Chinook Everything

Under the influence of a Chinook weather pattern (those lovely blessings that frightened Leonardo diCaprio) we were off to the Chinook Mall for the challenge of 8,000 possible sketch angles, topics, subjects, models etc., etc. The results were a wonderful smorgasbord of choices, from ceilings to storefronts, from escalators to those riding them. We had a good turnout once again, and welcomed Marty back, whom we haven’t seen since last year. Unfortunately, Jim left before our picture.


There were some brilliant results (mine not among them) and, as always, great conversation over coffee and goodies.


The Brookies


Ten of us spread out across Brookfield Place last Saturday, sketching a variety of views, some inside and others outside the floor to ceiling windows. Thanks to Jeff for checking beforehand and getting permission for us to be there. Apparently one security person challenged our presence but when he went to verify our diplomatic status was never seen again. It was a good time and a prolonged coffee time at the nearby Starbucks was particularly enjoyable.  I’m sure even more finished works will show up on this Home page, but in the meantime, here are the unfinished Beauties from the Brook.


How Lucky Are We?

What an incredible gift we have as urban sketchers. We have been to our new Central Library numerous times now and have barely scratched the surface of opportunities and subject matter. Whether it’s something within this amazing architectural wonder or something outside, viewed from one of its hundreds of windowed vantage points.

Today, ten of us explored its nooks, crannies, open spaces and levels, and every one of us sketched something different. What a treasure this place is!

Plus 15 Fun

What a great vantage point on we had last Saturday, sketching the tower in one direction and a great colonial clock in the other from a perch in the Plus 15. Having checked with authorities, we have determined that sketching in the Plus 15 is fine as long as we do not interfere with the flow of pedestrian traffic. We have also learned, however, that chairs are not permitted. Not sure about stools. So here we were…nine artists and my hand make ten.

A Teaching from James Richards

Anyone in the Urban Sketcher world is aware of James Richards. His talent and prolific work are everywhere. Recently, Belinda came across this post from his Sketchbook site. It is his sharing of a simple method for constructing his ‘on location’ sketches. I will include the web address for his site at the end of his instruction. I, for one, am going to try his method on my next street scene.





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For Book Lovers

The Fair’s Fair used book shop in Inglewood was a terrific spot to gather and sketch, albeit a challenging one. We were warmly welcomed and because we had received 15 inches of snow through the previous night, things were a little quieter than normal and so, we didn’t cause too much distraction for regular patrons. At the end of our time, the proprietor said that we would be welcome back anytime.



You’ll have to take my word for it that this sketch looks better in my sketchbook than it does in the photo. Although I wish I had left it as an ink sketch. Alas, watercolour doesn’t erase.