Saturday, July 9, 2011

Leaving on a jetplane...

Random sketches while getting visas, vaccinations, hairdo's, shopping, etc.
My poor blog feels so neglected, it's run by a scatterbrain who can hardly walk and chew gum at the same time and who has had to plan, shop, clean, sew, prepare, pack, co-ordinate, think... oh all way beyond her capabilities. But with time, and help from my nearest and dearest, I am almost, almost ready to depart on Sunday for this long awaited trip. First a much needed and welcome break in the bush with beloved family, and then... a week later... the chance to meet and talk and sketch and teach and learn and interact with an enormous gathering of excited and exciting sketchers from all over the world - at the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Lisbon - I can't believe it's here at last after six months of anticipation. I don't have an iPad or laptop or Blackberry to report back as I go, but I'll be doing more sketching than ever before in my life... and will post as many as I can as soon as I can  - we are spending a few more days in Portugal, looking around, and then visiting our daughter in France, so will be back in early August. Until then, adeus, tchau, até logo...




Just before I go... some sketches from last Saturday's Joburg Sketchers outing to the Bryanston Organic Market - first at one of the outdoor cafés, then the musicians at another. I bought some embroidery (which I scanned and added to my sketch) from Happy at her stall 'Out of Alex' - Alexandra being a large township nearby. I went back to the market a few days later, for some other things, and asked if I could sketch her, which she 'happily' agreed to. She insisted I put her stall number 22 in the sketch so that if any of you make your way to the Bryanston market, you be sure to go and say hello.

16 comments:

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

What a fantastic post Cathy full of wonderful people sketches. Oh how I admire your ability in creating scenarios and characters. Have a wonderful trip.

Katherine Thomas said...

These are wonderful paintings and drawings, and your trip sounds incredible! Have a good time!

Sydney said...

love your sketches! :) looking forward to seeing more
safe journey! x

http://sydsense.blogspot.com/

Sue Pownall said...

Fabulous sketches as always.

Have a fabulous time in Lisbon and beyond. I look forward to your posts on your return.

Marie Theron said...

What a pleasant read, Cathy! I did not know where to look with all happening in this blog! Please enjoy your time with family and that wonderful symposium! We are rooting for you and proud to have a South African on the podium!

Debbie said...

Cathy, I can't believe the symposium is finally here! Seems like the other day you were first telling us about it. You have grown as a sketcher in the last few months and am confident you will take the others by storm. Go and enjoy yourself in Lisbon and your trip to France. Looking forward to seeing all your sketches from your trip and hearing all the stories too!

dinahmow said...

Bon voyage! I look forward to more of your lovely sketches.

Art with Liz said...

Wow, from one thing to another - what a great read Cathy. Have a fabulous trip and sketching time in Portugal!

RH Carpenter said...

Well, you've left us with a great treat in these sketches :) Have a wonderful trip, be safe, sketch like crazy!!

Benjaminj said...

You know I love to see updates here, your sketches help a small town kid like myself escape the little town I've known all my life. Keep it up and have a great time in Lisbon

Cathy said...

What a great post Cathy! Thanks so much for leaving us with all these amazing sketches! I love your last sketch of Happy; this page is fantastic! so many things happening! I wish you very pleasant trips, have fun and enjoy! I'm looking forward to seeing all the stunning sketches you're going to show us when you're back! Take care!

Carol King said...

As always great people sketches. Your trip sounds like it will be amazing and I await sketches from the symposium, Portugal, France and where ever else this trip takes you to.

africantapestry said...

good luck in Portugal at the simposium...I'm looking forward to hear and see all about it! And njoy your visit to your daughter in France, next time we'll catch up over a cafe et croissant!
Ronell

Page And Paint said...

Cathy I hope that your trip is wonderful and look forward to hearing all about it. Sketch sketch sketch...I will too and look forward to getting back from UK after the middle of August, and to the next Joburg sketch day. Enjoy!

A Brush with Color said...

Oh, wow! Have a fabulous time! I know several people who are going to be there, too, and I'm jealous. Can't wait to see what you do! It'll be so fun to visit through you all vicariously. Enjoy!! These are all great.

vivien said...

great sketches! and the symposium looked amazing - looking forward to seeing what you did :>)