"Art and design has been a significant part of my life during my formative years. I am happy that mom sent me for art classes when I was growing up. That I think became impetus for what I am and do today. I turn to art when words fail to express what I really feel inside.
People often describe my sketches as bold and vibrantly coloured. My strokes are also said to be spontaneous and sure. Perhaps my training and background in technical theatre, specializing in set and stage lighting, helped to add that dramatic touch to my sketching techniques.
Sketching to me is a unique way of telling stories and seeing the world. Some days I like to see the big picture, some days I find joy in the details. My sketches are mostly about my environment and the architecture I encounter. The spirit of the place is what I try to capture.
Colours to me are effective ways to convey ideas and messages. Colours draw the viewers’ into my sketches. My perception of colours is frequently not based on what my physical eyes see but what the ‘eyes of my mind’ see and feel.
Ink and watercolour are my favourite rendering mediums because they allow me to splash, splatter and add colours very quickly. Even though these are very unforgiving mediums, they have taught me to take delight in the challenges and mistakes I have made. Crayons and pastels are also favourite mediums because they are very portable and versatile. They promote a lot of spontaneity and I get to try new experiments.
With my recent move from Singapore to Hong Kong, I want to continue sharing my passion for sketching with the global sketching family and capture the beauty of this new land that I now call home."
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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