Sunday, September 1, 2013

Sketchcrawl Melbourne

Yesterday I finally made it to a USK sketchcrawl (I put it in the diary weeks in advance so that it would actually happen!). Weekends are usually jam-packed with family commitments so yesterday was the first time I'd been able to get out sketching with the Melbourne crew.

It was so much fun - sketching en masse feels lovely and collegial and any angst about sketching in public just dissipates.

We met on Lygon Street and moved on to sketch out front of La Mama theatre. We had the most beautifully warm spring weather (for the last day of winter). And there was a great turn-out.

I had every intention of sketching the building but the vintage pick-up out the front caught my attention.

When it was time to gather our sketchbooks for a group shot, my drawing was far from complete. I had been doing way more talking than sketching.

Despite the fact I had only ever met one of the sketchers before (the amazingly talented Alissa Duke, down from Sydney for the weekend) I felt like I was with old friends and loved chatting to everyone - and checking out their sketchbooks and kits of course. (And thanks to Angela for lending me some blue watercolour paint for my truck! I only brought my pens yesterday to lighten my load.)

After the group photo, most took off for lunch but I decided to hang around with a few others and channel Elvis: a little less conversation, a little more action.

And I finally completed my sketch!

I've since filled the space on the right with writing.

We then joined the others for a lovely, leisurely lunch on Lygon Street.

I certainly hope to repeat this experience sooner rather than later!