Shoes, Manly Wharf, & Mexican

IMG_9846THURSDAY JULY 18 ’13

First day back to the Studio, still life waiting and sketchbooks poised.

For something to get our observation skills tuned up, but not too challenging after a break, we had shoes.

Sneakers on one table and ladies shoes on the other.

Plus a cacti with one, and soft yellow hibiscus with the other. That was to welcome Penny to our class, and it’s easier to get some simple flower shapes down while learning to visually measure.

Our Sketch & Stay girl, Jeanette, was with us in class too. She had picked a selection of private lessons and some classes for her week in Sydney, and is really getting into the travel sketch mode

Most did a couple of warmup sketches meantime.

Then it was to Manly Wharf. Not the world’s most beautiful building, but its been there a long time, and it will be added to with more on top when ‘they’ get a permit through.

So let’s sketch it as it is now, and we can look back and know how it looked before..

A little bit of Mexico for lunch. Chica Bonita is a favourite for our sketchers.

Great food, atmosphere and decor.

We still get coffee from 2 doors down because as they say ‘we do tequila and margaritas, they do coffee.’

So we settled into our quaint rustic chairs at the bright tiled tables, ordered tasty dishes and completed our Manly wharf pages.

We are certainly back and smokin’.

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FRIDAY JULY 19 ’13

Started off as a bright sunny day, and concluded with some rain as left our cafe.

But it was a good start for everyone arriving at the Studio, once they began their shoe still life sketches.

Today we welcomed Wynn and Vanita, who both did lovely first sketches of red flowers. They learned to observe the set-up, get it onto the page where they wanted, and to use watercolour pencils, all in the first lesson.

This is travel sketching. We learn to work quickly.

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Our next destination was Manly Wharf.

Today we sat in a different spot from yesterday, and here we need to watch the small amount of perspective happening on the tower. Note which way it ‘goes away’ on one side then the other.

Time then to head round the corner to Chica Bonita, and immerse ourselves in all things Mexican.

There is such a fun atmosphere here, and we wonder what we can possibly choose to sketch, though most people finished their wharf sketches.

Then suddenly it’s time to leave. Another enjoyable class and our new sketchers did beautifully.

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SATURDAY JULY 20 ’13

Another glorious day. Everyone feels so bright and energetic on days like this.

Today we welcomed Wendy, who did her first sketch of the flower still life, while the others had to beat the clock and do two shoe sketches within the hour. Vivianne had popped her own baby shoes into the setting. Very cute.

We reassured her that she would never be this stressed again – about sketching.

Gales of laughter from the others.!!!

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Vivianne headed off with the group, a nice walk down the hill, and along the Esplanade to a spot outside Manly wharf, to do the clock tower.

It’s great that there are plenty of walls to sit on the edge of and get cracking with your sketch. That clock tower has never looked so good.

Lunch time was looming so we took a couple of tables pushed together at Chica Bonita and off to Infinity to get our caffein hits.

Today several sketchers did some of the decor and aspects of the cafe including the tiled table tops, which was a nice addition to our 3 earlier sketches.

It’s amazing how many sketches you can do in a short time, particularly with that delicious Mexican food waiting to be eaten.

An excellent start to Term 3, and we’ll see what next week brings.

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