Urban sketching for as long as I can remember

I have carried a sketchbook on my travels for over thirty years, ever since I could buy my own pencils and paper. I was sketching on location long before the term “urban sketching” ever existed – before the internet, let alone mobile phones!

At the beginning I didn’t draw that often, and I was the queen of the sketchbook with only one sketch. I was such a perfectionist that I was scared to make a mistake, but when I did sit down to draw it really helped me to remember that special moment in time. Somehow drawing helped me soak in the environment around me like nothing else ever has – the sounds, the smells, the traffic and people going past, the shapes, colours and temperature. Even when my memory fails me on so many other things, looking at an old drawing brings that moment right back. To me, drawing is my version of mindfulness, of truly being in the moment. 

Urban sketching has also opened my world in other ways. When you sit and draw in public, people come up and speak to you. It is such a rich experience with so many positives. I hope my stories inspire you to pick up your own sketchbook 🙂

Ok so I'm starting to realise that our house is ra Ok so I'm starting to realise that our house is rather bright! I figure that without the photo you might not believe my colours! This is my new office. Today was my first time working from home, staffing a hospital library. Hugo the cavoodle happily walked me to work around the block, stopping at every tree and blade of grass. #uskathome #usk #urbansketchers #coronaviruslockdownsketchbook #sketchbook #melbourneurbansketchers #artstudio #homeoffice

Ok so I'm starting to realise that our house is rather bright! I figure that without the photo you might not believe my colours! This is my new office. Today was my first time working from home, staffing a hospital library. Hugo the cavoodle happily walked me to work around the block, stopping at every tree and blade of grass. #uskathome #usk #urbansketchers #coronaviruslockdownsketchbook #sketchbook #melbourneurbansketchers #artstudio #homeoffice ...

235 14
My week in sketches as Australia begins to battle My week in sketches as Australia begins to battle #coronavirus and our lives change so suddenly. I am so impressed with the unity amongst urban sketchers across the world as we try to #physicallydistance from each other yet stay socially connected. I sketched from my windows both at home and at work in support of #urbansketchersmilano and #uskathome . I sketched vehicles from inside and out for #usk_apartyettogether with #melbourneurbansketchers and at work I witnessed preparations for a pandemic as a fever clinic opened up next door. I drew it without queues as I hope it will remain. Stay safe and well everyone- and let's continue to support andclook out for each other #usk #urbansketchers #sketchbook #coronaviruslockdownsketchbook #watercoloursketches

My week in sketches as Australia begins to battle #coronavirus and our lives change so suddenly. I am so impressed with the unity amongst urban sketchers across the world as we try to #physicallydistance from each other yet stay socially connected. I sketched from my windows both at home and at work in support of #urbansketchersmilano and #uskathome . I sketched vehicles from inside and out for #usk_apartyettogether with #melbourneurbansketchers and at work I witnessed preparations for a pandemic as a fever clinic opened up next door. I drew it without queues as I hope it will remain. Stay safe and well everyone- and let's continue to support andclook out for each other #usk #urbansketchers #sketchbook #coronaviruslockdownsketchbook #watercoloursketches ...

158 16
No time for painting on my 25 minute tram trip to No time for painting on my 25 minute tram trip to work. Peak hour but room for all of us to keep our distance. I'm actually impressed with how quickly most people in our area seem to be adapting to this, even though it is very early days for #coronavirus in Australia. I can only hope that these changes will protect our most vulnerable. #flattenthecurve #socialdistancing #usk_apartyettogether #melbourneurbansketchers #usk #urbansketchers #melbournetrams #sketchbook #coronaviruslockdownsketchbook

No time for painting on my 25 minute tram trip to work. Peak hour but room for all of us to keep our distance. I'm actually impressed with how quickly most people in our area seem to be adapting to this, even though it is very early days for #coronavirus in Australia. I can only hope that these changes will protect our most vulnerable. #flattenthecurve #socialdistancing #usk_apartyettogether #melbourneurbansketchers #usk #urbansketchers #melbournetrams #sketchbook #coronaviruslockdownsketchbook ...

119 4
Quick 20 minute sketch during my lunch break. #soc Quick 20 minute sketch during my lunch break. #socialdistancing in the #carltongardens Melbourne. The ducks and seagulls were hankering after my reheated tuna casserole left over from last night's dinner. #melbourneurbansketchers #urbansketchers #coronaviruslockdownsketchbook #usk #sketchbook #watercoloursketch #exhibitionbuildingmelbourne

Quick 20 minute sketch during my lunch break. #socialdistancing in the #carltongardens Melbourne. The ducks and seagulls were hankering after my reheated tuna casserole left over from last night's dinner. #melbourneurbansketchers #urbansketchers #coronaviruslockdownsketchbook #usk #sketchbook #watercoloursketch #exhibitionbuildingmelbourne ...

209 2

2 Comments

  1. Dianne Colk

    Love your work!

    Reply
    • Helen Wilding

      Thanks so much Dianne – I feel likewise about yours! I just love how you draw people and really capture their characters:)

      Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *