Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

This week we visited the wonderful grounds and house of one of our sketchers! Karen lives on a beautiful property in Leura, and she invited us all for to sketch at her place. We were served delicious coffee and homemade brownies, then delighted in the garden views and sketched in the warmth. What another lovely day was had. We were inspired by Koosje Koene http://koosjekoene.com/ and our sketches show what we liked about her style. 

 

Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

We sketched at the incredible Hydro Majestic this week. A fabulous coffee shop pavilion full of nostalgia from days gone by, followed by a visit to the Cats Alley, a sloping corridor in the main building provided perfect inspiration for our sketch class this week. 

 

Sunday Sketchers Workshop

A wonderfully productive day. We started at the Wentworth Falls studio, then headed out to sketch trees , vistas and our lunch. 

 

Sketch&Lunch-Cambodian

Join me for an informative, moving and delicious day Sketching Cambodian food in Sydneys Cabramatta. Lets immerse ourselves amongst divine people and food, lets sketch the dishes we eat, the markets and the fresh produce on offer. Monday June 25th. Bookings Here

 

Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

Another cosy day spent in the studio drinking tea, and being inspired this week by Jane La Fazio. We collaged and composed our pages. We played with Derwent graphitint pencils, and we were all rather fond of the gloomy dark tones they were capable of. Perfect for such a winters day in The Blue Mountains. 

 

Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

A misty and cold day in The Blue Mountains. We headed to The Three Sisters to learn about sketching people. We decided to stay indoors and sketch in the cafe. Was a fun day, and coffee was fab!

 

Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

We had a nice time inside by the fire place. We shared recipes and food memories, then set about learning the intricacies of food sketching, and recipe sketching.

 

Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

Its getting chilly, so we stayed inside for more than half the class this week. The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre is a wonderful cafe and space to get cosy in. Students looked at eye level perspective. Some found it easy and raced ahead capturing all kinds of perspectives today, whilst the others enjoyed taking their time to capture the basics of the corners of buildings. 

 

Sketch&Lunch-Japanese

We met at The Sydney Fish markets Di Costi for the freshest Sashimi in town. Then we headed to the outside tables by the harbour to fight with the seagulls over whose sashimi it really was. We had to queue for some Japanese grilled scallops, and fight for a table, but luckily it was a sunny pleasant day, and sketching whilst in the queue calmed our frustrations! I hope The Sydney Fish Market can pick up its game. Many vendors have succumbed to popular demand, and the sushi was far from the divine sushi it used to be a few years ago. Too many imports and not a delicate cut in sight. I am happy to report though that De Costi still has the same fresh high quality seafood as always. Take a look at some of our sketches. Pretty good for complete beginners I must say! Well done. 

 

Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

A divine Autumn day spent at The Fairmont Resort Leura. Students looked at capturing water with a wintery feel. We practiced different techniques for sketching water quickly yet effectively. We also had some fun with a biro and played with tone and form. 

Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

We always have an enjoyable day sketching at The Gingerbread House, Katoomba. Students learned about the basics of perspective, whilst revising their colour dropping skills. Afterwards we headed to the Katoomba Street Art Alley. A great place to sketch. We also had a play with the humble biro. Its a great yet simple sketching tool!

Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

A wonderfully sunny day spent at The Manor House in Mount Victoria. Its being restored, and the new owners are fabulous. They have a great sense of style and everything is professionally run. We had the best coffee in a long time, and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. Sketching a close up, in Danny Gregory style, then moving on to a mid shot and then the grand building itself from a distance. 

 

Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

Another divine Autumn day. This week we spent our time by Wentworth Falls lake. Students learned about applying colour to a scene. Used their water colours for the first time, and practiced capturing a scene with water quickly, yet effectively. 

 

Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

The cold winds have started, so after a coffee at @bigbeetjuicebar we quickly captured the late Autumn streetscape before heading indoors to explore cluttered spaces, and learning about upcycling with sketchbooks. We also had a bit of fun sharing our favourite sketch tools.

Sketch&Lunch-Indian

We ate dosa and idly whilst learning about the essential travel sketching skills. Indian beats play in the background, spices waft, and brand new aquarelles were our tools. Take a look at what absolute beginners can do! We also had Pete sketching on his ipad pro with an apple pencil.

Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

Autumn colours, pots of tea, studio fire place, trees and winter citrus. Cozy mountain feels today at our Blue Mountains Introduction to Travel Sketching Class.

Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

Autumn sketching in The Blue Mountains. Simplifying vistas and "colour dropping" to capture the Autumn colours. What a beautiful day we had in Blackheath.

 

Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

Term 2 has begun and here is how the new sketchers enjoyed their morning. Thanks  to @conservationhut for delicious coffee and wonderful service. Take a look at those flower sketches done in the studio. Very impressive for first time sketchers don't you think?