Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Second night sketching jazz band


We went back to sketch and enjoy the music of the jazz band, Mortal Blow Big Band at the Lewisham hotel on Monday night. Another great night, music was fantastic.
The piano player bought last week's painting which was lovely.  Below is Riichard who leads the band.


Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Jazz Band


A friend and I heard about this jazz band which practices on Monday night at the Lewisham Hotel. On a very, very hot day after work I met Diane to sketch and enjoy the band practice.  The music was fantastic and it was so much fun drawing.  Loved it!

Monday, 30 January 2017

Chinese New Year


Urban sketchers met at Chinatown this weekend to sketch the festivities of Chinese New Year, the year of the rooster.
The lanterns overhead were what attracted me to the scene below. While sitting there, the dragon passed by accompanied by drums and the crowds. A great day!


Friday, 27 January 2017

Independent Theatre, North Sydney


This is the Independent Theatre in North Sydney, the oldest Edwardian theatre still in use in Australia.  This building did not always look like this though.  Hard to believe it was originally a tram depot running from 1880 and  closing in 1909.  In 1909 the building received a makeover to make it more appropriate for the building's next use, as the Coliseum Vaudville theatre.  The facade became elaborately detailed and a large iron cupola was installed above, in the Victorian second Empire style. 
In 1914-1918 the building was used as a munition factory but returned to it's cultural use as a theatre again in 1939. It has remained the Independent theatre since then with a private school buying it more recently.

Saturday, 21 January 2017


A warm morning at Barangaroo today sketching with friends. 

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

MacDonaldtown railway station


Sketch club met at Macdonaldtown railway station last weekend.  Macdonaldtown is a charming little suburb between Redfern and Newtown. This station was built in 1892. I am amused by Wikipedia's information saying that in 1986 a local 18 year old boy and his 14 year old brother painted the station pink. They stuck a table, chairs and pot plant (all painted pink) on it  to enhance it' prettiness. The pink seems to be painted over and furniture removed, unfortunately.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Too hot to sketch outside

Saturday was very hot and humid and a little too warm to go out sketching. First thing in the morning I had taken sheets off the bed and they were in the washing machine when I stopped to admire the light coming through the one partially opened window.  There nothing to be done but sit under the sink in the ensuite to sketch the light.
I used the fish eye technique for this fourth living room sketch, this time focusing on the kitchen and dining area.