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January 27, 2009

Meet the correspondents: JOHANNESBURG > Cathy Gatland



"I’ve drawn for as long as I can remember, always preferring people over buildings, landscapes or animals as subject matter — though I’m working on getting better at drawing those! What I love about bustling, vibey, contradictory Johannesburg, are the small cameos of life around the streets — people going about their daily business, earning a living or just interacting with each other. The inhabitants are wildly diverse, from traffic-light beggars to platinum-dealing stock brokers, and everything in between. I mostly sketch street scenes from the anonymity and security of my car, with quick line drawings that I usually shade and colour later. If I find myself in one of the sophisticated shopping malls with time to spare, I’ll try and draw the other side of the spectrum of the ‘Rainbow Nation’ under cover of my coffee cup and magazine. I look forward to showing you glimpses of my life in this city."

• Cathy's blog.
• Cathy's art on Flickr.

22 comments :

Nina Johansson said...

I´m thrilled to see some sketches from Johannesburg - I was there (and in Cape Town) in 2002, it was the most mind boggling, surprising and soulful journey of my life, and I loved the city and all the people we met. I´ll be following your blog and your posts here at Urban sketchers with great interest! Welcome!

Tommy Kane said...

Welcome Cathy. Nice to meet you.

Laureline said...

Cathy, I'm so happy to see you here! Urban Sketcher readers are in for a great treat---your work is varied, but always lovely.

Isabel said...

I'm happy there's another one in the African continent, welcome and looking forward to see your work

Don McNulty said...

Love the color, looking forward to more.

memi said...

Welcome, Cathy.
A beautiful first post- I love the way that you described the cameos of life. Looking forward to seeing more.

adebanji said...

Welcome to the Sketchworld, hope to see some of your latest sketches!!

veronica lawlor said...

Welcome Cathy! I look forward to more of your posts of Johannesburg.

veronica lawlor said...

Welcome Cathy! I look forward to more of your posts of Johannesburg.

bh yoo said...

Welcome Cathy, looking forward to seeing your drawings more!

Cathy Gatland said...

Nina, thank you so much - I'm glad you had a good visit here. (My grandfather came from Stockholm, so I've always had a special interest in your wonderful drawings too!)

Thanks Tommy - another familiar name and great sketcher.

Hi Laura! I cant believe I'm one of this amazing group! Yes, I keep thinking one day I'll find my forté and stick with it but always have to try one more thing!

Isabel, thank you - it's been so interesting and such a pleasure to see your sketches from a part of Africa I know little about.

Don, memi, adebanji, Veronica and bh yoo - thanks all so much for your warm welcome - I really feel honoured to be here!

TIA said...

welcome, and very good observation in this piece of work.

Liz Steel said...

Welcome Cathy - been looking at your work on flickr and love it! Looking forward to your posts.

lapin said...

welcome on board !

Katherine Tyrrell said...

Hi Cathy - nice to see you here. I'm looking forward to seeing your sketches.

Cathy Gatland said...

Thanks TIA, Liz and lapin :-)

Hi Katherine - I don't know how you do it - you are everywhere! Thank you!

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

Welcome, Cathy! If this sketch is any indication, I'm really going to enjoy watching for your work!

Suzanne McDermott said...

Cathy! This is the perfect spot for you. What a great blog. You're the perfect addition.

Sharon said...

Wonderful piece, and such a realistic expression of a little market-type-stall set up on a busy South African street. They are always unexpected and BAM where you least expect them, a true reflection of the diversity of the city!! I'm so excited for you - this blog is going to be a wonderful journey for you, as it will be for all of us that follow and go along with you xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Donald Maier said...

Hello,

I have been online searching the internet for other plein air artists and I have seen your work on your website. On last month I began a new website that I hope you will go to and join: pleinairartists.ning.com.

Already some really fine artists have joined and I am very gratified by their interest. I just one month since it began we already have over 360 artists. There is no fee, no jury and world-wide. It is open to everyone who paints outdoors on location. So beginners can learn and be inspired by the masters. There is also a good market here to advertise your workshops.

I have been painting on location for over 40 years, but I am new at making a website. I want to make this the online meeting place. A real down to earth kind of site to publicize events, exchange ideas, express yourself, and of course, make new friends. I already feel that I have made several new friends as I have welcomed new members and are able to chat back and forth with them. So it’s already working the way that I thought it would.

I hope to see you when you log in.

Thanks,
Don Maier

anniw said...

Hi Cathy, so nice to see your SA roadside sketch! Our wonderful teacher Hermine Spies has been staying with me, visiting from Nigeria. We had a fabulous course in my studio with her this weekend. Sunday morning 9 of us visited Europa cafe in Parkview and spent 2 hours sketching there. Some lovely quick sketches, that resulted in some wonderful more developed work in the studio afterwards. I'm off to UK this Thursday, but i hope to get together with you towards the end of September. Hugs from Anni Wakerley

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