Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday Sketches - Places You Love

Friday sketches is a weekly blog challenge where you can share what you've been doing in your sketchbook.

Friday Sketches enables you to practice your sketching while capturing the beauty and simplicity of the world around you.  There are no rules except that your work must be in a sketchbook or art journal.  You can use any mediums, any techniques, and sketch any subjects you like, but all you have to do is link your blog post or images back to here.

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"Places You Love"

This week I was going through some of the sketchbooks I kept while I was in Australia and thought I would share some sketches from the places I love. These are simple watercolor and ink sketches I did while out and about.  With young children constantly in tow I don't often get a chance to sit down and sketch, but when I do, I like to make a day of it. 
An outback pub and hills-hoist clothes line in Western Victoria, Australia. I traveled a lot to visit my father who lives in Ballarat, Victoria.  The landscape from the Surf Coast through to this area is amazing.  It changes from vast sweeping farm lands to rolling hills and thick bush

"Fig Tree Cottage" is the name of my sisters house on the Bellerine Peninsula.  It is so named because it harbors a 100 year old fig tree in the back yard.  I spent many happy days here.

This is the view from the cliff tops of Portarlington on the Bellerine Peninsula.  It is looking north across Port Phillip Bay to the Bayside Suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria.

This is another view from the Portarlington cliff top across Port Phillip Bay. This one looks west towards Geelong and the You-Yang Ranges.  Portarlington is a beautiful little seaside village on the Bellerine Peninsula.

This is a view of the Bellerine Railway Station.  Trains used to run all along the Peninsula from Geelong through the Queenscliff.  Commerical and passenger rail  transit has long since ceased, but the railway is now used for tourist and scenic rides.  Most of the tracks have been turned into bicycle paths, but the little stations that dotted the route are all so quaint and images of a time past.

What are some of the places you love?  If you can't get out and about you can try sketching from your photographs.  If your looking for more "Plain Air" sketching inspiration, consider exploring the "Urban Sketchers".  They have groups in just about every part of the world.

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