Our Canberra Urban Sketchers meet up today was at Bungendore, a small village half an hour or so east of Canberra. The weather was crisp and sunny, so I took advantage of the sun after a very wet week and hopped on my scooter to ride out to meet the rest of the crew. My day was fun as always, but was mostly characterised by a long line of mishaps. (the fun is always in the raucous company …who knew artists could be so nutty?)
- I left my bulldog clips at home, so it was almost impossible to juggle the sketchbook, palette, water jar and paper towel all at once.
- My new little travel palette suffered from lack of grippiness and the pans ended up all over the shop inside the box instead of neatly clipped into their rows, and the hodge lodge of colours that I had assembled it from simply did not grab me. The whole setup will need some work to get it functional.
- My little water bottle leaked in my bag leaving a bit of a soggy mess.
- The selection of pens that i brought with me decided that today was a not a good day to flow well, and staged a revolt, so that everything I tried to do felt scratchy and difficult. 🙁
Nonetheless I ended up with a couple of sketches after much faffing about.
This 1957 Cadillac parked just long enough for me to get the drawing done and the first layer of colour down. The gentleman that owned the car came and had a chat and looked at my drawing and asked for a copy, which was nice 🙂 I am gradually becoming accustomed to talking to people I meet when I am sitting outside sketching. I finished the rest of it when I got home from memory. Capturing the reflections of the clouds in the boot lid, and the sky and surroundings in the chrome was a real challenge! Cars are hard!!
This poor building suffered from perspective ailments…well the drawing did anyway. GAH! The real thing is lower and longer and had a much redder roof (one of the shortfalls of my palette, or perhaps my ability to mix … or both) Thank goodness Liz Steel’s Sketching Architecture online drawing class starts this week…perhaps by the time if finish I will be able to do some of these lovely old buildings justice!
The mishaps unfortunately didn’t finish with my sketching. I had a little oopsie on my scooter on the way home and ended up carrying the end of my brake lever home in my pocket. Wonder what that’s going to cost me to fix?
But wait !!!! There’s more!! When I got home I found that I had forgotten my house keys, and to make it more interesting my sons were out. *sigh* Eventually they returned and they let me in. Now a hot bath is in order to soothe my aching muscles and frazzled mind.
(Puppy sightings and pats for the day: one tiny little French Bulldog puppy that was all about licking my hand, and one large lovely Sheppy with a very stern looking owner that wouldn’t let him have any fun at all .)