I haven’t been using watercolour for over a year - I started using gouache and oil paint before the pandemic - and it’s nice to start using it again. Admittedly I was a bit rusty but I had fun with the medium. Gum tree These were painted in Studley Park where I met some friends … Continue reading Back to watercolour
Australia Day falls on 26 January. There were many events around the city on that day. I sat under a tree at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne - a memorial of those who serve and died in the Great War of 1914-18. There was an impressive airshow of 6 red planes which got everyone’s … Continue reading Australia Day sketches
The beautiful Winsor Hotel is located at the edge of the Melbourne CBD on Spring Street. The grand structure dates back to the 1800s. This is a sketch done with Alissa Duke, an Urbansketcher friend from Sydney, sitting on the steps of the Parliament building.
Our recent sketch crawl was in Swan Street in Richmond. Dimneys (Dimelow & Gaylard - originally a drapery store) is closed and the building on Swan Street is being rebuilt. Google tells me that "Coles supermarket will soon fill the ground floor, and 15 New York-style apartments to feature upstairs... Across the road, a restaurant … Continue reading Dimneys on Swan Street
One of the positive things about Urbansketching is that I get to know my city better. This is Enterprize Landing, and I only found out about its history recently after I have sketched it. This is where the first settlers of Melbourne arrived. Interesting fact is that the spot was pick because there was … Continue reading Enterprize Landing, Melbourne
Grand Hotel is situated in the corner of Flinders and Spenser Streets. A lovely but complex building to capture.
The Port Melbourne Town Hall is on Bay Street – a lovely street with lots of retail outlets, eateries and supermarket. So pleased to draw it – I was not able to find a place to draw from before, but the other day, I found that it has a roundabout across the road.
Another Christmas day sketch. I was on Princess Pier looking over towards Station Pier. You can see a red boat on the right – that is Spirit of Tasmania which goes from Melbourne to Tasmania and back.. It was a sunny day, and there were many people fishing on the pier. A few came … Continue reading Port Melbourne sketch
It was a lovely spring day yesterday – what better day to be outdoors taking in the view. 2 restaurants – Hollyhock on the left and Waterfront on the right. I felt like splashing paint, and I did just that. It was liberating. Close-up of Hollyhock Close-up of Waterfront
I have passed Luna Park in Melbourne many times but I have never drawn it until yesterday. Yesterday, I drew 3 versions. It was a lovely spring day – just a perfect day to be outdoors. I arrived slightly before 11 am, and many people were waiting outside. I found the perfect spot to sketch … Continue reading Luna Park Sketches