A couple of quick ones grabbed on the way home from work. Late Friday afternoon in Ballajura, Western Australia. Cars, a trolley bay, bins and a cheap metal box installed as a service station. I quite like carparks as subject matter but that service station is a rather sad example of corporate greed creating a miserable environment for the people inside it and visual pollution for the rest of us. Is that progress?
Sepia Pitt pen, watercolour and colour pencil in a Stillman & Birn 8.5×5.5 Epsilon sketchbook (balanced on the steering wheel of a Beetle).
Moved the Beetle into the next row of the carpark for a different view.
Same Malaga carpark as yesterday. That sea container has had it’s portrait sketched quite a few times in the past few months. It arrives, then leaves a few days later. Nudging me out of my parking spot each time. I am beginning to think it might not be the same container. A sibling or twin or something. The red car is there every day.
Interesting to note that the gardener clips the shrubs into neat cubes. So they fit in?
Sepia Pitt pen and Schmincke watercolour in a Stillman & Birn 8.5×5.5″ Epsilon sketchbook.
Another carpark. This one behind an office block in Malaga, a light industrial area, Western Australia.
Watercolour, Uniball Eye Micro and graphite in a Stillman & Birn 8.5×5.5″ sketchbook balanced precariously on the steering wheel of a Beetle.
The advantage of missing out on lunch is leaving work early enough to go for coffee in order to recover from a day that was so bad there wasn’t time for lunch… I am still trying to figure out if that’s actually a win. The same coffee shop from a few weeks ago when the Higgins sepia ink looked decidedly pink.
This time I have Dr PH Martin Bombay ink in Sepia. Looks more like what I was expecting. Plus a sepia Pitt pen in a Stillman & Birn Epsilon 8.5×5.5″ sketchbook.
The carpark outside. (Locals will recognise that the green thing in the top right is an old concrete bus stop. For the rest of you: the green thing is a bus stop.)
India ink and Schmincke watercolour over sepia Pitt pen.
A public holiday is practically an order to go to the zoo or the beach. The Western Australian government took it so seriously they gave away tickets to the zoo… which meant it was rather crowded place to celebrate a two year old’s birthday…
Both pages watercolour, Sepia PITT pen and graphite in a Stillman & Birn 8.5×5.5″ sketchbook.
The old carousel is always good to draw. It’s after 4pm – last ride – the ticket office is closed. (Unfortunately that did not prevent a passerby gawking over my shoulder at the little sketchbook in my lap… I would love to paint the carousel in oils but that spectacle and attention would be much too much for this shy artist. I asked the zoo about the possibility of early morning visits. They said no. So this is it. I won’t be going back.)
I recovered from the ordeal with a solitary coffee at Dome in Vic Park. OK, it’s not on the way home – I took a detour – but Crow Books is just over the road so it’s a particularly worthy destination.
I look around at the shopping centre food hall – clean, undercover, brightly lit – and try to imagine the equivalent of centuries ago. Jostling markets? A community hall or some other gathering place? A mess of vendors along muddy streets worse the wear from horse drawn wheels? These days we get a seat at a freshly cleaned table, a high chair for the baby and free wi fi…
Joondalup Lakeside, Western Australia. Watercolour, graphite and Uniball Eye Micro in a Stillman & Birn Epsilon 8.5×5.5″ sketchbook.
The carpark belonging to the new commercial centre on the corner of Beach Rd and Alexander Drive was enticing because there are a couple of trees. It replaces the old WA Salvage. Huge earthworks. The developers are to be credited for leaving the trees. Saturday morning was hot even though we are less than a month shy of the shortest day and it should be cold and rainy. Not complaining, just explaining why I was looking for somewhere shady to park. That’s how my vistas are chosen: comfort. Then look around and see what’s to be seen.
I do actually like carparks…
Watercolour, graphite and Uniball Eye Micro in a Stillman & Birn Epsilon 8.5″ x 5.5″ sketchbook (which was propped against the steering wheel of a Beetle).
Things are pretty quiet in this light industrial area, just up the road from the office, on a Saturday morning. Most places are closed but the service station, post office and bottle shop are open. From one spot in the carpark I can see all of them well enough to sketch. The bottle shop appears to be getting the most customers…
I started out trying Hydrus, the liquid watercolour made by Dr PH Martin. Not impressed. The colours are kinda “muddy” compared to the Daniel Smith tube colour I have been using so I returned to the tubes to finish them off. I guess I was hoping the Hydrus would be almost as bright and clear as the Radiant range made by the same company after seeing them in a video by Danny Gregory. The Radiants are brilliant but, sadly, not lightfast. That probably doesn’t matter so much in a sketchbook – but my sketchbook is practice, test ground and studies for paintings that are not in a sketchbook – so it does matter. Sigh.
Amazing how a cool video with a catchy tune can sell paint. 🙂
All pages are watercolour, Uniball Eye Micro and graphite in a Stillman & Birn Epsilon 8.5″ x 5.5″ sketchbook (which was balanced on the steering wheel of a VW Beetle).
Tiny shopping centre carpark in Bullsbrook, a country town in Western Australia. Behind the cars is the chemist and the Chinese restaurant. There’s also a bakery, post office, hairdresser and a small supermarket. The vehicles are often big…
Watercolour, Uniball Eye Micro and pencil in a Stillman & Birn Alpha sketchbook.