Last weekend I made a quick visit to Fremantle just out of Perth, Western Australia. I had to go to WA for work, so I sneaked in a weekend in Fremantle. It was a coincidence, as I had mentioned to a blogging friend Julie Podstolski that I wanted to visit and see her art in person, (she does the most beautiful coloured pencil drawings of Geisha). I did not realise that in a couple of weeks time I would have to travel there for work.
Fremantle is a lovely historic port town with the most marvelous buildings, it is about 20 minutes west of Perth. I was glad to leave the cold, grey skies of Melbourne to the warmer weather and sunshine. Julie and her lovely friend Robyn met me for lunch and we had a great time chatting and I showed them a couple of the collaboration books I was working on as Julie had been following them.
We then went to see the fantastic mural that Julie has featured on her blog and then to her house to see some of her drawings. It is so nice to meet someone you only know through social media and to see in real life the drawings that you have watched being created through photos. I can only say both are better in real life and that is not an easy feat. I also was able to see Robyn’s beautiful ceramic sculptures
On the Sunday I went for a walk along the docks and tried my hand at drawing an old sailing ship, fun to draw in the sun, but they are very tricky, I edited a lot of ropes out, (sorry to any nautical readers). I felt I couldn’t come to Fremantle without some sort of boat drawing as it did host the America’s Cup while it was in Australia’s hands.
I think that weekend of warmth and sunshine will have to tied me over through the next few weeks as this winter looks to be a very cold and wet one and the flu season has us in its grips. Always nice to look back on these memories and sketches in my book. Thank you Julie for your hospitality.