Sunday, 27 April 2014

I'm an Urban Sketcher!

Goodness, time just flies by!

I've been so busy!
 I'm especially excited to  
say that I've been on a few sketch-outs 
with the Urban Sketchers - Brisbane group.
There is also an Urban Sketchers - Australia group.
I was so nervous on my first time out with the group
but, the people were so lovely,
I couldn't help but enjoy myself.

Our group met at the Ship Inn at Southbank  
for a cuppa and chat,
then we spent time sketching at 
followed by lunch at 
Turkish Mado.

These sketches were from my very first sketch-out
done with pen and watercolours.
The top sketch is in my pocket Moleskine sketchbook.
The bottom sketch is in my large watercolour Moleskine notebook
which is close to a landscaped A5 format.


 In early April, 
Brad and I took the bus into south Brisbane
only to find that his Specialist appointment
had been postponed without our knowledge. 
We turned a negative into a positive
and enjoyed a lovely morning
at Southbank Parklands instead. 
Brad read a computer magazine
while I sketched the following. 


A photo of the plaque on the statue

 South Brisbane Town Hall 

The finished page spread
The page spread above was sketched directly with
PITT pens, a ZIG 005 pen, and then some watercolours
in large (approx. A5) Moleskine watercolour notebook.  


A recent urban sketch group outing was at ANZAC Square
in Brisbane city.
As it was just prior to ANZAC day,
we were treated to some soldiers practising
their ANZAC day ceremony.
The down side was that tree loppers were also
in the square tidying up the trees for the special event.
Their trucks and cherry pickers got in the way of our view
but we didn't let it spoil the day or our efforts to sketch.

Again, I sketched directly with PITT artist pens
and finished it up with watercolours
in my extra large (approx. A4) Moleskine watercolour notebook.



The exciting news was that the Brisbane Times got wind
of our Urban Sketchers group and published an article
about our ANZAC Square sketch-out.
The article can be read at this link.



I love that ANZAC Square has quite a few of my favourite trees
the 'Queensland Bottle Tree' which belongs to the Boab family of trees.



Our choir performance on April 15th went very well.
Here is a pic of our 'Sing for Health' choir
and you can read an article about it here.
Bradley was featured in the article so I am one proud Mumma!
Bradley has been seeing an Occupational Therapist
to help cope with severe Tinnitus.
She is the one who organised the 'Sing for Health' choir.
Interesting to note that Brad's tinnitus has eased dramatically
since singing in the choir.


I have so much more to share but it
will have to wait until the next post.

~ Love, light and peace ~

14 comments:

  1. Serena the sketches are lovely. Love all of them. So glad you had fun with the group. Nothing like meeting like minded people.

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    1. Thanks, Shashi. I'm having so much fun with the sketch group and it really is wonderful to be able to talk about sketching with like-minded people.

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  2. I always love seeing your wonderful sketches! And photos of you and Brad at choir practice - that's cool!

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  3. great sketches!! its always fun to be surrounded by like minded people, and being surrounded by fellow artists can give a person ideas and artistic energy

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  4. such beautiful journal pages, your work is so precise an beautifully sketches, what an amazing area, I have never saw a bottle tree before, the photo of your choir is wondrful such a happy group,

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  5. such beautiful journal pages, your work is so precise an beautifully sketches, what an amazing area, I have never saw a bottle tree before, the photo of your choir is wondrful such a happy group,

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  6. such beautiful journal pages, your work is so precise an beautifully sketches, what an amazing area, I have never saw a bottle tree before, the photo of your choir is wondrful such a happy group,

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  7. such beautiful journal pages, your work is so precise an beautifully sketches, what an amazing area, I have never saw a bottle tree before, the photo of your choir is wondrful such a happy group,

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  8. such beautiful journal pages, your work is so precise an beautifully sketches, what an amazing area, I have never saw a bottle tree before, the photo of your choir is wondrful such a happy group,

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  9. such beautiful journal pages, your work is so precise an beautifully sketches, what an amazing area, I have never saw a bottle tree before, the photo of your choir is wondrful such a happy group,

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  10. I absolutely love all your sketches! And the articles are both wonderful. Especially the one featuring Bradley--whoohoo!
    Oh, and I love those bottle trees. You guys have been so busy. I can see why you haven't had time to blog. ;)

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  11. Love the Sing For Health Choir! Glad to hear Brads tinnitus is improved!

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  12. How wonderful -- art and music. I always love your sketches. The group sounds like so much fun -- meeting in different places to sketch your surroundings. I hope you will continue to be an urban sketcher. :) And the choir is a great group to be involved in. Glad to hear that it has helped Brad in many ways. I was in Honor Chorus when I was in Middle School -- we traveled around for school competitions. I do love to sing! Love those trees with the bulbous bottoms. :) Have a great week. Tammy

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