Tuesday 19 March 2013

Sketching Historic Beechworth

I have just returned from a fabulous weekend with a great group who were "Sketching Historic Beechworth." I love to see the sketches that each participant completes. Every person looks at the same subject in a very different way. They see colours differently and their techniques are all very individual.
Most of the people that come on my art tours have had little or no experience with watercolour and very little with drawing. I am amazed at what they produce.
Above are just a few sketches from the weekend. There are no winners and no losers - every sketch is very special, and all very unique to the artist. Notice how each artist above has looked from a very different aspect. This was the theme throughout the group.
They all loved Beechworth, and many stayed on after the workshop to get more of a feel for the place. It is so historic you almost expect to see Ned Kelly galloping along the main street. The buildings are very typically 19th century and the shops have all retained their original facades.
Above is the post office with its very typical architectural features still found in many small towns in Australia.
Here is one of my sketches of the renowned Commercial Hotel. I have been going to Beechworth twice a year for the past 5 years and there is never enough time to sketch or see all there is to do there.
In May I will return for another 4 or 5 days to take another workshop, this time in Drawing & Painting Banksias.

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