Sunday, June 8, 2008

Drawing Day


Yesterday was Drawing Day... and I really didn't have much time to do it, but in between shopping and other essentials I stopped in at the wonderful Moyo restaurant at Zoo Lake, a favourite R&R place for Johannesburgers, for coffee and some quick pencil drawing... The restaurant owners promote and collect original contemporary African art, so around every corner are sculptures, mosaics, structures of wood, stone and metal... funky fountains and sparkling mirrored angels in amongst the trees and foliage.
Chairs and lighting come
in weird and wonderful designs


The waitresses wear bright feathered headdresses, flamboyant earrings and traditional looking aprons...
and the coffee was good...
Glad I got out there and joined in!

10 comments:

Gillian said...

I hope you don't mind that I'm usually the first to leave a comment! I look forward to visiting Moyo's next time we're in Jo'burg. What an interesting place rendered well by your pencil! Excellent shapes and shading. Were you able to draw in peace, or did you attract attention?

Cathy Gatland said...

oh, I'm so delighted that you check in first, second, whenever you do...
The top two drawings I found spots where nobody seemed to notice me - the others were from my table, where only my waiter took note - and changed from being somewhat miffed (that I just wanted a coffee) to very warm and interested - though I didn't have anything worthwhile to show him then - I finished shading later at home, which improved matters.

Vivienne said...

Oh WOW. It looks such a great place. I think you should send them your (copyrighted) drawings to look at as well.Next time.... that is where you bought my birthday bag, hey? Which I adore and is always coveted by trendy girls in shops (a change for me!!)We have two daughters home now hooray.XXX

Cathy Gatland said...

Yes, that's where I got your mielie bag - should've taken you there for tea/lunch, man!
Love to Nell and Jo - how lovely to have them both back XX

Drevander said...

Hi Cathy

What a surprise and absolute delightful!
My name is Dries form moyo (brand and marketing)

Your sketches are great.

When you at moyo Zoo Lake next, please ask for me and let’s have a coffee

Helen Percy Lystra said...

great sketches.... looks like it would be a fun place to do that but a bit far for me ;^)

Cathy Gatland said...

Hello Dries - well what a surprise to have a comment from Moyo itself!! How did you come across my blog?...anyone would think we'd organised this as a marketing exercise! I'll definitely say hi next time I'm over there - thanks :)

Cathy Gatland said...

Hi Helen - yes, just a little far from midwest USA, but you never know where life might take you...!

janabouc said...

Terrific sketches! They look like they could be ancient drawings found in the museum.

laura said...

These drawings are fabulous! Such interesting use of positive and negative space, and the last one, with the red hat, is wonderful, charming and sensitively drawn!