Week 8 Term 4. That's it! We made it!

A student referred me to a fascinating article in SMH this weekend by architect Chris Johnson. He talks about a radical approach to documenting travel.
Chris Johnson has an old-fashioned – and in that, perhaps radical – approach. The former New South Wales Government Architect and now CEO of the developer representative group, Urban Taskforce Australia, is by no means a man without time pressures.

Yet, when on the road, he takes great joy and solace in finding a quiet moment to sketch. He says it connects him to a destination in a richer, deeper way. Sketching. That’s how he records his travels. No cameras or digital images. Just a sketchbook, pen and a pair of eyes.

A photograph is instant and quick, whereas drawing beauty, you start seeing things differently." However, Johnson never takes longer than 15 minutes in his attempt to capture the "essence" of place, as Lloyd Rees his art tutor emphasised during those uni days. "I quite often do drawings while in a vehicle or bus and later when I get to the hotel, I get out my watercolours and enrich the work," says Johnson.

Many a wellness expert has expounded the virtues of slower, more meditative activities. Drawing is said to not only calm the mind, but help concentration and attention to detail. As the world gets faster and the onslaught of information even faster, it's an antidote to all that – and for Johnson, who deals in big, vital projects, that's important.

Meditative. Therapeutic. Relaxing. Happiness. Sounds like us!


Travel Sketching with Toni at The Collaroy


Adventure Sketching with Kathy inside St Mary’s Cathedral and at David Jones Sydney

The Rocks and Rose Bay
Intro to Travel Sketching with Tammy at Tea Cosy Cafe. But rain caused this class to be cancelled.


Travel Sketching with Toni at The Collaroy


Intro to Travel Sketching with Pamela in the Manly Studio and Bavarian Restaurant Manly Beach

Rocks/Rose Bay

Travel Sketching with Tammy at Rose Bay and the beach.


Intro to Travel Sketching with Erin. Revision of previous weeks & how to paint the sea.

That's it for this week. Happy Sketching till next time.


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