1st Annual Road Trip: Black Diamond

What a beautiful day! Lucky 13, and lucky we were. Vales Greenhouse showed off for us, and mother nature gave us blue skies. If we go back, put this in your calendar. Lovely gardens, such variety of plants, ornaments, seating and buildings. A wealth of color. A feast for the sketcher. Katrina, the owner, was very welcoming, and would love to have us back.

We sketched at Vales in the morning, did a photo op, then went into town for lunch. Some sketched inside Marvs, some sketched the buildings on Centre Av, and others went back to Vales. Four of us made it to 3:30. Welcome to Lorraine and Kevin.

And yes that is a banana tree!!!

Next week we meet at the Mount Royal University Campus. Sunday, August 16. 10:30 to 13:00.  I will post here and on Facebook  with more details. In the meantime see Events for Sketchers tab on this website.

Thanks again Janice for your help to pull this together.😊

Stay well and safe!

Morning Sketches
Afternoon Sketches

1st (?) Annual Road Trip – Black Diamond

August 9, Sunday: 09:30 – approx 16:00

We would like everyone to meet at Vales Greenhouse (Vales) Parking Lot at 9:30. It is here we will get a head count, discuss the day, and decide where and when to meet at the end of the day. Janice will also give you ideas on what to sketch in Black Diamond.

A TENTATIVE SCHEDULE could be to sketch at Vales first, take a lunch break, then sketch downtown, with Marv’s Classic Soda Shop being the highlight. This may be where you/we have lunch. Then at the end of the day meet for a photo op and give us feedback about the day.

Be prepared to stay as late as 4 if you plan to stay the day. Or come and go as you please. Always, always, make it your day!

Huge THANK YOU to Jancie for pulling this together!!

Search for Vales Greenhouse on Google Maps to get directions and travel time. From my home in Edgemont it is an hour drive.

http://valesgreenhouse.com/ Note that this is not a secure website.



If you do not have Facebook, please comment below if you are going so we know how many are attending. If you have Facebook, please select GOING on the event page. Don’t forget your masks, as it may be hard to social distance, especially in Marv’s. As noted by Janice, masks are not mandatory as of this posting in Black Diamond.

Inclement weather: Event will be cancelled & not be rescheduled.

Please stay home if you feel unwell, uncomfortable or are exhibiting any symptoms. https://www.alberta.ca/guidance-on-outdoor-activities.aspx

Black Diamond Road Trip – Date Change & Info

Date has been moved to Aug 9, Sunday

Date in Event of Sketchers tab will be updated Tuesday. Sketch Details will be posted mid week here and on Facebook.

This is our first road trip, so be patient as we are organizing on the fly. You can make this an all day event or come and go as you please. Two highlights will be Vales Green House and Marvs Classic Soda Shop/Black Diamond Main Street. No times have been set yet. We are thinking we will have an organized start by meeting at Vales Green House parking lot in the morning. Depending on the weather, you are welcome to start your day at Marvs/Main Street and not come to Vales first. When at Marvs you will be expected to order something to sit and sketch. We are thinking we will meet at the end of the day in Vales parking lot. How you want to break up your day will be up to you. Maybe some decisions can be made when we meet in the morning.

We are getting a count on who is going, and who is leaning towards going on Facebook. If you don’t have Facebook, please comment below which is true for you.

  • I am going.
  • I have not decided yet, but I am leaning towards going.

Stay cool, and safe.

Sketching Historical Trinity Lutheran Church

2020/07/28 – Tuesday Evening

Man that was hot 😎🌞 Accuweather tells me it was 29 Celsius, my car told me it was 31 Celsius. To top it off, very little breeze. Despite this, 11 souls found some shade, and hunkered down to sketch. Some sketched from the perimeter of the church, and some sketched from the churches garden. Fabulous work by all. This church was founded in 1899, and has been a cornerstone of the Eau Claire and downtown Calgary communities for over 100 years. 

We will meet again August 8. Road trip to Black Diamond! Janice Butterworth has kindly offered to host this event. She is working out the details, which will be posted here and on Facebook in the coming weeks. In the meantime see Events for Sketchers tab on this website.

Have a fabulous August long weekend. Stay well and safe, and see you soon!

2nd Annual Reader Rock Garden & Union Cemetery Sketch Outing

Saturday, July 18 10:30 to 13:00

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

Parking and Erlton LRT Station nearby, see map below.

Start sketching right away, we will not meet at the start.  This is a smaller space so be mindful of where you set up so that regular visitors can get by you. 

At 1:00pm we will meet on the lawn beside the house.  If the lawn area is crowded, we will move down to the parking lot to give all regular visitors room.  If you don’t see our group, just come down to the parking lot.

Reader Rock Garden Historic Park is one of Calgary’s most unique cultural landscapes (and a National Historical Site) featuring the restored Reader house, rock pathways, bridges, benches and beautiful flowers. The adjacent Union Cemetery, established in 1890, is a unique sketch experience.   You can access Union Cemetery from the top of Reader Rock Garden or from the parking lot. Don’t forget the bug spray. 

Inclement weather: Event will be cancelled & rescheduled to July  25.

Please stay home if you feel unwell, uncomfortable or are exhibiting any symptoms.  https://www.alberta.ca/guidance-on-outdoor-activities.aspx

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. https://www.alberta.ca/guidance-on-outdoor-activities.aspx

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!