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.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Nielsen Park

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.'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.

Sun bathers.

A great time in Nielsen Park and I'm looking forward to another visit. 

Saturday, 7 January 2017

More Fire stations

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!

This interesting fire station is in Glebe.  It was built in 1906 and it, like Randwick, is Arts and Crafts style with the same architect Vernon. I love the walls which splay out.

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.


I was playing with perspective with these two sketches, each from opposite sides of the room. The sketch above was done on December 24, some presents ready to open.

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Sydney Town Hall Grand Organ


Sydney Sketch club attended an Organ recital at Sydney Town Hall a few days ago.  The organists, all young, were great.  The organ, itself, is spectacular, installed in 1890 and at the time was the best and the biggest in the world.  There are nearly 9000 pipes which seems rather a lot!

The organ was built by William Hill and son in London and to replace it now would cost around 20 million dollars. 
This is a sketch of one part of Sydney Town Hall facade, around the side facing St Andrews Cathedral.
Great to enjoy one of Sydney's significant buildings on a hot summer day.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Fire stations

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.

   This is Marrickville fire station on a very hot, sunny day.  Many of these buildings are built in the early 1900's when horse drawn equipment was still the go. They were built for this and the doors are a little narrow.
More fire stations to come.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Merry Christmas


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.