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.
Wednesday, 11 January 2017
In the early 20th century public access to the harbour foreshore was very rare. Things changed when the Vaucluse estate carved off some of their harbour side property and sold it to the public, thus making Nielsen Park. There's a lovely Edwardian tearoom and other original buildings dotted through the large property. There is also what looks like Virgin forest and beautiful views of the harbour. So...it's a wonderful place and I really enjoyed spending the afternoon there.
This is the end of the shark netted area. We went for a swim within the shark netted area and it was wonderfully refreshing.
A great time in Nielsen Park and I'm looking forward to another visit.
Saturday, 7 January 2017
The fire station above is in Randwick and all was quiet there today while we sketched. It was built in 1908 and is in the Arts and Crafts style. It was designed by Goverment architect, Vernon.
This fire station in Balmain is fairly early, 1894 and is Victorian. I sketched this on New Year's Eve on quite a hot morning. Love the colour!
Thursday, 5 January 2017
During the Christmas break I spent time inside the house particularly in the afternoon on days that were very hot. The sketch above is looking down the stairs into the dining, living and courtyard.
Saturday, 31 December 2016
The organ was built by William Hill and son in London and to replace it now would cost around 20 million dollars.
Wednesday, 28 December 2016
I have a few days off work due to public holidays and a couple of extras. When this happens I like to have a project...this time it is looking at fire stations. We don't look at this type of building often as they are just part of a streetscape and have been around forever. They are closing down though with councils amalgamation, which is a shame. The charming station above is in a suburb called Campsie, built in 1912. The script on it is lovely.
This fire station is in Newtown. One of the firemen came over to see what I was doing and then posed out front. I wasn't quick enough to capture it though and then they had a call and left, sirens blazing.
More fire stations to come.
Saturday, 24 December 2016
It's nice to have a day off before Christmas Day, a day to tidy up and start some cooking. There were plans to make shortbread today but I did this sketch instead. Presents are ready and under the tree.
Merriest of Christmases to you! Have a lovely day and a wonderful year ahead.