On Saturday I made it to the Melbourne Urban Sketchers meetup at the Royal Botanical Gardens. I haven’t been for over four months and I was missing the group: the comradeship; the sharing of the ideas, experiences and knowledge; the ease and comfort of sketching in public with others. The turn out was huge – maybe due to the warmer weather or maybe due to the current “Urban Sketching in Boroondara” exhibition attracting new people. As usual it was fascinating to see what everyone choose to sketch and how different everyone’s work was, even when they tackled the same subjects.
I sketched Fern Gully Rest House with another lovely lady, who works in IT – so we had something else in common to chat about.
Fern Gully Rest House: subject and sketch
Sketch: Fern Gully Rest House
Afterwards I took a slow walk towards the city, stopping at the National Gallery to look at some new exhibitions: the humorous and thought-provoking “David Shirley: Life and Life Drawing” and colourful, sparkly and fun “Express Yourself! Romance was born for kids”. (I’ll have to come back with my kids – I’m sure they’ll enjoy it as much as I did)
Self at Express Yourself exhibition
During the two hours train ride back home I was reading Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience” and relating it back to how I feel while I paint. I love painting, it makes me happy – simple admission that took me a long time to recognize and accept.
Reading 'Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience' on the train