I am going to France!

In about 2 weeks I am flying to Paris for a sketching/painting tour.  Seeing I haven’t done any sketching or painting since I was in high school it’s been a mad rush to practice.

Today I joined a class for learning the art of field sketching run by the Hobsons Bay Wetlands Centre with Chris Rockley as the tutor. About a dozen people joined in and listened to Chris give a comprehensive outline on what we were trying to achieve in two hours. The class cost $20 and included a journal, paints, a water paintbrush, pencils, ruler, eraser, bird identification booklet and even a muesli bar as well as Chris’s expertise.

From the Underkeepers Quarters in Queen St, Altona we walked through the grounds of the Truganina explosives reserve keeping our eyes and ears open for native wildlife and fauna. Chris was good at pointing out sounds and sights that inexperienced people like ourselves might not notice. A deformed shoot on a she-oak, a butterfly flitting by, magpies in the trees above, scats on the ground that could indicate birds above. It pays to take your time and notice everything around you.

Most of us settled beside the bank of Skeleton Creek just outside the boundary of the explosives reserve. Usually it is abundant with bird life but today not so much. A few ducks, a white-faced heron, a Eurasian coot and a couple of others too far away to identify were all we could see.

I tried to paint the saltbush on the bank and then a duck that was too far away to see. Lucky we had a field guide with pictures! Using the water paintbrush was a different experience. It saves you having to carry a vessel for water but I used the water reserve up too fast. Filling it up is difficult.

Overall I found it a successful day. Being with like-minded people is usually an enjoyable experience and you usually learn from them as well as the tutor.

Each time I try to paint/sketch I hope I am getting better but it doesn’t really matter as long as I enjoy the experience!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: