Sketching From Your Vehicle – Sunnyside Outing

Under warm blue skies 14 people participated in this event, including two new members. Welcome Sue and Janet! Some hearty souls sketched outside their vehicles – now that is Canadian🍁🍁🍁 Where we met for the photo op there was a friendly game of Shinny going on, and a couple of young girls learning how to skate on an outdoor rink. This park also had one of the COVID inspired fire pits, which I thought was pretty cool. Also all very Canadian🍁🍁🍁

Remember to get your favorite sketches mounted on foam core for Rosso. If need be, you can Message Jim on Facebook, or email me. I have a gut feeling Devonian Gardens event will be cancelled.

This week coming up we are sketching virtually with Edmonton USK. The theme is Dashboard – yup, another sketch from your vehicle, more details to follow.

Stay well and safe. 🎨🎨🎨🎨

Sketching From Your Vehicle – Sunnyside Community

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5 11:30 – 14:00

Note Time Change: Time is moved up an hour to catch the warmer part of the day.

Description: This is one of Calgary’s oldest communities, incorporated into the city in 1904. There are a good number of older homes to sketch in this area, maybe a back alley would appeal to you, or one of the many garage door murals painted by residents, or behind businesses. There is local art such as a tree with gargoyles in front of 659 3 AV NW.

Here is a great article on Sunnyside. As you scroll thu the article you will see a link called Google Map, which will show you locations and descriptions of art and murals.…/road-ahead-calgary-sunnyside-alley…

Meet: Find a spot and start to sketch from the comfort of your car, then meet at 2:15 at the New Edinburough Park playground (corner of 3 Ave & 5A St NW) for our photo op.

If more name 10 people arrive, we will break into two groups, well distanced from each other.

If you are not comfortable meeting, send your sketch to Belinda Ramscar by noon, Sunday, December 6. Email address listed on our web page. jpg format preferred.

Inclement Weather: If snowing or below -20 Celsius, event will be cancelled.

Don’t forget your mask!!! 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. 

I Spy My Little Eye – Central Library & Home Sketches

Six sketchers came to the Library yesterday, and one was there on Thursday. The library definitely is not the same place. It was eerily quiet when we first got there, then people started to trickle in, and I mean trickle. I did notice some may have been first timers as the cameras were out. Nice to see our library continues to amaze those who visit.

Remember to get your favorite sketches mounted on foam core for Rosso.

Next sketch outing is December 5 – Sketch From Your Vehicle – Sunnyside.

Stay well and safe🎨🎨🎨🎨

Sketches by Jim, Norm, Gabrielle, Katie, Maria & Belinda – Library Crew

Sketches by David, Ellis, Janice & PamL – Home Crew

Nov 21 Sketch – Central Library

Hello everyone.

If you have ANY apprehension in coming to tomorrows sketching event, listen to that voice, please!!!

You are more than welcome to sketch closer to home or from home, just play the same game 🙂 I spy my little eye on something metal, or I spy my little eye on someone reading a book.

Send your image to me via my email on this website by noon Sunday, and I will post on our blog.

Stay safe and take care!!!!

Sister City Sketch #1 – Tower

Super pleased with all the submissions, just like a regular outing🤸‍♀️🤸‍♀️🤸‍♀️🤸‍♀️ Nice to see sketches from those afar, and from those who have been away. If you have any suggestions to make this event even more successful, please comment below, or fire me an email. As always, looking for ideas for the coming months. Huge thank you to all that participated. 👏👏👏👏👏👏

Next outing is at the Central Library on Nov 21. I Spy My Little Eye.

Sketches by Chris M

Sketch by David H – Origami Box Tower
Sketch by David D
Sketch by Jim G

Sketches by Janice

Sketch by MariaS-H
Sketch by NormL
Sketch by Pam M
Sketch by GabrielleA

Sketches by Ellis B

Sketches by RodZ

Sketches by BelindaR

All grouped together. If you submitted more than one I choose my favorite☺

Stay well & safe🎨🎨🎨

I Spy My Little Eye – Central Library

Saturday, November 21 10:30 – 13:00

Taking a cue from the childhood game, we’ll narrow down what to sketch in our impressive downtown library. You have two options: I Spy My Little Eye on something metal, or I Spy My Little Eye on a person reading a book.

Location: Calgary Central Library

Meet: Find a spot and start to sketch. Meet at 13:00 inside, in the area just to the west of the main entrance. If it seems too crowded we will move outside for our photo op.

Inclement Weather: If colder than -20 C, the event will be cancelled.

Don’t forget your masks!!! Must be worn inside the Library and when we can not maintain 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. 

Sister City Sketch Event #1 – Theme is Tower

Hello Everyone! We are going to try something new, and I hope you will participate. Every second Saturday, thru the winter, Calgary USk’s are going to be collaborating with the Edmonton USk’s by sketching the same theme.

The theme this Saturday is TOWER, which is defined by Oxford Languages as

1. tall, narrow building, either freestanding or forming part of a building such as a church or castle. “the south-west tower is a wonderful example of late Gothic”
2. a tall structure that houses machinery, operators, etc. “a control tower”
1. rise to or reach a great height. “he seemed to tower over everyone else”
2. (of a bird) soar to a great height, especially (of a falcon) so as to be able to swoop down on the quarry.

You can sketch any time you get time, up to and including Nov 14. You can even submit a sketch done from the past.

Requirements are:
1. Stick to the theme for Nov 14.
2. Submit your sketch to by noon Nov 15 (.jpg format preferred)
3. Capture from direct observation. Not from a photo or image. Sketch something from in your home, out your window, or out and about.

Received images will be posted on our CalgaryUSk’s website, as per normal. It would be great if you also posted your sketches on the Calgary USk Facebook page. This can be done anytime, and hoping this will inspire others to participate.

If you have any theme ideas for future months, please enter in comments.

You are welcome to sketch each theme through the month, and again, it would be great if you posted them on our Facebook page and/or website.

Looking forward to seeing your sketches!!!!

Inglewood Haunted Houses Outing

Fifteen hearty souls joined in the haunting today. Some haunted from their vehicles, and some braved the elements. I was one of them who braved it, and let me tell you it was frigging cold when the sun was behind a cloud🥶. Having a metal mechanical pencil did not help☹.

Next outing, Nov 14, we will be trying something new. Collaborating with the Edmonton Urban Sketchers every 2nd Saturday during the winter, we are going to sketch the same theme during the same time frame. We are calling it the Sister City Sketch.   Themes will be posted at the beginning of the month.  You must capture from direct observation, not from a photo or image. This can be in your home, or out and about. You are welcome to participate all month. If you have any ideas for themes, please submit to my email or comment below.

All events for November and December will be posted soon on our web page.

Stay well and safe🎨🎨🎨