Monthly Archives: May 2014

Drawing Sydney in my lunchhour

 Drawing Sydney in my lunchhour
I have been working  at an office near Macquarie Street, Sydney for the past three weeks. I took the opportunity to go out in my lunchhour and sketch some of the historic sandstone buildings.  Macquarie Street is one of Sydney’s oldest government districts with a number of heritage buildings built during the city’s early colonial years.
The weather has been the warmist May in many years, so it has been lovely to sit in the sunshine and sketch with my watercolour pencils.It is little capture of the buildings. I made a conscious decision to draw the buildings and not include the busy street life and am pleased with the result.
 I usually spent about half an hour on each sketch .
I sketch with watercolour pencils in a Moleskine watercolour sketchbook
Sydney Eye Hospital and Sydney Hospital
Sydney Eye Hospital and Sydney Hospital

St James

Hyde Park Barracks


St Stephens Uniting Church
State Library of NSW

drawing biscuits step by step

Today  I drew two biscuits for the Everyday in May challenge of Draw a Cookie.
I thought that I would share my drawing process with you. I use watercolour pencil in a Moleskine Watercolour sketchbook.
Everyday in May is an art challenge I have participated four times in previous years.  A list of daily challenges is provided at the beginning of May and everyone draws/paints their interpretation. See everyone else’s at
These are based on the list of Danny Gregory Everyday Matters challenges.
Here is my drawing of a “Cookie.
” In Australia we call them biscuits and these are two Arnott’s classics. A Monte Carlo and a Shortbread Cream. These two are not my absolute favourites, but definitely part of growing up in Australia. The Delta Cream biscuit was added later……
Monte Carlo: a raspberry and cream fondant sandwiched between two golden syrup, honey and coconut biscuits.
Shortbread creams: two vanilla shortbreads with vanilla cream in the centre

The finished drawing. It took about two hours