Hi Everyone! I am back home in Calgary after a wonderful time in Europe including a cruise to the Baltic cities of Skagen, Tallinn, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Stockholm and Copenhagen. The old town centres are wonderfully rich in history and architecture and became my sketching destination in each port..
Skaagen is a small town on the northern most tip of Denmark where the waves of Baltic and the North Sea meet and intersect.. The traditional house has red brick, white trim and tile roof.
Tallinn in Estonia has a delightful market square full of stalls, crowds and music. The 700 year old town hall with its soaring tower caught my eye and became the subject of my sketch.
The railway station in Helsinki had an enormous pair of guardians flanking the entrance.
Coffee, pastry and a sketchbook go well together anywhere in the world.
We walked our feet off in Copenhagen. This sketch was taken from a bench on the canal, not with a Carlsberg but instead a very good coffee from the local 7/11.
Imagine being in the company of hundreds of urban sketchers from around the world! Just being here was fun enough with the sketchwalks in this beautiful city but I also took part in 3 workshops, a drink and draw, some demos and got a grab bag of product samples.
Each of the workshops challenged my sketching habits and my preconceptions about what a sketch is trying say.
For example, Rita Sabler, in her workshop, emphasized the story aspect of your sketch including the acivity of your main characters such as the vendor at a market stall by drawing him or her in various poses in a kind of timelapse recording.
Stephanie Bower in her workshop, suggested sketching in pencil only and use a straight edge because it saves time. I typically rough out my sketches in pencil and then go over the pencil in ink, effectively drawing them twice. She also gave great hints on the geometry of difficult shapes such as towers.
Karen Jiyun Sung, in her workshop, led us in starting with a core element and then adding additional sheets of paper as necessary to complete the composition, literally drawing outside the box!
Amsterdam is uniquely in combining historic buildings with beautiful canals, an urban sketcher’s treat.
Next year’s Symposium will be held in April, in Hong Kong!
Attending this year’s Symposium left me in awe of the comraderie, focus and talent of Urban Sketchers from so many places on our planet,
It was a cold day in May when we came downtown.I found a great spot on the plus 15, warm and dry, to capture these beauties. They are curved steel wind baffles to mitigate the wind tunnel effect of the large plus 15 bridge.
And they were so complicated that I spent my 90 minutes struggling with the line work and coloured it up at home!
At Barb Scot park I was drawn to the Carl Safran building, the stone work is amazing!!!
Another sand stone building that fascinates me is the McDougall Building. I did this one in two sittings, weeks apart.