Outing Sketches: Backside of Calgary Brewing & Malting Co. Site

I have been eyeing this spot for a while, and finally we made it. 12 people joined the event. We managed to find shade next to semi-trailers parked on the south side๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ˜Ž

The building has loads of personality!!!! You could see exposed sandstone, windows with arches that were covered over, and a tree growing on the roof. We were on the YYC flight path for a bit, just had to pause and dream about being on one again. Pigeons must have had a loft there, as they made an appearance once in a while. You could hear the trains shunting back and forth, whistle blowing once in a while.

Definitely a spot to go back to, interesting views wherever you sat.

Next event is June 26 – Glenmore Dam area, upper and lower.

Sketch Backside of Calgary Brewing & Malting Co. Site

June 13 10:30 โ€“ 13:00

๐Ÿ˜Š๐—ง๐—›๐—œ๐—ฆ ๐—œ๐—ฆ ๐—” ๐—ฆ๐—จ๐—ก๐——๐—”๐—ฌ๐Ÿ˜Š

Description: As per Heritage Calgary, โ€œFounded in 1892 by A.E. Cross, the Calgary Brewing and Malting Company, now Canadian Breweries Ltd., evolved as a self-contained industrial park and is now a major landmark in southeast Calgary.โ€


Viewing this structure from 19 AV SE, there is a real industrial and run-down feel, including a great brick smokestack from 1905.

Start sketching when you arrive. Feel free to arrive earlier if you wish. Plan to meet up at ๐Ÿญ:๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฑ to share sketches, and for a quick photo-op. If more than 10 people arrive, we will break into two groups, well distanced from each other.

Meet: 19 AV SE feels like a business road but it is in fact a city street. I think we should be able to park along the fence on the south side, or down Alyth PL SE. I picked Sunday as I hope there there will be less heavy truck traffic on this dusty road. Bring a seat!!

If you are not comfortable meeting, then you are welcome to go during the week. Send your sketch to Belinda Ramscar by noon June13. Email address listed on our web page, . jpg format preferred. Or post on our Facebook Page and I will grab it.

Inclement Weather: Event will be rescheduled to the next Sunday, June 20.

๐——๐—ผ๐—ป’๐˜ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ธ๐˜€! 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

Chinatown Sketches

Last year, not being able to travel to Asia, I started a series of sketches in this uniquely visible cultural neighbourhood. I had great feedback and am carrying on.

The Moon Gate entrance to Sien Lok Park.

Hang Fung Foods has a very modest visual presence on Third Avenue in Calgary but is a busy source of Asian groceries.
My wife once sent me there to buy red beans which were sold in bulk to make โ€œhung dau saaโ€, delicious red bean dessert. While sitting and sketching, there was a succession of food trucks delivering stock for the store.

The Far Eastern Shopping Centre combines restaurants and market stalls. What I wanted to capture the Bas-Relief Carvings almost hidden by the foliage.

From close up the view of the distinctive roof of the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre is blocked by the base building so I set up in the adjacent parking lot. It is a detailed scaled down version of the upper roof of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. The two guardian lions protect the west entrance.

Chong Chou immigrated from from Vietnam and started the Golden Happiness Bakery opening this second location in 1988.
I used Gansai Tambi watercolour metallic paints to pick up the shiny signage….and I took extra time attempting to get the lettering all correct!

Built in 1954 the brick facade of the Chinese United Church stands prominently in contrast to the newer taller residential buildings behind it.
The street scape has changed radically over the generations.

I am fortunate enough to live downtown and can sketch the inner city!

Keep sketching,


Outing Sketches: Stampede Elm Tree

๐ŸŽจ9 sketchers came and went thru the day๐ŸŽจ

I have included a map of the expansion. From what we can figure, the area will remain a parking lot (see area marked SURFACE PARKING & MIXED USE – top middle). It really is a shame they cannot work around this tree, or the one where Anne is sitting. The perfume from that tree was intoxicating.

Thanks to all who submitted their sketches. Deb D submitted her sketch from the winter, so no, there was not a different climate for her ๐Ÿ˜

Next sketch outing is June 13 – Sunday โ€“ Backside of Calgary Brewing & Malting Co. Site, east end of Inglewood.

June Sketchule

June 13 – Sunday โ€“ Backside of Calgary Brewing & Malting Co. Site

I was telling everyone Saturday at the Elm Tree Sketch, but I changed my mind and moved to Sunday, as the area may be quieter.ย 

June 26 – ย Saturday โ€“ Glenmore Dam

Events for Sketchers tab will be updated shortly with more details

Final Update: Elm Tree Sketch Saturday May 29 – 09:00 – 16:00 – Unofficial Event

๐ŸŒณHere is a great opportunity to sketch history๐ŸŒณ

Arrangements have been made so that the parking lot, that the elm tree is in, will be open to us for free. Open hours are from 09:00 to 16:00. Consider parking on the east side of the parking lot, so all can have a good view of the tree with the downtown and/or the Saddledome as a backdrop.

You are welcome to sketch the tree at any time that works for you during the day.

This is NOT an official event.ย  There will be no set time or photo op.

If you could send me pics of your sketches by noon, Sunday, May 30, I will post on our website.ย  You are welcome to post on our FB page. My email is on the home page.

When on site, please have lots of room between you and your fellow sketchers.ย  Wear your mask if you cannot maintain proper distancing.ย  Stay home if you are not feeling well.ย ย 

If you are one of the early ones, and the parking lot is closed, private message me or email me, and I will make some phone calls.  

๐ŸŽจEnjoy the day๐ŸŽจ

Display of YYC Urban Sketchers Sketches – Rosso Coffee Roasters – 8th Avenue SE


Opportunity: Maureen B, Rosso Design & Marketing

Organizers: Jim G & Deb D & Belinda R

A plan: Jim designed formats for both walls

Hanging Method: Deb crafted a system

Place: Two big red walls at Rosso Coffee Roasters


This project has been in the making since 2020 Feb 9, when we were presented with the opportunity to hang our sketches.  2021 Feb was to be the month.  In November 2020 Jim put out a call to have sketchers submit their sketches.  13 artists heard the call, which I find amusing as that is our average attendance to a sketching event.  Due to COVID, Rosso on 8th had been closed, but recently reopened to foot traffic.  Maureen gave Jim the word we could hang our sketches on May 5th. 

There are a total of 39 prints.

The display will be up for a month at least. If you are in the area please drop by, and look at yours and your members accomplishments.  I unabashedly say, “I am so proud to be part of such a talented and friendly group”.

I just seen this quote, “We cannot predict the value our work will provide to the world. Thatโ€™s fine. It is not our job to judge our own work. It is our job to create it, to pour ourselves into it, and to master our craft as best we can.”  James Clear


Bare walls and plans in the ready.

Plans for wall one and for wall two.

You must start with a straight line!!
The first sketch to go up!

With Jim’s layout and Deb’s masterful hanging system the prints went up lickety-split. I was in the background drinking Rosso’s coffee, making sure the sketches were straight!!! Just kidding, my official job was “stick the tack in the hanger thingy”๐Ÿ˜

Final Display ๐Ÿ’–


Hello Everyone.ย  Due to the new COVID restrictions I am cancelling the events in May.ย  Outside events now have a max size of 5 people.ย  If perchance the rule is changed back to 10 after the May long, I will see if we can have free access to the parking lot on May 29.

As suggested by another sketcher you are welcome to sketch the tree on your own time, but be prepared to pay for parking in the area.  If you do go and sketch, please post so we can all enjoy your interpretation of the tree.

I was originally told the tree was going to be relocated in June.  I have put out some feelers to see if this is still true as I have heard some rumors that the relocation has been postponed.  If any of you have any concrete facts, please email me .  This will help with (re)scheduling.