Urban Sketching hits town
DOUGLAS Arts Base (DAB) in Mossman embraces a range of pursuits and one of the latest is Urban Sketching where people gather to sketch buildings, landmarks and streetscapes in Port Douglas and Mossman.
Convenor of the Urban Sketching sessions, Alison Gotts, said members of the group draw on location, capturing what can be seen from direct observation. “We have a mixture of beginners to experienced artists,” Alison said, “and if a beginner turns up, we are all there to help them get started.”
The group meets on Thursday mornings each fortnight at a predetermined location, settle themselves down and draw the view from their perspective.
A decision about the next location is made by the group over coffee at the end of each session.
“I lived in Cape Tribulation for 30 years and have been a member of DAB for eight years,” Alison said, “and I found that spending time at DAB was an escape – some time for myself.”
Alison retired from her Cape Tribulation business three years ago, settled in Mossman and said that Urban Sketching is particularly special to her. “I like to sit in peace for two hours without other thoughts,” she said, “and just draw and talk to passers-by.
“The world moves around me and it’s great to sit in one spot, no phone, and go into a zone with my sketching.”
Alison, also an accomplished painter, said involvement with DAB offers not only the opportunity to pursue creative activities but to socialise with interesting people.
“DAB provides a social role in the community, with men and women of all ages joining in,” she said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re not a great artist,” she said, “and I hear people say ‘I can’t draw’ but they come to DAB and learn.”
The sketches from this group were featured in the recent DAB mid-year exhibition and one person joined the group after seeing the works.
“People have lots of other responsibilities in their life, but joining DAB enables them to pursue something for themselves,” Alison said.
DAB offers more than a dozen different classes and workshops in media from painting and drawing to ceramics, felting and mosaics.
“There really is something for beginners to very experienced artists,” Alison said, “and there are many friendships ready to be made.”
Alison Gotts gets down to business