Urban Sketching: Pepper Cafe
|Pepper Cafe Flemington
|On location sketching
|Colouring at home
I love the Pepper Cafe. They have great staff, it has a good atmosphere, lovely food (gotta try their Creme Brulee and their corn cakes...very nice and they make good coffee too). Plus, they like my art! I want to display a set of Urban Sketches there soon. When I worked from home, I would go to the cafe to get out of the house while getting work done. Once I stayed there for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea time. I got a lot of work done but I did spend quite a bit of money for food and drink. Still, it's good fun to draw outside of home, probably why Urban Sketching appeals to me a lot.
I really like Flemington. I like how it's convenient amenities wise, lots of places to eat and drink, buy presents and I get to display my work! However, I must admit that there are a lot of unsavoury characters that hang around the area.
I was drawing on the ramp, minding my own business when a man approached me and was trying to make small conversation. Now, this is not abnormal as a sketcher and I tend to engage with strangers as they're normally just curious as to why I would be drawing outdoors, however I was not comfortable with this man. He smelled, so aside from having poor personal hygiene, I was thinking maybe he was homeless,this is not necessarily a bad thing but I did feel quite edgy. Next, he went out of his way to come up the ramp to speak to me when he was not planning to catch the train ( I was on the train ramp), he made small talk and it was all very civil however he then just hung around and sat nearby for a good 15-20 minutes and in that time he managed grab a tree branch and was just sitting there with it. I was by the train, there were CCTV cameras, people were coming in and out of the train station, quite a few were going up and down the ramp and I was in plain sight of people on the street, sidewalk and the cafe. He eventually just walked away. I am not sure if he just wanted company, was curious or if he had other intentions. I was aware of his presence the whole time and I made sure he knew that I was aware of him. Nothing happened but it was still unnerving. I hope I don't see him again.
Such a shame. There are plenty of beautiful architecture here in Flemington...but unfortunately I am not that comfortable drawing the surrounds when am not inside a cafe. Perhaps I should just head out early when the derelicts are still asleep?
For other news...I made deadline today, I didn't get any emails abut stuff needing fix-ups and I start on the Bunny-ebook again shortly!