It was early morning on August 4 and I was antsy for a break from the 24/7 of momdom. I had decided I’d go out urban sketching by myself and had thought I’d head to Inglewood…until I found out Sunfest was happening and that sounded like a special kind of hell to sketch in. So, time to enlist Google. I typed in “Urban Sketching Locations in Calgary”…and the magic happened. I discovered Calgary now has an official Urban Sketchers group…and they were meeting that very morning. If I hurried – I could make it!
So hurry, I did! I made it to Cafe Rosso right at 11!
We were sketching Stephen Avenue that morning and soon we were on our way to find a subject. Initially, I wandered up past the Bay to sketch the old Palace Theatre but between an awkward location and dodging raindrops, I managed to make mud of my first sketch. Ah well – that’s why sketchbooks have many pages. I turned the page – and walked my stuff back to the rest of the group and set up to sketch the Bay Building.
I’d always been daunted by those arches. It was a huge moment when I sucked it up and just did them. My perspective is still off, but I had fun.
It was so fun seeing everyone’s sketches. I also loved the sharing of information that was happening in the group.
And after, back at the coffeeshop, seeing how everyone interpreted the location was so fun! I’m so glad I went (even if the Matcha Latte I had was the weirdest thing I’ve ever ingested)