Sketch&Lunch-Vietnamese

A blustery winters day in The Blue Mountains, but as I approached Cabramatta I could feel it getting warmer. I even took my coat off once I arrived. Its always fun to Sketch in Cabramatta. It would have to be the best suburb in Sydney! In terms of sketching and chefs delights, does it get any better? I met our lovely group at The Water Buffalo on Freedom Plaza, then we headed for a Vietnamese Coffee. Some of the group ordered all sorts of different drinks on the menu that I didn't even know where Vietnamese. Actually, I think some of them were not! I always encourage students to try the Ca Phe Sua Da. Vietnamese iced coffee made with sweetened condensed miljk. Did you know that Vietnam is the second biggest coffee grower in world  We sketched, then we shopped the local markets. I helped students choose the best fish sauce, the most cinvinient Pho spices and how to interpret the rice noodle selection. Then we headed through the suburb for a delicious lunch and some more sketching. Next Sketch&Lunch is August 27th in China Town. We will be eating Malaysian. Bookings here.

 

Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

The final class of term 2 was an open day. All past students were invited. Many were away and some couldn't make it, but we still had plenty turn up for a fun class. I baked delicious cakes for everyone to enjoy, tea and coffee was served, then it was time for some sketching. Take a look at what we did. Some of these sketchers have only attended a workshop or 1 term of classes. Some complete beginners, and some more experienced. 

 

 

Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

Our last class for the Term, and a chilly day too, so we headed to The Carrington Hotel. A perfect sketching location. First we had a fabulous coffee in The Cellars, and sketched the dark moody atmosphere, experimenting with blacks and using sketcher Marina Grechanik as inspiration. Then we headed to the warm lounge with fire place for more drinks and an art deco vibe. A fun last day for this group. 

Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

Our final class of the Term. We put into practice all we have been learning about Travel Sketching and took a train journey from Katoomba to Mount Victoria. We sketched on the platform and our weather app said 0.4C! Oh my! After our little fingers froze, we headed to the heated waiting room to finish our first sketch. A train ride to Mount Victoria where we enjoyed a coffee and then a train back to Katoomba. Little vingnettes were captured and our sketches told a story of our adventure. Bookings for Term 3 are open  HERE 

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.