New Sketchers. 10am Tuesday September 9 ’14.
My oh my! 15 students today and not a chair to spare. Luckily Erin had reshuffled the studio which felt more spacious so we were able to sketch closely together today. It was very busy and buzzy which was great fun.
Lots of people doing catch up lessons so it was lovely to have some new faces and everyone was keen on the subject mater: bottles and glasses, although the question of ellipses and how to get them right was forefront in everyone’s minds.
A little tip: turn your book on its side once you’ve drawn your ellipse and somehow it makes it easier to see if it is right or wrong.
No pointy corners – we were under strict instructions. We wouldn’t dare. Gee we wouldn’t want to show ourselves up!
Time to warm up so I put my timer on and everyone got stuck into doing fast 2 and 4 minute sketches to loosen up.
As is always the case, people are surprised by how good these fast sketches turn out. So we managed to achieve quite a lot today, lots of different sketches, in fact a couple of folk got through that many pages they were running out of paper in their sketchbooks. Good work, that’s what I say.
Manly Wine (at The Sebel Hotel) is our location spot and cafe for today. Love this place, it’s a little bit whacky with funkylicious flamingos, tropical ferns, palmtree wallpaper and really friendly efficient staff who catered to our every need. Oh and the view overlooking the beach isn’t too bad either.
It’s also really nice that we can relax here for a little longer than usual in a cafe. Makes for a very relaxed atmosphere (in fact I spied a few glasses of champagne being downed by some of our sketchers) – makes for loose sketches, so that’s good!
We sketched the view from inside as our subject is “through a window”. Wow we had some lovely results from everyone. A little challenging to work out how to get the feeling of distance through a window right, but soften it a bit and voila, it all comes together.
A couple of folk had to dash off early and quite a few others were excitedly talking about their forthcoming trip to Tuscany. Jane popped in to say hello too. Quite a social scene we have.
The staff rather loved our sketches and there were quite a few oohs and aahs and wonderfuls from them. They wanted to post our artwork on Instagram. Oh yes we love that.
One lovely girl then asked if I could kindly sketch a magnum of Mumm Champagne for them as they had a special Mumm promotion day and they would like to use it for celebrating. No problem, nobody needs to force me to sketch. It was rather lovely actually as a few of us stayed on for a while chatting away and before I knew it the afternoon had flown by.
Only one more sketch lesson for this term left, oh I will miss my class in the break. But we are looking forward to next week where we meet at North Head Cafe to sketch on location for a change. Ooooooh can’t wait…..
New & General Sketching. 9am Saturday September 13 ’14.
New & General Sketching. 9am Saturday September 13 ’14
Oh we’re back to the rain. But that doesn’t mean I don’t throw my sunnies into my bag before heading to the Studio.
Just as well because I needed them an hour to two later!
As people arrive they seem happy with the coloured glass and bottles on both tables.
The early ones circle the table looking for the best angle! Perhaps the first sketch of the day is definitely the warm up one. and the second seems looser
Probably cos you’re now on a time limit. Well, you know, you took awhile on the first one!
Both setups are exercises in seeing elipses.
Round all the way. Round things don’t have pointed corners. Do we do pointed corners? Never.
Keeping those white tops and edges is key to travel sketching. The short cut version of everything. We’re not colouring in or painting.
Simply indicating colour and moving on.
And keep those colours pure. We talk about our preferred way to get layer over layer. It’s done on the page, not in the paintbox.
We are then out the door and on our way to Manly Wine. Woohoo.
Today we are having the ‘Birdcage Room’, however it turned out the Surf Room wouldn’t be needed right away, so we could get some time to do our window frame and beach view.
Back to the Birdcage to add the view and colour.
By the 9th week everybody is pretty confident about getting their sketch down and laying down some clear colour. Different styles are definitely emerging now, and the progress when we look back over the books is stunning.
By the time we’re looking at putting colour down, we’re also making decisions on how to get the window and the view working.
Should I make the window frames dark and the view pale – or the other way round?Whatever works for you. Neither do you have to put colour over every little bit. This is an impression. As you see it. Keep it simple. Doesn’t need the story of the world to make it work.
Such a successful day everyone, and some really gorgeous sketches. More next week for our special adventure at North Head.
I’ll be thinking of you from Tuscany. I truly will. Cos you’re such lovely sketchers.