I went to the Melbourne Botanic Gardens the other day. I wanted to make the most of the remaining warm weather, and it was a gorgeous sunny day – perfect for sketching outdoors.
The painting above was completed on location. What attracted me most was the autumn colours of the trees. The pen sketch on the top was of some dahlias.
Sometimes I don’t get to go out to the gardens so I rely of photos for inspiration. In some instances, I come across beautiful scenes in photos that make me want to paint. These two – above and below – are scenes in New Zealand.
I love painting plants. It is addictive! Till next post, take care!
I just started a new sketchbook which I will only use for capturing people, as a journal and to practise.
Sweeping the floor of a cafe at the end of the day
As the papers are made of thin paper, I will be using pen and pencils. I had forgotten how wonderful colour pencils are.
I think that kid might be quite hyper soon looking at the package of 6 easter eggs on the table. For the moment, Dad (and family – not drawn) was enjoying a bit of peace and quiet.
There is another benefit – they are so easy to carry around too.
Here are 2 images – hope you enjoy them. There will be more to follow :).
I have no access to country views unless I drive out of the city, so the next best thing is to drive to a library for some books.
And books present so many gorgeous photos, with amazing colours and composition. They make great reference photos – I really enjoyed painting these.
In case you are wondering, these are New Zealand scenes.
I went to the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival a couple of weeks ago. Food was lovely and of course, I am always happy when I get to sketch. 😊
It was a lovely day – perfect for the outdoors. Had a great time…
Till next post, take care.
There are 2 lakes in Westgate Park. The freshwater lake, above, is surrounded by lush green with loads of birds.
On the other hand, the were no birds at all at the Salt Lake. However it is quite stunning and there were a number of visitors to this lake, taking photos. The pink colour is due to algae present in the water. The lake is normally blue.
Trying a different approach today.
I think it got too dark as I kept painting and moving paint around. Here is the final result, below:
The next time, I will have to go lighter.
Loving the brushpen. I only need minimal tools – a pen, a brushpen and a waterbrush filled with grey watercolour wash for the above piece.
One of my earlier pieces, above, using the brushpen – view of Port Melbourne from Station Pier.
A more complicated scene – Flinders St Station and the city.
Hope you enjoyed these.