East Perth Power Station

Forgot this one. A few Sunday’s back saw me headed out with others in the Artists’ Safari group to take on the old East Perth Power Station. I have to say I loved it and will definitely be going back for more. The industrial sites, the more grim the better, will always get me in more than flowers and vistas. I’ll still turn up to draw but probably not be begging for a return visit. This spot is well worth a drive if you’re like minded with pencil in hand. This pic is pinched off the Artists Safari site – worth a look from week to week to see where we are headed if you’re interested. It’s not a Sunday painters group – more about challenging each other to get out of our comfort zones. Check it out.

East Perth Power Station

 

The rest of the crew was smart enough to find a spot hidden from view, while I was so dazzled by the old iron masterpiece that I didn’t even notice that I had plonked down near a pathway. It ain’t a spectator sport folks! Jeff had to rescue me from onlookers twice before I gave up and headed down into the gully to hide behind the trees. Still it wasn’t bad down there either…

East Perth Power Station

This is that unfinished first drawing (grrr…). Just charcoal on cartridge – I’m there to challenge not make pretty pictures. Was headed into this one to play with the moody shadows again the bright sky. Definitely have to go back for more.

East Perth Power Station

 

Bells Rapids report

The last Artists’ Safari headed up to the lovely Bells Rapids in the hills above the Swan Valley for a sunny afternoon of drawing. Warm enough, in fact, to have several of us chasing the shade. A fabulous issue after the shivery conditions of the quarry trip a few weeks ago. I, of course, managed to get lost again… No trouble finding the turn off this time but being 10 minutes late missed the gathering and had no idea which direction my cohorts had decided best. Taking a punt – I got it wrong – and had quite a walk. I don’t mind a bit of toddle in the least, fantastic scenery, but it would be even better without having stuff to lug! Definitely one of those occasions to remind the intrepid artist of the merits of traveling light… thankfully I almost do and with practice (at getting lost!) I realise how little I really need – so can report that the pack is getting lighter by the week. The difficulty is that the need to hide from ever curious onlookers always has us seeking a hiding spot with good views which entails something of a hike even if one doesn’t take the scenic route via the wrong direction. Might have to figure out how to use the mobile phone. Thankfully no one can be totally inconspicuous when lugging easels and folios so the first family gathering I asked could point the direction taken.

The view from somewhat uphill of the rivers was well worth the hike anyway:

Bells Rapids

 

Artists Safari

Artists’ Safari… OK, so I’ve pinched the blurb off the official Artists’ Safari site – why re-write something that sounds just fine?

The objective of the Artists’ Safari is to enable us and our fellow visual artists to enlarge our skills by going out into many different environments and setting ourselves the challenge of “making art” from what we see before us. As a group we can learn from each other and enjoy each others company. This is all voluntary so there is no cost apart from perhaps what it will take to get where we are intending to go.

We have in mind many locations and activities. It is not just a “Sunday Painters” group and potential participants need to think out of the box about where we might end up. In fact despite the intro the Safari will also be running sometimes on other days than Sunday – particularly in summer when it may shift to the evenings. Having said that there will be plenty of landscape and cityscape subjects. We are open to suggestions.

This week we’re off up into the hills to Bell’s Rapids – which is where the Avon River ends and the Swan begins. Come join us if you fancy a challenge.

Bells Rapids

Pinched the picture too. Oops.

Amanda