Lets start posting to the blog.... We all want to find out about everyone that is coming this year.
Well, for those of you that don't know, I am Liz from Sydney Australia(architect and obsessive tea drinker)…. and although it is very corny I just can't walk past the Sydney Opera House without sketching it (this was from last week)
After last years symposium in Santo Domingo, I really felt the desire to mix it up - and looking back on the year it is quite amazing the change that has occurred in my work - what a journey it has been! It is making me wonder what will BCN do to me??
Immediately after last years symposium, I went to NYC for a week and sketched non stop including trying to capture Times Square on a Friday night in the rain!
I was so inspired by Eduardo's markers workshop last year, that I was determined to use them. So once back home I decided that an intensive programme of using markers was needed to really get the hang of them so I replaced my watercolour kit with a selection of 15 or so markers (leaving my watercolour kit at home was very radical). Each morning before work I would do a morning walk and sketch. It was a lot of fun to see how quickly my own style developed using a total different media.
Over the Christmas / New Year summer holiday I visited the amazing USK group in Singapore and had lots and lots of fun trying new things - including splashing and scraping paint and using a Hero Pen - I can assure all those that are doing Tia and Paul's workshop that it will be a lot of fun.
As I am having a 6 month sabbatical this year I was able to have another relaxing break at the beach. Here, remarkably, not only did I manage to slow myself right down but somehow I lost my ink-lines. Being an architect I am an addicted to lines and I am also in love with my Lamy Joy pen… so I was incredibly surprised that this happened!
And then last month I went to Melbourne for a week - to have a period of non stop sketching and meet all the sketchers down there. This trip I was using a lot of water soluble tools which I found made me be able to attempt sketches in crazy limited time frames (5 minutes or so) while waiting for trains/trams...and I also became addicted to sketching on of Melbournes icon - Flinders St Station. I remember a discussion in SD at lunch time about how USKers like to sketch the real city not the touristy things... but well, sometimes I just can't ignore the icons in a city!
Now, it is time to start reading up on Gaudi,Josep Maria Jujol, Lluís Domènech i Montaner, Josep Puig i Cadafalch etc etc BUT I am pleased to report that I have already found a good looking tearoom to hang out it!
Finally….I am VERY excited that this year I will be not the only Australian!?! I am aware of 3 others that have registered (might be more) ..and also excited that my friend 'Eza' from Edinburgh is coming - she is the one that introduced me to watercolour in Dec 2006. BTW She is an honorary Australia - her real name is Esther but she was given a corny Aussie nick name(by me) when she was living down under for a year.
Ok- enough from me- want to hear about you now!