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.

Inside the tip shop

A highlight of any week is a visit to the local tip shop, where all manner of stuff gets re-cycled. I’d planned to sit inside the big shed and draw, but got diverted finding pre-loved items for our garden.

Inside 'Tiny's' Green Shed, Hume, ACT . 14 January 2014.

Inside ‘Tiny’s’ Green Shed, Hume, 14 January 2014.

Icame home with several items including this weird looking contraption which is actually the top of two bird cages that have been wired together to form a protector that can be placed over plants to save them from the ravages of the local fauna. In our case this is saving our beetroot from being anihilated by our local brushtail possum.

Plant protector made from the tops of two birdcages, 18 January 2014.

Plant protector made from the tops of two birdcages, 18 January 2014.

From a drawing perspective I was attracted to the colour contrast between the duck-egg blue wire on top and the black metal on the rest of the cage. The repetitive lines of wire also get the big tick from me.

At the Italian Bakery

Sipping from a cup of coffee, 7 January 2014.

Sipping from a cup of coffee, 7 January 2014.

I used the drawing function in my ‘phablet’ to make some sketches while we were having coffee the other day. I also decided to use some of the patterned background options for the drawings.

Chatting, 7 January 2014.

Chatting, 7 January 2014.

I was able to sit in a less conspicuous spot so was better able to capture spontaneous action, or what passes for ‘action’ in a coffee shop.

For my last drawing I chose to work on the drinks cabinet with its attractive arrangement of colours and shapes. I’m still using the S-pen, but on a different setting.

Drinks cabinet in the cafe, 7 January 2014.

Drinks cabinet in the cafe, 7 January 2014.