Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Little Ethiopia


I sketched these last Saturday - not keeping up with so much lately! - I joined a facebook group called Ancient Secrets on a tour into the inner city, where I would never have dared go on my own. Getting there was hair-raising - my poor husband, who was coming along, was so rattled after inching through solid jammed traffic and dodging minibus taxis who are adept and ruthless about forging forth regardless, that he dropped me near the meeting point and went back to the 'burbs for a haircut and a nice Indian head massage. The tour group wiggled our way through pavements packed with traders, shoppers, informal hair salons, blaring music and the teeming taxi brigade, attracting some amused looks and teasing comments (another occasion where I wished I could become the Invisible Sketcher and just sit and draw the amazing life around me) to a doorway which led us into the world of Ethiopia in Johannesburg. I wrote more about it here on Urban Sketchers, and there is a great account of the day here on a blog called 2summers.

5 comments:

2summers said...

Thanks so much for the link! Your sketches are amazing and what a great place to gather material.

laura said...

You organize the space so beautifully--all the lines and colors are a joy.
And thank you for your lovely comment on my blog--I appreciate the encouragement!

A Brush with Color said...

Wow--as always, you achieve so much detail so effortlessly. It's beautiful. I feel like I've been on an exotic journey.

Cathy said...

Oh Cathy, how fantastic! Your sketches are great! I wish I could have come too! It must have been a great experience!!!

Sue Pownall said...

These sketches are great. I especially like the trays/cup/cloths one.

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