Thursday, April 12, 2012
Watercolour experiments and quick pencil sketches.
Today was such a beautiful autumn day in Melbourne, I decided to try some watercolour sketching around the town where I live. Found a table on the outside balcony of a local cafe, ordered a coffee and muffin, and away I went. This took me about an hour. I really need some lessons in this medium!! But I enjoyed doing it, and some of the people who noticed what I was doing came over to have a look. People who consider themselves unable to paint or draw are always complimentary, which makes me feel good!
After I'd done as much as I could to the first painting, I moved across the park to a spot where I could draw the old wooden trestle rail bridge. I've taken heaps of photos of this bridge, but never tried to draw it before. Next time I think I will try using charcoal, as I seem to be able to capture shadow and shape better with that medium than with paint and brush. There were trains coming and going all the time, so I included a bit, but it is woefully out of perspective; in fact it looks nothing like a train! Next time I'll just do the bridge.