Rocky Ridge YMCA – Outside

SATURDAY, 3 OCTOBER 2020 FROM 11:30-14:00

Note Time Change
Time is moved up an hour to catch the warmer part of the day.

IMPORTANT: This is an OUTSIDE event.
We do not have permission to sketch inside due to the presence of children.

Description: This area offers a lot of interest. From the building, fusing material and line; wet land area with a walking bridge, skate park, and two pieces of public art – Convergence & Flock.

https://www.calgary.ca/csps/recreation/public-art/rocky-ridge-recreation-facility-public-art-ascend.html

https://www.calgary.ca/csps/recreation/public-art/rocky-ridge-recreation-facility-public-art-flock.html

Google ROCKY RIDGE YMCA and select IMAGES to see what is in the area.

Meet: Find a spot and start to sketch. Meet at 2:00 pm at the south entrance, outside. You will be facing Country Hills BV NW.

Inclement Weather: Event will not be rescheduled unless there is precipitation. If cool, this will be our first sketching from your vehicle event.

Don’t forget your masks!! Must be worn when we can not maintain the proper social distance, especially when we are meeting at the end for the photo op. Please stay home if you feel unwell, uncomfortable or are exhibiting any symptoms.
https://www.alberta.ca/guidance-on-outdoor-activities.aspx

Sketch Outing: Crossroads Market – Outside Vendors

15 sketchers toughed out the smoky and chilly conditions. The wind had a bit of a bite, and it blew at us almost to the very end. We had a mother & daughter join us today. It was good fun to listen to their banter while encouraging each other. And welcome back Bob, so good to see you again.

Wow, what a busy place, the stream of cars never seemed to end. Such a bounty of fresh veggies and fruit. People were walking out with cases, not just bags, but cases!

Note: The sketch outing to Edworthy has been cancelled. Our evenings just are not long and warm enough. I will be moving it to a weekend in October.

October outings will be posted soon.

Keep the ideas coming in for winter sketching, inside and out. Of note, Plus 15 Network is mostly closed due to COVID on the weekends. I called to see they would make an exception for us, no go☹

Stay well and safe! 🎨🎨🎨

Sketch Outside Vendors at Crossroads Market

Saturday, September 19 10:30am-1pm

IMPORTANT: This is an OUTSIDE event.
If the weather is poor we will reschedule to the next weekend, September 26. Crossroads is a busy venue, only enter if you are shopping or plan on eating.

There are a number of vendors set up outside as an extension of the market. Bring your stool and sketch the buzz of fall market activity from the parking lot edge!

Start sketching right away, we will not meet at the start. Meet at 1pm on the grass boulevard along 26 Ave to share sketches.

Location: 1235 26 Ave SE – Parking Lot

Inclement weather: Event will be postponed to September 26 at the same time.

Don’t forget your masks! To be worn when we can not maintain the proper social distance, especially when we are meeting at the end for the photo op.

Please stay home if you feel unwell, uncomfortable or are exhibiting any symptoms.
https://www.alberta.ca/guidance-on-outdoor-activities.aspx

Sketch Outing: St Paul’s Anglican Church – Midnapore

21 sketchers came out to sketch, such a great showing!!! Some were even there before me, which is unheard of. 😀 The weather was perfect, Alberta true blue sky with a few white clouds to add interest to the sketches. We had a mix of mediums -acrylic (I believe), pencil, gauche and watercolor with pen. Such a diverse and talented group. There was an abundance of room to sketch. I believe this location was the noisiest we have ever sketched at. MacLeod Tr traffic, LRT bells, emergency/police sirens, and a guy on a weed wacker created an “urban” sound track for us. Surprisingly above the noise we saw and heard two predator birds screech above us. It is so great to live in a city where nature meets city.

Thanks to Mark C for scouting the site for us 👍, and thanks to Janice for being a prop for our sketches in our photo op😉.

Next sketch outing is sketching the outside vendors/building at Crossroads Market, Saturday, Sept 19. I will post here and on Facebook  with more details. In the meantime see Events for Sketchers tab on this website.

Keep the ideas coming in for winter sketching, inside and out.

Stay well and safe! 🎨🎨🎨

Sketch St Paul’s Anglican Church – Midnapore

Saturday, September 5 10:30am-1pm

Start sketching right away, we will not meet at the start.

Sketch this gem and adjacent grave yard. She was built in 1885 making this the oldest Anglican Church in Calgary. The church is constructed in Carpenter Gothic Style, and declared a provincial historic site in 1977. The Russian Orthodox Church is also just next door.

Thank you Mark Charlton for checking this site out for us back in the spring! Hope to see you there😊.

http://www.historicstpaulsanglicanchurch.ca/ (not secure)

https://www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg/place-lieu.aspx?id=17906

Location: It is accessible via 146 Ave SE, turning west off Bannister Road SE.

Inclement weather: Event will be postponed to September 12 at the same time.

Don’t forget your masks! To be worn when we can not maintain proper social distancing, especially when we are meeting at the end for the photo op.

Please stay home if you feel unwell, uncomfortable or are exhibiting any symptoms.
https://www.alberta.ca/guidance-on-outdoor-activities.aspx

Sketch Outing: Heritage Park Boat Launch

I counted 15 sketchers! 😀 There was a lot of activity in the area, with plenty of spots to sketch from. Some sketched the reservoir from low, mid and high vantage points, others were in the boat storage area, and some sketched Heritage Park railway station. I love how in the last picture the boat named Snooze Button is next to ASAP. Sounds like life right now. 😏 The weather cooperated for the most part, but at the end it was pretty chilly. Thanks again to Deb D for scouting out this location.

Next sketch outing is St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Midnapore, Saturday, Sept 5. I will post here and on Facebook  with more details. In the meantime see Events for Sketchers tab on this website.

I am looking for ideas for winter sketching, inside and out. Please forward to me either in the comments, or to my email address, which is on the main page, or talk to me at future sketch outings.

Stay well and safe!

September Sketchule is posted 🎨

See Events for Sketchers tab on this website for more details

COVID-19 is making it challenging for sketching this winter☹ I need your help with…..

  • New or past indoor locations where we can safely social distance during and after the sketch
  • Sketching from your car locations
  • Edmonton USk have an interesting idea where they have weekend themes/prompts, IE two weeks ago it was gates/fences/doorways. This week the suggestion is to change your usual sketching tools (switch to something you don’t normally use). They do follow the manifesto that we draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation. https://edmontonsketchers.wordpress.com/2020/08/08/weekend-themed-frolics-august-sketch-arounds/
  • Out of the box ideas. (Heads up, if you are interested in a Zoom or any other online format event you will be the host. I will assist you in scheduling and posting only🙂)

Comment here or email me at Belinda.Ramscar@shaw.ca

Thank you!!!!! in advance.

More Chinatown!

 

IMG_7611The Ho Lem Block’s brickwork caught my eye, especially the fully rounded arch. Its a humble structure built in 1911, scroll right to see its history.
I took extra time at home to do the signage and calligraphy. Its a little tedious but I like to do the details, I think it’s important!

q0KmCFwERGaRYYobfJ8IcA_thumb_7688The colourful and decorative architectural steel elements converted a 1970’s era office building with its angled walls and windows into an iconic landmark building.
The interior atrium is delightfully asian in shops and products.
We attended Chinese New Year banquets, weddings and hot pot dinners in the third floor Regency Palace restaurant.

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I sat down to draw a building but ended up trying to capture the activity on the sidewalk in front of the building. I think this is Calgary’s only sidewalk market stall!!
The Chinese National League building was erected in 1954 although the league had been around much longer.
Sun Yat Sen was hosted by the League in 1911 during a visit to Calgary on a North American fund raising tour.

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View along Centre St.
Never would have noticed the remnants of house roofs behind and above the store fronts housing the Wong Affinity Association.

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These elderly ladies have been selling vegetables and some odds and ends on this patch of sidewalk for at least a couple of years.
I tried to sketch surreptitiously while sitting on a bench facing the street.
Pencil and watercolour!

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The brick moon-gate!
This modest structure has been a landmark for decades. I have walked through it maybe a hundred times. Sitting in the shade at 26 degrees was a pleasant sketching activity.

Happy sketching!

Rod

 

Heritage Park Boat Launch

Thursday, August 27 18:00 – 20:00

Sketch the boats out on Glenmore Reservoir, or those moored in the marina, or where they are stored.

Start sketching right away, we will not meet at the start. Feel free to arrive early. We will meet up at the 8 pm to share sketches in the grassed area of the traffic circle just north of the boat ramp.

Location: As you head into Heritage Park off 14 ST SW stay to your left along the reservoir, do not go into the parking lot on the right. The road will eventually take you to a traffic circle. Here you will see a lot where the boats are stored (north side) and the boat launch (south side). I am unsure of parking in the immediate area, but you can park in the Heritage Park Parking Lot or the at the entrance off 14 St. I am not sure of fees for these two locations. If you get lucky there is a free parking lot on the south side of the road to the launch area.

https://www.calgary.ca/csps/recreation/sailing-school/glenmore-reservoir.html

Don’t forget your masks, as it may be hard to social distance.

Inclement weather: Event will be cancelled and not be rescheduled.

Please stay home if you feel unwell, uncomfortable or are exhibiting any symptoms. https://www.alberta.ca/guidance-on-outdoor-activities.aspx

Sketch Outing: Mount Royal University Outdoor Campus

Great showing considering temperatures were to rise to +30☀🌡 Thank you Pam M for identifying all the great places to sketch😊. We had sketchers all over the campus! Like SAIT, it was pretty sad to see no students around and not feel that high energy buzz, but it was nice to see some families taking in the park areas. Some of us enjoyed a cold beverage and great food afterwards at Spot On Kitchen & Bar. 🍺🍔🍕🌮🥗

The next sketch outing is Thursday, August 27 (6-8pm) at the Heritage Park Boat Launch, 8003 14 St SW. I will post here and on Facebook  with more details. In the meantime see Events for Sketchers tab on this website.

Sketches for September will be posted in the next couple of weeks. They will include St Paul’s Anglican Church on MacLeod Trail, Crossroads Market, from the parking lot, and Edworthy Park.

I am looking for ideas for winter sketching, inside and out. Please forward to me either in the comments, or to my email address, which is on the main page, or talk to me at future sketch outings.

Stay well and safe!