It has been perfect autumn weather the last couple of weekends and the farmer’s markets are just bursting with produce. I have been to two, one in Castlemaine and the other in Melbourne. I adore these markets and always come away with too much, but the produce is soo tempting.
This sketch is of an organic fruit stall in the Castlemaine market, don’t you just love the colours of the apples and pears. I have tried to capture the crispy freshness of it all, displayed so beautifully in the old fruit boxes. The styling of the market stalls has come a long way.
Here is a work in progress of the sketch, I took the photo in the evening so I apologies for the quality of the colour, but it gives you the idea. I have used my new Ahab fountain pen from Noodlers with this. It has a flexible nib which allows you to vary the width of the line depending on how hard you press. I am starting to get used to it and it worked well with this drawing and I got some nice line variation in the outline of the fruit.
I am tempted to do some larger colour pencil drawings of all this produce, see how much time/energy I have.
This weekend I am in Melbourne and as I was still excited by markets, went to the Collingwood Children’s Farm Market. This is right next to the Abbotsford Convent where I did a sketch of the market there see here. It is a working farm only a couple of kilometers from the city centre beside the river and it is a place where you can children to see where their food comes from. There are all the usual farm animals and great fruit and vege gardens. A magical place.
The farmers market is big and busy, but when you walk around you would not believe you are in the city. I took lots of photos so there will be some more drawings coming up.
Well my blog has a new name, Karen Bailey Studio which is also my domain name. I like occasionalartist, but as I draw nearly every day now, I thought it was time to move on. I am gradually learning what to do to set up this new web site, but it will be a slow progress. Any link to occasional artist will be kept and redirected to this new domain. I tried so many names but I thought Karen Bailey Studio gave me plenty of breadth to do different things, while still linking firmly to me.
Enjoy your weekend