Barbara showed a slide show of the works by members of the international Urban Sketchers - see for yourself at www.urbansketchers.org where there are also lots of links to individual sketcher websites.
In particular, Barbara recommended the blog of WSSA member Cathy Gatland, who is one of only two approved African correspondents for the international urban sketcher organisation.
Cathy has been invited to present workshops at the international symposium in Lisbon next month.
The slide show opened eyes as artists realised how many people used sketchbooks in so many different ways to express anything from joy to deep sorrow, from excitement to boredom, and to plan their lives, discover new creative paths, and much more - not to forget simply having fun creatively as well as improving drawing skills!
After the slide show we had tea and drew and/or painted the first page of our new sketchbooks, using the iced cupcakes and tea things as our visual stimuli....having "owned" our subject, we then ate and drank them!
Barbara hopes to organise days or mornings where groups can go and sketch our surroundings, so watch this space!