Come for a sketchy walk with me in the sun

Last weekend I went for a lovely walk into the spring bush near Castlemaine.  I know that it isn’t quite officially spring yet, but thankfully the local wild flowers didn’t know that and were blooming quite happily in the sun.

Castlemaine House In and watercolour pencil

Castlemaine House In and watercolour pencil

So first here is a quick sketch of my little cottage in Castlemaine.  It is a sweet little renovated miners cottage.  They are from the gold rush era and were built piece by piece as the family could afford it.  The first part was a two room cottage, then another couple of rooms were added onto the back.  If the family did really well they might add a brick extension on the front to be all posh facing the street, but mine didn’t get that far.

There is a track called the Gold Fields Track that winds from Ballarat, all the way through to Bendigo (about 300 kms), and it runs through Castlemaine, so I decided to walk along that for awhile.  I had actually got up early, something I think about often, but rarely manage to do.  The sun was shining and I knew the chances of that lasting were slim, so away I went.

Goldfields Track

Goldfields Track

 

The whole idea of going for sketchy walks has been a revelation to me.  I would love to go for long rambling walks for hours, but the hard fact is that with chronic fatigue I am not able to walk for more than an hour and even than I would be exhausted for the rest of the day.  But sketchy walks mean that I can walk for 15-20 minutes then sit down and sketch for 20 minutes catch my breath, re-energise and walk some more, so in this way I can be out for a couple of hours and still be fine.  Of course the dog does not feel that this is the proper way to walk and lets me know every time we stop.

Hannah ready to go.

Hannah ready to go.

The wattle was out and it is one of the first harbinger of spring.  All of a sudden what were ragged, inconspicuous shrubs are covered with golden pom poms that are just glowing in the early morning light and there is a golden glow in the drab grey winter bush.

Wattle in the bush

Wattle in the bush

Wattle flowers in the suns glow

Wattle flowers in the suns glow

Here is my little sketch of the wattle.  The one in the sunshine is Golden wattle, while the little one I drew I think is Gold Dust Wattle.

Gold Dust Wattle

Gold Dust Wattle

The next one I sketched was Gorse, not a native plant, but it certainly is very happy here and is often called egg and bacon plant.  This endeavor needed some supervision from Hannah.

Very Prickly Gorse

Very Prickly Gorse

Hannah overseeing the sketching and wanting me to get moving again.

Hannah overseeing the sketching and wanting me to get moving again.

My final sketch was the sarsparilla vine.  Such a beauty in the bush. I like the contrast between the grey bark and rocks and the birght purple flowers and glossy green leaves.

Sarsparilla Vine

Sarsparilla Vine

Well. after such fun sketching in the sun, the clouds had come and the wind was suddenly chill and I remembered that it was really winter and time to go home.

On the way home.

On the way home.

I hope you enjoyed your little walk in the sun with me.

Karen

 

 

 

 

9 responses to “Come for a sketchy walk with me in the sun

  1. I love your sketches! What a wonderful morning. Thank you for sharing. I feel like I had a chance to explore with you.

  2. I love this post and your wonderful artwork. I too can not go for long walks, which I dearly miss, but reading your post has inspired me to do “sketchy walks” which will tie in nicely will my up and coming project. Thanks for visiting my blog and following me, I look forward to more of your posts.

    • How wonderful, you will enjoy the experience, it is so nice to be in the outdoors without being exhausted. I have also found sitting quietly in the bush lets you experience it in a different way which is magical. Karen

  3. Lovely work! That’s the first I’ve ever seen a wattle. I don’t think we have any on this side of the pond.Wish we would have walks with wandering wattles.

    How do you get your drawings on the computer? Scan? Photograph? Iphone?

    • It is one of the joys of spring here to have the bush burst into bright yellow blooms, wattle just makes you happy. You might know it better as mimosa. It depends on how quickly I want to post my work, if I have time I will take it into work and scan it on the big photo copier, if not I will take photos with my iPhone. It is an area I want to get better at. Karen

  4. Oh boy we have a similar plant here in Ontario that is a type of toadflax called “Butter and Eggs” and they look a bit like small snapdragons flowers. They look a bit like your gorse only lighter in colour. Different species though.

    Loved all your nature sketches, the house sketch and dear little Hannah. I am still trying to draw an old wall of Constantinople. You are giving me courage!
    Judy

    • Thanks for the lovely comment JJ, I hope your ‘Butter and Eggs’ is not as spiny as the gorse was, yeow those spines sure hurt. Good luck with the wall sounds fabulous, the one thing I have learned from all this sketching is don’t worry over the little mistakes, take courage finish the drawing and it will turn out all right. Looking forward to seeing your wall. Karen

  5. WOW just what I was searching for. Came hhere by searching for Eso
    gold

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