Last week I spent three days in Melbourne.
I had many adventures and did many pages of sketches in my Moleskine watercolour Sketchbook with my watercolour pencils. These are a few.
This is the view from my hotel. overlooking the old Melbourne GPO tower . It also gave the view of the tops of lots of buildings and the back of The Royal Arcade Coat of Arms. So much sketching potential not enough time.
When I first arrived in Melbourne, I sketched while waiting for the hotel shuttle to arrive at Southern Cross Station.
Then I explored Melbourne. My first stop was the beautiful State Library and its dome.
one hour later I had to give up
While I was at State Library I saw the Dromkeen Children’s Literature Collection and sketched a grandmother telling a story to her grandson. The exhibition was of original children’s book illustrations. Some amazing illustrations.
In the evening I had arranged a meeting with Melbourne Urban Sketchers at the wonderful Luna Night Markets at the Queen Victoria Markets. Lots of crafts, food, great live music interesting people all under the cover of the markets. It was a crisp night, but I did not notice it until leaving. I was fortunate to sketch with Jodi, Angela and meet Erik, Ilsa and Alyeesh
This is my main sketch of the night. A few of us sat against a wall and sketched what we saw in front of us. This brightly clad group stayed at the table for ages ! Great subjects.
People warming themselves by the fire sites
The next day I explored more of Melbourne
I walked by this laneway -It is called Melbourne Place . It is not a typical trendy café laneway, or one with the famous graffiti, but one that was in use. I had to move aside for a few cars to drive in, I also was asked directions by lost tourists.
I think that this is my favourite sketch of my stay in Melbourne. It is at the street end of Melbourne Place. I had to sketch it too. LOTS of peeling paint
and I could not leave Melbourne without a sketch of Flinders Street Station. This was about 4pm it was getting chilly, I was tired and then the drizzle set in. I took that as a sign to leave and find somewhere warm.
A wonderful time. I still have some sketches to complete and hope to visit again soon.