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Monday, April 25, 2016

USK Australia SketchMeet @ Cockatoo Island

Urban sketchers Australia had a great fun for 3 days in an ANZAC long weekend. USK Sydney hosted other USK groups across Australia such as Canberra, Newcastle and Brisbane and met each other in person! I joined Cockatoo Island and China Town. Cockatoo Island is UNESCO World Heritage in Sydney. The shipyards operated between 1857 and 1991. It has artistic architecture, rusted huge heavy machines, a camping place in beautiful landscapes. Special thanks to the hard working and caring leader Chris, team members and each group leader -- they did mothering and teachers of school excursion.  

This very eye catchy greenish building once was a "drawing office" in Cockatoo Island. I came there before and sketched it. Unfortunately, it rained on the day, very cold and windy, brrrrrr. But brave members created wonderful art works! I went to a heavy machine shop.   
This member was from Brisbane! It was wonderful we had wanted to see in person and our wishes came true! All of us enjoyed a chat and meals together. 
In the heavy machine shop, you can see these sorts of machines that stayed with dignity and beauty. Quiet... I imagined how they worked and working people around a system in a sentimental feeling. 
The inside of the room
This smiling gentleman had a walking stick that motivated me to sketch him at lunch time. 
Cockatoo Island, the wharf 
We chatted on the grass next to the wharf.   
Ta, da ~~, easy going Sadami popped up the second day in China Town and sketched members at dinner. These gangs (?!) were from Canberra. My serious question, hey, when we stopped laughing at a dinner table?! Yes, we kept chatting, sketching across the table and enjoyed food. 
We've made a wonderful bond! 
Group work is lovely and fun. Particularly, I love to know other branch members. We can foster friendship, promise "See you next time!" and give a mutual sincere hug. Oh, that's the beauty of group work! 
I deeply thank for the USK Australia team who have organised this wonderful event. 
Friends, Happy Painting and Enjoy Group activities in art! 




  1. So nice to meet other sketchers, Sadami, you had a great time. I love all the people sketches!

    1. Thank u, Judy! I hope you, too, will have a wonderful and creative time with other same minded people. Cheers, Sadami

  2. Hi Sadami! Glad to know you're having a good time sharing common ideas. Love your sketches! Have a great weekend!!

    1. Thanks, Anna! You, too, have a wonderful weekend!! Cheers, Sadami