Out and about on a botanical Friday

Here are two drawings from different botanically-related outings today.

The first was drawn at the Yarralumla Gallery next to the Heritage  Nursery where I’d been buying plants to help renovate our front garden. While there is nothing particularly different with this drawing, the notebook its drawn on is something fairly new, a Leuchtturm Whitelines Link® notebook. This notebook is designed to be used in conjunction with an app for your smartphone so that it can be digitised and shared easily on a variety of platforms. Enough of that for the moment as I plan to explain more and do a bit of a review in another post.

Yarralumla Gallery, pen and ink on a Leuchtturm Whitelines Notebook, 11 September 2015

Yarralumla Gallery, pen and ink on a Leuchtturm Whitelines Notebook, 11 September 2015

Our second outing was to the Australian National Botanic Gardens, not as you may expect to see the plants, but rather to check out the newest farmer’s market in Canberra. This was only the second week of the Eat Local Friday market’s operation so we didn’t know what to expect. There were plenty of people there and they seemed quite keen to get among the produce. It is unusual to see a market in such a pleasant setting and I’m sure that the extra foot traffic will benefit the gardens. I set up at one end of the stalls and was pleased to have plenty of people to include in the scene. I struggled with capturing the light coming from behind the stalls, so it looks like that’s something else I’ll need to work on.

Stalls at the Eat Local Friday markets at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, brush pen, watercolour, pen and ink, 11 September 2015

Stalls at the Eat Local Friday markets at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, brush pen, watercolour, pen and ink, 11 September 2015

I was quite intrigued at the number of people who walked several metres past the last stalls and then asked whether there was anything else there. No more stalls I’ll grant you, but only the whole of the gardens at the height of it’s springtime flowering!

 

On the ground in Singapore

We are here in Singapore just about to register for the Urban Sketchers Symposium for 2015.
We’ve already run into several other sketchers and there are reports of sketchbooks and watercolours across the city.

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Drawing boabs in the Flower Dome

We spent yesterday wandering around Gardens at the Bay an amazing place with two hugh climate controlled conservatories. In the surrounding grounds stand the Super Trees, massive metal structures some 3 stories tall, with vines and plants growing up them. You can take a lift up the towers and do the sky walk that links several of them. Behind them is the triple building with the ‘surfboard’ on top. Such a sight.

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Super Trees and the Marina Sands Hotel


It’s pretty exciting and will get more so when we start our workshops tomorrow.
PS Please excuse the dodgy pictures as I am using the phone camera (no room for the scanner in my luggage).