The weekly cafe drawings

In which the artist realises she spends way too much time drinking coffee as an excuse to draw.

Tuesday saw us at the Curtin Shops where we had a fine view of Matthew Harding‘s bird sculptures. This is my second attempt, at drawing this sculpture. The first magically disappeared when I pressed the ‘don’t save’ icon on my phablett by mistake!

Bird Sculpture, Matthew Harding 2001, Curtin Shops, ACT, 25 February 2014.

Bird Sculpture, Matthew Harding 2001, Curtin Shops, ACT, 25 February 2014.

In despair I returned to using the type of media that don’t just disappear vis, my pen and paper. I made this second drawing with an interesting array of traffic lights.

Reading  with traffic lights, Curtin Shops ACT, 25 February 2014.

Reading with traffic lights, Curtin Shops ACT, 25 February 2014.

The next day we were in the centre of Canberra, known around here as Civic, where I was joining friends for lunch. Post lunch we found yet another cafe, Garema Cafe, not surprisingly adjoining Garema Place. This is one of four cafes crowded into a tight alley between buildings.

Down the alley towards the Taxation office building, 26 February 2014.

Down the alley towards the Taxation office building, 26 February 2014.

Thursday we were buying fruit at the Belconnen Markets when, yes, you’ve got it, we stopped for a cup of coffee. I didn’t quite finish this drawing, there’s only so much time that I can spend on a cup of coffee.

Inside the central plaza at Belconnen Markets, 27 February 2014

Inside the central plaza at Belconnen Markets, 27 February 2014

Road Trip

Kay Greenlees writes (Creating Sketchbooks for Embroiderers and Textile Artists, Batsford 2005)  that sketching

“becomes a unique way of exploring and storing information, including whatever arouses curiosity and interest.”

Driving back from Newcastle I decided to try some sketching from the passenger seat of the car. Over a series of three pages I captured some of the vehicles, scenery and text, that I saw passing along the road.

Page 1, road sketches, 10 February 2014.

Page 1, road sketches, 10 February 2014.

As I drew I included observations about atmospheric and other environmental conditions …

Page 2, road sketches, 10 February 2014.

Page 2, road sketches, 10 February 2014.

… not to mention signs and other writing that caught my interest.

Page 3, road sketches, 10 February 2014.

Page 3, road sketches, 10 February 2014.

Umbrellas, 3 ways

I  love my cafe umbrellas. When I recently found myself at three cafes in the one week, a bit unusual for me,  I couldn’t resist the opportunity to draw my favourite subject matter. One twist however, I decided to draw each one with a different medium.

The first was in my black ball point pen. I had already completed a drawing inside the cafe when I glanced up to see this group of furled umbrellas.

Repetition, furled umbrellas at the Italian Bakery in Mawson, 2 February 2014.

Repetiiton, furled umbrellas at the Italian Bakery in Mawson, 2 February 2014.

The next was drawn at our regular Cafe Wednesday watering hole. This time I used my phablet to draw using the SNote function (Samsung Galaxy). Very simple.

Umbrella drawn with SNote, 5 February 2014.

Umbrella drawn with SNote, 5 February 2014.

Finally, at the Beaver Galleries cafe I drew using my new fountain pen. I’m still working on using up the blue cartridge it came with.

Cafe umbrella at the Beaver Gallery, Deakin, 6 February 2014.

Cafe umbrella at the Beaver Gallery, Deakin, 6 February 2014.