By Vita Forest
This morning we went sketching at the Tramsheds at Harold Park. Here are some of the things I saw
- a girl at Central Station wearing a long dark skirt emblazoned with a print of Hogwarts at night.
- a toddler sitting on his father’s shoulders on the Light Rail carriage. It was crowded and his father held the boy’s foot with one hand and a pole with the other. The little boy helped by holding onto a strap with his tiny hand. It looked precarious but they were quite relaxed and there were no accidents.
- Preparation and setup at the Tramsheds by the staff before they opened for business.
- A group of men meeting for coffee with their boosted (skate)boards leaning against the walls, waiting. They left later, some wearing helmets, some without.
- Lots of still lives – native flowers in vases or pots or jars resting in alcoves.
- Men watching sport on a corner screen as they waited at the barber, their spouses waiting outside on comfy text-splattered arm chairs.
- a boy having a tantrum as his parents watched, bewildered.
- An old tram turned into a cafe (a popular subject for the sketchers in all its green and gold).
- cricketers in white playing on the oval in Jubilee park.
Here are some of the things I drew
- Stacks of bowls and plates making pleasing shapes on shelves.
- Long, freshly made strands of pasta drying on hanging rods.
- A wall of brightly coloured lockers.
- Studded grey/green leather diner stools.
- layers and layers and layers (screens and windows and shelves and slats) that you could peer through).
- the dangling roots of an indoor fig tree.
- sculptural pendant lights.
- a service bell in the shape of a crab.
- pipes from an exhaust fan
- a stack of baskets
- a rowing boat suspended from the ceiling with swinging silver fish hanging beneath it.
- Orange lentils, golden cashews and brown almonds in matching jars.
- scarlet plastic coated wires near metal tubing.
- electric globes hanging in trees.
- neon signs.