"When I draw I am able to understand better the reality of a landscape or an object. I find it also a social activity, which interweaves the conversation, walks, meals, drawings. It is also fun, relaxing and very satisfying in the end.
I want my drawing to be simple in order to grasp better the complexity and I try to broaden my horizons by learning new techniques. Although it is always easier for me to draw buildings since I'm an architect, or generally static objects that are not alive, I attempt to learn a bit from everything and everyone.
I like to draw cities. They don't interest me so much from the aesthetic or artistic point of view, as from its functional point of view, the way they are. Drawing is a way to understand better a city, and it is perhaps the most sincere souvenir."
On the flag: Johannesburg sketcher Cathy Gatland sketching outside Kippies Jazz Club in Newtown.
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1. We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation.
2. Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel.
3. Our drawings are a record of time and place.
4. We are truthful to the scenes we witness.
5. We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles.
6. We support each other and draw together.
7. We share our drawings online.
8. We show the world, one drawing at a time.
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