Drawing in Public: Feel the Fear and Sketch it Anyway

Drawing in Public: Feel the Fear and Sketch it Anyway

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A few years ago, I made my first few forays into urban sketching on the island of Mauritius. I’d just begun a six-month stay, but I didn’t yet know my way around, never mind what the big scary public would DO to a lone woman sketching. I was terrified about drawing in public. I hadn’t actually imagined any of the awful things that could happen – it was just general fear. Nonetheless, just two weeks after being given a book on urban sketching, I found myself looking for somewhere to sit across the street from a market stall in the crazy, noisy, chaotic Mauritian country town of Triolet, in sweltering heat. I had a huge straw hat on and enormous dark glasses, and I was listening to a local radio station via earphones – my feeble attempt at armour.
Drawing in Public: the market in Triolet

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  1. Brian Lamoureux

    March 31, 2018 at 5:03 pm


    just stumble on your youtube channel and was amaze but the beautiful sketchers. I happen to live in Mauritius and also an urban sketcher myself. spend all my weekend sketching around the island. If you return to the island one day, please do let me know and we can go for a sketching tour.

    In the meantime please feel free to take a look at my facebook page

    @3214NLamoureux – you can google search.

    Thanks for sharing your work very inspiring and keep up the good work.

    From Mauritius

    • Róisín Curé

      April 1, 2018 at 8:19 am

      Thank you for your kind words Brian. I look forward to our next visit as my husband is Mauritian and we have lots of family there. What a wondetful place to be an urban sketcher!

  2. Anjali

    May 10, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    I am from Mauritius and this story just warmed my heart 🙂 Love your artwork!

    • Róisín Curé

      May 10, 2016 at 10:04 pm

      Aren’t you lucky to be from Mauritius! I fell in love with the country and hope to spend a longer period there one day, as my husband is now a Mauritian citizen. Thank you for your kind comments!

  3. sheryl pond

    January 28, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    love your work and stories!

    • Róisín Curé

      February 3, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      Thank you so much Sheryl! So glad you enjoy it!

  4. Julie

    January 28, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Beautiful story. Sometimes we miss out on rich things when we hide ourselves away.

    • Róisín Curé

      January 28, 2016 at 3:04 pm

      What a lovely comment, thank you Julie! So true!

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