Sketching Bridges & Cranes

Funny, when I sussed out this place it was winter, and all my vantage points were from my car. At that time it was all about getting a good view from the road or parking lot. I had forgotten about the pathway that took you under the bridge and into Bowness Park. So, much to my delight, it was a real up-and-close experience.

There were 16 sketchers in attendance🎨 Welcome to the first timers😊 We miss those who can’t make it 😦

We will meet again July 18 to sketch in Reader Rock Gardens and/or Union Cemetery. I will post here and on Facebook next week with more details. In the meantime see Events for Sketchers tab on this website.

Stay well and safe, and see you soon!

If you go to the website you can click on the images below to get a closer look.

Saturday July 4 10:30 to 13:00 Sketch Cranes, Bridge & Trains

Note earlier start time!  This is so you can find your spot, and still get 2 hours of sketching in.

Start sketching right away, no need to meet first.  At 1:00 pm meet in the West Baker Boat Ramp Parking Lot.   Maybe after we can sit in a safe manner to visit for a bit.

In this area there are several sketching opportunities!
From the West Baker Park Boat Ramp Parking Lot there is a great view of the bright red cranes working on the Stoney Trail Bridge, or drive further west on Scenic Bow Rd to 101 ST NW, and you will have a different view of the bridge and cranes. Park along the road, and sketch parked train cars if they are there, or walk down to the river and sketch nature. Don’t forget the bug spray.
Inclement weather: Event will be cancelled & rescheduled to July 11.
Please stay home if you feel unwell, uncomfortable or are exhibiting any symptoms.

Sketching Bow Valley Ranche Area – Fish Creek


Fourteen is the magic number so far.  Two new members joined us, welcome Patricia and Laurie.  YYC Urban Sketchers were splattered throughout the grounds.  Some sketched the Ranche House (Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant), some found a bench in the Artisan Gardens, and some found a view of the Foreman’s House (Annie’s Bakery Cafe).  Although the rain threatened, only a few drops materialized.  Mosquitoes where out to begin with then thankfully left.  Time to add mosquito spray to the kit!!!

Watch the Events for Sketchers tab on this website to see formal sketch outings in July.  They will be posted in the coming weeks.  If the weather behaves it is my intention to go back to Heritage Hall at SAIT on June 20.  I will post later in the week here and on Facebook.

Thanks everyone for selecting GOING on the Facebook page.

Stay well and safe, and see you soon!



Sketching in front of SAIT Heritage Building

Hello!  So nice to be writing this post again.  14, yes FOURTEEN, sketchers took in the day.  And what a day, we found a window between the rain, and even the sun embraced us for a while.  The grounds at SAIT were showing off, all the trees were in full bloom.  The building, very grand, oh my gosh,  was a challenge.  Soooo many little nuances.  It never ceases to amaze me how our sketchers can take on such a difficult subject, and create these amazing sketches in just 2 hours.  My sketch ended up in little eraser bits on the grass.  LOL 🙂

It is my intention to go back June 20 or 21 and try again.  I will post on our Facebook page & here if I go.  This will be an informal gathering.

As you can see by the images below, social distancing rules were respected.  These are not just landscape shots, but shots showing how spread out we were, in case that is a deciding factor on whether you attend or not.  For the image of all the sketches, sketchers were asked to put their book on the steps only if they were comfortable.  Each took a turn putting their book on the step.

Announcement:  I will be booking only 3 formally organized outings per month during July, Aug, Sept, Oct.  During the winter months I will book only 2 formally organized outings per month.  If you want to fill in the open weeks you are welcome to post here and/or on our Facebook page like Pam has in the past.

Next week:  Saturday, June 13 (11am-1pm):  The Ranche House, in Fish Creek Park, 15979 Bow Bottom Tr SE.  There are many things to sketch from the outside of the house, to the various other buildings, and neighbouring sculptures and gardens. I have heard from a couple of members it will be a great spot to sketch.  When you arrive, spread out from other sketchers and start sketching.  A bit of history: The Queen Anne style house was erected in 1896 by William Roper Hull, one of Calgary’s most prominent citizens. The house and 1,400 acres of the ranch now form part of Fish Creek Provincial Park. The Foreman’s House was restored and rehabilitated as Annie’s Cafe.  At 1 pm we will meet at Annie’s Cafe.  Maybe have an ice cream and photo op.  Social distancing will always be top of mind.  If raining, the event will be reschedule to June 27.

Note: You need to open the Event on Facebook to see who is all going, otherwise it may only show 1 person going, you 🙂

Stay well and safe, and see you next Saturday!



Sketch SAIT Heritage Building – Outside

Saturday, June 6 – 11:00 to 13:00

Our first adventure out since March.  It will be nice to sketch as a group again 🙂

Arrival: When you arrive find a spot that is 2 meters (approx length of a bicycle) from another sketcher and start sketching.

Inclement weather: Event will be cancelled and rescheduled on June 20.  Website and Facebook will be updated.

Please stay home if you feel unwell, uncomfortable or are exhibiting any symptoms.

1921 Jan 18 construction began.  Heritage Hall was unique in its design for Calgary in the early 1920’s.  Its classic Collegiate Gothic look, featuring twin towers with parapets, gothic arches, and gargoyle stoneworkings, was distinctive.


Challenge: Sketch From Home This Weekend, March 14 – 15

Janice, in a Facebook post, and Lucie, via email,  had a great idea to sketch something from home.  So my challenge to you, since our event is cancelled at Devonian Gardens, is to still take the 2 hours to sketch  plants/flowers or something in your home. When done (or not😉), send to my email on this website, and Sunday/Monday I will post an update like normal on this website.  Deadline to send your image is 4pm Sunday March 15.

Show & Tell Event at Kensington Art Supply

Snow and the event at Kensington Art Supply seem to go hand in hand.  🙂  Despite the weather a good number of people stopped by the table to peruse our sketchbooks and ask questions about our group, events, and what supplies we use and/or recommend.    Welcome to all that have joined our group after your visit, hope to see you at an event real soon.

OneWeek 100 People challenge starts tomorrow March 9 – 13.  More info at this link

Next week we will be sketching at Devonian Gardens, CORE Shopping Centre, 4th floor, 333 7 Avenue SW on SUNDAY, from NOON to 2:00Meet near the playground.


March 7 Sketching Event – Kensington Art Supply


Next week’s sketching event is at Kensington Art Supply.  We have been invited back for a second time after our very successful show & tell event last October. This is a great opportunity for our members to promote the club, answer questions, share our sketches & techniques, and network with other members, while fitting in some on site sketching if you feel inspired. Kensington Art has a great selection of urban sketching materials so make sure you save some time to look around. We will have an area at the back of the store with a table where we will display our sketch books, tools of the trade and favorite urban sketching books as well as a few easels for our foam core sketches which were recently on display at the Judith Umbach Library.

Members: You can answer questions at the table and/or sketch in the store.  Please bring some of your sketches/sketchbooks for display in addition to the one you plan to sketch in. Also bring your kit to display if you are not sketching. If you are sketching in the store be prepared to have the public watch you sketch, and to answer questions they may have. Bring your stool; you can sketch anywhere in the store.  If you have sketches on foam core that were not displayed these past two months at the library, bring them along for the public to see. These will be displayed on easels.  Come around 10 am to help set up or get your sketching area set up. Even if you can’t join us for the whole event, stop in and say hello. Last year we went to the diner next door for lunch/coffee afterwards.

For those who are curious, or members who are a bit shy:  Come down and check us out and ask any of those burning questions.  New members always welcome.  See our members sketching around the store, or dive right in, and start sketching yourself.

Thanks to Deb for help writing this post.