First Time Out

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)


Author: khourianya

Canadian Artist. Caffeine-powered stationery addict. Fearlessly creative. Geek girl. Allergic to Drama and the colour pink.

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