Thursday, June 4, 2009

Sketchercising Day One

I have taken a leap and signed up for Katherine Tyrrell's Sketchercise project... not at all sure that I can keep it up, but as I've been walking around our neighbourhood, on and off, for years, and sketching pretty regularly the last two (almost) blogging years, I thought I'd combine the two and hopefully stimulate both activities.
This morning I packed a compact little watercolour set-up, that'll fit into my belt-bag/hip-pack/bum-bag thingy that I can hide under my roomy track top. I don't like to dwell on the downsides of living in Johannesburg, but carrying any sort of a bag while walking alone in a sparsely populated area, is inviting trouble, and I don't believe the opportunists would take the time to ask what's in the bag before relieving you of it!
Anyway, just a few steps inside the gate of the park surrounding Emmarentia Dam, is this rather smelly stagnant little pond (that our Weimeraner, who hates water in every other situation , delights in leaping into and coating himself in gunge). It was rather an ambitious subject for my planned 15 minutes or so of sketching - I left my watch at home so not sure how long I did spend - but it was a start. All very pleasant, but it seemed to take a big chunk out of the day. I should start out earlier in the morning, but that's so freezing cold here in June until September! And I need a pedometer so I can keep track of my steps.

9 comments:

Jeanette said...

It looks like a lovely little spot you've sketched. The little watercolour set is perfect for carrying along. I have one of those...somewhere..

I need to get my sketcherise underway too!

laura said...

Sketchercise sounds like a great idea. Your little kit is just right ... and I love all the colors you were able to get in your inaugural painting. The layering effect is very Cezanne-ish!

Gillian said...

That is so pretty, C. And - we don't have to smell the stagnant pond! (Funny old Gooch, for revelling in it - typical dog to like the stinky things.) Your little w/c kit reminds me of Mom, and how she always had her's tucked away in the picnic basket whenever we went on a braai around the Cape Peninsula.

RHCarpenter said...

How wonderful for us that you are taking up this challenge - love the sketchercize idea. A great first start, too. Stay safe and keep 'em coming!

Pat said...

OK, I'm in. what ever a stone is I could loose some. I need to walk and I like the idea of aketcing everyday.

Isabel said...

beautiful set and love the colors in the sketch

Cathy Gatland said...

Thanks everybody - Pat, that's great, I look forward to seeing your sketches. A stone is 14 pounds I believe, about 7 kilos - I could do with losing a couple of those - Katherine was pretty strict with her diet too though - eeh! Am I ready for this?

deg34south said...

Hi Cathy

Carol King sent me a link to your blog - and I intend to spend more time here.
Isn't this a great little box? I have the same one. One day I will get a Craig Young pallette... ho hum.
I used to catch kuiper in Emmarentia dam when I was a pic. It was just a smelly then.

Cathy Gatland said...

Hello Stephen - how very nice to meet another SA painter/blogger - thanks for looking in. I spotted your link on Carol's blog and followed it, but didn't have time to browse or comment, but will definitely be back to do so - lovely work in those glorious surroundings (though I haven't figured out exactly where you're based).
Pics are still catching fish in Emm dam - I'm just glad to have a green space nearby!