My fingers were freezing, why I chose to sketch outdoors whilst I waited for my elderly parents to have their hour massage is baffled me. I did have second thoughts, but I really wanted to take the opportunity to do a standing sketch (every possible place to sit was wet due to the rain we just had). I’m often sitting when I sketch.
Following the outline of the buildings surrounding me, as if my eyes were the pen drawing the contours in my sketchbook, I was deciding which building I’d like to sketch.
Standing only a few meters away from San Churros and so tempted to keep warm with a San Churros thick hot chocolate (so thick that you pretty much have to use a spoon to “drink” it!). I could happily and easily sit inside and do a cafe sketch….But, I like the outdoors, I like the briskness of the cold Winter air, I like the uncertainty of not knowing if a few droplets of rain will turn into a down pour whilst I’m in the middle of my sketch.
Midori means Green in Japanese
My whole family dined at Midori Japanese Restaurant for a teppanyaki dinner for our mum’s 80th birthday. That was three years ago. In previous years I had often brought both my parents to Midori when they were located in Milligan Street in the city. They both loved not only the food but the art and skill of the chef.
This building used to house Valentino’s Italian Restaurant for years. I remember it was blue in colour with alfresco dining.
Time to head back
With my quick sketch completed and my fingers almost frozen, it was time to head back to the waiting room for the Chinese massage place to warm up.
I did consider leaving the sketch uncoloured but I got bored waiting. Because my sketch kit is almost always with me I got my palette out and started adding watercolour.
I look at this building now and don’t recall much of the old days when it was Valentino’s.