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7th of march – another day of urban sketching

March 7th, 2011 at 18:21

There are plenty of empty moments with great opportunity I forgot about.

Lydia Velarde over at Urban Sketcher

Angie asked me the other day, how I started urban sketching. I’ve been thinking about this for some time and today I found one answer. I follow the urban sketch website where Lydia’s comment (above) describes not just the why but also the how of urban sketching. I first painted street/urban scenes 10 years ago, here another old one.

mum on Dun Laoghaire Pier 2001 – 10×15″ watercolour
I started painting from photos because it’s easier, they are two dimensional, flat. And it’s a great way to learn to paint street scenes. I think it prepared me, and I got some confidence in trying to paint “out there”. The first “live” attempts where extremely basic, either hilariously disfigured or smudged and not so hot. Now I think it’s a matter of practice and endless new attempts, just doing it again and again and again. It’s like a muscle you train, you train your eye, your way of painting. I’m a rather self-conscious writing this here, I’m a complete novice, who am I to give advice… I think it’s a working progress.

I went on another day trip to Dun Laoghaire, today.
I did a 4 minute sketch of the train station before the train arrived and then started the colouring while on the train.

Gorey – 8:53 a.m. 7th march 11
Sitting on the train the man sitting across the aisle fell asleep so started sketching of him instead of finishing the other one.

man sleeping
In Dun Laoghaire I was meeting a friend for lunch and I had a moment standing on a street corner across from this old pavillion from a time when the town was called Kingstown.

kingstown pavillion
I sketched this one standing, in less than 5 min and it’s crooked and incomplete. And the next one is just as rushed and unfinished, which I sketched from the train station above the rail line in Dun Laoghaire moments before I had to run down the stairs to get my train home.

And the last one is from inside the train again. It’s the first time I noticed the sharp shadows of the sunlight on the blue seat covers.

woman and her phone
I think if I try it, find a semi-comfy place to sit or stand, take out a piece of heavy paper/card and an ink pen or watercolour set and give it a go, I’ll eventually get better.
So now I carry a little pouch in my bag that holds my art stuff and if, when I get a chance, a moment, waiting for a train, or having a few minutes spare on a park bench somewhere, I take out my set. It’s great fun and there are plenty of opportunities.

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4 Responses to “7th of march – another day of urban sketching”

  1. Maron Says:

    Really enjoyed my visit here. Nice work!

  2. Janice Says:

    Ines, these are wonderful! I really like your style. Especially the old one of your mum and your ‘4 minute sketch’ of the station. Do you have any idea what a 4 minute sketch coming from my hand would look like! The last one is particularly impressive. Did she know you were doing it?! Your coloured sketches remind me of David Gentleman’s work.

  3. Amy Says:

    I am still amazed by each of these! Wonderful!

  4. Skytimes Says:

    Oh wow… I absolutely love those sketches. My favourites are the second and the pavillon. Well done…

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