bits and pieces in pen and paint

My Year in Drawings

With the start of 2016, I thought I’d look back at 2015 by selecting a drawing a month to represent my year. So here goes:

January

Australia Day: A bleak day to be out on the harbour celebrating our national day – but to be on a vintage steam tugboat was very special, and seeing the celebrations from the water was almost as exciting. I like this sketch partly for the memory, but mostly for the water blotches that remind me of the rain falling as I tried to paint. 🙂

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February

On another business trip, catching up with the wonderful San Diego Urban Sketchers at Rancho Bernardo Winery. Thank you for your ongoing camaraderie and friendship Lydia, Dominique, Rachel …

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March

And on again to Paris and the equally wonderful Paris Urban Sketchers. Kim organised a people sketching lesson in the Passage des Panoramas.

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April

A late night performance by our friend, the wonderful Tony Dwyer, and his band.

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May

Marooned in Japan on a business mission, but finally got a weekend to sketch around the Imperial Palace.

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June

In the midst of a very stressful period of work – a wonderfully peaceful escape to the desert at Uluru.

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July

Ah – a fabulous week in Singapore for the Urban Sketchers Annual Symposium!

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August

The opening of the wonderful new Headland Park on harbour foreshore just west of the city.

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September

A trip up the mid north coast – sad because it was for my uncle’s funeral, but many great memories and a rare chance to catch up with the extended family. Here, a watercolour of factory buildings in Taree.

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October

One of the series of Australian Chamber Orchestra concerts we have so enjoyed in 2015.

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November

The impressive Newtown Festival. 90,000 people visiting this suburban park. Music, food, art – and a great opportunity to buy loud shirts!

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December

The year would not be complete without the Sydney Urban Sketchers. This is from the December meeting in Martin Place.

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Special mention

to our friends Shady and Rose at our wonderful local bakery. The Pioik bakery has been my most regular sketching spot all year, and Shady and Rose so welcoming (not to mention the fantastic food and bread!).

So, thanks to all of our friends and family for a wonderful 2015 – and very best wishes for 2016!

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