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 Keep sketching and be sure to direct the urban sketchers you know to visit this site and ask to join our group. Upon approval they will be able to post their work, as long as they adhere to the Urban Sketchers Manifesto which is posted on the right side of this site.

Art in Inglewood

A perfect day for sketching in my favorite neighborhood. Sandy did a masterful job, and I bumbled along as usual.

A great day regardless. Met a number of tradespeople familiar with the buildings in the neighborhood, got a bit of a sunburn, and soaked in the atmosphere of an impending long weekend…

Informal Sketch Session; Thursday, April 18. 1.00pm

The weather looks to be perfect on Thursday, so I am planning to sketch the Livery and Nash Hotel near 10 ave and 10 St SE (very close to Crown Surplus). I’ll probably stop in for a coffee at Gravity Cafe either before or after, depending…

If anyone is interested, please let me know. There is lots of parking in the area, but I’ll probably take the train to the City Hall station, then walk over through the East Village, just for the exercise… it takes about 15 minutes.

A sad day…

A sad day for anyone that has stood in awe at Norte-Dame. One of civilization’s great architectural achievements.

This view brought home by my father in 1961. A watercoloured etching that probably dates to the 1930s…

Worth reflecting that every day Urban Sketchers capture places and moments that are fleeting, and important.

May & June Schedule

Thanks largely to Belinda’s monumental help, we’ve finalized the schedule for the next two months. In the comments, please share your thoughts on our new format of different days and times, and hopefully there is something that fits into everyone’s schedules. Please check back on the events page as some of the dates and times may be subject to changes as we get closer to the date. See you soon!

Sunday, April 28 (2-4pm) – cSpace King Edward, 1721 29th Ave SW, Suite 130.
Saturday, May 4 (11am-1pm) – Peace Bridge, south end. In case of inclement weather, meet at the Eau Clair Market food court.
Monday May 13 (6-8pm) – Tom Campbell’s Hill, 25 St. George’s Dr NE. In case of inclement weather, event cancelled.
Saturday, May 18 (11am-1pm) – Celebration Square, 7 Ave SE & 4 St SE. In case of inclement weather, meet at Luke’s in Central Library, 2nd floor, at 1pm AFTER sketching.
Sunday, May 26 (10:30am-12:30pm) – Barb Scott Park, 1211 9 St SW. Meet at the Chinook Arc sculpture; Dr. Carl Safron Centre is great to sketch too. In case of inclement weather, meet at Memorial Park Library.
Tuesday, June 4 (6:30-8:30pm) – Crescent Heights Lookout, Crescent Rd & 2 St NW. Meet at the top of stairs. In case of inclement weather, event cancelled.
Saturday, June 15 (10am-1pm) – Downtown Sculpture Sketch Crawl – more details forthcoming, but we will send out downtown art maps for people to visit and sketch throughout the morning, and then we will meet up at 1pm at the Famous Five sculpture at Olympic Plaza to share.
Saturday, June 22 (10am-12pm) – Connaught Park, 14 Ave & 11 St SW. In case of inclement weather, meet at the Good Earth Cafe on 11th St.
Thursday, June 27th (6:30-8:30pm) – Chicken on the Way, 14 ST & Kensignton Rd NW. In case of inclement weather, event cancelled.

Noorduyn Norseman

A morning well spent drawing, and great conversation afterwards! My contribution… as always, stand back and squint. Apparently the mind fills in the rest…

I flew in Norseman aircraft (plus Beavers, Otters and Dakotas) with my parents when we lived in construction camps in Northern Ontario during the 1960s. They were the heavy haulers of the bushplane industry, on floats or skis. Along with pulp and paper trains, they were the only links to civilization. There were no roads…

Thanks for organizing the event!

Suncor Centre

What a lovely Saturday – meeting new people, sketching an airplane that remained in suspended animation long enough for me to capture my image… I returned to the site for a few hours in the afternoon, and finished it up later in the evening. Might have to practice ‘quick sketching’ next! 🙂