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The Big Draw

Getting used to a new city - and to me, Auckland is a new city - means getting up, getting out, and meeting new people. I'm not too bad at doing that if I'm feeling relatively okay. When I know one or two people at a gathering, I'm surprisingly worse at it; tending to stick with people I know and not meet any new ones. That's the safe (introvert's) path I guess, but it doesn't get me very far when my goal is to expand my circle of aquaintences. It was like at Web Meetup last month - stuck close to Priya and Gully, who I'd met at Webstock 2011 - and meet up with their mates who I'd met at Webstock 2012.

So it's best when I'm alone and need to talk to the people at the gathering, and that's what I did today.

I found out about The Big Draw by way of and RSVP'd. I nearly chickened out of going, not that I was terribly nervous, but just enough that it would have been easy to bail. But I didn't and I'm glad, I had a good time, and the people were nice.

We all met at 12:30pm at the Britomart lawn, and then sketched our way around the precinct, regathering for a show/tell at 3pm. It was great seeing everyone's work. It's not easy to show one's work at the best of times, and especially after working on it in unfamiliar and often unsteady circumstances. But all of us brought a new perspective of the area to the impromptu group-exhibit - and took a photo to celebrate.


Reader Comments (3)

That looks like it turned out really well. I wish there was something like that here. Maybe I'll have to arrange it myself. :)

And your sketches from the day look fantastic!

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBill

Hey Bill, thanks for the comment. I've always worried that drawing in public would be a problem because I don't draw particularly fast. But after the couple of sketches I did I realised it's okay to spend an hour sketching one scene. Some of the other sketchers didn't spend that long, while others spent longer. The watercolour really brings it to life - and I kept at it - lots of layers so yeh, I learnt a bunch over the weekend and am pleased with the result - and more than that - pleased to do it again.

August 20, 2012 | Registered CommenterMichelle


August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFox

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