Over 40 (perhaps up to 60) Melbourne Urban Sketchers met on a blue-skied sunny day at Queen Victoria Markets to sketch for Lunar New Year. Although the markets are busy, especially on weekends, we found spacious, shady places to sketch.
such a wonderful sight to see sketchers all around
The Queen Victoria Markets have been operating in Melbourne for more than a century. This historic landmark is spread over two city blocks, and you can shop for everything from Australian fruit and vegetables, and local and imported gourmet foods, to cosmetics, clothing and souvenirs . A place to visit for locals and tourists ! (www.qvm.com.au/about/)
There was so much to sketch, and I choose two of the mythical creatures that were between the market sheds. I used my Lamy Safari Joy ink pen and watercolour pencils. I wanted to capture the people as well as the Lunar New Year.
a group photo at 1pm
We were one of at least 25 worldwide Urban Sketching Regional Groups that were sketching for the Lunar New Year.
and here are some roosters I sketched a while ago . For Year of the Rooster
On Saturday at my local East Melbourne Library there were Chinese New Year celebrations, including Lion Dancing. There were two Lions (each had two people in it) and a mischievous buddah, accompanied musicians on the drum, gong and cymbal. A fantastic overload of sights and sounds to delight the small crowd . It finished in firecrackers (outside the library) .
It was very challenging to try and capture the constant movement of the characters. They darted up and down, back and forward, in a seemingly impromptu fashion. They jumped up onto the loans desk and bookshelves, in amazingly acrobatic moves. I learnt afterwards that they had not been to the library before this date and it was all made up on the spot.
I am not sure if I could have prepared for sketching this. It required very loose hand, and arm movement. I was trying to juggle multiple coloured pencils and this slowed me down.
It was a lot easier to draw the musicians – this was within my comfort zone !
After the finale of firecrackers outside the library and the ending of the ceremony, I moved back inside to try the deep fried dumplings and Chinese black tea. The makers of these explained the process as I watched and chatted to the library staff.
Chinese black tea with Sarah Cowell from Teasense
Deep fried prawn and pork dumplings with Corona So from Living Cuisine
Totally in my comfort zone here !