrific view of the inlet. We had a great view of dolphins making their way down the inlet – not shown. :-)


Round the world again – and sketching along the way. Part 2: Southern California

Business has called me to travel the planet again. Starting with a seminar in London and ending with a global Quality meeting in California, I have spent three weeks bouncing from Australia to Europe to the U.S. And along the way I have tried to meet up with as many Urban Sketchers as I could. The first two weeks were spent in Europe (see Part 1) before travelling from Paris to San Diego.

An early Saturday morning departure from Paris meant a late Saturday afternoon arrival in San Diego, but not before a change of planes in Heathrow.
And a late Saturday arrival in San Diego meant being in time for a Sunday morning meet up with twenty-some SD USkers at the San Luis Rey Mission. We sketched in the peaceful cemetery, met to compare notes and drawings then had lunch together with a few of the crew.
Thank you Lydia for organising again, and Dominique for the ride. Here is a link to Lydia’s video of the meeting. :-)

Then one more week of work, in San Diego and LA before heading home.

Happily, while transiting from SD to LA on the Amtrak I had time for a little sketching. So here is my sketch of one of my colleagues on the Amtrak train en route to LA Union Station,
Sion Amtrak
…and here is a quick sketch of the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, where we stopped to take in the Hollywood atmosphere in the late afternoon.
Chinese theatre
Then home.

Another great trip to meet up with so many generous USkers. Thanks so much for your time and friendship.


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